OCT. 30, 1975
Martha Moxley, 15, fails to show up at home after roaming her neighborhood in Greenwich with friends. Her body is found bludgeoned and stabbed, half-hidden beneath pine trees. A broken golf club found nearby is believed to have been used in the killing. The murder rattles the town, which is considered extremely safe.
Nearly two years after the teenager’s death, many Greenwich residents wonder why a broad police investigation has yielded no arrests. Martha was last seen alive on the lawn of a friend, Thomas Skakel, 17, Michael’s older brother. The brothers are nephews of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy. The police trace the golf club used in the killing to the collection of the Skakel family. Thomas and another young man are considered suspects, though both pass lie detector tests.
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For two years, Michael Skakel attends the Elan School in Poland Spring, Maine, a private institution which, at the time, catered to children with mental health and substance abuse problems. According to numerous accounts, Mr. Skakel blurted out during a group-therapy session that he had killed Ms. Moxley. But Joe Ricci, the school’s owner, denied that such a confession had occurred.
EARLY JUNE 1998
A book written by Mark Fuhrman, a former Los Angeles police detective known for his role in the O.J. Simpson case, singles out Mr. Skakel as the likely killer, reigniting interest in the case two decades later.
MID-JUNE TO AUGUST 1998
The State of Connecticut appoints an investigator and a one-man grand jury in the Moxley case. Soon after, a possible break in the investigation surfaces when a former suspect, Kenneth Littleton, who lived next door to Martha Moxley, testifies before the grand jury in exchange for immunity. The focus now falls on Thomas and Michael Skakel, but both deny involvement in the killing. Then a close Skakel family friend and a neighbor of Martha’s, Mildred Ix, talks to the grand jury. Her daughter, Helen, then 15, had been with Martha, Thomas and Michael, then 15, the night of the killing.
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