Journalist and author Malcolm MacPherson was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. At 11, he survived a car accident that killed his parents and was raised by relatives. He graduated from Trinity College in 1965 and served in the Marine Corps. He became a correspondent for Newsweek, where he covered numerous wars and conflicts including the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey and the Arab-Israeli war of 1973. He left the magazine in 1978 in order to become a full-time author. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction books including The Lucifer Key (1981), The Blood of His Servants (1984), In Cahoots (1994), Roberts Ridge (2005), and Hocus Potus (2007). He also did free-lance work for Time magazine. He died of a heart attack on January 17, 2009 at the age of 65.