By Michael Skakel
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."
I hope to become better acquainted with Michael
, whom I knew to be fun-loving, energe3tic, witty and a great skier.
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.
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.
asked me to come and work on Senator Kennedy's campaign.
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.
made it sound like a great adventure.
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.
found a quiet spot to hide Recidlow (whose sister, by the way, was sleeping with Michael) at that National Association of Government Employees
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.
I arranged for Michael
to enter treatment for his alcoholism, and drove him there on the weekend of Rose Kennedy's funeral.
The following year, in the midst of growing scandal, I convinced Michael
to seek help for his
sex addiction, and took him to treatment.
began stalking Marisa Verochi, frightening her
came to me for help.
and I fought, bitterly.
claimed that I'd threatened him physically.
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.
You get your ass back here, Skakel!
So cut the crap about 'This is your fault, Skakel
,' and listen to me.
You just dodged another bullet, Michael
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.
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.
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.
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