The Long Arm of the Law

Poster of the movie, “Murder in Greenwich”, about the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley on October 30, 1975. Credit: Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

On Mischief Night, eve of Halloween, October 30, 1975, Martha Moxley was murdered in the backyard of her house in the neighborhood of Belle Haven—one of America’s most affluent communities—in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Her murder remained unsolved for 22 years after Mark Fuhrman, a former LAPD detective decided to investigate the case with his partner Stephen Weeks with the purpose of writing a book.

With the support of retired detective Steve Carroll who was in charge of the investigation in the seventies, they discovered the criminal and a network of power and money to cover the murder.

Mark Fuhrman’s 1998 book “Murder in Greenwich” named Michael Skakel as the murderer and pointed out many mistakes the police had made in investigating the crime.  Mark Fuhrman, former detective of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is known for his part in the investigation of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and his subsequent felony conviction for perjury.  The “N” word—nigger— followed him like a ghost for years, until he fought his inner demons and decided to make a new life in Idaho writing books and hosting talk radio.

His book served as the source for a 2002 American television film with the same title directed by Tom McLoughlin and played by Christopher Meloni as Mark Fuhrman and Maggie Grace as Martha Moxley. “Power, privilege, and wealth can buy everything but the truth.”  This powerful motion picture depicts the true story of the Moxley/Skakel case.  It dramatically unveils the mystery surrounding the story of Martha Moxley, 15-year-old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970s, her murder going unsolved for 25 years.

Martha Moxley was killed on October 30, 1975 with a six-iron golf club.  Her pants and underwear were pulled down, but she had not been sexually assaulted.  Michael Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the widow of late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  He was sentenced to 20 years to life on July 10, 2001.  Skakel’s first parole hearing was heard on October 24, 2012 and was denied.  He remains in prison at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, CT.  Skakel’s next parole hearing is scheduled for October 2017.

Two former students of a drug rehab center, which Michael Skakel attended in 1978, testified that they heard Skakel confess to killing Moxley with a golf club after she refused to have sexual intercourse with him.  He then bragged, “I’m going to get away with murder.  I’m a Kennedy.”

Some people think that because they have money, prestige, power or political connections, they can do just about anything and get away with it.  Such was the case of Michael Skakel related to the powerful Kennedy clan.  He, like Richard Nixon, learned the lesson that sooner or later, the long arm of the law will stretch out and reach them.

I streamed this powerful motion picture last night in my computer via Netflix.  It captured my attention to such a degree, that I decided to research the case and share it with you today.  The popular expression that “the law is the dark shadow of justice” is not written in stone.  Sometimes it’s just a literary illusion.

The fact of the matter is that nobody is above the law.  The days of absolute monarchy is over.  There’s a guy in Syria having a hard time understanding this legal construct.  Good Day.

2 thoughts on “The Long Arm of the Law”

  1. I’d forgotten about that case, but it all came back in a flash with the mention of “Moxley”. I’m not much of a fictional detective story reader, but “true crime” books can be very interesting. Compelling, even. Capote’s “In Cold Blood” was the one that got me hooked on the genre. Someday I’ll have time to read again and I’ve tucked this one on my list!

  2. Hi Linda:

    I didn’t read Fuhrman’s book; I streamed the movie from Netflix. It bothered me when I learned about Michael Skakel’s comments about getting away with murder, just because he was a Kennedy. Many big shots and Hollywood stars think they are above the law. It’s wrong.

    Eventually, after twenty five years, Michael is paying for what he did. The long arm of the law caught him cold.

    As I write this comment, the name of O.J. Simpson comes to my mind. He even wrote a book explaining how he killed his ex-wife and her friend. Human beings can behave so opposite to their rational nature. It’s mind-boggling.



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