10 episodes

From Marc Smerling, the creator behind The Jinx and Crimetown, comes a story of murder, friendship and betrayal. In 1979, Ex-Green Beret Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald was convicted of the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. When he meets a famous young journalist named Joe McGinniss, the two become fast friends. Joe agrees to write a book about Jeff’s case to finally reveal the truth. The book, Fatal Vision, became a smash bestseller and a TV limited series watched by millions of people. But the story it told wasn’t the story Jeff expected…And that sets off a series of events that ruins both their lives.

Morally Indefensible is a companion to the FX docuseries, A Wilderness of Error coming to FX September 25, and streaming next day on Hulu.

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From Marc Smerling, the creator behind The Jinx and Crimetown, comes a story of murder, friendship and betrayal. In 1979, Ex-Green Beret Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald was convicted of the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. When he meets a famous young journalist named Joe McGinniss, the two become fast friends. Joe agrees to write a book about Jeff’s case to finally reveal the truth. The book, Fatal Vision, became a smash bestseller and a TV limited series watched by millions of people. But the story it told wasn’t the story Jeff expected…And that sets off a series of events that ruins both their lives.

Morally Indefensible is a companion to the FX docuseries, A Wilderness of Error coming to FX September 25, and streaming next day on Hulu.

    Introducing | Firebug

    Introducing | Firebug

    From the co-creator of The Ballad of Billy Balls, Crimetown, and the host of Morally Indefensible comes a new podcast, Firebug.  In the early 1990s, a manuscript for a novel called “Points of Origin” lands at literary agencies across the country.  It tells the story of a fictional serial arsonist who lights up southern California.  The thing is… the fires described in the novel may actually be real.  Was Points of Origin a work of fiction, or the confessions of a prolific arsonist and murderer?  Host Kary Antholis goes on a journey to figure out where fiction meets reality.  
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    • 2 min
    Chapter Eight | The Final Witness

    Chapter Eight | 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. The prosecution calls to the stand...Joe McGinniss.
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    • 36 min
    Chapter Seven | Morally Indefensible

    Chapter Seven | Morally Indefensible

    Joe McGinniss takes a page from Jeffrey MacDonald’s playbook and invites famous journalist Janet Malcolm to write about the lawsuit -- She’ll understand…Or will she?


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    • 33 min
    Chapter Six | How Many Lies Would You Tell to Get to the Truth?

    Chapter Six | How Many Lies Would You Tell to Get to the Truth?

    Jeffrey MacDonald finally gets his day in court…civil court, that is. He sues Joe McGinniss for betraying him and lying in his book.


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    • 32 min
    Chapter Five | Friends Become Enemies

    Chapter Five | Friends Become Enemies

    Joe McGinniss’s book finally comes out.  It’s called Fatal Vision.  Jeffrey MacDonald learns what his old friend wrote about him… on national television.
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    • 26 min
    Chapter Four | The Confessions

    Chapter Four | The Confessions

    Jeffrey MacDonald’s new lawyers uncover some startling new evidence.  Could the murderous hippies be real after all?
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

D-Litty ,

Interesting Story

The podcast covers the murders of the families. At times, the details mentioned are very specific and gruesome but necessary to the case. It focuses more on the Joe and Jeff and the relationship they had while the trial and corresponding coverage was happening. I would definitely recommend.

TheManInRI ,

Where is episode 3?!

Where is episode 3?! So annoying.

elhokay ,

Excellent!

I’m currently listening to this podcast for the second time. I listened to it about a year ago. It is so good, and one of my all-time favorites. I am from NC, and have family in Fayetteville. Many, many years ago, I rode by the base housing where McDonald murdered his family. My Aunt went to school with Helena, and said she was a lost & troubled, but gentle girl. McDonald is GUILTY as sin.

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