TOPIC: Wounds

The following is a list of the wounds inflicted upon the MacDonald family.  The number and listing of wounds on Jeffrey MacDonald's body was not consistent, so I will only list the wounds that were catalogued by a majority of the physicians who examined him at Womack Hospital.

Colette MacDonald

Body of Colette MacDonald in master bedroom
Body of Colette MacDonald in master bedroom
Body of Colette MacDonald in master bedroom
Body of Colette MacDonald in master bedroom
Colette sustained severe blunt trauma injuries to her head and arms.  She was struck at least six times in the head with a blunt object, resulting in lacerations to her right temple, left temple, forehead, and on top of her head.  All of these lacerations were deep enough to expose bone.  She also received two blows under her chin resulting in extensive bruising to the left front chin area and the right front chin area.  There was a small fracture in the midline portion of Colette's skull.  The blunt trauma injuries to Colette's arms were defensive-type wounds.  Colette's right wrist was fractured and the inner aspect of her upper arm bore an extensive bruise and a superficial abrasion.  The fingers and hand of her right arm had extensive black and blue marks associated with abrasions.  Her left arm was also fractured in two places.  Colette sustained nine deep knife wounds at the front of her neck, seven deep knife wounds to her chest, and 21 puncture wounds to her chest area.  Colette's chest also bore a pattern bruise which indicated she had been struck at arm's length by a bayonet-type thrust with the end of a blunt object.

Kimberley MacDonald

Body of Kimberley MacDonald in south bedroom
Body of Kimberley MacDonald in south bedroom
Kimberley was struck at least three times in the head with a blunt object.  The first blow resulted in her blood being spattered on the door frame leading to the master bedroom.  Kimberley's right cheek, right ear, and right mastoid area had overlapping black and blue marks and irregular abrasions.  Her right eye was recessed and she had a fractured nose which was deviated to the right.  Her left cheekbone was fractured and a piece of the cheekbone was protruding through the skin.  Kimberley's skull showed multiple fractures and the dome portion of her skull was fractured through its entire thickness, and slightly dislocated.  Eight to 10 deep knife wounds were found on the right side of her neck.

Kristen MacDonald

Body of Kristen MacDonald in north bedroom
Body of Kristen MacDonald in north bedroom
Kristen sustained 12 gaping knife wounds to her upper back, four wounds to the chest, and one wound to the neck.  Two of the wounds to her back penetrated her heart, causing massive internal bleeding.  Fifteen shallow puncture wounds were found in her chest as well as multiple cuts on both of her hands.  There was a through-and-through laceration of the skin involving the middle of the right ring finger.  This laceration was deep enough to expose bone and the index finger of the right hand revealed a triangular flap of skin.

Jeffrey MacDonald

MacDonald sustained bruising over the left eye beneath the hairline, a superficial stab wound of the upper left arm, and a superficial stab wound of the left bicep.  He also received a superficial laceration of the left index finger and a superficial stab wound to the left abdomen in the form of an upside down "V."  Several small puncture-type wounds were present on the upper left chest.  None of the wounds required suturing.  A neat and clean stab wound, one-centimeter in length, was located between two ribs on the right side of his chest and resulted in a collapse of the right lung.