A Wilderness of Error

The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald
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Product Number: Z100099642
Released: Jul 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452629377
Narrator/s: John Pruden
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Early on the morning of February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a Green Beret doctor named Jeffrey MacDonald called the police for help. When the officers arrived at his home they found the bloody and battered bodies of MacDonald's pregnant wife and two young daughters. The word "pig" was written in blood on the headboard in the master bedroom. As MacDonald was being loaded into the ambulance, he accused a band of drug-crazed hippies of the crime.So began one of the most notorious and mysterious murder cases of the twentieth century. Jeffrey MacDonald was finally convicted in 1979 and remains in prison today. Since then a number of bestselling books-including Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision and Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer, along with a blockbuster television miniseries-have attempted to solve the MacDonald case and explain what it all means.In A Wilderness of Error, Errol Morris, who has been investigating the case for nearly two decades, reveals that almost everything we know about that case is ultimately flawed, and an innocent man may be behind bars. In a masterful reinvention of the true-crime thriller, Morris looks behind the haze of myth that still surrounds these murders. Drawing on court transcripts, lab reports, and original interviews, Morris brings a complete forty-year history back to life and demonstrates how our often desperate attempts to understand and explain an ambiguous reality can overwhelm the facts.A Wilderness of Error allows the listener to explore the case as a detective might, by confronting the evidence as if for the first time. Along the way Morris poses bracing questions about the nature of proof, criminal justice, and the media, and argues that MacDonald has been condemned not only to prison, but also to the stories that have been created around him. In this profoundly original meditation on truth and justice, Errol Morris reopens a famous closed case and reveals that, forty years after the murder of MacDonald's family, we still have no proof of his guilt.

Author(s): Errol Morris
Genre: True Crime
Original Publish Date: Sep 28, 2012

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Author(s): Errol Morris
Product Number EB00385201
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101583838

Professional reviews

"Filmmaker Errol Morris presents a compelling, if lengthy, challenge of the case against Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, who was convicted of killing his wife and children in 1970 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Morris is is as convincing about MacDonald's innocence as Joe McGinniss is of MacDonald's guilt in his book, FATAL VISION. The notorious murders have been made into movies and a television series and have generated countless articles. Narrator John Pruden is an evenhanded performer who solemnly delivers the text without much emotion. His delivery style, combined with the dry verbatim courtroom testimony, makes for some tedious moments. As compelling as the story is, it may better enjoyed in its printed format, which would allow readers to flip pages and double-check facts. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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