Key investigator in Moxley case dies from cancer.
By Lindsay Faber - Greenwich Time
Stephen X. Carroll, 70, the retired Greenwich police detective who played an active role in the investigation of the Martha Moxley murder even after he left the force, died Wednesday at Greenwich Hospital.
The cause of death was complications from kidney cancer, his children said.
Carroll joined the Greenwich Police Department in 1954 and began investigating the Moxley murder in 1975, when the teenage girl was found slain on her family's lawn Oct. 31, 1975.
He retired two years later, in 1977, after 23 years of service as a patrolman, marine division officer and detective.
Years later, in the early 1990s, Carroll faced the criticism of much of the department when he chose to take another look at the murder by cooperating with author and former Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mark Fuhrman on "Murder in Greenwich," the 1998 book that concluded that 41-year-old Michael Skakel was Moxley's murderer.
Police formally charged Skakel with murder in January 2000, and the case is scheduled to go to trial early next year.
"I did what I thought should be done. If you tell the truth, you never have to remember what you say," Carroll said last month when accepting an award for his courage from the Horseneck Republicans. "Some people didn't like it, but that's too bad. I only wish more of my colleagues were with me on it."
Fuhrman, who gained notoriety as a detective on the O.J. Simpson case, was not immediately available for comment yesterday.
Carroll was a founding member and president of the Silver Shield Association and the vice president of the Retired Police Officers Association of Greenwich. He also served as vice president of the Glenville Senior Center and president of the Bruce Men's Golf Club, and was an ardent supporter of Meals on Wheels of Greenwich, according to his daughter, Suzanne Carroll, 44, of Riverside.
"When you think of Steve Carroll, you think of a man who touched many people, a man who was always positive and optimistic about a situation," said Carroll's son, Sean Carroll, 36, of Wilton. "He really treated people the way he wanted to be treated. He probably helped a lot of people along the way."
For the Moxley family, Carroll's role was heroic.
"My sister's case was never something somebody told him he had to be involved in," John Moxley said. "It was something he wanted to do. He was a real stand-up guy."
And Dominick Dunne, the Vanity Fair columnist and author who penned "A Season in Purgatory," the 1994 novel based on the murder, said it took "guts" for Carroll to speak out about the Moxley case knowing he would be chastised by his peers.
"I just have nothing but admiration for that man," Dunne said. "He was so brave and he just wanted that case to be solved. And I thought it took a lot of guts."
Even those who did not agree with his public comments about the Moxley investigation remember a man they will always respect.
The prosecution's lead investigator, state inspector Frank Garr -- who took Carroll's detective position after he retired -- said he will remember Carroll as a great man and an equally great detective.
"Unfortunately, in more recent days, I didn't agree with everything Steve was doing in regards to the Moxley case but obviously those things are insignificant at this point," Garr said. "I always liked him and had the utmost respect for him. I'm very sad."
In addition to his wife, Bernice I. Carroll, Carroll is survived by son Sean, daughter Suzanne, and another son, Stephen Carroll Jr. of Portland, Ore. He also is survived by a sister, Theresa C. Carroll of Stamford, and five grandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Castiglione Funeral Home, Hamilton Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Horseneck Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830