Robert Kennedy Jr. has just released a new book on a subject that hasn’t been in the news in a long time; the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley. Why would such a crime concern Kennedy? Because the man convicted and found guilty of it was his cousin, Michael Skakel. And according to Kennedy, he was framed.
Framed is a fitting title for Kennedy’s book. It discusses, in detail, the events surrounding and leading up to Moxley’s murder as well as the aftermath of it all. Moxley was found beaten and stabbed to death outside her home in Greenwich, Connecticut on Halloween night, 1975. The weapon used was a golf club. The wealthy, isolated community was rocked by this sudden and senseless crime. Local authorities closed in on one main suspect: Michael Skakel. A neighbor of Martha’s, Skakel was a nephew of Ethel and Robert Kennedy Sr.
According to an article published in Time Magazine, the golf club used in the murder was traced back to the Skakel home. Mosley had previously been romantically involved with Skakel’s older brother, Thomas. A quick interview, though, convinced authorities that he was not the guilty one. The case went cold for many years thereafter, but more than two decades later, detective Mark Fuhrman dug into the case once more and in 2002, Skakel was arrested and sentenced to 20 years to life. After spending more than a decade behind bars, he is up awaiting a retrial and was released on bail. From the looks of it, this case may have some shocking new developments.
Kennedy applies his skills both as a journalist and as a lawyer in this expose, which spares no details in bringing us an account of the events and trial that brings new details into the light. He identifies news suspects and carefully explains how they managed to slip through the hands of the law for so long. As they were not Greenwich residents, they were easily able to avoid the attention of the media. This cannot be said for Skakel. When the search for the murderer first reached the press, Skakel was subject to considerable scrutiny and his family name didn’t help. Reading Kennedy’s interpretation of it all, it almost seems as though Skakel was the victim.
According to Framed, Skakel was the victim of collusion, involving a corrupt defense attorney, a dishonest police officer, a trusted lawyer conspiring against his family, and multiple slanderous writers. It sounds more like a Hollywood movie than a gruesome murder trial. Is any of it true? Only time will tell. Robert Kennedy Jr. would be considered a very reliable source in most legal and journalistic matters, but as he is a blood relative of the accused, all bets are off. One thing is for sure, though; nothing is quite as it seems. There are two sides to every story and the world is about to hear Michael Skakel’s.
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