Murder in Greenwich

Murder in Greenwich

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by Mark Fuhrman, Stephen Weeks

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In this powerful new book, expert investigator Mark Fuhrman, the controversial former LAPD homicide detective and author of the national bestseller Murder in Brentwood, uncovers explosive new information as he analyses the still unsolved murder of fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley, who was bludgeoned with a golf club on the grounds of her family's


In this powerful new book, expert investigator Mark Fuhrman, the controversial former LAPD homicide detective and author of the national bestseller Murder in Brentwood, uncovers explosive new information as he analyses the still unsolved murder of fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley, who was bludgeoned with a golf club on the grounds of her family's exclusive Greenwich, Connecticut, estate on October 30, 1975.

Read the book that spawned the Connecticut Grand Jury Investigation.

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Andrew Stuttaford
Not quite a literary classic, Murder in Greenwich is still a compelling read, a real-life Agatha Christie novel. -- National Review

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Chapter One
A Murder in Greenwich

At my funeral I want everybody to be happy and remember all the good times we had.
--Martha Moxley

Although she had lived in Greenwich for only a little more than a year, Martha Moxley had made many friends. At least five hundred of them attended her funeral. All the pews in the nave and the balcony of the First Lutheran Church were filled, along with rows of folding chairs set up in the back. Many more young people stood behind the folding chairs and spilled out the church door. Greenwich High School had excused students from classes in order to attend the service, and students from the local private schools attended as well.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1975. Martha had been dead for five days. During this time, Greenwich had been overwhelmed by Martha's death. Earlier in the week, students had thrown rocks at the television crews who came to Greenwich High School to report on the reaction to the murder. Martha's classmates were starting a scholarship fund in her name, and there were plans to plant a tree in her memory. Before the previous Friday's football game, there had been a moment of silence.

The children of Greenwich were the sons and daughters of some of the wealthiest and most prominent families in the country. Their parents were corporate executives, lawyers, Wall Street bankers, socialites, and polo players. They led a comfortable and sheltered existence -- until Martha Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club on her family's estate in the exclusive neighborhood of Belle Haven.

At her funeral the Reverend Richard Manus read aeulogy that a group of her friends had written: "Martha Moxley loved life. Every day was something special. After only a short time here, she made more friends than most people make in a lifetime.

"She was always the first to come around and she was fun to be around -- it was an education to be with her.

"She made everyone she met feel as though he were her friend. It was an adventure to be with her, and we will always reminisce about the experiences we shared."

Martha's closed coffin stood in front of a church window, the autumn sun filtering through the stained glass and shining onto the casket. Nine of Martha's closest friends walked up and each placed a single yellow rose on the casket as a sign of affection. They all broke into tears during the ritual.

Reverend Manus said that "family came first in Martha's life." The Moxley family "were very close, they did everything together. They were the perfect foursome." Her mother Dorthy, father David, and brother John stood in the front pew. They were still in shock. A business transfer had required their recent move from California, and they chose Greenwich because it was pretty and safe.

Reverend Manus read a poem by Edgar Guest: "No Friend Who Loves Will Ever Die." Then he closed the service with a recitation of the Lord's Prayer.

The mourners filed quietly from the church, past a gauntlet of onlookers outside. Television cameras and news photographers took pictures of the crowd as they exited the church. Several of the fifteen Greenwich police detectives assigned to investigate the murder stood on the sidewalk, closely observing the mourners. Across the street captain of detectives Tom Keegan hid behind a row of parked cars, snapping photos with a camera equipped with a telephoto lens.

Dorthy Moxley was one of the last to leave the church. Outside she saw seventeen-year-old Thomas Skakel. He was standing alone, looking sad and somewhat aloof while his fifteen-year-old brother Michael was talking with his other brothers and friends. Dorthy knew that Martha had been with Thomas the night she died, and he was the last person to be seen with her. Dorthy felt sorry for the boy, so she went up to Thomas and hugged him. She didn't know he was already a suspect in the murder.

At the time, Dorthy didn't believe that Thomas, or anyone else from Belle Haven, could have murdered her daughter. She assumed, like everyone else in Greenwich, that the killer must have been an outsider.

Several youths broke down crying as Martha's coffin was carried into the hearse and driven to the Putnam Hills cemetery. Accompanied by David and John, Dorthy Moxley stepped into the first of a long line of black limousines. A single Greenwich police car with its lights silently flashing led the funeral procession. They drove to the Putnam Hills cemetery to bury a beautiful young girl.

Martha Moxley was murdered on October 30, 1975, the night before Halloween. Earlier that evening, she planned to celebrate Hacker's Night by going out with her friends and engaging in harmless mischief -- throwing eggs at cars and decorating trees with toilet paper. There was no school the next day. It was the beginning of a three-day weekend. And there was a party at the Skakels. Mr. Rushton Skakel was out of town. Whenever he went away, the kids had free run of the house.

Martha Moxley was a pretty, popular fifteen-year-old. Outgoing, even flirtatious, Martha had no problem making friends. She had moved to Greenwich from northern California and had already been voted the girl with the best personality in her junior-high-school class that first year. During the summer, Martha had become even more attractive.She finally got her braces off and lost the last traces of her baby fat.She was beginning to mature into a beautiful, self-assured young woman...

Murder in Greenwich. Copyright © by Mark Fuhrman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Retired LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman is the New York Times bestselling author of Murder in Brentwood, Murder in Greenwich, Murder in Spokane, and Death and Justice. He lives in Idaho.

Mark Fuhrman is a retired Los Angles polices detective and was a witness in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Murder in Brentwood.

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Murder in Greenwich 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Furhman not only solved a cold case file, he faced odds that most of us would run from. This was a slam-dunk case and should have been solved immediately. Ms. Moxley met a horrible death, but she has been immortalized in the pages of Mr. Furhman's book. I recommend this read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first learned about Martha Moxley's case through the movie, 'Murder In Greenwich' and I was so intrigued that I went and bought the book. I have read it over and over again and each time I am still as impressed as I was the first time I read it. It's a real page turner and I am encouraging you to read it also. After over 20 years, the horrifying case of the beautiful 15 year old Martha had yet to be solved, Mark Fuhrman steps up and shows his true genius. Thank you Mark for answering the Moxley family's prayers.
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
Well Written
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I truely enjoyed this book from front to back. I couldn't put it down. I love the way that Mark didn't sugar coat anything. He was a no holds bard kindda guy when he writes. It is a tragidy what happened to Martha. It should have never gone unsolved for as long as it did. I wish he could have put everything in the bbok but I guess the public can only know so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only would I like to commend Mr. Fuhrman on this novel, but also on his persistency with this case. A television special about Martha Moxley as well as my interest in forensics and such made me want to read this book. And I am very glad that I did read it. Everything about the case, or as much as he (Mark) was allowed to reveal, has been included in this novel. As everyone else says, it is easy to understand but I did find it a bit repetitive. Although Michael has been arrested and new developments have been made, I don't feel there was enough information in this particular book that could really, 100% prove it was Michael. Yes, suspicion was cast upon him, but nothing definite pertaining to Michael's guilt was in this novel. And I do understand not everything about the case is made available to the public and that there is much we don't know, but to me Thomas should seem just as guilty as Michael based on facts in Fuhrman's novel. It is well worth the read though...very informing and well put together. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martha is an innocent girl. She never deserved to die.It is a very sad story, and true. It is a story of twists and turns.I never knew what would happen next. It made me cry. I think you should buy this book and see the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first rate book takes you through the steps of the investigation of the horrible murder of Martha Moxley and as you read on, it becomes chrystal clear who the suspect is.The people of the town of Greenwich CT. should be ashamed of themselves if they took part in this terrible cover up. At last we have justice for Martha and her family.. All the money in the world could not bring me to live in such a horrible place that would allow this crime to go unsolved for 27 yrs.. It is hard to believe this really happened... God Bless the Moxleys' May Martha Rest in peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book and another book on the murder of Martha Moxley I don't believe Dominick Dunne or Mark Furhman. I already didn't have a very high opinion of Mark Furhman or Mr. Dunne and this didn't change that opinion. Since Mr. Dunne's daughter was murdered he seems to have made it his mission to convict any man accused of murder no matter the evidence. And I would have a hard time believing Mark Furhman after he lied under oath once already.The evidence does not support the guilt they want us to believe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first began this book, I had not heard much about the Moxley case other than a young girl had been murdered and the Skakels were at the center of the controversy. This book really clarified the case and answered any questions that I may have had. This book was very well written and hard for me to put down once I started reading it. Mark Fuhrman went to great lengths to get the precise detail that he uses in the book. He asks the questions that anyone who was investigating the case twenty years ago should have asked. I was heartbroken to see that the American justice system could let a case like this go unprosecuted when the resources to solve successfully are right in front of those who have the authority to do so. My prayers go out to the Moxley family as well as my hopes that this case will someday be closed for good. As far as the Skakels and the Connecticut justice system, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fuhrman does such a great job telling America about Martha Moxley's tragic murder. He causes the reader to want to reach out to the Moxley family and help solve the case.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect with this but the book read better than i anticipated. There is a lot of redundancy, but this bok was quite educational and i learned quite a bit. One thing to consider though is why must it have been a man who killed Martha? Couldn't a woman or girl swing a golf club and drag the body? Why is it always men that are targeted as perpetrators? One thing you have to give Fuhrman credit for is taking on tough cases.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given me as a present otherwise I never would have read it after all the bad things I've heard about Mister Furhman. Not only was I surprised at the exceptional writing style of Mark but was stunned at the hard work and thorough investigation he put into this book. He didn't allow the 'nasty' people of Greenwich to deter him. I see Mark in a different light now and have just purchased his bestseller, Murder in Brentwood. Does everyone realize that the Moxley case was reopened and Skakel has been put on the stand because of this book? Well done Mark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a book that brings out the truth of an unsolved murder case that spands 25 years. The only reason the suspect was not arrested and brought to trial is money. The Skakles were able to control every move in that town with their wealth and power. Hopefully that will come to an end.Thanks to Mark Furman, Martha Moxley's murderer will be brought to justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Martha Moxley case is so fascinating. This book shed some light on the complex tale of sex, lies, and the Kennedy money. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this compelling saga.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely facinating. I really believe Mark Furhman did a great job writing this book. Although I really was not impressed with him during the OJ trial; his book has changed my judgement of him. He offers an insightful outlook to the unsolved Moxley murder (1975). I truly believe he points to the actual murderer. Hopefully Michael Skakel will be tried in court and will get what he deserves. It is a shame that money and priviledge can cloud justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only does this book examine the grizzly murder that shook the town of Greenwich, and captivated national attention, but also shows the rest of the world that money and prestiege can't keep problems at a distance. The book also serves as a great basis to show the not so polished side of affluent Greenwich. The intense desire for the towns privileged residents to keep the outside world at a distance would extend so far that the police in the exclusive enclave would do anything to keep thing horrendous crime from tarnishing the polished perfection of America's richest town.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read the book when it first came out. Very good. Glad to see he got arrested. Hope he ends up behind bars for good
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book and thanks to Mark Fuhrman. I bought the book after hearing about the arrest. Sick and tired of the wealthy getting off. Now let's see if there is a conviction!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a gripping book, and highly historical now that Michael Skakel has been arrested. It's a great book on many levels. Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Murder in Greenwich I have to say it is a read that holds on to your attention especially being a local to where the murders took place. It was the fastest I ever read 400 pages. After reading the book I wanted to know more about Fuhrman's background as I am now interested in purchasing Murder in Brentwood. I wish a never purchased this not because of its content but because Fuhrman is a full blown racist. I thought the perjury situation was just a matter of a slip of the tongue or something taken out of context, but he is a legitimate dirt bag, a real pig. Before you purchase any more books written by him take time to read some of perjury transcripts from the oj trial. It will make you sick.