Originally Posted by JTF
What happened was that MacDonald gave a general description of his assailants at the time of the MacDonald murders and this was relayed to Detective Beasley, who was a front line local police officer. It fitted the Stoeckley gang who were known to the local police.
For some unknown reason best known to the genius detectives of the Army CID, with their brilliant detection, the suspects were disregarded by the Army CID. They were being held by Detective Beasley at the local police station. Beasley had to let the suspects go because of the CID lack of interest and the police records of their names were later mysteriously 'lost' probably by Murtagh and Blackburn. The Army CID had wrongly decided MacDonald did it right from the start. It was just the same in the JonBenet Ramsey case with the same sort of lousy detectives.
There is background information to all this in the cross-examination of Detective Beasley during the 1979 MacDonald trial: