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RICHMOND, Va. - Lawyers for a former Green Beret convicted in the 1970 slayings of his wife and daughters, a crime dramatized in the best seller and miniseries "Fatal Vision," say a new witness has come forward and the court should throw out his murder convictions.
A former deputy U.S. marshal now says he heard a defense witness tell a prosecutor she was inside Jeffrey MacDonald's home the night of the killings, according to a motion filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jimmy B. Britt, who was part of the security detail for MacDonald's 1979 trial, says he heard prosecutor James Blackburn tell the witness he would indict her for murder if she told the same story in court.
...Blackburn denies the allegation.
"She never told us she was there," Blackburn told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I never threatened her with murder prosecution. She testified at the trial that she was not there. I don't know why this man is coming forward 25 years later. I don't know what his motivation is, but he's simply mistaken."
Blackburn entered private practice soon after the MacDonald trial and later spent 3 1/2 months in prison for forgery, fraud embezzlement and obstruction of justice unrelated to the case. He was disbarred and now works as a motivational speaker.
Attie was defending the honor of two recently bashed aussie lifeguards and the whiteness of the sands at Cronulla. Or maybe that's Sir Anthony Hopkins. Hard to tell those two apart once the shirts come off and they start to growl. Trust me, I so know.
On Somewhat Watching The Thief of Baghdad Yet Again
There are no denizens of any profession less sexy than than actors, movie stars especially, but oh that Sabu.
Poor boy, poor man. You deserve better than complaints against exoticism (the horror) and claims of circus reduction:
(Rediff)...In the late 1940s and 1950s, he was among the richest stars in Hollywood. In an era in which white actors often played Asian characters, Sabu was respected not only for his physique but also for his natural acting abilities. He was a friend to many Hollywood actors including James Stewart and Ronald Reagan.
His fortunes declined in the 1960s. He lost money in business deals. And though his films remained perennial hits on television, to many in the younger generation they represented a defense of imperialism and the complaint that they were full of inane and exotic images increased with each passing year.
Sabu, who acted in A Tiger Walks in 1964, the year he died, was reduced to performing in a circus in the early 1960s but the Mysore-born actor wanted to go back to India to shoot a sequel to Thief of Baghdad. Sabu was just 40 when he died; his widow Marilyn never married again. "When you were married to someone so special like Sabu, how could you think of sharing life with another man?" she said in an interview a few years ago.
You deserved better than 20% Joe too. And now I'm mourning Shaik on spec. Below, a reply to a brief and mostly defunct web tribute that shines as an accidental, but entirely worthy, testament to Sabu's greatness:
It's been a long time now, but I knew Sabu as a teen-ager. Your facts are correct in his biography. What I can add is that his brother's name was Shaik, and he was killed in a robbery of his furniture store. Sabu's agent was Joe Espitalier who lived in Escondido CA. He was known as "20% Joe" because he collected 20% instead of the usual 10%. This is not of great interest to today's public, but I was reminded of the days when I knew him. 3:25 AM