"Consider Ivory," McCoy continued, "a guy of his low rank and meager experience, 26 years old, with absolutely no command authority, heading up his very first murder case, this green investigator should not go into the Fort Gordon lab and pick out evidence and mess with it. I'm talking about the piece of skin now. Then it vanished! Who let him have the run of the lab like that?"
COMMENT: At one point, the book intimates that McCoy's knowledge of this case was limited which indicates that all of the information contained in this excerpt was provided to McCoy by Bost and Potter. The first clue is McCoy's reference to Ivory being 26 years old at the time of the murders. In the original hardback version of Fatal Justice, the authors state that Ivory was only 26 years old when he entered the crime scene. That is false. William Ivory was 30 years old when he investigated this murder case and he had enough command authority to oversee the crime scene prior to Franz Grebner's arrival.
Robert Shaw had 7 years of experience as a CID investigator, yet he had to follow Ivory's instructions during the initial stages of the investigation. Ivory may have been green in terms of murder investigations, but he was involved in narcotics cases for almost a decade. In a few of those cases, people were murdered in drug deals, so Ivory was hardly intimidated by the MacDonald crime scene. While still in its container, Ivory asked to look at the piece of skin or surgeon's glove under a microscope and Ivory stated he never removed the item from its container. McCoy intimates that Ivory lost the piece of skin or surgeon's glove, but it's clear that this evidentiary item was lost by a Fort Gordon lab technician.
"Where'd Ivory get the balls to cover up his knowledge of Stoeckley's wig, her boots, the lack of alibi, yes, and Ivory's own avowed knowledge that her friends were dangerous little *****? Who let him get by so long with that cockamamie theory that MacDonald staged the scene?"
COMMENT: Again, most of the information in this rant was supplied to McCoy by Bost and Potter. There is no way of knowing how the authors couched the data presented in the "heart" of their files, but I would hazard to guess that it was presented in a one-sided fashion. Stoeckley's possession of a wig wasn't exactly a secret and roommate Kathy Smith claimed that the wig in question was actually her own. Similar to the wig issue, Ivory didn't cover up the existence of boots that were found at the residence of Cathy Perry. There is documentation of the CID obtaining the boots from Perry's landlord and a macroscopic examination determined that no blood was on the boots.
Two days after the murders, Stoeckley told Fayetteville Observer Reporter Pat Reese that she had no memory of her whereabouts due to excessive drug use. Ivory was simply one of several individuals who was given this same explanation by Stoeckley. Ivory's avowed knowledge came from his personal experiences with drug addicts and dealers. The FACT that the drug world is a dangerous place is hardly eye-opening information. Lastly, the origin of the staged scene theory was a group effort which included Ivory, Robert Shaw, and Franz Grebner. The rest of the CID endorsed the theory and for several years, the FBI used the living room at 544 Castle Drive in their literature as a prime example of a staged crime scene.