Skip to comments.Joe McGinniss makes his move on Sarah Palin (Creepy stalker biographer)
Posted on 05/26/2010 3:51:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin announced on her Facebook page that Joe McGinniss, author of the infamous book Fatal Vision that chronicled the story of Jeffrey MacDonald, has rented the house right next door to hers. It seems he's chosen her has the subject of his next book. Lucky her. While she keeps the tone of her post upbeat and positive, it's clear she is disturbed to know that someone so hostile and antagonistic toward her is watching her and her family's every move.
Since Palin published her post, the blogosphere has been all atwitter about this development. Many people find it creepy. Those in the tried and true anti-Palin camp say she's the one who's out of line and criticize her for being "unprofessional and paranoid."
Glenn Beck was equally disturbed at McGinniss' move and went on the offensive by firing a shot across McGinniss' publisher's bow:
(VIDEO AT LINK)
McGinniss' publisher responded with a statement that read in part:
"Well regarded for his in-depth, up-close reporting, Mr. McGinniss will be highly respectful of his subject's privacy as he investigates her public activities." Well regarded? Highly respectful? I'd like to know which Joe McGinniss they're talking about because it isn't the Joe McGinniss who moved next door to Sarah Palin.
Let's take a look at how McGinniss put together his book Fatal Vision, the story about Jeffrey MacDonald, and see how well regarded and highly respectful he is.
Joe McGinniss was hired by MacDonald's defense team to write a book that would exonerate him. McGinniss, to research his book, became MacDonald's shadow during the trial. He had full access to every aspect of his defense. He even moved in with him for a while.
He became MacDonald's most loyal supporter. He wrote letters to him in which he professed his belief that he was innocent. Joe McGinniss gained MacDonald's confidence to the point that MacDonald opened his soul to him. He told McGinniss everything: about his relationship with his wife, his father in law, his kids. Everything. Through it all, McGinniss continued to tell MacDonald that he was on his side and that he would make sure the world knew of MacDonald's innocence. MacDonald was eventually convicted, but McGinniss remained loyal and told him to be patient until until the book came out because it would prove his innocence and the nation would rally to side
When the book was finally published, MacDonald realized he had been brutally deceived. McGinniss portrayed MacDonald as a psychopathic, enraged, drug crazed murderer. It turned out the entire time McGinniss fawned over MacDonald and told him how much he believed in his innocence, McGinniss was writing the exact opposite.
MacDonald was so disgusted at McGinniss' deception that he filed a federal lawsuit against him. During the course of the trial McGinniss admitted under oath during questioning by MacDonald's lawyer that he didn't even believe the theory he promoted in the book:
Fourteen years ago, Joe McGinniss's best-selling book, Fatal Vision, depicted MacDonald as guilty. McGinniss theorized that MacDonald had abused diet pills, had suffered a violent amphetamine psychosis, and in a fit of rage, had murdered his family because one of the children wet the bed. The book and the pursuant movie convinced millions that this actually occurred. Yet, in a sworn deposition on October 30, 1986, McGinniss, incredibly, admitted he did not personally believe his own theory. He explained, under oath, that he had introduced the diet pill theory as a dramatic device in his "new journalism" where the story is more important than the facts. When asked why he said that he'd learned MacDonald had ingested an overdose of diet pills (which he had not learned at all), he said he hadn't wanted to give his readers the same old "rehash of the trial."
McGinniss finally revealed his true feelings about his central theory, the theory that had made him rich, and had convinced millions of people that MacDonald was guilty. Under oath, during hard questions by MacDonald's attorney, he admitted, "I'm not convinced that it actually happened."
The trial ended in a 5-1 hung jury in MacDonald's favor. According to MacDonald's account, "the hold out juror had refused to deliberate after fellow jurors rebuffed her attempts to spend time listening to her views on animal rights."
McGinniss paid MacDonald $325,000 to avoid a retrial he knew he would surely lose.
Janet Malcolm wrote about MacDonald's law suit and Joe McGinniss' shocking duplicity in her book The Journalist and the Murderer.
In the early 90's Jerry Allen Potter and Fred Bost took up MacDonald's story and reexamined the case against him. What they found really was shocking. The authors, through Freedom of Information Act requests, learned that numerous documents, pieces of physical evidence, and witness testimony that supported MacDonald's account of what happened the night his family was murdered had been suppressed by the judge and the prosecution. Potter and Bost published it in their book Fatal Justice that outlines how Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent. The author of this San Francisco Chronicle book review detailed some of the evidence that was suppressed, and the details from this account alone are so damning that I could not help but yell at my computer screen, "why the hell is this man still in prison?" Take a look:
Relying on documents released under the Freedom of Information Act -- more than 10,000 pages of investigative reports, witness statements, affidavits, handwritten lab notes, transcripts, official letters and other documents, Potter and Bost deftly chart a snowballing chain of events leading to a virtual legal whiteout by the time of MacDonald's 1979 trial. The authors say that key findings supporting MacDonald's version of events -- that a Manson-like group had committed the crimes -- were never presented to the jury. They found, for example, evidence of fresh candle wax drippings that did not match any candles in the home and were found precisely where MacDonald reported he saw flickering candlelight while struggling with his attackers; three bloodstained gloves; (the implication was that one person would not need three gloves, whereas four people likely would); blonde wig hairs found on a hairbrush (MacDonald said the candle was held by a blond woman in a floppy hat) and numerous unidentified fibers and hairs near the bodies of Kimberly, Kristen and Colette that did not match MacDonald's or anything in the home. In all, Bost and Potter describe in detail 21 items of physical evidence never presented in MacDonald's defense that clearly point to the presence of others. Among them: a bloody syringe and an unidentified piece of skin under Colette's fingernail that was extensively tested and subsequently disappeared when it did not match MacDonald's.
Potter and Bost document new witnesses, including neighbors in the building where the MacDonalds lived who remember sights and sounds on the night of the murder but were never interviewed by the Army. They also review the testimony of witnesses interviewed earlier -- most notably drug abuser Helena Stoeckley, who on at least six occasions revealed details of the murders that only someone involved could have known, such as the S shape poked into Kristen's chest with an ice pick. Stoeckley, who died in the early 1980s, said the S stood for ``Satan.'' Despite such confessions and a lack of alibi, Stoeckley and two of her companions, who fit descriptions provided by MacDonald, were never brought in for questioning.
``The army said the crime scene was well protected. It was not,'' say the authors. ``They said it was competently searched. It was not. They said they could prove the scene was staged by MacDonald. They did not. They said neighbors saw and heard nothing that night. Not true. The army and the government said nothing was found to support the presence of intruders at the scene. That was false. And, now that we know about the hair in Colette's hand, the bloody syringe, the multiple bloody gloves, the piece of skin, the wig hair, and the black wool fibers, this was the cruelest lie of all.''
After looking at the case, how it was handled, as well as the suppressed evidence, Alan Dershowitz, too, was convinced that the government suppressed critical amounts of evidence that would have proven MacDonald's innocence. He discussed the government's cover up in his book America on Trial. Judge Andrew Napolitano (yes, Judge Andrew Napolitano at Fox News) thinks the government framed MacDonald as well and wrote about the government's blatant misconduct in his book Lies the Government Told You.
MacDonald and his lawyers had the chance to appeal his conviction on March 23 of this year, and they may get a new trial because of this previously suppressed evidence. I hope he gets it, primarily because from where I sit, this is one of the most egregious examples of government abuse that I have ever seen (I would expect nothing less from China) and partly because I'd like to see McGinniss's book blow up in his face.
Now, if Joe McGinniss truly was the "well regarded" and "highly respectful" investigative journalist his publishing house said he is, why he didn't actually do the legwork MacDonald's defense team paid him to do and investigate and report MacDonald's story? The answer is obvious: a book about a handsome Army doctor who turned psychopathic and drug crazed and viciously murdered his beautiful - and pregnant - wife and two young daughters is far more compelling and sells far more books than a book about prosecutorial misconduct.
All this makes it even more disturbing that McGinniss has now targeted Sarah Palin for the same kind of treatment he gave Jeffrey MacDonald. Even though Sarah Palin is in a position where she can defend herself against McGinniss's lies, whereas MacDonald could not, there are still a lot of people in this country who hate her and her family so much that they will believe anything negative about her, no matter how untrue.
Someone needs to stalk the chairman of Random House (parent company)that hired the creepy author.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every time he stepped out of HIS house, cameras were trained on him?....his phone rang every hour for weeks on end...pizza delivery guys showed up with pizza every night?
This individual truly sounds like a Useless Eater, what say you?
” Someone needs to stalk the chairman of Random House (parent company)that hired the creepy author.”
Some good thoughts on the matter here: http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2010/05/mr-creepy-reporter.html
lines can be crossed from either direction.
Maybe the entire Palin family ought to spend this summer peering over the fence at this creep and reporting his every passing of gas on Facebook.
What a bottom-feeder. Random House advanced him? I’ll make a note of that.
Courtesy of Mark Levin, here’s the stalker’s personal email:
feel free to send him your thoughts.
And what is up with the neighbors renting to this clown?
If I were Sarah I would move out for the summer - rent somewhere else themselves. But before they go they should put up a rooster coop and a peacock coop right on the property line for his enjoyment. Those roosters will tick him off every morning at about 4am and the peacocks will bother him the rest of the day and night. She should have a 24 hour surveilance camera running the coops so when he comes over to try and harm the animals he can then be convicted of animal cruelty.
I don’t know, but, maybe the Palin family needs to move into a gated community. Or start their own gated community with only friendlies allowed.
I know it’s putting a burden on her to do this, but it would seriously hamper this guy’s plans...why doesn’t she just trade homes with a friend for the summer, or rent another place for a few months? I’ll bet he’d pack up once he lost access to her and he’d be gone long before the 4th. Then she’d have the rest of the summer to enjoy her home in peace.
She's prolly plenty busy already. Set up some webcams, and let the pajamaheeden stand watch.
True, but it might end this as a tactic from the ultra-left. That might be worth a summer.
We could get a Wasilla police escort to hold a protest in his front yard. Isn't that how the left gets things done?
There was quite a controversy. Malcolm begins her book: "Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible."
Maybe. I've watched them do stupid things that turned out to be a trainwreck, and then keep right on doing them for too long to be willing to bet on it.
Great idea . Freepers are the ones to do it . Deep background must be done on this freak . Address , phone # , bank info and any legal issues , Also list the phone # and addreaa of his publisher. The left are cowards and will run like the little bitches they are when pushed back.
Courtesy of Mark Levin, heres the stalkers personal email:
feel free to send him your thoughts.
“Those in the tried and true anti-Palin camp say she’s
the one who’s out of line and criticize her for being
‘unprofessional and paranoid’.”
Really? Is there anyone famous or otherwise who would or
should feel neutral about a “writer” working on a personal
hit piece moving next door to you?
MacDonald sued McGinnis for breach of contract and got $325,000 for his efforts.
Prayers for her and her family.
Check out the links...who knows how long they’ll last...
Anyone have a PICTURE of the CREEP???
I started following this story last night, and it wasn’t until this morning that it hit me: This is only an issue because of the remoteness of Alaska. This would have gone completely unnoticed in any metro area in the U.S. Had Palin lived in New York, and some guy moved in next door, it wouldn’t have raised eyebrows because a couple hundred thousand people would also live within walking distance.
She should put up a very tall fence and erect a high decibel cannon and point it right at the creep’s house and keep it turned on when he’s there.
THANK YOU!! That picture need to be PLASTERED on EVERY BULLETIN BOARD in EVERY STORE IN ALASKA!!
Yeah, moving next door to her really makes me beleive he's being respectful of her privacy.
More and more people are talking about the Palins as though we’re European, and they’re royalty. 80 million American households out there, and how many do you think are consulted before a new neighbor moves in? The house across the street to me will sell to the first person who agrees to meet the price, that’s the American way. It shouldn’t be any different for anybody.
Yeah, better cache it and start the harassment before someone removes the info. This is just reaching disgusting proportions.
—we really need to know WHO hired Joe, and for how much. This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever encountered in politics.
It’s a public website soliciting business. Who said harass? Maybe the house next door is up for sale.
Who hired him? It wouldn’t take long to trace it back to Media Matters, Center for American Progress, or Moveon.org.
What harassment? She’s an editor. I’m writing a book about a slimy, pedophile author who uses his “journalist” occupation as a cover... to spy on and stalk people. Wondering if she would like to edit the book?
I say we do the same but with more force.
Find his mother and send someone to live next door to her.
This reminds me more and more of when certain FReepers jumped off the deep end and were making plans to harass the waitress at Chuey’s that turned Jenna Bush in for underage drinking. If memory serves me correctly, Jim finally had to put a stop to the nonsense.
Jim has told me to keep my powder dry before.
I don’t believe in playing nicie or living by the rules they impose on us.
One of their most successful strategies is to coerce their opponents into feeling an obligation to live up to every standard possible ie be perfect, or else resign as a failure.
Meanwhile they disregard every standard of decency imaginable.
Their strategy works because A) GOP types are generally stupid/naive; B) GOP types refuse to treat them like the nasty venomous serpents they are.
About the time that fire gets fought with fire the GOP types are gonna run away, apologize, and disavow any knowledge of that person or group. And that is why GOP types are generally losers.
Truth is, he has the hots for her. He is obsessed. He also made a bid to have dinner with her. He didn’t win so.....he will get near to her any way he can.
Sounds like a stalker in the works here.
I certainly see your point, and I agree with you, that’s the way it is. But all I’m saying is you and I don’t have a bullseye painted on our backs by the angry attack liberal media propaganda machine.
I absolutely would not want that for my family, and I would do what I could to prevent/defeat that and give my family peace and security.
That’s all I’m saying.
Obviously, or you’d have ethical problems with the mere idea of harassing someone’s mother as a way to get at them. So, I have to ask, using your own words, what makes you any better than the venomous serpents you claim to oppose?
She should never have given up being governor. She could get into law an anti-stalker law.
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