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Mark Fuhrman Discusses his Book "Murder in Greenwich"

Aired June 19, 1998 - 8:35 a.m. ET


BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: A Superior Court judge will reopen investigation of a 1975 murder of a teenager in Greenwich, Connecticut. Judge George Thin (ph) has been appointed a one-man grand jury to investigate the death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley.

Two nephews of Robert and Ethel Kennedy were identified as suspects back in the mid '70s, but were never charged. Former L.A. police detective Mark Fuhrman, the best remembered witness from the O.J. Simpson trial, has now written a book about the Moxley killing entitled "Murdich (ph) in Greenwich" -- or "Murder," rather "in Greenwich."

Mark Fuhrman joins us live from New York.

Nice to see you. We meet on different terms this time.


HEMMER: I know your book came out in May, but this past week, this new investigation has been opened up. But in your murder, or in your book rather, you directly tie the nephews of Ethel Kennedy to this case. Tell us why you think they're responsible?

FUHRMAN: Well, you know, even back in 1975 and as most recently -- even as recent as last year -- Michael Skakel was not a suspect. He was effectively eliminated because of an alibi that placed him someplace else during the supposed time of death of Martha.

Tommy, on the other hand, was the last to see Martha alive and was immediately considered a suspect, even though there was really no other evidence and he passed a polygraph.

HEMMER: So then, what's the new evidence now, 23 years later? How can this case turn?

FUHRMAN: Well, the case, you know, effectively, was scattered in bits and pieces all over the place, and I came up with new witnesses and new evidence. But Michael Skakel himself inserted himself as a suspect 17 years after his original statement to the police. He changed it.

He said, "Well, when I came home at 11:20, I didn't stay in the house. What I did is I went back out at 11:40." And he stayed out until 12:35 a.m. and did several things in several locations that only the suspect would do and say.

So it's interesting what he did. And then he, at certain points in the next couple years, confessed to the killing and told a counselor about a murder weapon that only the suspect would have known where it was left.

HEMMER: Have you talked with the police who are investigators in Connecticut?

FUHRMAN: I am in contact with the authorities that are handling the grand jury.

HEMMER: And some of them say your book, you know -- some say and, you know, others have claimed that it's opened up the case, reopened the case. Others say that's hogwash. What's your position on this? Has it indeed helped solve this case?

FUHRMAN: Well, I know it's not hogwash. The first thing is I know it's being used quite effectively to outline the investigation that's still ongoing. And, you know, I contributed to the work of a lot of people over the years. But I effectively put it together in one book, one piece of work, and then actually came out and made statements and characterized suspects and witnesses in their proper light. I think that is one thing that's been very effective in bringing about a grand jury.

HEMMER: Do you know, or do you think, this case will be solved?

FUHRMAN: I think it will be solved, yes. I think it's effectively almost there. Now, if there's going to be a prosecution, of course, a grand jury's going to tell us that.

But a grand jury's going to illicit a lot of things. A lot of hesitant people are going to have to testify, and a lot of people that refused to cooperate will now cooperate, which brings about leads for more investigation. So it's not over yet, even if the grand jury doesn't lead to an inditement.

HEMMER: Just a few seconds left here. You're a man of controversy, certainly. That's how we all learned of you. How are you received as an author?

FUHRMAN: Well, I'm still kind of confused about being called an author. I'm still, in my mind, a detective. That's just what I'm doing.

HEMMER: Maybe I'm a little confused, too, when I call you an author.

FUHRMAN: Yes, it sounds funny and it feels funny. But I'm doing exactly what I always did. You know, I'm still working on detective cases, and I'm writing like I think as a detective. So it's kind of a weird transition right now.

HEMMER: The book is "Murder in Greenwich"; the author, Mark Fuhrman, live in New York. Thanks.

FUHRMAN: Thank you, Bill.