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International Best Selling author Joe Bruno has 22 of the top 40 ranked ebooks on Amazon in the category “Legal – Witnesses.”

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“The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families Trump the Truth?” is ranked highest at #2. Robert Kennedy’ Jr.’s book “Framed,” which says exactly the opposite what of Bruno’s book maintains, is ranked #4.

RFK Jr. says his cousin Michael Skakel was framed, Bruno’s says Skakel should have been arrested and convicted much sooner than the 27 years it took for a conviction.

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.

It’s presently ranked #1 on Amazon in the category “Hot New Releases – True Crime – Law Enforcement.”

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Making it 2 books for the price of 1!”

Ranked #1 in “Hot New Releases” in both the categories “Law Enforcement” and “Hoaxes & Deceptions”

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.

To pre-order, SCROLL to the top of this page and hit the “Pre-Order” button.


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)

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

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.

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.

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.

International Best Selling Author Joe Bruno’s new ebook “Crime Pays: Scoundrels and Their Schemes” is now available on Amazon Kindle.

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Throughout the history of mankind, there has always been one constant creed among those scoundrels who inhabit the Underworld – crime pays.

Whether it be John Allen – “The Wickedest Man in New York City,” pimping off young girls in his Manhattan Lower East Side brothel/dance hall, or George Leonidas Leslie, “The King of the Bank Robbers,” knocking off a New York City bank, or Fredericka “Marm” Mandelbaum, all 250-pounds of her, fencing stolen good from her Clinton Street grocery store, making money in a life of crime was a fait accompli; that is, unless you get caught, which happens all too often.

Some pay back society with time in prison, other’s pay with their miserable lives, and some scoot away scot-free, never to answer for their wicked offenses against humanity.

Crime Pays: Scoundrels and Their Schemes will bring you on a seedy ride that slithers across the underbelly of American society, where every crook and criminal has their own unique gimmick to fill their greedy pockets with other people’s hard-earned cash.


Virginia Hill was a knock-around broad who bedded down the biggest gangsters of her time. It was said Hill spent more time on her back than Michelangelo did painting the Sistine Chapel. The word on the Las Vegas streets was that she was the exclusive property of mobster Bugsy Siegel, and it was plain to everyone in the know that Bugsy was just crazy about Hill.

But was Virginia Hill really a Trojan horse in Siegel’s camp; put there by the Mafia to make sure Bugsy was giving them an honest count on their Las Vegas ventures?

The answer is not that cut and dried.


Degenerate gambler and sportsman, Jacob (Bald Jack) Rose (Rosenzweig), due to a rare disease, had nary a hair on his entire body. But what Rose lacked in hair, he more than made up for with a diabolical criminal brilliance that put him “head and shoulders” (no pun intended) above the competition.

In the early 1900s, one of Rose’s competitors was fellow gambler Herman Rosenthal, a mean and snaky runt who had the reputation of being a stool pigeon, or as they say on the streets – a rat – for the New York City Police Department. Rose and Rosenthal both owned competing gambling joints in the seedy uptown area of Manhattan called the “Tenderloin,” or “Satan’s Circus.”

Rosenthal’s partner of sorts was corrupt New York City Police Lieutenant Charles Becker, who was not adverse to taking money with both hands (graft) from the Tenderloin’s gambling joints and houses of prostitution. Rose and Rosenthal both paid Becker handsomely, but then Rosenthal got the idea he was too big a man to continue to line Becker’s pockets with cash.

What happened next was called “The Crime of the Century.”

Book review on “Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.”

Posted in Book Reviews, Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooked cops, crooks, famous trials, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, Mobsters, movie review, murder, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, United Kingdom on August 13, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Excellent review on “Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.”

The Canary Sang but Couldn’t Fly
August 12, 2014
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Joe Bruno takes another look at the New York criminal underworld and one of its most fascinating figures in his latest book, “Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles – The Fink Who Took Down Murder Inc.” As has been the case with each of Bruno’s books that I’ve read, he’s taken an interesting subject, conducted exhaustive research, and told his story using some rather colorful slang that may catch readers by surprise.

Reles was a New York gangster of the 1930s who was one of the hired guns of Murder Inc., the enforcement arm of the Commission that controlled organized crime in New York at the time. Murder Inc. (as it was called by the press and public) turned what often had been haphazardly organized mob hits into a highly organized business under the leadership of Louis “Lepke” Buchalter. Reles was a vicious killer who ran his own rackets in Brooklyn but was also on Lepke’s payroll. When the police finally caught Reles, he turned state’s evidence, and his testimony was instrumental in helping to convict Lepke, who became the first mob boss to die in the electric chair. Reles’ moment of glory was short lived however as he fell, jumped, or almost certainly was thrown to his death out a window in the hotel in which he was being held. Reles’ notoriety with the public was enhanced a few years later when Peter Falk had perhaps his best film role portraying Reles in a movie that was also called “Murder Inc.”

Bruno takes a comprehensive look at Reles’ career from his less well known early days seizing control of his piece of turf in Brooklyn to the far better known events surrounding his testimony against Lepke and other mob figures. The book spends a good bit of time discussing the turf war in which Reles and his partners eliminated, one by one, the Shapiro brothers, the mobsters who had controlled the rackets in a section of Brooklyn called Brownsville. The book disproves the notion that mob hits were highly efficient affairs as the Shapiros manage to get away again and again before eventually running out of luck.

From there, Bruno gives a good accounting of how Murder Inc. operated and the details of the one killing that wound up getting Lepke convicted. It’s a fascinating story, with Lepke on the run for years before finally surrendering to J. Edgar Hoover himself (with Walter Winchell lending a hand). Finally, Reles is again center stage as he testifies and meets his demise. The story of Reles, Buchalter, and Murder Inc. is one of the most interesting in the annals of New York organized crime, and Bruno lays it all out in a straightforward manner that’s, for the most part, very easy to follow.

Readers should be aware that Bruno’s books, including this one, do not follow any manual of style I’ve ever seen. He uses plenty of slang to describe what’s happening, and the net effect is that readers feel they are hearing the story from a relative who lived through it rather than reading a history. That takes some getting used to for those accustomed to more scholarly true crime works. However, in comparison with some of his other books I’ve read, Bruno tones down some of the most outlandish rhetoric in “Reles,” and the remaining language mostly enhances the story rather than distracts the reader. The result is a colorful read that’s often as entertaining for how Bruno’s describing the action as for the action itself.

I’ve got one other caveat about the book. Although it’s listed on Amazon as 44 pages, the story of Abe Reles only takes up about half the book. Bruno includes another interesting article about another interesting, but lesser known, gangster turned stool pigeon of the era, “Tick Tock” Tannenbaum (a truly great mob nickname, as is Reles’ own “Kid Twist” nickname), Finally, the last third of the book contains an excerpt from one of Bruno’s longer books and some other filler material. Although I don’t think readers will feel cheated by the way “Reles” is organized, they should be aware of what they will get.

All in all, “Reles” is another one of Bruno’s colorful strolls through the back alleys of New York. Some of his sources (which he details at the end of the book) are quite obscure, and it’s highly doubtful readers would ever find out some of the information Joe reveals on their own. Abe Reles wasn’t a very likable guy, but, in Joe Bruno’s hands, he’s been turned into a very likable book.