Martha, R.I.P.

Michael Skakel had money, connections and fading memories on his side. Why did a jury find him guilty of murder?

On Oct. 30, 1975, at around 10 in the evening, a young man beat a young woman to death with a golf club on her front lawn. When the club finally broke--on a backswing, sending the bloodied steel head flying backward across the yard--the young man kept going, stabbing the girl with the sharp splintered shaft. One stab drove a lock of her long blond hair right through her neck, like a thread through a needle. The girl was Martha Moxley. On June 7, 2002, a Connecticut jury decided the young man was Michael Skakel.

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