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Sunday, March 12, 2006

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Fans of Janet Malcolm's "The Journalist and the Murderer" (the one that begins "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. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.")
will be relieved that the delicious doubts sewn by that book have yet to be dispelled:
The hair of a former Army doctor convicted in the slayings of his wife and two daughters was found in his dead wife's hand, according to long-awaited results of DNA testing made public yesterday.
But testing of another hair, under the fingernail of Jeffrey MacDonald's youngest daughter, showed that it came from an unidentified person, a find that MacDonald's supporters say bolsters his case.