Skakel claims his trial attorney, Michael Sherman, was negligent in defending him when he was convicted in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley when they were 15.
Michael Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy.
Dominick Dunne, the late investigative journalist and writer for Vanity Fair, published A Season in Purgatory, a fictional book closely resembling the Moxley case.
Dunne kept saying that the murderer was an older brother of Michael Skakel. Mr. Dunne later changed his mind and said the killer was Michael Skakel but didn’t want to pursue the story since he had said for so long that it was Michael’s brother.
Mr. Dunne then turned over his research on the Moxley case to former LA detective Mark Furman. He was the same Mark Furman who’s carelessness in the O.J. Simpson trial helped aquit Mr. Simpson.
With the help of Dominick Dunne’s reaserch material Mr. Furman wrote a book in 1998 Murder in Greenwich in which he named Michael Skakel as the murderer and pointed out numerous mistakes the police had made in investigating the case.
Michael Skakel was subsequently tried and convicted of the Moxley murder in 2002.
The Kennedy family is furious at Mark Furman whose book brought on the trial and conviction of Michael Skakel.
They say that Furman unjustly helped aquit O.J. Simpson and then unjustly helped convict Skakel.