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

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


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.'