Brand & Martínez for September 17, 2012

Errol Morris reopens famous murder case in 'Wilderness of Error'

Errol Morris.

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Errol Morris at the premiere of his 2011 film, Tabloid.

On Monday, a North Carolina court is considering the case of Jeffrey Macdonald. More than three decades ago, Macdonald was convicted of the murder of his wife and two young daughters.

It was a case that captivated the public and the press — a gruesome crime with an even more bizarre explanation: McDonald was an Army doctor who claimed a group of drugged out hippies broke into his home and committed the murders.

Investigators didn't buy his account, and journalists didn't either. Author Joe McGinnis wrote a best-selling book about the case, called 'Fatal Vision.' In it, he presented Macdonald as a murderer. That book was turned into a widely seen TV movie for NBC.

Monday, Macdonald asked a judge to grant him one more chance to prove his innocence. His lawyers say that new evidence will prove Macdonald did not commit the murders.

A new book, called 'A Wilderness of Error,' by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Errol Morris examines some of that evidence. He joined the show to discuss his book.

Guest:

Errol Morris, acclaimed documentary director of 'The Thin Blue Line' and 'The Fog of War.' His new book about the Jeffrey Macdonald case is 'A Wilderness of Error.'


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