DECEMBER 21, 2007
The Stevenson family and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have offered your support in keeping Jeffrey MacDonald in prison for the rest of his life. The horrific crimes he committed will never be forgotten.
With the holidays approaching, for the remaining family of the victims, it is a time once again where a void clouds what should be a happy and glorious time.
It has been almost 38 years since Jeffrey MacDonald, in a moment of uncontrollable rage, murdered his family, breaking the limb from the family tree, and ending their hopes of a promised tomorrow. Still unsatisfied, MacDonald continues his antics, with the help of a self-proclaimed alcoholic, and an aging woman who is legally blind and lives in a nursing home. It is as if he enjoys never allowing the family of the victims any peace. The one consolation is that his crime did not go unpunished.
I would also like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. It is a time to remember old and new friends and lost loved ones as well. May you all spend your season with those you love and who love you.
Let us give thanks for the many blessing we have, and pray that our troops will return home safe to their families.
I believe, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
Â -Mahatma Gandhi
In reading Colette's diaries/journals I have learned many things about the way she felt. When Colette was happy, she wrote about it. When she was sad she wrote about that. She never stopped writing from the time she was in school until she died. MacDonald would be shocked at some of the things she wrote.
She wrote about the fight Jeff had with Dean and describe how Jeff "pulverized" Dean.
She wrote of the sadness she felt about the trip Jeff took to Texas and how the night before he left he took out Mary Anne.
Throughout her writing she always ended up repeating the same thing about the many talks she and Jeff had about him loving her. Colette knew more about Jeff than he could ever imagine. She knew in her heart that she would never be the only one in his life and that he was not capable of being loyal to anyone.
Colette and Jeff were total opposites. She had class, cared about others. He was rough around the edges, and cared only about himself. She wanted a family, and to share her life with the man she loved. I believe she spent her whole married life hoping he would change which was never to be. Jeff on the other hand considered himself God's gift to women. He learned how to turn on the phony charm to get what he wanted from others. With him, nothing was ever enough. He always wanted more, that did not include his family.
Colette's words below are very powerful.
Colette, Kimberley, Kristen and the unborn son rest now in the arms of angels.