Important Events in the Life of Jeffrey MacDonald


October 12, 1943 Jeffrey MacDonald is born in Jamaica, New York
1961-1964 He attends Princeton University. His father, Robert ("Mac") passes away.
September 14, 1963 Jeff and Colette MacDonald are married
April 18, 1964 Daughter Kimberley Kathryn MacDonald is born
1964-68 Jeff attends Northwestern University
1968 He graduates as Doctor of Medicine
May 8, 1967 Daughter Kristen Jean is born
1968-69 Jeff completes medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
July 1, 1969 He enters the US Army as a Captain in the Medical Corps
September, 1969 Having volunteered for Special Forces duty, Jeff is assigned as group surgeon at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
February 17, 1970 Colette, Kimberley, and Kristen are murdered in the family apartment.
February 21, 1970 Funeral services are held for Colette and the girls.  Jeff is permitted to leave the hospital to attend the mass
February 25, 1970 Jeff is released from the hospital.
April 6, 1970 Jeff is informed he is the prime suspect in the murders, and submits to a full day of questioning by Army investigators
May 1, 1970 Jeff's father-in-law, Alfred Kassab, submits a statement to the press criticizing the Army's handling of the case.  The Army formally charges Jeff of murdering his family.
July 5, 1970 Colonel Warren V. Rock, the presiding officer, opens the Article 32 hearing, the precursor of a court martial, to hear evidence against Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald
October 13, 1970 Colonel Rock completes his 90 page report, recommending that all charges against Jeffrey MacDonald be dropped because they are "not true"
December, 1970 Jeff receives an honorable discharge.  He relocates to New York.
December 15, 1970 Now a civilian, and at the urging of his father-in-law, Jeff appears on the Dick Cavett Show and castigates the CID for its handling of the case.
1971 Army begins further (illegal) investigation of former Capt. MacDonald.
July, 1971 Jeff moves to Long Beach, California, accepting a job as an ER physician at St. Mary Medical Center.
October 30, 1971 Alfred Kassab demonstrates his change of heart toward his son-in-law by calling CID investigator Peter Kearns to tell him of a phone conversation (Nov 1970) with Jeff during which Jeff claimed to have killed one of the intruders.
November 1, 1971 Alfred writes an irate letter to Jeff, complaining that he hadn't visited on a recent trip East.
January 17, 1972 CID Agent William Ward submits a report on the lengthy and ongoing surveillance of Jeffrey MacDonald.
February 18, 1972 Army Captain Brian Murtagh, a new lawyer in the CID, joins Peter Kearns in his attempt to bring civilian charges against Jeff MacDonald

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