“i’m going to get away with murder, i’m a kennedy.”
in 1975, fifteen year old martha moxley attended a halloween party at a residence in her neighborhood close enough to be seen from her own home. brothers michael and thomas skakel were hosting the party, and at 9:30pm, martha was last seen alive willingly heading behind a fence to continue kissing thomas in private.
the next day, martha’s body was found in her own backyard beneath a tree. her pants and underwear were pulled down, but there was no sign of sexual assault. pieces of a broken golf club were found near her body, and evidence showed that she had been both bludgeoned and stabbed with the weapon.
naturally, thomas skakel became the prime suspect for martha’s murder, having been the last to see her alive. but a lack of evidence kept the case unsolved for over 25 years.
between 1975 and 2000, the case was repeatedly closed and reopened due to the ever-evolving alibis and testimonies of the skakel brothers. michael was found to be lying quite often, which over time became more damning than thomas having been seen with her in the window of time before the murder.
a popular theory as to why the brothers were given so much leniency is because they were related by marriage to senator robert f. kennedy. reportedly, michael was overheard at one point telling friends “i’m going to get away with murder, i’m a kennedy.”
on june 7th, 2002, michael skakel was finally convicted for the murder of martha moxley. he was sentenced to twenty years in a connecticut prison.