Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison For a Murder He Didn't Commit
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Product Number: DD27229
Released: Jul 12, 2016
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ISBN: #9781515910008
Narrator/s: Peter Berkrot
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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On Halloween 1975, Martha Moxley was found brutally murdered outside her home in swanky Greenwich, Connecticut. Twenty-seven years after her death, the State of Connecticut spent some $25 million to convict her friend and neighbor, Michael Skakel, of the murder. At Michael's criminal trial, the State offered no physical or forensic evidence, no fingerprints or DNA, no eyewitness linking Michael to the killing. The trial ignited a media firestorm that transfixed the nation. Now, Skakel's cousin, acclaimed attorney and award-winning writer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., solves the baffling whodunit and clears his cousin's name. Kennedy, with meticulous research and reporting, proves that Michael Skakel did not and could not have murdered Martha Moxley. He chronicles how Skakel was, nevertheless, railroaded amidst a media frenzy by the devious actions of a crooked cop, a trio of mendacious writers, a treacherous family lawyer nursing a secret grudge, a narcissistic defense attorney obsessed by the spotlight, a craven prosecutor gone rogue, and a parade of perjuring witnesses. These colorful characters leap off the pages like seedy villains in a dime-store crime novel . . . but it's all true. Kennedy also shows how he tracked down the likely killers, a pair of ghosts who moved in and out of Greenwich and whose presence was detected by neither police nor press during thirty years of costly yet shoddy investigation. Today, those men walk free. This startling expose-an explosive exploration of murder and fame-is the tragic true story of Skakel's conviction that the public has never heard. It is the product of hundreds of interviews with Skakel and those who knew both him and Martha Moxley. Kennedy gives us a real life thriller with twists and turns, and finally answers the forty-year-old question, "Who killed Martha Moxley?" The book is at once a riveting drama and an impassioned critique of the American media and legal system.


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Narrator(s): Peter Berkrot
Genre: True Crime
Product Number Z100118071
Released: Jul 12, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515990000
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Released: Jan 15, 2019
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"In 1975, 15-year-old Martha Moxley was brutally murdered near her own home. She lived in an upscale Greenwich, Connecticut, neighborhood, a neighbor of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, also 15 at the time. Twenty-seven years later, the State of Connecticut charged Skakel with her murder. Narrator Peter Berkrot makes us believe that what he's going to say is really important. Our ears prick up. We are attentive. Berkrot tells Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s, terrible-but-true story of the railroading of Skakel for Moxley's killing. Berkrot gives Kennedy's impeccable research the gravitas it deserves. He outlines the media frenzy during the trial as well as the facts that there was no physical evidence linking Skakel to the crime and that there were favors exchanged for phony confessions. Berkrot delivers this fascinating account of an innocent man trapped in a corrupt judicial system. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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