July 7 - August 13, 1987: Jeffrey MacDonald vs. Joe McGinniss
July 24, 1987: Testimony of Jeffrey MacDonald
MacDonald - Direct
the book to the baby book?
Q When was the first occasion that you found out that the books had been given to Alfred and Mildred Kassab?
A I believe when I read A deposition taken on Joe McGinniss by yourself.
Q Sometime in 1985?
A I believe so. That sounds about right.
Q Were there any other items that you can specifically remember that you classify as personal effects or memorabilia that Mr. McGinniss obtained from you and has not returned?
A Yes. There was A series of letters that I believe had not been returned.
Q Do you know from whom those letters were sent?
A From my sister, I believe between Colette and I, my father's letters, some letters from some friends of mine. I believe there were some letters between my attorneys and myself. I believe that that's it.
Q How many photographs over the course of the four years did you send Mr. McGinniss about your life and background?
A I'm not sure. It wasn't a large amount.
Q What was your objective in sending him the baby books?
A To fulfill his request.
MacDonald - Direct
letters, were you incarcerated in Butner?
A Yes. I don't know when I left Butner, but I left probably before that date.
Q Before September 11th?
Q The next sentence says, "Both for personal and professional reasons and it's pretty hard to tell the two apart." At that time did you have difficulty yourself telling the difference between the personal reason and the professional reason that you were relating to Mr. McGinniss?
Q Is there any way that you could draw A line between the two for you?
Q Did that inability to distinguish between personal and professional parts of the relationship change over the course of the next four years?
A I didn't think so.
Q I'd like to show you page 3 there, that's the letter that has A red number 8 at the bottom.
A I see it.
Q Where it says in the second full paragraph "total strangers can recognize within five minutes."
A Yes, I see that.
Q And " did not receive A fair trial"?
A (No response.)
Q Is that one of the things in the letter that you testified to yesterday made you believe he thought you were innocent?
Q At the bottom of the page there's s sentence that says "frankly I am not sure of what Keeler's attitude towards you is" -- or "toward you is. " Who was Keeler?
A Bob Keeler, reporter for Newsday newspaper on Long Island, New York.
Q Had you given him any interviews up to that time?
A You mean post-conviction or any time?
Q Anytime up to September 11th, 1979.
A I might have. There may have been some statements during the trial.
Q Did you talk with him by telephone, just the two of you?
A I can't recall.
Q Did Mr. McGinniss talk to you at any time prior to this letter about Bob Keeler?
A I think he did.
Q Do you recall when it happened?
A Nothing in particular. I'm sure there were comments between Joe and I about Bob Keeler during the trial.
Q Well, would you read to yourself going down on past page 3