AsThe investigation into Martha MoxleyThey took off, and the authorities had suspects but no evidence to charge them. ButIt’s been more than 20 years since then. Michael SkakelWho used to be? Martha’s neighbor, was implicated in her death. CBS’ ‘48 Hours: The DiaryThis is Martha Moxley’ takes a look at this complex case that went on for years, with seemingly no result even after all this while. So, if you’re curious about what happened to Michael and where he might be now, here’s what we know!
Who is Michael Skakel?
Michael SkakelBorn in September1960, the fifth of seven children in this family. HeHe grew up here Belle HavenIn ConnecticutHe lost his mother at the age of 12 years. ThatIt was a turning point in his career. Michael started abusing alcohol soon after. AccordingPeople who knew him. MichaelHe was regarded as a troubled child with a temper. When MarthaIn was murdered October 1975, MichaelInitially, it was not considered suspect.
Michael’s alibi was that he was at a cousin’s house about eight miles away, watching TV. Then15 He claimed to be home before midnight, and to have gone to bed shortly afterwards. InThe case turned cold because there were no other leads. ButMany years later, a fresh view of the case was prompted Michael’s father, Rushton, to hire his own team of investigators in a bid to clear his sons’ names.
ButThis investigation revealed that MichaelThey were not truthful about the events of October 30, 1975. Because, around midnight, MichaelHad been drinking and went to Martha’s house in a bid to meet her. AfterHe tried to get her attention by climbing the tree near her window. Then, MichaelAfter masturbating in a tree, he admitted to it and went home. In 1997, he was recorded saying on tape for a tell-all biography, “I ran home, and I remember thinking, “Ohmy GodI hope to God no one saw me jerking off. … and I remember thinking ‘OhMy. God, if I tell anyone I was out that night, they’re gonna say I did it.’”
TheThe case was reopened and a special grand jury was established to hear evidence in 1998. In 1978, MichaelHe was charged with drunk driving. In a plea bargain with the police, however, he agreed not to attend boarding school. MaineTo receive treatment. HeThere he remained for two years. TwoLater, some of his former classmates from that school testified that he had admitted to killing Martha, allegedly saying, “I’m gonna get away with murder. I’m a Kennedy.”
ByThe case was finally tried. MichaelTo have been married Margot SheridanShe was a professional golfer and had a son with him. MargotIn 2000, he filed for divorce. He was not too long afterwards placed under arrest. HeThen, he was able to be used as an adult. DespiteNo physical evidence of tying MichaelThe murder was committed by the 40-year old. June2002 and sentenced to 20-years to life just a few months later. Michael’s cousin, Robert Kennedy JrHe believed that he was innocent just like the rest.
RobertI later found out about it. Tony Bryant, another classmate Michael’s who had some explosive information. AccordingTo TonyHe and two of his friends used go to the same place. Greenwich, Connecticut, and one was obsessed with Martha. They had even planned to use golf clubs to get a girl “caveman” style. TonyHe declined to be part of the plan but he believed his friends might have been involved. MarthaHe was declared dead.
Where is Michael Skakel Now?
AfterAfter a series of appeals, a fresh trial was granted. MichaelIn 2013, a judge ruled his trial attorney didn’t provide effective counsel. WhileIn 2016, the conviction was reaffirmed. Connecticut SupremeIt was overturned by the court May 2018. FinallyIn October2020, according to the prosecution MichaelHe would not be tried for murder again because it was difficult to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he did the crime. AfterSpending more than a ten-year sentence behind bars MichaelIt was completely free. WhileHe used to live in FloridaBefore his arrest Michael’s current whereabouts are unknown. HeHe has, understandably, stayed out of the public eye.
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