Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison For a Murder He Didn't Commit

Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison For a Murder He Didn't Commit

by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


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Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison For a Murder He Didn't Commit by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

In 1975, fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley’s body was found in the backyard of her family’s Connecticut home, and a member of America’s beloved Kennedy family, then also fifteen, was accused of the crime. What ensued was a media firestorm and a whodunit that transfixed the nation, providing daily debates—and cruel, dinner table entertainment. Now, forty years after Michael Skakel’s conviction, his cousin, acclaimed activist and writer Robert Kennedy, Jr., has taken matters into his own hands to get the charges dropped and clear his cousin’s name.

This startling expose—a page-turning, true story of murder, romance, and fame—is the story of Skakel’s conviction that the public has never before been prevue to. It is the product of hundreds of interviews with Skakel and those who knew him, Martha Moxley, and what may have happened the night of the crime, Halloween eve. It also explores why Kennedy believes Skakel has yet to receive a fair trial, and why he demands the original verdict be overturned.

This is a heart-wrenching story with a powerful cast of characters. It opens the doors for the public into what was once a “perfect” Greenwich community and how a crime shook an elite family. Kennedy presents the evidence through enlightening text, photographs, and new interviews, and allows readers to decide, given the facts, what they believe really happened to Martha and if, forty years after his crucifixion, Michael Skakel should finally walk free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510701779
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,306,925
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the nation’s leading environmental activists. His writing has been included in anthologies of America’s best crime writing, best science writing, and best political writing. He is president of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s largest clean water advocacy group; a professor of environmental litigation at Pace University Law School in White Plains, NY; and a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Mr. Kennedy is a former Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. He cohosts the weekly radio show Ring of Fire.

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Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison For a Murder He Didn't Commit 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Shocked_attorney1 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone who care about justice and is concerned about our legal system. This is a harrowing tale of corruption and injustice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy true crime books. Of course I would purchase this one. I believe it wukl be interst,seth g because I have read two other books written on this crime. I believe Michael Skakel killed Martha Moxley. Maybe this book will convince me otherwise . I must say the beginng isn't helfull since their are one hellava lot of people invoved conspiring to convict Michael. I am on page 30, l will contnue reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
6 STARS for FRAMED! A serious page turner! I could not put it down. Robert F. Kennedy "saw wrong and tried to right it" and has succeeded with his persuasive writing. He walks the reader through the details of the case from start to stop while exposing our failed criminal justice system and the power of the media. May the truth prevail as justice moves forward in this case.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This page is for reviews of this particular book,..not for personal feelings about the family. Also, it never says that Skakel murdered Martha Moxley in 2002, says he was tried and convicted in 2002 (27 years after the murder), and her death was over 40 years ago. Reading comprehension is your friend.
PJUrq More than 1 year ago
Framed is an interesting book. And by interesting, I mean it is strange. And by strange, I mean here is a guy (Kennedy) proposing that his cousin (Michael Skakel) is innocent of committing a murder some 41 years ago of a 15yo girl (Martha) and that Skakel was "framed"! He was set up! He was an innocent lamb who was led to the slaughter. He actually likens Skakel to Jesus, yes, the Christ, on the last page of the book. Strangely pious. And also just strange. But not only is Michael now SAINT Michael (as Kennedy has virtually nothing disreputable to say about Michael and in fact, takes a number of opportunities to point out how unbelievably, amazing, wonderful and selfless the man is -- maybe he is!), but everyone else in the book is... craven, disgraceful, corrupt, unscrupulous, selfish, star-struck, sinister, a lowlife or a scoundrel. Literally, every character he introduces has some angle against Michael, or against the Kennedy family, or is only interested in making money off a high-profile murder case, etc, etc ad nauseum. Every single male who was anywhere near the Moxley's house that fateful night is a potential suspect and he has thrown out some made-up sinister profiles for every single guy he introduces including Martha's own brother (he even takes a soft jab at Mrs. Moxley). SPOILER ALERT: For the clincher he brings in the "real killers" in the last chapter. He tracked them down and did all the investigative work that everyone else should have been doing all these years. Somehow Kennedy has found what the police, investigators, media, and lawyers never found in 41 years -- the "real killers". He must be the most brilliant man to walk the earth. [C'mon, Mr. Kennedy. In the end, it's the visiting black guy? Now black people are used to being blamed for all kinds of crap in this country, but this kind of scapegoating really is old. So you better be damned sure you are FRAMING the right people, Mr. Kennedy.] I've actually seen Kennedy on talk shows taunting the two guys he's framing to sue him for slander. As if. He knows they don't have the resources to sue a Kennedy. Honestly, he whines about how people target the Kennedy family because of their name, but he's now using his name to set up two men to be framed and prosecuted on the testimony of one guy (Tony Bryant) -- who's testimony is not corroborated by anyone who was in Belle Haven that night. Bryant's story sounded credible to me at first because if you don't do any research at all and just take Kennedy's word at face value, it seems like he has made a great case. But if you do even a little bit of Googling, you find that he dismisses a judge's ruling on that testimony as "weird". So out the window it goes. Below is a quote from the Greenwich Time from July 23, 2016: "Superior Court Judge Edward R. Karazin Jr. discounted the contention that Hasbrouck and Tinsley were involved and rejected the appeal for a new trial. “The testimony of Bryant is absent any genuine corroboration,” he wrote in a 2008 decision." Kennedy is barking up trees trying to save his cousin. End of story. Almost. The real story here is how Kennedy frames other people to try to accomplish this mission. Now I understand his title.
JEN-E-- More than 1 year ago
I jumped on this story back in 1998--BECAUSE OF MARK FURMAN'S "MURDR IN CONNECTICUT"!! I was willing to let bygones be bygones since O,J., because Murder in Brentwood is very good. I became attached to Martha: Middle name is Elizabeth; long striking hair; I was born in 1975; she kept a diary;I don't live in CT, but DE is close enough; and I celebrated Mischief Night ferociously the entire time I was growing up. Kids are even worse today, it makes that time in history idyllic. I loved Dominic Dunne's work before he died, but what a malicious mongrel he turned out to be. He says Tommy did it for tweet years, then here comes his best friend Mark Fuhrman--and now Michael did it? I got myself grossly turned around (And I am African American) and for what? A guy how allows an ingrate guilty man got free, and crucifies an adorable old man. Come on, people. This makes me so upset! I still like "rich people", and I am about doing what is right! Get Michael Skakel a new trial and lock Adolf Hasbrouck and Burton Tinsley in the cages they belong in. Unbelievable story. Unbelievable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally there is a book that reveals the facts of this case! I have always believed Michael Skakel is innocent!
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
Guilty/not guilty, the debate drags on in this book.