Helena Stoeckley confessed and recanted several times. Like MacDonald, Stoeckley told a story, but it didn't match with anything MacDonald claimed that occurred.
According to Pat Reese, reporter for the Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville's afternoon daily newspaper, he has been active in various drug abuse rehabilitation programs in Fayetteville-Fort Bragg area for a number of years and that during this activity he became acquainted with Stoeckley and her various friends. He personally interviewed her a day or two after the MacDonald murders and at that time she told him she had no connection with the murders but also claimed she had dropped Mescaline on that evening. He classified Stoeckley as a "complete fabricator" when it came to claiming that she had no knowledge of her activities on the evening of the murders because of her use of Mescaline and he based this on several facts; that the hippie groups in Fayetteville were well aware of Jeffrey MacDonald's allegations that hippies took part in the murders and these groups would have readily identified the murderers if they were their peers just to relieve themselves of continued police inquiries; that Mescaline was not in use in the Fayetteville area, what was really being used was a mixture of amphetamines and strychnine and the users were calling this Mescaline.
Had Stoeckley used this she would have experienced only a possible absent period of about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and even during this period she would have had some knowledge of her activities.
Reese's opinion was Stoeckley had just decided to involve herself in the investigation and
enjoys the attention she gets from such involvement.