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It's the summer of 1979, and writer Joe McGinniss is desperate to find his next bestseller. He reads about an old murder case heading back to court: Former Green Beret surgeon Jeffery MacDonald will go on trial for the... Read More
It's the summer of 1979, and writer Joe McGinniss is desperate to find his next bestseller. He reads about an old murder case heading back to court: Former Green Beret surgeon Jeffery MacDonald will go on trial for the murders of his pregnant wife and daughters nine years earlier. Joe and Jeff become fast friends as they strike a deal: Joe will write about Jeff's plight, with the kind of insider access few writers ever experience.

Morally Indefensible is the story of the relationship between a true crime writer and a convicted killer. Using never-before-heard tapes, found audio, and original interviews, we'll re-investigate the murders that brought them together, their four-year friendship, and the book that tore both their lives apart.
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Episode: 01

Episode Date: 08/18/2020

Episode Duration: 31:11 mins

FEBRUARY 17TH, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald was the all-American boy. A green beret doctor with the perfect family.

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Episode: 02

Episode Date: 08/18/2020

Episode Duration: 34:35 mins

THE TRIAL

At Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald's murder trial, journalist Joe McGinniss comes face to face with the evidence.

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Episode: 03

Episode Date: 08/25/2020

Episode Duration: 26:19 mins

PEN PALS

Joe heads home to write his book about Jeff’s case while Jeff sits in prison serving three life sentences.

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Episode: 04

Episode Date: 09/01/2020

Episode Duration: 26:53 mins

THE CONFESSIONS

Jeffrey MacDonald's new lawyers uncover some startling new evidence.

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Episode: 05

Episode Date: 09/08/2020

Episode Duration: 22:02 mins

FRIENDS BECOME ENEMIES

Joe McGinniss's book finally comes out. It's called Fatal Vision.

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Episode: 06

Episode Date: 09/15/2020

Episode Duration: 28:36 mins

HOW MANY LIES WOULD YOU TELL TO GET TO THE TRUTH?

Jeffrey MacDonald finally gets his day in court... civil court, that is.

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Episode: 07

Episode Date: 09/22/2020

Episode Duration: 28:55 mins

MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE

Joe McGinniss takes a page from Jeffrey MacDonald's playbook and invites famous journalist Janet Malcolm to write about the lawsuit.

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Episode: 08

Episode Date: 09/24/2020

Episode Duration: 31:33 mins

THE FINAL WITNESS

After more than thirty years in prison, Jeffrey MacDonald is granted a new hearing to present evidence that may finally set him free.

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