"Moxley Case Interest Sparks New Web Site"
By J.A. Johnson Jr., Staff Writer

The unsolved 1975 murder of Greenwich teenager Martha Moxley has been national news for years, and public interest in the case has only grown with the recent publication of true-crime books about the case and the long-awaited convening of a grand jury.

But it would appear fascination with the murder mystery that has stumped authorities for more than two decades is not limited to those in the U.S., as an Internet site devoted to the Moxley case has been created by a man in Austria. The "Who Murdered Martha Moxley" Web site is the work of Robert Steiner, a native of Villach, Austria, and graduate student of history and German literature at the University of Klagenfurt.

In e-mail correspondence with Greenwich Time, Steiner explained he became interested in the Moxley case after learning of it from a visitor to another of his Web site containing links to unsolved homicides from around the world. "I had never heard of it before, but after taking a closer look I thought it was worth making a special Web site" about the case, Steiner wrote. "In fact, I wondered that nobody had done this before."

The first thing one sees upon visiting the Moxley Web site is a color photograph of the 15-year-old murder victim, taken shortly before she was brutally bludgeoned and stabbed to death with a golf club the evening of Oct. 30, 1975. Above the photo, the question of who is the girl's killer is posed. Below it - and because the two suspects are relatives of one of the most prominent U.S. political families - is a possible answer: "Perhaps a Nephew of Ethel Kennedy?"

What follows is a synopsis of the case that brings the visitor from the day of the crime to July of this year, when a grand jury began hearing testimony from witnesses to further probe the Moxley murder. Accompanying the text are photographs of suspects Michael and Thomas Skakel - the Kennedy nephews - and former suspect Kenneth Littleton.

The Skakel brothers and Littleton are the three people authorities had for years identified as suspects in the murder. The Skakels, 15 and 17 years old at the time, were next-door neighbors of Moxley and were with the victim the night she was killed with a golf club owned by the Skakel family. Littleton, a teacher a the private Brunswick School in Greenwich, had been hired as the Skakel brother's live-in tutor and moved into the Skakel residence the night of the murder.

Littleton, who is among the 15 or so witnesses to have appeared so far before the grand jury, was eliminated as a suspect when he was granted immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony. The grand jury in recess until after Labor Day.

Also found on Steiner's Web site are more than a dozen articles about the case from major U.S. newspapers, and a review of the two non-fiction books, "Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley," by former Los Angeles police detective mark Fuhrman, and "Greentown: Murder and Mystery in Greenwich, America's Wealthiest Community," by Timothy Dumas, as well as Dominick Dunne's Moxley- inspired novel, "A Season in Purgatory."

In one of his e-mail transmissions, Steiner spoke of how he designed the Moxley Web site shortly before Fuhrman's book was published in April of this year. "It was just by pure chance that at the same time the Fuhrman book came out and the case got new momentum with the beginning of the grand jury investigation," Steiner wrote. "Since then, I am trying to follow the news coverage closely and to put the most interesting articles on my site."

The Moxley Web site can be found at: www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/6865/ moxley.html.

While visiting the site, one can access another of Steiner's sites, "Unsolved Murder Cases," which offers accounts of historic and contemporary homicide cases, from the 19th Century Jack the Ripper Slayings in London to the 1996 murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo.

"This page is intended to become the most comprehensive collection of links to unsolved murder Web sites worldwide," states the Web site's preface.

Steiner explained in an e-mail, "My interest in murder mysteries was not triggered by a single case, it was more of an evolutionary process. As a child, I was fascinated by all the UFO and X-files stuff, but when I grew up I could not believe in all those things anymore. The mysteries that are interesting to me now are the real life mysteries."