Short Study File #43
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Note from Christina Masewicz: Translation of the above document as I read it to be
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STMT of SP4 Kenneth C. Mica taken at Ft Bragg, NC, date Dec 70
next to me or very close to me me when someone said, "How long will it be before they move the bodies?", and some said it would be hours before that, and this man muttered, "Goddamit," or "shit," or words to that effect indicating his displeasure. He then walked from the edge of the carpet, around the carpet and picked up what appeared to be a flower pot. I said, "Don't touch it." He put it down and said, "Oh." I then observed him proceed to go and sit on the couch. Then I and someone also said, "Don't sit down," or words to that effect. He then got up and walked back and stood on the edge of the carpet
Q: Did he make any change in the position of the flower pot?
A: Yes, he stood it up on its base on the floor. It had been previously on its side when I first observed it.
Q: While present in this area of the crime scene, did you observe a wallet, and if so, relate all details you can recall regarding it a position, color, and anything else you observed.
A: Yes, sir, I saw a wallet lying on the floor. It was open, lying flat. A few bills were exposed and appeared dark in color, either brown or black. I was approximately seven feet from the end of the hallway towards the front right end of the couch maybe three or four feet from the edge of the carpet.
Q: Did you observe any other wallet in the house?
A: No, sir.
Q: Set forth a physical description of this individual.
A: As I recall, he appeared to be 5' 10" or 5" 11" wearing dungarees, Army field jacket, and what I believed to be combat boots. I believe that his hair was dark.
Q: Did you observe that he had shirt on?
A: I remember the field jacket being partly open. I really don't know.
Q: You stated that you observed the left breast and midriff of Mrs. MACDONALD exposed when you first viewed her body. You have since seen pictures of Mrs. MACDONALD's body which shows that a towel like covering in the area of her upper thighs and her left breast was covered with night clothes. Did anything occur while you were at the crime scene which changed or caused the change in the exposed parts of her body which you first observed?
A: I heard people talking about covering the bodies. I had my back to Mrs. MACDONALD while I was attempting to help CPT MACDONALD. Whether or not she was covered up I do not know.
Q: Did you hear anyone specifically refer to the bodies or to Mrs. MACDONALD's body in particular?
A: I think I heard someone say, "Look at her," or "It looks indecent."
Q Did you ever observe Mrs. MACDONALD's body when it was so covered outside outside of observing the pictures?
Q: What was this and what did you observe?
A: When I went back into the master bedroom with one of the CID agents it appeared someone had placed a towel over her breast and midriff.
Q: You have mentioned two things at the crime scene that were changed, one, the covering of Mrs. MacDonald, and the other, the movement of the floor pot. Did you observe any other changes to the crime scene in any manner while you were present?
A: Yes, the telephone receiver in the master bedroom. I saw SGT Tevere with it