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Thursday, Oct 30, 1975County: Fairfield
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Defendant/Suspect: Michael Skakel
Michael Skakel age 41, who was found guilty of killing Martha Moxley also had a history of animal abuse. He admitted he got a kick out of killing animals. He described how he put fireworks up dog's behinds, blowing them up or leaving them maimed. He killed a squirrel and then crucified it over a golf hole during a round of golf, and another time admitted to burying a cat alive with just the head sticking out then running over it with a lawnmower, decapitating it. He along with his brothers also killed chipmunks and squirrels by beating them with golf clubs or shooting them with guns.
Skakel (DOB 9/19/60) was 15 years old at the time of Martha Moxley's death on October 15, 1975. She was beaten to death with a golf club owned by Skakels' mother. The Skakels' and the Moxleys' were neighbors in Belle Haven, a suburb of Greenwich, which is a peninsula that juts into Long Island Sound.
It was 24 years later before he was arrested. Originally the case (F01-00DD-01028-0) was to be heard in juvenile court because he was 15 at the time of the murder but the state Supreme Court dismissed Skakels' appeal from a Juvenile Court decision to transfer the case to adult court. As a juvenile the maximum penalty Skakel could receive under the law in effect in 1975 was 4 years. As an adult he could face 10 years to life.
Skakel is related to the Kennedy family through his aunt Ethel Skakel Kennedy, wife of the late US Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
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- The National Enquirer
- Book "A Season in Purgatory" by Dominick Dunne
- Book "Murder in Greenwich" by Mark Fuhrman
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