Errol Morris argues that a prominent murder conviction was dead wrong
A Wilderness of Error:
The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald
by Errol Morris
$29.95 List Price
Prosecutors, a judge, and a jury put Jeffrey MacDonald behind bars more than three decades ago for the murder of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. But according to Errol Morris, he’s been kept there by the power of narrative. “You can escape from prison, but how do you escape from a convincing story?” asks Morris in his new book, A Wilderness of Error.
The narrative was the handiwork of journalist Joe McGinniss, whose 1983 best seller Fatal Vision portrayed MacDonald, an army physician, as a narcissistic sociopath who killed his family in a diet-pill-fueled rage, then injured himself to make it look like the crime had been carried out by a Manson-family-style cult. MacDonald, cleared by military investigators in 1970, moved from North Carolina to Huntington Beach and built a new life as an emergency-room
… full text available to registered users