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RFK Jr.’s Skakel book doesn’t make his case

Posted in crime, criminal, criminals, famous murders, famous trials, murder, Murder in Greenwich Connecticut, Uncategorized, unsolved murders with tags , , , , , , on August 23, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

RFK Jr.’s Skakel book doesn’t make his case
By Len Levitt August 22, 2016

In a new book, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. maintains that cousin Michael Skakel was “framed” in the killing of neighbor Martha Moxley by an incompetent lawyer, a “corrupt” detective and prosecutor, and the media.
Moxley, 15, was beaten to death in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1975. The weapon was a golf club from a set found the next day in the Skakel home. The case drew intense national attention and has become a legal odyssey.
But Skakel wasn’t framed, as the title of Kennedy’s book alleges. Instead, perpetuating the basest of racial stereotypes, in “Framed” Kennedy points the finger at two men — one black, the other of mixed race.
“Kennedy also shows how he tracked down the likely killers, whose presence was detected neither by the police nor the press,” reads the book jacket. He offers no proof for his claims. The closest he comes is to write that the men admitted to him they were in Greenwich the night Moxley was killed.
On BizTalk radio, he told host Jim Campbell, “Both of the men . . . acknowledged on tape that they were there that night.”
Those statements are wrong. According to court documents, Kennedy secretly recorded the men in separate phone conversations in 2003, the year after Skakel’s conviction. But no such admissions appeared on either recording, according to transcripts made available to me.
At a 2007 hearing seeking a new trial for Skakel, based on Kennedy’s claims, Skakel’s lawyers didn’t offer any admissions as new evidence. In 2007, a judge denied Skakel’s motion for a new trial. In 2013, Skakel again sought a new trial, claiming his lawyer had been incompetent. A judge ruled Skakel had not received an adequate defense and granted a new trial. Prosecutors appealed the decision to Connecticut’s highest court, which is expected to rule in the next few months. Meanwhile, Skakel was released from prison, where he served 11 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence.
In response to questions about his claims, Kennedy emailed that he was on a hiking trip in Utah, but would respond by Aug. 8. He then emailed he would respond by Aug. 10.
He has not.
Leonard Levitt is the author of “Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder.”


Joe Bruno Fights Back!

Posted in crime, criminal, criminals, Drug dealers, famous murders, famous trials, killers, murder, Murder in Greenwich Connecticut, Uncategorized, unsolved murders with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Below is my response to someone called “Amazon Customer” (they never use their real name when they perform hatchet jobs), after he (or she) posted a 1-star review for my new book, “The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families Trump the Truth?”

Anyone who knows me personally knows I don’t take bullshit from anyone, even a Kennedy, or a Kennedy “groupie” like the person below appears to be.


The review:

1.0 out of 5 stars
Opinionated rehash of old material
By Amazon Customer
on August 23, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

This was written by a biased author from his computer terminal. He formulated the Dominic Dunne POV and carefully curated the facts (gossip) surrounding the case. Why not. It worked for Dunne and his boy buddy Mark the disgraced cop Furhman. Too bad, I admired a previous book by Bruno, not knowing much about the case. I happen to be familiar enough with the Moxley case to know Joe created a fiction that he may actually believe.


My reply on Amazon to his (or her) review.

Joe Bruno Sr.

Why do you believe to believe RFK Jr, and not me, Mark Fuhrman, Dominick Dunne and Len Levitt, all of whom have come to the same conclusion; that Michael Skakel is guilty of the murder of Martha Moxley? We have no horses in this race. RFK Jr. is trying to protect a blood cousin.

You call what we have written “fiction,” and RFk Jr.’s book “Framed” you have rated 5 stars and said, “This book proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Utterly amazing the gossip monger Dominique Dunne and his very close friend, disgraced cop Mark Furhman, had such impact upon an innocent man. Kennedy solves the case in this compelling account. One can only hope some justice will be served in the future, that the guilty will be prosecuted and Skakel exonerated.”

You’re doing the same think RFK Jr. does in his book: he paints Michael Skakel as a saint, and everyone else connected with the case is either corrupt, incompetent, or a liar.

This is from a man, RFK Jr., who was found unconscious in an airplane bathroom and subsequently arrested for possession of heroin. As a result, he was fired from his job at the NY City District Attorney’s office, and disbarred for two years. And yet you give him kudos for being credible and say I created a “fiction,” when in fact what I have written in my book is the absolute, unbiased truth, taken from court reports, newspaper accounts, and all available documents pertaining to the case, including the Sutton Report, which was commissioned by Rushton Skakel to find his sons innocent of the murder of Martha Moxley, but produced the exact opposite result.

In addition, you call Mark Fuhrman a “disgraced cop,” but you don’t call RFK Jr. a “disgraced lawyer,” when he shamed his family and the NY City District Attorney’s office with his past criminal behavior.

And why would you believe a man, RFK Jr., who is an admitted serial adulterer, who some people claim was responsible for the suicide death of his second wife, Mary, which happened while he was romancing his third wife?

If a man would lie to his wife, the person who is supposed to be closer and dearer to him that anyone else on earth, how can we trust anything he says?

The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley by Joe Bruno

Posted in crime, criminal, criminals, famous trials, killers, Lawyers, murder, Murder in Greenwich Connecticut, police, Uncategorized, unsolved murders with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2016 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Robert Kennedy Jr.’s new book “Framed,” says exactly the opposite of what I say in my new book “The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley: Did the Political and Financial Power of the Kennedy/Skakel Families Trump the Truth?”

I maintain that his cousin, Michael Skakel, is guilty as sin of killing 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975. In fact, it’s a disgrace it took that long to convict him (he was found guilty of Martha’s murder in 2002).

RFK Jr. says about a dozen people, including his two family lawyers, conspired to frame his cousin, 27 years after the murder. He names several possible killers, but then, without a scintilla of proof, he settles on two African-Americans as the killers.

So much for RFK Jr. being politically correct.

Kennedy spent who-knows-how-much money to hire eight people to help him write his book (he mentions all eight in his acknowledgements at at the beginning of his books).

I, except for a proofreader, went solo.

RFK Jr. has been on numerous national TV programs, including “Dateline,” to promote his book. Plus, he’s been in scores of daily newspapers, also promoting his book.

I have done neither.

Unlike RFK Jr., I don’t have the connections; I don’t have the cash.

Still, our sales numbers are remarkable similar. My book is ranked anywhere from 12,000 to 10,000 in the the Amazon Kindle ratings (out of 5 million books). RFK’s book is ranked from 9,000 to 8,000 in the same rankings.

His book sells for $15.33 on Amazon Kindle; mine sells for a mere $4.99. Plus I throw in a free book tacked on to the end of the first book – “JULIUS AND ETHEL ROSENBERG – SPIES OR SCAPEGOATS?”

Plus, my book is FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Considering all of the above, I don’t think I will ever be on RFK’s Christmas card list. 🙂