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On a late October night in 1975, young Martha Moxley was brutally murdered, and for nearly a quarter of a century, no charges were levied. In 2002, a prime suspect, Michael Skakel, was convicted of murder. Now, thanks in part to a Connecticut judge granting Skakel a new trial, this audiobook from Mark Fuhrman has taken on an even greater weight. Performed with a rich authority from veteran Len Cariou, Murder in Greenwhich is the complicated and tragic story of murder, wealth, and influence. Fuhram, a retired L.A. police detective, presents a thorough and gripping account of what happened that fateful night and the mistakes that let the killer roam free for so long.

Publisher's Summary

Retired L.A. police detective and witness in the O.J. Simpson trial Mark Fuhrman investigates the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley. Martha was bludgeoned and stabbed with a golf club on the grounds of her family's Greenwich, CT, estate on the night of October 30, 1975. The club belonged to the Skakel family, whose 2 sons, Thomas and Michael, had been with Martha the night she died. But this prominent family - Ethel Skakel Kennedy was the boys' aunt - refused to cooperate with the police and the murder has remained unsolved. Fuhrman's new book covers the case from its beginning and reveals explosive new information, including how local police mishandled information, how the murder weapon was found - and then lost, how wealth and influence interfered with the investigation, and how authorities tried to stop Fuhrman's investigation.
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  • Robert
  • Beverly, MA, United States
  • 01-10-12

The Kennedy who didn't get away with murder

Michael Skakel predicted, "I can get away with murder; I'm a Kennedy". But he was convicted in 2002, a couple years after this book came out. Skakel, nephew of
RFK's wife Ethel Skakel Kennedy, was convicted of bludgeoning 15 year old Martha Moxley to death. Early suspicion fell on his brother Thomas, but the case went cold...
then "changed stories" by suspects and the involvement of Domenic Dunne and Fuhrman
(plus the William Kennedy Smith case) brought the mystery back into the public eye.

While this book ends before the conviction, Fuhrman makes a strong case for Skakel's guilt and a likely motive. Len Cariou's narration is good except for one error: I believe the last name of the family is pronounced "SKAY-kll", not "SKAH-kll". For those accusing Fuhrman of being on an ego trip, not so;
he does explain how he was brought into an examination of the case, though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Murder in Greenwich

I've worked in the criminal justice system for 30 years and I know a good detective. Mark Fuhrman is a good one and got a raw deal. He is also a very good true crime author. This is a book I would recommend.

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Paper Might be Better!

Might be a good "read" but it's a snoozer to listen to!!! It should come with a warning... Do NOT operate heavy machinery while listening to this book!!!

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Mispronouncing the subjects name really?

It was obvious the performance would be spotty when the narrator mispronounced Skakel (consistently). How in the hell do they not correct that. The book was really just OK. I was familiar with the story, but I thought that this book was helpful by organized information and filling in a few blanks. It highlights that there are two America's, the ones the Skakel's live in and the one the rest of us live in.

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Great read

Engaging and concise, Fuhrman logically, pragmatically details the how and why behind this initial miscarriage of justice.

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE STORIES

Tragic story - well written and beautifully narrated - I listen to it over and over and never get tired of it

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Excellent , Mark Furman did it again!

This audio is highly recommended. I enjoyed it very much, and all of Mark Fuhrman's books.

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 01-17-09

True Ego

I gave this book two stars because it is fairly fascinating to watch Mark Fuhrman make the brutal murder of a young girl be all about him. The man is shamelessly self obsessed. And completely unself-conscious in his uber-sexism. ('If Martha hadn't been such a good girl, she'd still be alive.') It's hard to believe anyone will learn anything else about this ultra-publicized story from this book. But if you like to hear old stories repeated... there is that.

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Good read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes and no. I read this book about 10 years ago. I liked the book a lot. Yes, it's a short book but the abridgment was bare boned. I am disappointed that I bought an abridge meant.

What other book might you compare Murder In Greenwich to and why?

I can't think of one. It was done really well but not usual.

Which character – as performed by Len Cariou – was your favorite?

I will listen to Len reading anything. It is why I got the book. I can't think of a particular character

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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