Ex-tutor of kin to Kennedys stabbed
By Daniel Vasquez, Globe Staff, 07/22/99

Former tutor for two Kennedy family nephews linked closely to the 1975 murder of a Connecticut teenager was found bleeding severely yesterday morning in his Beacon Hill apartment, the apparent victim of a stabbing, police said.

Police officers were called to the second-floor apartment at 122 Bowdoin St. just before 5 a.m by the girlfriend of Kenneth Littleton, investigators said. It was the morning after Littleton's 43d birthday. ''We were called to the house for someone who was reported sick. We found a stabbing, which is now under investigation,'' said Sergeant Detective Margot Hill, Boston police spokeswoman. Hill did not give further details but said, ''We're trying to determine if this was self-inflicted.''

In 1975, Littleton was a live-in tutor for Michael and Thomas Skakel, nephews of Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy. Both brothers for years have been named as suspects in the slaying of Martha Moxley, a next-door neighbor, and both have denied involvement.

Moxley, who was beaten and stabbed with shafts from a golf club, was found dead in her yard in Greenwich. The golf club was traced to the Skakel brothers' home. Littleton was in the home at the time of the murder. A police source said officers arrived at Littleton's apartment across from the State House to find Littleton bleeding heavily from his chest. Detectives found a 12-inch knife-sharpening tool and a 10-inch kitchen knife, wrapped in towels. They also found burned pieces of a note near Littleton's body, according to the police report.

The source said Anne Drake, 48, who has lived in the apartment for 24 years and invited Littleton to move in five years ago, told police she last saw him about 10:30 p.m. Monday. When Drake went to bed, Littleton stayed up watching television, according to police reports.

Drake also told investigators that Littleton had been acting paranoid lately, telling her that ''people were trying to kill him,'' according to police reports.

At about 4:50 a.m., Drake was awakened by a loud thump in the apartment. She got up and found her boyfriend stumbling and bleeding and called police. Neighbors told detectives that they did not hear any loud noises that morning.