Moxley murder unsolved after 24 years.
UPI Story - 8:09 AM ET October 29, 1999
BOSTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) Kennedy clan cousin Michael Skakel reveals for the
first time in a book proposal that he tried to kiss a 15-year- old
neighbor just hours before her bludgeoned body was discovered in
Greenwich, Conn., 24 years ago Halloween Eve.
Michael and his brother Thomas, nephews of Ethel Kennedy, widow of Sen.
Robert F. Kennedy, have been described by authorities as prime suspects
in the 1975 unsolved slaying of Martha Moxley.
The Boston Herald Friday reported it has obtained a copy of Michael
Skakel's 38-page book proposal, which has since been quashed by his
attorney, Michael Sherman.
The Herald said a one-judge grand jury in Connecticut has been gathering
evidence in the case and has just two months before either issuing
indictments or closing the case.
Moxley's body was found under a pine tree in posh Greenwich, Conn., on
Halloween Eve 1975. She had been beaten to death with a golf club
belonging to the Skakel family.
Michael Skakel was 15 at the time, while brother Thomas was 17. The
brothers have insisted they had nothing to do with the slaying.
Michael Skakel collaborated on the book proposal with author Richard
Hoffman. Some nine hours of tape recorded conversations between the two
have been reviewed by investigators.
In the book proposal, Michael Skakel allegedly admitted having been
drinking the night of the slaying with his siblings and Kenneth
Littleton, a live-in tutor.
He said Moxley and some other neighborhood kids were in his family's
kitchen, and he remarked to Littleton that "I thought Martha was really
He then allegedly asked her to join him for a cigarette outside in his
father's Lincoln, which, according to the proposal, was referred to by
his siblings as the "lustmobile."
He is quoted as saying that he "really liked her" and "wanted to kiss
her," but she declined because she had to go home because her mother had
given her a 9 p.m. deadline.
Michael Skakel reportedly gave investigators conflicting alibis in the
years following the slaying, including admitting that later, when he
couldn't sleep, he climbed a tree outside the Moxley home and threw
pebbles at her bedroom window.
Sherman dismissed the quotes in the book proposal, saying they "are the
spin and the story created by an author whose primary interest is
writing a book, selling it and marketing."
Hoffman, who has testified before the grand jury, said he is convinced
Michael Skakel is innocent. He said if he thought Michael was a
murderer, "I wouldn't do a book with him."