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DEAD MAN TALKING: A Kennedy Cousin Comes Clean
www.marthamoxley.com, 31 July 2012 [cached]
By Michael Skakel
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Aware that I had been clean and sober for some time, and that I'd just gotten David on the path of sobriety, Bobby entered treatment saying, "if Skakel can get clean and still enjoy himself, what the hell, maybe there's hope for me."
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I hope to become better acquainted with Michael, whom I knew to be fun-loving, energe3tic, witty and a great skier.
He arrived with his children, without his wife, and with a teenage babysitter, Marisa Verochi. As the weekend unfolded, two things became apparent - first, Michael was not in control of his drinking, and second, there was something not right about his interactions with the babysitter. At one point, both of them having a good deal to drink. Michael asked her for a backrub and lay on the sofa while she straddled him and rubbed lotion on him. My wife and I retreated to the bedroom, feeling awkward and somewhat alarmed.
Michael asked me to come and work on Senator Kennedy's campaign.
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Over the next several weeks, Michael was persistent, calling me to nudge and cajole me to come to Massachusetts and help with the campaign. Finally, after a phone call I remember as especially convincing since I'd just been on another raft of interviews without success, I said yes. My wife was losing faith in me. I was going nowhere fast. Michael made it sound like a great adventure. Michael made most things sound like a great adventure.
The truth, as I would find out later, was that Michael desperately needed someone to replace a Kennedy lieutenant, Jimmy Recidlow, who had been accused of rape by a young college volunteer whose father was a wealthy campaign contributor.
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The Kennedys found a quiet spot to hide Recidlow (whose sister, by the way, was sleeping with Michael) at that National Association of Government Employees.
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Not long after the campaign, I was hired on at Citizens' Energy Corporation, where I worked my way up to Director of International Programs traveling with Michael to Portugal, Cuba, Angola, Venezuela, Brazil, and elsewhere.
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I arranged for Michael to enter treatment for his alcoholism, and drove him there on the weekend of Rose Kennedy's funeral.
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The following year, in the midst of growing scandal, I convinced Michael to seek help for his sex addiction, and took him to treatment. Upon his return, he began stalking Marisa Verochi, frightening her and her family. She came to me for help.
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Michael and I fought, bitterly. He claimed that I'd threatened him physically.
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I had been taken in . All the idealistic talk was conceived as a useful mythology to hide reality, not only about Michael, but about his brother Joe, and even my aunt Ethel, who had been like a mother to me.
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You get your ass back here, Skakel!
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So cut the crap about 'This is your fault, Skakel,' and listen to me.
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You just dodged another bullet, Michael.
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An article by jack Sullivan purported to have the inside scoop on Michael Skakel, a suspect in an old, unsolved murder and a chauffeur for the Kennedy family, who was trying to extort a quarter million dollars from them by fabricating a story about Michael and the family babysitter. Clearly the family was taking no chances on me.
I should probably have seen it coming. Earlier, when the truth could no longer be hidden, Michael had instructed me to tell the press that Marisa was promiscuous little slut who had come on to him, been rebuffed, and was angry.
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A half hour later the phone in my office was dead, and all my Citizens' Energy credit cards had been canceled; a half hour after that and The Boston Herald was getting the story that would run the next morning: Michael Skakel, a chauffeur for the Kennedys was trying to extort money from them by making up lies about Michael Kennedy and an under-age girl.
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Michael Skakel is a graduate of Curry College, a former member of the U.S. World Cup Speed Skiing Team, and the former Director of International Programs for Citizens' Energy Corporation.
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Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s attempt to get Tim Collins, a supporter of Senator Kennedy, to lie about Michael Kennedy's transgression and to say instead that I, Michael Skakel, had been sleeping with the young girl
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) â€" An attorney ...
www.brooklyneagle.com [cached]
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) â€" An attorney for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who is hoping to win a new trial after he was convicted of a 1975 murder four years ago, wants to know whether the state's lead investigator was paid {read more ... }
Headmaster: Skakel expelled for 'threatening' woman with ski pole
www.marthamoxley.com, 28 April 2002 [cached]
Headmaster: Skakel expelled for 'threatening' woman with ski pole
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Michael Skakel was expelled from a private school in Vermont for brandishing a ski pole at a teacher's wife, the former headmaster of the school told The Advocate.
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From his hilltop home in this rural village in central Vermont, Richard Wright, founder and former headmaster of The Vershire School, recounted for the first time publicly how Skakel raised a ski pole and "threatened" to strike a woman during a confrontation on a dormitory staircase.
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The witnesses, as they did in the preliminary hearing in the case, are expected to testify that they heard Skakel implicate himself in Moxley's murder while he was a student at the school from 1978 to 1980.
Prior to Elan, Skakel attended at least three private high schools.
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Michael Skakel enrolled later that year after running afoul of authorities at a school in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He proved to be an excellent athlete, impressing people with his skills on the soccer field and later spending much of his time on the school's private ski slope, called Judgment Ridge, Wright recalled.
It became evident, however, that Skakel, in contrast to his older brother, wasn't fitting in well at the school, Wright said.
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Though Skakel didn't seem to be faring well academically or socially, the teen did not initially get into any serious disciplinary trouble, Wright said.
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The woman who was allegedly threatened, and her husband, who was one of about 15 teachers at the school, lived in the Hill Dormitory along with Skakel and 25 of the school's approximately 100 students.
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Skakel was thrown out almost immediately, Wright recalled.
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About two weeks later, on March 15, the school received a polite letter explaining that Skakel had been accepted at Elan and requesting a transcript be forwarded there, Wright said.
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What Wright didn't know at the time was that Skakel had already been forcibly taken to Elan as part of a deal to avoid jail following a March 5 drunken-driving accident in Windham, N.Y., where the family had a second home. Skakel had nearly run over a police officer before crashing a family car.
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Skakel's attorney, Sherman, declined two previous requests from The Advocate to help compile a timeline of the various schools Skakel attended.
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Asked to explain why Skakel left the school, Sherman said: "He was failing."
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In a book proposal written before his arrest, Skakel, with the help of author Richard Hoffman, had this to say about his teenage schooling: "I continued to careen and carom through my life without an understanding of either dyslexia or alcoholism.
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From 1971 to 1975, Skakel attended Brunswick School in Greenwich. By the fall of 1975, the time of the murder, he was attending St. Mary Catholic school in Greenwich, according to State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict's questioning of potential jurors.
Skakel didn't complete the year, however.
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The following September, Skakel found himself enrolled at the Whiteman School, a private boarding school in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
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"Michael was a very disturbed boy," retired headmaster John Whittum said last month.
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Several students were questioned about the blaze, including Skakel, but it was never determined what or who started the blaze, Whittum said.
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Barbier struggled to find words to describe just how difficult it was to deal with Skakel.
"Those kids are just so vivid in your mind because they were just so bad, they were really just unique in how bad they were," he said.
"The boys there had a fixation ...
www.marthamoxley.com, 8 Feb 1999 [cached]
"The boys there had a fixation that Tommy committed the murder, so they started beating the pulp out of Michael in the boxing ring to get him to confess that his brother committed the murder," Works said.
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"This went on for weeks, and they finally decided that if Michael kept standing up for his brother, then he must've done it. Because this was under duress - what was essentially torture over time - whatever they thought was a confession they wrung out of Michael is absolutely meaningless. But yeah, they thought they heard a confession."
Works said he has come forward as an unofficial spokesman for the Skakel family. Both Thomas and Michael Skakel, who were Moxley's neighbors and with her the night she was killed, are suspects in the case. They have maintained their innocence. "I am doing this voluntarily," Works said. "I've not been authorized by the family to be their spokesman, but I'm their advocate with their assent because I know the (Skakel) boys to be innocent, and I know an increasing amount of details."
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Believing Michael Skakel to be the probable killer, Fuhrman dismissed Works as a "media spin doctor."
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In court affidavits, prosecutors said they have been informed that Michael Skakel "made admissions" about the murder in response to confrontations by Joseph Ricci, owner of Elan School, the Poland Spring, Maine, rehab center Michael entered in 1978.
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In court affidavits, prosecutors said they have been informed that Michael Skakel "made admissions" about the murder in response to confrontations by Joseph Ricci, owner of Elan School, the Poland Spring, Maine, rehab center Michael entered in 1978.
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Ricci on Thursday said it was "not impossible" that Michael Skakel's alleged admissions concerning the Moxley murder came about as Works said.
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The former rehab resident, who requested anonymity, said, "Michael was never put into the ring for anything that had to do with this murder. Michael was never forced through any means to make a false confession."
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The affidavits say Michael revised his story to say he wasn't in bed at a certain time but had climbed a tree outside Moxley's bedroom window and threw rocks at it to get the girl's attention, then masturbated in the tree before returning home through what was later determined to be the crime scene.
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And as for Michael Skakel, Works said, "Again, you're talking about a kid. If you were 15 years old, are you going to confess to climbing a tree and (masturbating)?"
Works, 49, said he is speaking on the Skakel brothers' behalf because he believes misguided prosecutors are allowing Moxley's actual killer to go free. "I am convinced that the killer is alive and out there, and is laughing at the whole thing," Works said last week. "I know both these guys, and neither Tommy or Michael have the type of personality for that type of brutality."
Chuck Seigan said that Joseph Ricci, ...
www.marthamoxley.com, 5 Nov 1998 [cached]
Chuck Seigan said that Joseph Ricci, owner of the Elan school in Poland Spring, Maine, confronted Michael Skakel during a meeting originally called to berate Skakel for running away from the school.
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From 1978 to 1980, Skakel was a student at Elan, a residential drug treatment center and school for troubled teens.
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Skakel was 15 when Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club on Oct. 30, 1975.
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After hearing those witnesses and others from attorneys for Skakel and Ricci, Judge Edward Stodolink will issue his ruling on whether Ricci will be forced to testify before the grand jury.
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