The books sales and the reviews of Robert Kennedy Jr’s new book “Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison For a Murder He Didn’t Commit” are so bad, they dropped the Kindle price from $15.33 to a mere $1.99.

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I paid the full freight, and after reading the book, which is 95 % fiction, I can truly say it’s the most mean-spirited book I have ever read. RFK Jr., a former junkie and serial adulterer, pulls murder theories out of his butt and accuses everyone involved in the case, including two of Skakel’s lawyers, of being corrupt, or incompetent.

RFK Jr. blames everybody for Martha Moxley’s murder except his cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted of her murder in 2002, and maybe the Pope, and I’m not sure about the Pope.

He tries to make a case that John Moxley, Martha’s brother and never a suspect, may have killed his sister, and not only that, but Moxley may have also killed three women in California by bludgeoning them, like his sister was killed.

He then accuses Martha Moxley mother, Dorthy, now 84 years old, of causing a man to commit suicide, which is real rich, since many people have accused RFK Jr. of causing the hanging suicide of his second wife.

Some people have no shame.

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I paid the full freight, and after reading the book, which is 95 % fiction, I can truly say it’s the most mean-spirited book I have ever read. RFK Jr., a former junkie and serial adulterer, pulls murder theories out of his butt and accuses everyone involved in the case, including two of Skakel’s lawyers, of being corrupt, or incompetent.

RFK Jr. blames everybody for Martha Moxley’s murder except his cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted of her murder in 2002, and maybe the Pope, and I’m not sure about the Pope.

He tries to make a case that John Moxley, Martha’s brother and never a suspect, may have killed his sister, and not only that, but Moxley may have also killed three women in California by bludgeoning them, like his sister was killed.

He then accuses Martha Moxley mother, Dorthy, now 84 years old, of causing a man to commit suicide, which is real rich, since many people have accused RFK Jr. of causing the hanging suicide of his second wife.

Some people have no shame.

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The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families Trump the Truth?

Posted in biography, Book Reviews, crime, criminal, criminals, killers, murder, Murder in Greenwich Connecticut, Uncategorized, unsolved murders with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

If you want to read the true story of the murder of Martha Moxley, read “The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families Trump the Truth?” by yours truly.

It’s presently on pre-order and will be released exclusively on Amazon on August 6th.

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At around 9:30 pm on October 30, 1975, the blond and beautiful 15-year-old Martha Moxley had just left the Skakel residence and was walking to her home on the other side of Walsh Lane, in the swank Belle Haven section of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Suddenly, someone rushed up behind her and bashed her head in with a six-iron that belonged to a set of clubs later found in the Skakel home. The coroner said that Martha’s head had absorbed as many as 15 blows, any one of which could have been fatal. The killer then dragged Martha’s body down a deep slope and deposited her, face-down, under a large, silvery-blue pine tree. The killer then stabbed her in the neck with a splintered shaft of the golf club, and then pulled her jeans down to her knees, exposing her buttocks. The killer had either been unwilling, or was physically unable to sexually assault the half-naked girl.

The Greenwich police had not investigated a murder case in over thirty years, and they totally bungled the crucial initial investigation and the subsequent follow-up investigations. It wasn’t until 2002, twenty-seven years after Martha was murdered, that Michael Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the wife of former Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, was tried and convicted for the murder of Martha Moxley.

Was the Greenwich Police Department just totally incompetent in their initial and their ongoing investigation of Martha’s murder?

Did the state’s Attorney General look the other way because he was afraid of whose toes he might step on?

Did the Skakel/Kennedy connection intimidate both the Greenwich Police Department and the state’s Attorney General from doing a prompt and thorough investigation of Martha’s brutal murder?

“The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families Trump the Truth?” will try to answer those questions for you.

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*****

Author’s note: I started this project with no preconceived notions. With 40 years of journalistic experience in my back pocket and more than 45 published books in the bank, I did all my research for this book by reading more than a dozen books on the subject of either the Moxley murder, or the Kennedy family’s connection to the Skakels; in particular those concerning Ethel Skakel Kennedy, who married the former United States Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy. I also pored over 200 magazine and newspaper articles available on the internet; especially the Samford Advocate and Greenwich Times, and the New York Times.

This book is my absolute honest opinion of what transpired in the Martha Moxley murder case.

Of course, opinions are like noses; everybody has one. But I back mine up with facts, not other people’s opinions. I have no horses in this race, and I have no axes to grind.

And I don’t, to shine a favorable light on a blood relative, pull new suspects out of my butt, with absolutely no solid proof that those suspects were even in Greenwich, Connecticut on the night of the murder, forty-one years ago.

Of course, I feel great compassion for the Moxley family. They, along with their daughter, Martha, are the real victims here. No matter what anyone with a vested interest in this case may say.

R.I.P. Martha Moxley (1960-1975)

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International Best Selling author Joe Bruno’s “The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families Trump the Truth?” is ranked #1 on Amazon/United States in the category “Hot New Releases – True Crime – Law Enforcement.”

Posted in biography, Book Reviews, crime, criminal, Lawyers, murder, Murder in Greenwich Connecticut, reality TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

It is now available for pre-order and will go on Sale on August 6, on Amazon.com.

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This is the Forward in Joe Bruno’s soon-to-be-released book, “The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families.”

Posted in crime, criminal, crooked cops, killers, Lawyers, murder, Murder in Greenwich Connecticut, police, Uncategorized, unsolved murders with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

This is the Forward in Joe Bruno’s soon-to-be-released book, “The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families.”

*****

Foreword

It all started for me around the year 2000 at a “yard sale” in Sarasota, Fl.

Living amongst the tenements on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City for 48 years, a yard sale was an oddity to me. But my wife figured she could pick up a valuable item or two for almost nothing, so we stopped at a yard sale which took place in someone’s driveway.

As my wife picked through the clothes, figurines, and appliance that were lined up on two long picnic tables, I fingered through a box of paperback books that was laying on the concrete floor. The one that caught my eye was a book featuring a pretty blond girl on the cover. Next to her face in red lettering was written, “WHO KILLED MARTHA MOXLEY?

The title of the book was Murder in Greenwich, and was written by Mark Fuhrman. I knew Fuhrman’s name from the infamous O.J. Simpson trial, but I didn’t know he had become an author. (Unbeknownst to me, Fuhrman had also written a previous book on the Simpson trial called Murder in Brentwood.)

I paid 50 cents for the book, took it home, and put it on a huge shelf of books that I planned to read before I perished.
Fast forward to November 2014 – 14 years later.

I don’t know why, but I picked up Murder in Greenwich and started reading it. At this point in time, I didn’t know that anyone in the Kennedy family was involved, and I thought a Skakel was a form of foreign currency. When I finished Murder in Greenwich the takeaway was that Fuhrman predicted that Michael Skakel, then 15 years old was the killer of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Connecticut on October 30, 1975.

Soon after Murder in Greenwich was published, Skakel was indicted for Martha’s murder. Then in 2002, Skakel was convicted by a jury of his peers, and he was sentenced to 20 years-life in prison. In 2013, the guilty verdict was overturned by a judge who said that Michael Skakel’s attorney, Mickey Sherman, had not given him a proper defense.

Before I sat down and started my research for The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families, I knew nothing about the case except what I had read in Fuhrman’s book, in which the time period had ended in 1998.

On January 2, 2015, I began my research in earnest and continued it for one full year. On January 2, 2016, while still immersed in my research, I started writing this book in earnest.

I went into this project with no preconceived notions. With 40 years as a journalist in my back pocket, all my research for this book has been done by reading more than 10 books on the subject of either the Moxley murder, or the Kennedy family’s connection to the Skakels; in particular those concerning Ethel Skakel Kennedy, who married the former United States Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy. I also pored over 200 magazine and newspaper articles available on the internet; especial the Samford Advocate and Greenwich Times, and the New York Times.

And like Nero Wolfe, I never left the comfort of my home.

I have not spoken to anyone connected with this case: none of the Moxleys, Skakels or Kennedys, and none of the detectives or law enforcement agencies involved. The only contact I had with anyone involved in the Moxley murder case was via email with Len Levitt, who wrote: Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder in 2006. I asked Levitt a few questions, but he was not effusive in his answers.

In street terms, he gave me the cold shoulder.

Still, all the quotes I needed, and all the facts that are pertinent to this case were already available in print in one form or another. But it takes someone with years of experience to piece together all the facts into a coherent and plausible narrative. Without tooting my horn too loud, I have that experience.

After researching the Moxley Murder Case, and while writing the first draft, I changed my opinion on certain things several times. In fact, after I finished the first draft, I threw it out (deleted it in computer terms), and started again from scratch from a different perspective.
This book is my absolute honest opinion of what transpired in the “Martha Moxley Murder Case,” much like the conclusion Mark Fuhrman arrived at when he gave his final judgement in Murder in Greenwich.

Opinions are like noses; everyone has one. But I back mine up with facts, not other people’s opinions.

And more importantly, unlike other books which have recently been written by people connected to the case in one way or another, I have no horse in this race.

Of course, I feel compassion for the Moxley family. They, along with their daughter, Martha, are the real victims here. No matter what anyone with a vested interest in this case may say.

Martha Moxley (1960 – 1975) – may she rest in peace.

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Robert Kennedy’s book on the Moxley Murder Case is nothing but one Kennedy protecting the butt of another Kennedy.

Posted in biography, Book Reviews, crime, Drugs, gangsters, Lawyers, murder, Murder in Greenwich Connecticut, police, reality TV, Uncategorized, unsolved murders with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

This is deeply disturbing.

My book about the Moxley murder case should be out at around the same time as this one: middle of July.

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In my book, I say almost everything the opposite of what RFK Jr. says. My heros are his villains. His heros are vile villains. And that troubles me.

The thing is, RFK Jr. has a horse in the race, and I don’t. Michael Skakel is his effing cousin. I don’t know Michael Skakel from the man in the moon.

I approached my book with a clear head. No side-taking. Just the facts as I uncovered them in over a year of research and another six months of writing. And what I uncovered from reading over 30 books (I own them all. Ask my wife, she says their cluttering our house), and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, is that Michael Skakel is as guilty as sin. There is no other possible conclusion, unless Michael Skakel is your cousin, and you’re a Kennedy.

Bill O’Reilly should get his head out of his butt. I know he’s a Kennedy groupie. Most Irish Catholics are. (I bet his family had a framed picture of JFK over the mantlepiece in their home on Levittown, L.I. – We had Sinatra:) )

But saying Michael Skakel is innocent of the murder of Martha Moxley is like saying Judas didn’t betray Jesus. It’s like saying the Japanese didn’t bomb Pearl Harbor. It’s like saying Sinatra couldn’t hold a tune.

But I’m sure RFK is going to try.

He’s got the money. He’s got the name.

But I have the truth.

That’s something the KennedyFamily has avoided since Papa Joe Kennedy was partners with Al Capone and Frank Costello during Prohibition.

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By Mark Shanahan GLOBE STAFF JUNE 17, 2016
The cover of author Larry Tye’s new book about Robert F. Kennedy.
The cover of author Larry Tye’s new book about Robert F. Kennedy.
You could fill a small library with all the books written about the Kennedys. And still they keep coming. Clear shelf space for two more.
Former Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye has written a standard bio of Robert F. Kennedy, called “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon,” that drops in early July. And Robert F. Kennedy Jr. checks in with “Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit,” a book whose publisher at least believes is the “definitive” account of the bizarre case involving the Kennedy cousin.
Tye, whose previous bios include “Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend” and “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero,” says Bobby Kennedy was a transformative political figure whose evolution is neither well understood nor sufficiently appreciated.
“His story gives us hope that politicians can grow and change,” says Tye. “Maybe even Donald Trump.”
That’s not to say Kennedy and Trump have a lot in common. They don’t. For example, Tye points out that unlike the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who last week revoked the Washington Post’s credentials to cover his campaign, Kennedy had an unusually close relationship with the political media.
“He didn’t duck and cover like Hillary [Clinton] does, and he didn’t trash and banish the way Trump does,” says Tye, whose bio also sheds light on RFK’s relationship with Senator Joseph McCarthy and Kennedy’s role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The author says he interviewed over 400 people, many of whom have since died.
“Bobby would have turned 90 this year,” says Tye. “This is the last chance to get to these people so they can tell their story.”
The book about Skakel, meanwhile, has been something of a secret. We tried to get our hands on a copy, but Skyhorse Publishing asked us to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which would prevent us from writing about the book before it comes out July 12. (The publisher also has given “Today” and “Dateline” the exclusive.)
What we know is that RFK Jr. doesn’t believe that Skakel did what, in 2002, he was convicted of doing: Killing 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Conn., in 1975. Skakel, whose aunt is RFK’s widow, Ethel Skakel Kennedy, was sentenced to 20 years to life, but in 2013 a judge granted him a new trial and released him on $1.2 million bail.
The new book, which is blurbed by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly — “Americans interested in justice should be captivated by this book” — asserts that Skakel was “railroaded” by “a crooked cop,” “mendacious writers,” a “treacherous family lawyer,” a “narcissistic defense attorney,” a “craven prosecutor gone rogue,” and a whole lot of “perjuring witnesses.”
So, if not Skakel, who committed the murder? Robert F. Kennedy Jr. offers his own theory, which no doubt will lead to even more books.

Muhammad Ali, May He Rest in Peace, Was Never a Hero

Posted in boxing, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 4, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Muhammad Ali passed away Friday night, June 3, 2016. I wrote the article below around the year 2000.

I got to know him fairly well in the 1980’s, when I was Vice President of the Boxing Writers Association. He was a real friendly man, and we had several nice conversations about what I have written below.

Still, his death doesn’t change what he was, and what he did early in his career.

I know I’m going to get a lot of heat for this, but it is with a heavy heart that I stand by what is written below.

It’s just the truth, and a man’s death doesn’t change the truth.

*****

Muhammad Ali Hero?—Not!!!!!!!
There’s a new phenomenon taking place in boxing, and in the news media in general, which I’ll gracefully call revisionist history. I’m talking about the way the so-called media portrays one of the most controversial figures of all time – Muhammad Ali.

Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali may have been great fighter, but he was also a shameless draft dodger, who refused to fight for his country in the Vietnam War.

If you say the United States didn’t belong in Vietnam–I agree. If you say it was a stupid war, a war we couldn’t win — I also agree. I didn’t like the war any more than Ali did, but me and hundreds of thousands of other men like me, black, white, or whatever, went into the United States armed service because it was our duty to our country and to our families.

Ali’s refusal to be inducted wasn’t a black/white thing like he and his people tried to shove down our throats. Hundreds of thousand of white men chickened out and avoided service in Vietnam too.

Ali claimed to be a Muslim minister as his exemption to get out of the military draft. Ali was a minister like Al Sharpton is a Reverend and like Dr. Irwin Corey is a physician. The draft board rightfully saw through Ali’s charade and classified him one A. But this man, who had already gotten rich though the American system of free enterprise, adamantly refused to take the one symbolic step forward on the day he was drafted.

To me, that was not only traitorous, it was darn personal.

My own life was put on hold for almost eight years because of the Vietnam War. I graduated Cardinal Hayes high school in 1965, I wasn’t taking enough credits at Hunter College to avoid the draft because I had to work full time so I could buy food to eat and keep a roof over my head. So, as was prescribed by the rules of the draft, I received a 1A classification.

In 1966, I decided to join the Navy, which three of my uncles had already served in, rather than get drafted into the army. I did four years active duty and another two years reserve. I could’ve beaten the draft like other skells did. Some jerks erroneously claimed to be gay to beat the draft. Others put needles in their arms and said they were junkies so they would fail the physical. And still others like myself were too proud to do things so disgraceful and humiliating, so we did what we thought was the only right and honorable thing to do. We either joined, or we were inducted into the Armed Forces of the United States of America. My only other alternative was suicide, since my father and my uncles would’ve surely beaten me to death if I ever did anything offensive to myself, my family and my country.

Starting in 1969, I did an 11-month tour on the aircraft carrier Constellation in the Bay of Tonkin 40 miles off the coast of Vietnam. I was a parachute rigger, so once a week I had to fly by helicopter into De Nang to pack the chutes in their base parachute loft. I saw white men serving there in the worst of conditions, along with black men, Muslims, Catholics, Jews and Protestants and a couple of Lithuanians too. Men that didn’t want to be in Vietnam any more than I did, but went anyway because America, right or wrong, is still our country, and if you want to live here and enjoy what the best country in the world has to offer, you have obligations.

I’ll never forget the night Ali fought Joe Frazier for the first time in 1970. The fight was broadcast live on Armed Forces Radio in the middle of the night for us in Vietnam. I remember hundreds of us setting our alarms for 3 am, even though we were on 12-hour working shifts in the war zone for as long as 45 days in a row. We sat around radios in all parts of the Constellation and I don’t remember one man who was rooting for Ali to win. Every race, color and creed was rooting for Smokin’ Joe Frazier, not the big-mouthed, race-baiting, draft dodger, and when Smokin’ Joe landed his famous left hook that dropped Ali in the fifteenth round, the huge ship rocked with cheers.

For whatever flimsy reasons he and white-hating Muslim sect tried to concoct, Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces, and to me and millions like me, that’s the bottom line. You disgrace the memory of tens of thousands heroic Americans, black, white or whatever, who died in Vietnam and in every war before and since Vietnam, when you glorify the draft dodger, scoundrel, reprobate and the four-marriage adulterer Muhammad Ali definitely was. The pitiful condition he’s in now is sad, but has no relevance to the sins he committed back when he was, as he defiantly proclaimed —-The Greatest.

Thirty years have passed, and the sportswriters who railed against Ali’s treason in the 1960’s – men like Jimmy Cannon, Dick Young, and the great Red Smith – are all dead. The scribes still living are mostly the flower-child, pot-smoking, free-love, “peace man” types (Maynard G Krebs/Beatniks) and selective-memory airheads like Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Frank Rich and Mollie Irvins. Others who choose to ignore Ali’s dark past are generally Jane Fonda/Country Joe Fish-types and Woodstock Generation lemmings, who watch MSNBC and read left-wing rags like the New York Times, The Village Voice and the Washington Post. Not to mention limousine-liberals like the Kennedys and Cuomos, who wouldn’t be caught dead being in the same building with the very people whose pain they supposedly feel.

Muhammad Ali was a great fighter, but he was a draft dodger and much worse. In my book he will never be a great American. He was certainly no Joe Louis, a black man who proudly served his country in World War II and was rightfully referred to by Jimmy Cannon as “a credit to his race — the human race.”

Ali is a credit to no one but himself. His war record, along with the alimony he is forced to pay to four ex-wives, tells me more about Muhammad Ali than anything he ever did in the ring.

International Best Selling author Joe Bruno’s new book “Crime Pays Scoundrels and Their Crooked Schemes: Volume 2” is now available on Amazon.com

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

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