In the collective visual global memory bank, Martha Moxley will always be 15.
That's the best of ages. It's when the human body is at its best. It's before the emotional burdens of entering a larger arena in college. It's the fun of playing with the power which comes with youthful sexuality.
At age 15, Moxley, reared in the privileged community of Greeenwich, Connecticut, was beaten to death. It was Halloween.
On the other hand, another Greenwich resident at that time may always bear the brand of "killer." That's Michael Skakel. He was convicted of that murder. Then he was released on bond pending a new trial. His cousin Robert Kennedy Jr. published a book "Framed," arguing Skakel's innocence. Kennedy's mother Ethel is Skakel's aunt. Kennedy is a lawyer.
The legal system in CT was, legal experts told me, gearing up for the new trial.
But, there will be no new trial.
This week, reports LawNewz, the CT Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Skakel had had adequate legal representation for the original trial. At the time, his lawyer had be the then famous Mickey Sherman. Later Sherman went to prison for $420,000 in tax evasion.
Shakel's current lawyer, Hubert Santos, continues to contend that Sherman hadn't been up to the defense task. For example, Santos claims Sherman should have cast suspicion on another brother in the Skakel family.
Both the murder and the hunt for the killer have haunted Greenwich. To those who pay through the nose to reside there, it is supposed to be The Best. Everyone there is special. The offspring go on to illustrious careers. And career setbacks are unpleasant developments not discussed.
However, the reality is very different.
Throughout Greenwich there are probably more 12-step recovery meetings per square foot than any other upscale community in the U.S. Not everyone is special. Some just have enough money to pay for the country mansion and its taxes. Yes, they can be house poor. Children often flounder. And, as happens so often among the privileged, those who lose the big jobs are often unable to catch on with another way to make the big bucks.
In a sense, that murder in Greenwich has become a symbol of what has gone so wrong with the supposed American Dream of extreme wealth, status and power.
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