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A Wilderness of Error - The Trials of Jeffrey Macdonald-logo

A Wilderness of Error - The Trials of Jeffrey Macdonald

Errol Morris

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 g

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 g
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Genres:

True Crime

Description:

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 g

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Pruden

Length:

14h 32m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:51


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

12:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

22:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

13:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

22:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

12:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

17:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

12:12


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

18:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

25:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

13:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

28:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

13:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

21:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

18:13


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

12:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

15:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

17:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:28