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Skakel will not be retried for Greenwich murder: how has the case played out over the decades?

OCT. September 30, 1975

Martha Moxley, 15, is not showing up to her home after walking around her Greenwich neighborhood with friends. His body is found clubbed and stabbed, half hidden under pine trees. A broken golf club found nearby was believed to have been used in the murder. The murder shakes the city, considered extremely safe.

Credit…Associated press

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JUNE 1977

Almost two years after the teenager’s death, many residents of Greenwich are wondering why a major police investigation has not resulted in any arrests. Martha was last seen alive on the lawn of a friend, Thomas Skakel, 17, Michael’s older brother. The brothers are the nephews of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy. Police have traced the golf club used in the murder to the Skakel family collection. Thomas and another young man are considered suspects, although they both pass lie detector tests.

Credit…Greenwich Library / Brunswick School via Associated Press

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For two years, Michael Skakel attended Elan School in Poland Spring, Maine, a private institution that at the time catered for children with mental health and addiction issues. According to numerous accounts, Mr. Skakel let it slip during a group therapy session that he had killed Ms. Moxley. But Joe Ricci, the owner of the school, denied that such a confession took place.


A book written by Mark Fuhrman, a former Los Angeles Police detective best known for his role in the OJ Simpson case, singles out Mr. Skakel as the likely killer, rekindling interest in the case two decades later.


Connecticut state appoints one-man investigator and grand jury in Moxley case. Shortly after, a possible break in the investigation surfaced when a former suspect, Kenneth Littleton, who lived next to Martha Moxley, testifies before the grand jury in exchange for immunity. The focus is now on Thomas and Michael Skakel, but both deny their involvement in the murder. Then a close friend of the Skakel family and Martha’s neighbor, Mildred Ix, addresses the grand jury. His daughter, Helen, then 15, was with Martha, Thomas and Michael, then 15, on the night of the murder.