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.
Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and Detective's Twenty-Year Search for Justiceby Leonard Levitt
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
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.
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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.
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.
Very interesting read on Martha Moxley's murder.