likely wounded self
By J.A. Johnson Jr., Greenwich Time
Boston police have all but concluded severe knife wounds suffered in July by a former suspect in the 1975 Martha Moxley murder resulted from an apparent suicide attempt.
"Nothing the detectives have obtained in the investigation has led them to believe it was anything other than self-inflicted," Detective Sgt. Margot Hill said Friday.
Kenneth Littleton, 47, had been a suspect in the Moxley murder until August 1998, when he was given immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony before a grand jury that was convened two months earlier to investigate the case.
Early the morning of July 21, Littleton was found by his girlfriend laying in a pool of blood in the apartment they share in Boston's Beacon Hill section.
Littleton's girlfriend, Anne Drake, was detained for questioning but quickly released.
In an interview days after the incident, Drake said Littleton - who suffers from bipolar disorder - was obsessed about perceived plots against him the night before he stabbed himself. The incident occurred a day after Littleton was discharged from a Boston-area mental hospital.
Hill said Littleton, who returned to his apartment following his release from the hospital, has refused to meet with detectives. Although every indication points toward a failed suicide, she said, the case cannot be closed until the interview takes place.
"It's a loose end that has to be tied down," Hill said.
When 15-year-old Moxley was murdered the evening of Oct. 30, 1975, it was Littleton's first day as a live-in tutor at the Greenwich home of the Skakel family, who are relatives of the Kennedys.
Littleton was a suspect in the murder for more than 20 years. After a grand jury was convened last summer in an attempt to solve the Greenwich girl's murder, Littleton was given immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony.
Two of those Littleton had been hired to tutor - Michael and Thomas Skakel, nephews of Ethel and the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy - remain suspects in the Moxley case. Police said Moxley, who lived across the street from the Skakels, was with the Skakel brothers the night she was slain, and the murder weapon was a 6-iron from a set of golf clubs owned by the Skakel family.
Littleton had harbored the notion over the years that the well-connected Skakel and Kennedy clans were responsible for his being a suspect in the homicide. During his two decades as a murder suspect, Littleton was unable to hold jobs, his mental condition deteriorated and he abused alcohol and drugs.