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Martha Elizabeth Moxley (August 16, 1960October 30, 1975) was a fifteen-year-old murder victim in a case that attracted worldwide publicity. [1] August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


Born in San Francisco, California, Martha and her family moved to Belle Haven, an exclusive section of Greenwich, Connecticut, in the summer of 1974. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Settled 1640 Joined Connecticut 1656 Government type Representative town meeting  - First selectman James A. Lash  - Town administrator Edward Gomeau  - Town meeting moderator Thomas J. Byrne Area    - City 174. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


Just 15 months later, on the evening of October 30, 1975, Martha left with friends to attend a Halloween party at the Skakel home, one block away. She reportedly had crushes on both Michael and Thomas Skakel (nephews of Ethel Skakel Kennedy), and both boys often fought over the girl. According to friends, Martha began flirting with and eventually kissing Thomas Skakel. Martha was last seen "falling together behind the fence" near the pool in the Skakel backyard at around 9:30 p.m. October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois) is a member of the Kennedy political family by her marriage to Robert F. Kennedy. ...


The next day, Martha's body was found underneath a tree in the Moxley backyard. Her pants and underwear were pulled down, but she had not been sexually assaulted. Pieces of a broken six-iron golf club were found near the body. An autopsy indicated she had been both bludgeoned and stabbed with the club, which was traced back to the Skakel home. Thomas Skakel was the last person to be seen with Martha the night of the murder, and had a weak alibi. Thomas became the prime suspect, but his father forbade access to Thomas' school and mental health records, and the case languished for decades. In the meantime, several books were published about the crime, including Timothy Dumas' A Wealth of Evil, and a novel, A Season In Purgatory, by Dominick Dunne, based on the Moxley case. Golf club can mean several things: For the piece of sports equipment, see golf club (equipment) For an organization (whether non-profit or for profit) enrolling members and maintaining a golf course for their use, see country club. ... Dominick Dunne, born October 29, 1925 in Hartford, CT, is an American writer and investigative journalist describing the way high society interacts with the judiciary system. ...


Over the years, both Thomas and Michael significantly changed their alibis for the night of Martha's murder. Michael claimed that he had been window-peeping and masturbating in a tree beside the Moxley property from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Two former students of a drug rehab center, which Michael Skakel attended in 1978, testified that they heard Michael confess to killing Martha with a golf club after she refused to have sex, then bragged, "I'm going to get away with murder. I'm a Kennedy."


Martha's murder remained unsolved until 2000 when, after a lengthy grand jury investigation, Michael Skakel was charged with her murder. On June 7, 2002, a jury in Norwalk, Connecticut, convicted Michael Skakel in the murder of Martha Moxley. This article is about the year 2000. ... A grand jury is a type of jury, in the common law legal system, which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial. ... June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1651 Consolidated 1913 Government type Mayor-council Mayor Dick Moccia Area    - City 36. ...


Michael Skakel is currently serving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. His appeals to the Connecticut Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court were rejected.[2]


Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Skakel's cousin, wrote an article that was published in The Atlantic Monthly in January 2003 entitled "A Miscarriage of Justice," arguing that there was more evidence suggesting other suspects were guilty than there was against Skakel. Robert Francis Kennedy Jr. ... The Atlantic redirects here; for the ocean, see Atlantic Ocean. ...


Actress Maggie Grace played Moxley in the made-for-TV movie Murder in Greenwich. Margaret Grace Denig (born September 21, 1983) is an American actress, who, under the stage name Maggie Grace, is best known for her work as Shannon Rutherford on the television series Lost. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ...


References

  1. ^ Martha Moxley at Crime Library
  2. ^ "Skakel Murder Conviction Left Intact by U.S. Supreme Court," Bloomberg, November 13, 2006

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Martha Moxley murder by Michael Skakel - Crime Library (923 words)
When 15-year-old Martha Moxley was killed on the until-then-safe streets of Greenwich, Connecticut, on October 30, 1975, no one simply knew how to react.
Martha Moxley was savagely killed in a manner that Belle Haven townspeople would have expected only in a Stephen King novel.
Author Timothy Dumas, who grew up in Greenwich – he was a year younger than Martha Moxley when she was slain – takes a more bird's eye view of the case in A Wealth of Evil.
COURTTV.COM - KENNEDY COUSIN ON TRIAL (1656 words)
Martha's mother, Dorthy Moxley, also cried softly when the verdict was read, but she was beaming as she left the courtroom at the same time as Skakel was being led out in handcuffs.
On Halloween in 1975, Martha's body was discovered lying beneath a pine tree on her parent's property in Belle Haven, an affluent neighborhood in the affluent shoreline community of Greenwich, Conn. Although her pants and underwear had been pulled down to her ankles, an autopsy determined that she had not been sexually assaulted.
Teenager Martha Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club in 1975, but it took almost 27 years before her neighbor, Michael Skakel, would be convicted of her murder.
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