It was important to me that I begin the post by highlighting these pictures of Colette, Kimberley, and Kristen alive. Had these children not been killed, they would be your mother’s age today.
Warning: after the jump, there will be graphic images of the crime scene. Needless to say, this was not a fun Google search.
Nobody truly knows what happened the night of February 17, 1970, so any attempt at providing an authoritative account of the events, taking into consideration the many contradictions and inconsistencies present in the alibis and evidence, will ultimately prove to be futile. While Fatal Vision covers these contradictions well enough, I’m going to try to clarify Fatal Vision‘s version of events and bring it to life in a way that Fatal Vision couldn’t (thanks to the power of the internet!).
Fort Bragg, NC.
This is 544 Castle Drive, where the murders took place. From Fatal Vision: “The way the apartments were laid out along Castle Drive, the neighbors actually lived above the MacDonalds, although the entrances to the apartments were adjacent to one another. The master bedroom of the upstairs apartment was, thus, directly above the MacDonald master bedroom.”
A clean layout of the house, taken from A Wilderness of Error. The bodies are outlined here but not marked.
Below, I have posted a diagram showing where certain blood types were found. I have also circled areas referenced in the accompanying Fatal Vision passage.
A – Colette MacDonald
B – Jeffrey MacDonald
AB – Kimberley MacDonald
O – Kristen MacDonald
From Fatal Vision (numbers added):
-The drops of blood which formed a six-inch circle near the entrance to the master bedroom were in the Type AB blood of Kimberly MacDonald (1). Her blood was also found on the rumpled sheet and on the torn blue pajama top in the master bedroom, and it was her blood which formed the trail of drops between the master bedroom and her own room, in which her body had been found. (2)
-The Type-A blood of Colette MacDonald was found in the bedroom of Kristen (3). There were splatters of it on the wall above the bed and a heavy stain on the top sheet of Kristen’s bed. In addition, the footprint leading away from the bed (6) -a print made by the bare foot of Jeff MacDonald-had been made not with Kristen’s Type-O blood but with the Type A blood of her mother. Colette’s blood was also found, in large quantity, on the bedspread and sheet that had been rolled up together and deposited on the master bedroom floor (2).
-The Type B blood of Jeffrey MacDonald was found in significant quantity in only two locations within the apartment: on the kitchen floor in front of the cabinet that contained the box of rubber gloves (4), and on the right side of the hall bathroom sink (5), in a pattern suggesting it might been dripped from the right side of the chest of a person who had stood in front of the sink while making a neat, clean incision between two ribs-an incision, perhaps, only one centimeter long, and just deep enough to puncture a lung without doing any other damage.”
However, we should keep in mind that, while compelling, the above recreation of events still falls under the category of circumstantial evidence. From A Wilderness of Error (emphasis added:)
Any blood in the house was assumed to have come from the family member with the matching blood type. But ABO blood typing does not connect a blood stain with a specific individual…Was the pattern of distribution of blood compatible with only one scenario? What did the distribution of blood types tell us? Could an intruder (or multiple intruders) leave a similar record?
The simple mistake made by the government was that it is not enough to say that blood evidence shows that it is possible MacDonald could have committed the murders. Something more is needed. Proof that only MacDonald could have done it. If the intruders could have produced the same distribution of blood, there is no proof.
Now for the rest of the evidence, with pictures. Some of the evidence below will reference the chart above as well, but I have refreshed the numbering system. I recommend clicking on the picture, which will open a new tab, and referencing it with the pictures below. Also, for real, graphic content ahead.
Weapon: wooden, paint-stained club (1)
First knife: “Geneva Forge” (2)
Second knife: “Old Hickory” which was found alongside the icepick (3).
The Old Hickory:
The dining room (4), dining room (5), and kitchen (6) are relatively undisturbed except for some key details in the living room: the knocked over coffee table (7) and Jeffrey MacDonald’s glasses (8). “Grebner had been in poker games which had left premises in worse condition.”
The telephone off the hook (9):
(EDIT: just realized that MacDonald alleges to have used two phones to call for help, the kitchen one and the bedroom one. That’s kind of a weird thing to do but okay, man! The master bedroom one is pictured below:)
Bits of the surgical gloves were also found on the floor near the sink, along with spots of blood (10).
Other bits of the gloves were found in the master bedroom (11).
The master bedroom where Colette (12) was murdered.
Colette’s body (with Jeff MacDonald’s torn pajama top):
The blue pajama top (Jeff’s pajama top) found draped over Colette’s chest:
The top blood-stained bedsheet (13) crumpled up in the master bedroom:
The bottom bedsheet from the master bedroom (14), soaked in urine (it’s also worth mentioning: so many beds and bedsheets in this house have urine stains in them because it was a problem with their children. It was kind of hard to keep track of, but I thiiiiiiiiiink I got it down here):
The word “PIG” written in blood on the headboard (15):
The location of the Geneva Forge knife (2) and folded rug (16):
Kimberley’s room (body removed) (17):
Kristen’s room (18) (body removed):
The blood splatter (Colette’s blood) on Kristen’s wall (19):
I am the target text.The bloody footprint of Jeffrey MacDonald leading out of Kristen’s room (20):
I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the hobbyhorse from Kristen’s room (21) has been mentioned yet in Fatal Vision, but it will become important later, so I’ll go ahead and include a picture of it here:
Linen closet near the bathroom (22) where MacDonald kept his prescription drugs:
The utility room, relatively undisturbed (23). Outside this door is where the various weapons were discarded and later found.
The bathroom (24), where drops of blood from Jeffrey MacDonald were found:
And finally, Jeffrey MacDonald’s injuries (for reference, he was found lying next to Colette (25)). I’m not going to bother covering these up because I’ve seen Saturday morning cartoons with more graphic content than this.
The next time our group meets will be on February 17, the 46th year anniversary of the murders.