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8 Manson: Part Two

The parallels to the Manson murders six months earlier were too tempting. The news in Fayetteville ran with it.

Hippie cult murders were the stuff of California, not North Carolina. A new kind of paranoia overtook the city, and there was palpable fear in the streets.

One resident claimed he could hear his neighbor nailing their windows shut. Firearm sales increased. Worse, still, was that an MP lent credibility to MacDonald’s story.

While driving around the area that evening, he noticed an out-of-place woman in a floppy hat near MacDonald’s street.


7 Doubts Began To Surface Immediately

But the CID was skeptical from the start. John Hodges, the first investigator on the scene, had doubts. He and his fellow officers took issue with MacDonald’s account, precisely the idea that the attackers wouldn’t go after him first.

After all, MacDonald was an army man on an army base, and it would only make sense he’d be perceived as the first threat.

Hodges and investigators also noted MacDonald’s wounds. In comparison with the brutality his wife and daughters were attacked, MacDonald’s injuries were reasonably tame.

While some accounts differ to the severity of his stab wounds, it’s clear they were nothing like the 30-plus stab wounds his wife received.

The condition of the room was also bizarre. In a battle between four attackers and a Green Beret, it was mostly undisturbed.


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