Jeffrey Robert MacDonald was born in Jamaica, NY, Oct 1943.  The second of three children born 
to Dorothy (Perry) 
and Robert ("Mac") MacDonald

Jeff MacDonald age 6, attending school in Patchogue, New York

Boy Scouts,
Bay Shore NY 1955

Junior High, Patchogue NY

Patchogue High graduate, senior class president, football team co-captain, 1961

Jeff and Colette Stevenson are married, September 1963.  Colette is pregnant with Kimberley.


Kimberley Kathryn is born
April 1964 (pictured here in


Princeton Year Book, 1963

Daughter Kristen Jean is born
May 1967



With Colette at graduation from
medical school, Northwestern
University, 1968

Jeff joins the Special Forces (Green Berets) as a Group Surgeon and the family lives on post at Fort Bragg, NC.

Tragedy Strikes: February, 1970
The MacDonalds are attacked in their home, Colette, Kim and Kris are murdered.  Jeffrey MacDonald
is seriously injured and hospitalized.
He attends funeral services 
for his family.


Later considered a suspect by
the Army, but soon
exonerated, Jeff MacDonald
begins practicing medicine in
New York, devastated by the
loss of his family.
He then accepts a job at
St. Mary Medical Center in

Jeff is recognized as the first Honorary Member of the Long Beach, CA Police Association for saving the lives of many officers.


During his off hours, Jeff is a volunteer and fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and a guest lecturer. (1977)

Jeff MacDonald is indicted, tried 
and convicted of murdering his family,  and sentenced to three consecutive 
life terms (1979)

Jeff's conviction is overturned, and he returns to St. Mary's and continues as Director of Emergency Medicine after one year of incarceration (1980)

Jeff becomes engaged to (the former) Randi Markwith, a volunteer at the hospital (1982)

The Supreme Court reverses the
overturning of Jeff's conviction,
and he is rearrested and returned
to prison (1982)



Jeff serves time in Federal Prison in California, Texas, and Phoenix.  He and Randi end their engagement.  
His first appeal is denied on the basis of new evidence not being 
enough in total. (1985)

Jeff serves time in Sheridan, Oregon.  His second appeal is denied on the basis that new evidence supplied was not found soon enough.  (1990)


Jeff continues to serve time in Oregon; his habeas petition is denied in total, but an appeals court orders that the defense's motion for DNA testing be granted (1997)

Jeff becomes engaged to (the former) Kathryn Kurichh, the owner of a drama school for children (2000)

Jeff is incarcerated in California, and teaches classes in Nutrition, Smoking Cessation, and heart health (2001)

Jeff and Kathryn 
are married (2002)



Having served 30 years of wrongful imprisonment, Jeff MacDonald continues to maintain his factual innocence.
(photo 2004, Maryland)