MacDonald is born in Jamaica, New York
Princeton University. His father, Robert ("Mac") passes
Colette MacDonald are married
Kimberley Kathryn MacDonald is born
as Doctor of Medicine
Kristen Jean is born
medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
|| He enters
the US Army as a Captain in the Medical Corps
volunteered for Special Forces duty, Jeff is assigned as group surgeon
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Kimberley, and Kristen are murdered in the family apartment.
services are held for Colette and the girls. Jeff is permitted
to leave the hospital to attend the mass
|| Jeff is
released from the hospital.
|| Jeff is
informed he is the prime suspect in the murders, and submits to a
full day of questioning by Army investigators
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.
Warren V. Rock, the presiding officer, opens the Article 32 hearing,
the precursor of a court martial, to hear evidence against Capt. Jeffrey
Rock completes his 90 page report, recommending that all charges against
Jeffrey MacDonald be dropped because they are "not true"
|| Jeff receives
an honorable discharge. He relocates to New York.
||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.
|| Army begins
further (illegal) investigation of former Capt. MacDonald.
|| Jeff moves
to Long Beach, California, accepting a job as an ER physician at St.
Mary Medical Center.
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.
writes an irate letter to Jeff, complaining that he hadn't visited
on a recent trip East.
|| CID Agent
William Ward submits a report on the lengthy and ongoing surveillance
of Jeffrey MacDonald.
|| Army Captain
Brian Murtagh, a new lawyer in the CID, joins Peter Kearns in his
attempt to bring civilian charges against Jeff MacDonald