A Crime In The Clan

Prosecutors act on a 25-year-old murder involving a Kennedy cousin. But will the charges stick?

Today the Elan School in Poland Spring, Maine, is just that--a school. But in the years from 1978 to 1980, it was something else--an exclusive drug and alcohol clinic for children of the rich and famous. This was where Michael Skakel, 19, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy's and a son of wealth and privilege, spent two years drying out. And according to a book proposal circulated briefly last year by the now 39-year-old Skakel and writer Richard Hoffman, Elan was the scene of a flamboyant--and possibly fateful--therapy. Those who have seen the proposal for Dead Man Talking: A Kennedy Cousin Comes...

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