“A must read for those who care about justice and integrity in our public institutions.”Alan M. Dershowitz, Esq.
Book to television alert! FX Productions has inked a deal to make Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s New York Times bestseller, Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit, into a multi-part television series, and here at Skyhorse we’re all ready to set our DVRs!
Kennedy’s looking forward to it, as well. “I’m thrilled that my investigations in Framed, and this horrible miscarriage of justice, will reach a wider audience,” he said. “Fox’s audaciousness in taking this on will help ensure that the public knows beyond a reasonable doubt that Michael Skakel is innocent.”
In a riveting and unfiltered telling of one of the most infamous murders of the Twentieth Century, the author and one of America’s leading environmental activists, methodically follows each of the possible murder suspects, concluding Michael Skakel could not and did not kill Martha Moxley. (Scroll down to see the book trailer, if you need a quick review of the case!)
New York Times bestselling author Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
“This account will shock and astound those who read the press reports of the case at the time… It is deeply researched, bitingly written, and entirely convincing.” Stuart Woods, #1 New York Times bestselling author
The haunting story of Moxley’s murder starts on Halloween 1975, when she was found brutally murdered outside her home in Greenwich, Connecticut. 27 years after her death, the State of Connecticut spent some $25 million to convict her friend and neighbor, Michael Skakel, of the murder. At Michael’s criminal trial, the State offered no physical or forensic evidence, no fingerprints or DNA, and no eyewitness linking Michael to the killing.
Mr. Kennedy speaks about what this book means to him.
The trial ignited a media firestorm that transfixed the nation. Skakel, who is a cousin to the Kennedy’s, was convicted of the murder, sentenced to 20 years to life, served 11 years, and was released on $1.2 million bail in 2013 when a Connecticut judge granted him a new trial. On December 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to reinstate Skakel’s conviction.
Kennedy, with meticulous research and reporting, sets out to prove Skakel was railroaded amidst a media frenzy by the actions of a crooked cop, a trio of mendacious writers, a treacherous family lawyer nursing a secret grudge, a narcissistic defense attorney obsessed by the spotlight, a craven prosecutor gone rogue, and a parade of perjuring witnesses. These colorful characters leap off the page like seedy villains in a dime-store crime novel.
Kennedy also tracks down two men he believes are the real killers, a pair of ghosts who moved in and out of Greenwich and whose presence was detected by neither police nor press during 30 years of costly yet shoddy investigation. Today, those men walk free.
Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit
By Robert F. Kennedy
Skyhorse Publishing Hardback
On Sale: July 12, 2016
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