Say what you will about Mark Furhman, but he was instrumental in reinvigorating the 1975 Halloween night, cold case death of Martha Moxley, which led to Skakel’s conviction.
Of course the Kennedy’s had enough money to keep a battery of lawyers busy finding every appeal possible for the convicted murderer cousin. He was released in 2013 pending a review of his case which led to a new trial.
Furhman’s book, Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley, is a great read if you are a true crime buff.
The one piece of circumstantial evidence against Skakel, which I think is very telling, is when investigators leaked false information that technology not available in 1975 had limited their investigation, but modern technology could find the murderer through DNA that was found on Martha Moxley’s body. (They had no such DNA.)
After this info was leaked Michael Skakel volunteered a ridiculous story that he had never mentioned prior. He said that he remembers masturbating in a tree, something he did from time to time, while trying to peep at Martha.
Moxley was found dead under that tree. Skakel was trying to come up with a cover story if his DNA was found on Moxley.
This meant that Skakel climbed a tree without noticing Moxley’s dead body, and he masturbated to a blank window.
This concocted tale is what led investigators to clamp down hard on Michael Skakel.
Rot in jail, monster.