Archive for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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.


Leonard Levitt op-ed: Journalist deconstructs Kennedy’s claim Skakel was ‘Framed’

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By Leonard Levitt

In his recently published book, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. maintains that his cousin, Michael Skakel, was “framed” for the murder of his 15-year-old neighbor, Martha Moxley, by an incompetent lawyer, a “corrupt” detective and prosecutor, and the media — including this reporter.
Martha was beaten to death in the Belle Haven section of Greenwich on Oct. 30, 1975, with a golf club that came from a set found the next day in the Skakel home. The case has become a 41-year legal odyssey, with no resolution in sight.

But Michael Skakel wasn’t framed, as the title of Kennedy’s book alleges. Instead, perpetuating the basest of racial stereotypes, Kennedy has framed 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 his book jacket. Kennedy himself writes: “Using the evidence I have cited in this book, prosecutors have sufficient cause to indict Burton Tinsley and Adolph Hasbrouck for Martha Moxley’s murder.”

Kennedy offers no proof for his claims. The closest he comes is to write that Hasbrouck and Tinsley admitted to him they had been in Belle Haven on the night Martha was murdered.

On BizTalk radio he told host Jim Campbell: “Both of the men, Adolph and Burr, acknowledged on tape that they were there that night.”
On the Phoenix-based radio show “House of Mystery” to publicize his book, he told host Al Warren: “I was able to track those two men down and have conversations with them in which they admitted that they had been in Greenwich that night, and they admitted that they had been in the home of Geoffrey Byrne, the boy who helped them clean off after the murder.”

Those statements are lies.

According to court documents, Kennedy secretly recorded Hasbrouck and Tinsley in separate telephone conversations in 2003, the year after Michael’s conviction. But no such admissions appeared on either recording, transcripts of which were made available to me.

At a 2007 hearing seeking a new trial, based on Kennedy’s claims, Michael’s lawyers never offered any admissions as new evidence, a further indication there were none.

Byrne, who Kennedy claims helped Hasbrouck and Tinsley “clean off after the murder,” died a few years after the murder.
Kennedy’s source for his allegations is Gitano (Tony) Bryant, who Kennedy describes in his book as a first cousin to basketball star Kobe Bryant. Last year, Gitano Bryant pleaded guilty in Virginia to under-reporting millions of dollars in his tobacco importing company, resulting in a $6 million tax liability. In 1993 he was convicted of participating in an armed robbery/home invasion in California in which he claimed to have been kidnapped. He was later fired by a Texas law firm after his employers discovered Bryant never passed the bar, as he had claimed.

In 2007, Connecticut Judge Edward Karazin denied Michael’s motion for a new trial, concluding that Bryant’s claims “lacked credibility” and are “absent any genuine corroboration.”

In 2013, as Michael again sought a new trial, claiming his lawyer, Mickey Sherman, had been incompetent, Judge Thomas Bishop found Bryant’s “trail of deceit would likely erode any confidence in Bryant’s credibility.”

However, Bishop ruled Sherman failed his client and granted Michael a new trial. Prosecutors have appealed his decision to Connecticut’s highest court, which is expected to rule in the next few months. Meanwhile, Michael has been released from prison, where he served 11 years.
Bryant came to Kennedy’s notice after Kennedy wrote an article in 2003 in Atlantic Monthly, maintaining Kenneth Littleton, a tutor who moved into the Skakel house the night of the murder, was a more likely suspect than Michael.

Bryant told Kennedy that he, Hasbrouck and Tinsley, who were schoolmates in the Bronx, New York, had been in Belle Haven the night of the murder and that up to 15 people had seen them. At the 2007 hearing, Kennedy testified he was unable to find anyone to corroborate this.
Bryant also told Kennedy that Hasbrouck, who is black and who Bryant described as 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds at the time of the murder, met Martha at a dance in Greenwich a few months before, although no one but Bryant ever reported seeing them together.

Quoting Bryant, Kennedy writes that Hasbrouck “was obsessed with her beautiful blond hair,” and wanted to go “caveman” on her.
“Adolph and Burr, inebriated and ‘out of control’ began making sexually charged comments to some of the girls,” Kennedy writes about their supposedly being in Belle Haven the night of the murder.

“‘Where are the bitches?’ they were now demanding. ‘We’ve just got to get into something.’”

According to Bryant, a day or two later, the two confessed to him they killed Martha. Kennedy writes, “Adolph boasted, ‘Well, I got mine. We got her caveman style.’”

Bryant, however, refused to repeat his story to Connecticut authorities or to testify under oath at the 2007 hearing. Kennedy justifies his refusal, writing, “Michael’s conviction reinforced Tony’s mistrust of the system and validated his reason for not coming forward.”

Kennedy also wrote that “it became clear to me they (Hasbrouck and Tinsley) had been there that night.” As evidence he mentioned that Byrnes’ relatives “were dead certain that no black person could have visited their house. … I subsequently talked with both Tindel (sic) and Burr, who admitted having been to their house. Both of them (had been there) on at least six occasions and then described the interior of the house and other intricate details.”
“Wouldn’t it have been a little more helpful to determine if they were in Belle Haven on the night of Oct. 30, 1975, if you had ever spoken to somebody who had actually said they’d seen them there?” retorted prosecutor Jonathan Benedict.

Another person who claimed Hasbrouck had been in Belle Haven the night of the murder was Skakel’s private investigator, Vito Colucci. At the 2007 hearing, Colucci testified Hasbrouck admitted this in an interview he conducted with his assistant, Kris Steele, at Hasbrouck’s home in Bridgeport in 2003.

Colucci testified he brought Steele to take notes and “mainly to have a witness.” He testified: “Anytime I do something of any magnitude I try to get it on video or make sure I have somebody with me.”

Colucci acknowledged he did not record his interview with Hasbrouck and that Steele’s report, which was part of the court record, made no mention of any admission.

After he telephoned Hope Seeley, one of Skakel’s lawyers, Colucci testified, Steele wrote a second report that included Hasbrouck’s alleged admission. “Kris left out a few things and I just told him what to do.” Seeley, who is now a judge, declined comment through a Connecticut Judicial Branch spokesperson. Colucci did not respond to an email and telephone call.

According to Hasbrouck’s lawyer, Lawrence Schoenbach, “Hasbrouck’s mother had forbidden him to stay out during a school night, much less go to Greenwich. His mom worked in the 40th precinct in the Bronx. She cracked the whip.” Bryant, who attended the same Greenwich private school as Michael before moving to the Bronx, brought Hasbrouck and Tinsley to Greenwich a few times, said Schoenbach, “but always on weekends.”

Hasbrouck, says Schoenbach, graduated from college, served three years in the army and received an honorable discharge. “He has been married for 25 years. He has a daughter in college. He has been a production assistant at ABC for 15 years. He was a decent kid who became a respectable adult. Imagine 30 years later somebody knocks on your door and says, ‘Did you kill Martha Moxley?’ ”

Of Kennedy’s book, Schoenbach says: “His story was rejected by the courts 10 years ago and is now repackaged. Simply because he puts it in a book and gives it a better veneer makes it no more credible.”

In an interview on NBC’s “Dateline,” Kennedy dared Hasbrouck to sue him for libel. Schoenbach said he would wait until Connecticut’s highest court rules before making a decision.

It would be disingenuous not to mention that Kennedy’s book reflects his animosity toward me as a reporter. In part, I suspect this is because of two articles I wrote. The first, published in The (Stamford) Advocate and Greenwich Time in 1991, led the state of Connecticut to reopen its investigation.
The second was a series of articles, published in Newsday in 1995, that described how Michael and his brother, Tommy, lied to the police about their whereabouts the night of the murder. That led investigators to refocus on the Skakels and away from Littleton, then their primary suspect.

I’ve often wondered why Kennedy has committed himself to Michael’s innocence. I suspect he identifies with Michael’s tragic childhood and early adulthood. Like Kennedy, Michael lost a parent as a child. Like Michael, Kennedy became an alcoholic. He was also a heroin addict. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau fired him and he was disbarred as a lawyer for two years.

But where is it written that a person of privilege and entitlement with a famous name can write lies about innocent people without consequence?

Leonard Levitt was hired by Greenwich Time and The Advocate in the early 1980s to investigate the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley. An article in 1991 helped relaunch the police investigation and led to the 2000 arrest of Michael Skakel. Levitt wrote the book “Conviction” about the Skakel case. A Stamford resident, Levitt runs the website “NYPD Confidential.”

The Mysterious Murder of Martha Moxley by Joe Bruno

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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. 🙂

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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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)