In a letter he wrote
to congress, complaining about the way he son in law was being
treated by the Army, Freddie Kassab documented in his own handwriting
seeing 19 stabs wounds and multiple head contusions on MacDonald.
In that letter he clearly stated his belief that his son in law
was completely innocent. Later he would recant that statement,
but that letter still exists.
in-laws, Mildred and Freddie Kassab, stood by MacDonald throughout
the Article 32 Hearing, believing in his innocence. MacDonald
loaned Kassab his copy of the Article 32 Hearing transcripts and
later signed a release so Kassab could get his own copy.
The Kassabs, having
lost their daughter and two granddaughters, were still devastated
and wanted to see justice. Freddie became obsessed with finding
They took it hard when
MacDonald moved to California to work with an old army doctor
friend. They could not understand how he could just leave and
go on with life, without trying to find who killed his family.
They believed no normal man would just leave and start over. Before
MacDonald left for California, the Kassabs told him he would live
to regret it. Not knowing what they meant he didn't take it seriously,
little did MacDonald know what was yet to come.
Freddie Kassab claims
he first started to doubt his son in law when he read the Article
32 Hearing transcripts MacDonald had given him. That doesn't make
sense because there is nothing in those transcripts indicating
MacDonald had anything to do with the murders.
The evidence stated
in those transcripts is the evidence Colonel Warren Rock used
to to determine the charges against MacDonald were not true.
Kassab claimed it was
impossible for him to have done everything he said he had done
in that amount of the time frame, even though it was already established
that the MP did not respond promptly because they thought they
were responding to domestic disturbances.
By this time, Freddie
and Mildred were in tight with the CID Agents and they all believed
MacDonald was guilty of the murders.
Here is a situation
where the government was withholding evidence from the defense
team while sharing it with Kassab, including allowing him to roam
around in the crime scene.
What could the reason
for this be?
Were they were feeding
Kassab information, so he would fight to get the case reopened?
This, of course, is
exactly what he did. But he did not do it by himself, he had the
CID Agents help all the way.
In 1974, Mildred Kassab,
MacDonald’s mother in law, who had turned against him 3 years
earlier, told the grand jury of seeing an ice pick in the MacDonald
home. No CID or FBI interview prior to 1974, and there were several,
did she recall an ice pick in the MacDonald house. The CID’s
final report in 1972, relied in part, on information from the
Kassabs, made no mention of Mildred seeing an ice pick.
So exactly what is
the Government's Case Against MacDonald?