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Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and a Detective's Twenty-Year Search for Justice
     

Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and a Detective's Twenty-Year Search for Justice

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by Leonard Levitt
 

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On October 30, 1975, fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley headed home from Halloween Eve antics with her Greenwich, Connecticut, neighbors Tommy and Michael Skakel. She never made it. Her brutal murder with a golf club in her own backyard made national headlines. But for years no one was arrested, despite troubling clues pointing to the Skakels, a rich and powerful family

Overview

On October 30, 1975, fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley headed home from Halloween Eve antics with her Greenwich, Connecticut, neighbors Tommy and Michael Skakel. She never made it. Her brutal murder with a golf club in her own backyard made national headlines. But for years no one was arrested, despite troubling clues pointing to the Skakels, a rich and powerful family related to the Kennedys. After the police department's first unsuccessful attempts to catch the killer, the case lay dormant, and the culprit remained free.

Enter Leonard Levitt. In 1982, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time newspapers asked investigative reporter Levitt to look into the murder and the undying rumors of a cover-up. Levitt soon uncovered groundbreaking information about how the police had bungled the investigation, and he learned that Tommy and Michael had lied about their activities on the night of the murder. But Levitt's articles about his findings -- and the haunting questions they raised -- almost never saw the light of day. For years, Levitt's superiors mysteriously refused to publish the stories. Convinced that the Moxley family deserved the peace and closure they had so long been denied, Levitt fought desperately to keep his discoveries alive. Finally, after Levitt's first article appeared, the case was reopened.

Enter Frank Garr. As the newly appointed investigator on the Moxley case, the seasoned Greenwich detective doggedly pursued unexplored leads and became increasingly convinced that for over a decade, his colleagues had been pursuing the wrong suspects. At first mistrustful of one another, as reporters and detectives often are, Levitt and Garr became friends, encouraging each other in their quest for the truth as the obstacles against them piled up.

In 2002, more than twenty-five years after Moxley's death, a shocked world watched as Michael Skakel was convicted of the murder, thanks largely to the evidence Garr alone had marshaled against him.

Now, for the first time, Leonard Levitt tells the amazing true story of Garr's fight to solve the case and of how their friendship with each other, and with Martha Moxley's mother, Dorthy, sustained them over the years. A riveting, suspenseful drama that unfolds like a mystery novel, this incredible memoir also reveals how a police officer and a reporter refused to give up, and how they helped justice to prevail, against all odds.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Veteran Newsday police reporter Levitt offers his personal perspective on the long trail from the 1975 murder of teenager Martha Moxley to the 2002 conviction of Michael Skakel, but fails to make his presentation compelling. Levitt's tale includes his struggle with his editor to get his stories published and his bond with Martha's mother, Dorthy, and detective Frank Garr, whom he credits with solving the case. Although his point of view differs from those of others who have written on the crime, such as Mark Fuhrman and Timothy Dumas, Levitt treads over familiar ground. Aside from his bias against the whole Skakel family, perhaps the book's greatest deficiency is Levitt's failure to seriously confront and refute the logical arguments made by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Skakel's cousin, in a 2003 Atlantic Monthly essay, which contends that the evidence at trial was insufficient and notes that other suspects, including the Skakel family tutor, were more likely to have committed the vicious slaying. One such suspect, the Skakel gardener, who had boasted of a history of sexual assaults, is not even mentioned here. While Levitt deserves credit for his dogged pursuit of the truth, which led to a reopening of the moribund investigation in 1991, he has fallen short of his goal to tell the complete story. B&w photos. Film/TV agent, Judith Regan, Reganbooks. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Sunday Mirror
“A bombshell new book.”
New York Post
“It’s the true-to-life whodunit about a reporter who wouldn’t let go.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060544300
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/12/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Levitt writes "One Police Plaza," a column for Newsday. He previously held the position of Investigations Editor at the New York Post, and his work has appeared in Time, Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and Esquire. The recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities grant, he also served in the Peace Corps in Africa. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a person who followed the case Len Levitt nailed the Skakel case closed. It's clear that Michael Skakel is the only and could be the only one responsible. Levitt explains it and goes behind the scenes to explain why it was Skakel. It's a good read and explains everyone's struggles along the way. Furhman's book is good, but Levitt's book closes the case. Well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in four days, it was truley an amazing piece of work. Once agian Len Levitt offers an insight that only he can. Frank Garr's input complimented the story with amazing detials that where previously unknown. I have prided myself in the past with thinking I had a full grasp on the case, but after reading the first four chapters of this book it was quickly apparent that I did not.Although the book does contian the general information of the case it does far more to enlighten the reader as to the aspects of the crime and the particapants of the story; there is much to be learned by this book. I felt that the review by the critics of Publisher Weekly was unfiar in saying 'perhaps the book's greatest deficiency is Levitt's failure to seriously confront and refute the logical arguments made by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.', this simply untrue, there are several refrences in the book that address the question of Mr. Kennedy's essay, Len Levitt simply does not waste time going into great detail on the explanation on the Kennedy/Skakel propaganda machine that asks more questions than it ever attempts to answer. I highly recommend this book to others, it does not disapoint. My hats off to Len and Frank for all their hard work over the years, their team work is the REAL reason this case was solved. Unlike others who jumped on the media bandwagon when it was time to bask in the limelight, this dynamic duo deserve's the true credit and recognition for solving the murder of Martha Moxley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read on Martha Moxley's murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago