Annals of Crime

The estimable Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post has written a wonderful article about the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case (the subject, originally, of Joe McGinniss’ “Fatal Vision,” and, more recently Errol Morris’ “A Wilderness of Error.”  It’s an extraordinary case — The McGinniss book, which I read when it first came out some 30 years ago, is simply one of the greatest true crime books every written, right up there with Capote’s In Cold Blood and Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song.  Morris thinks that MacDonald was railroaded and wrongly convicted — Weingarten explains very, very persuasively why that’s a lot of bunk.  Highly recommended.