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on 22 August 1999
Iread this book because I did not know about the case and was very impressed by the author's previous book, 'Death in Brentwood'. I read a great deal of true crime, but this is the first book to show that if you are rich enough, you can get away with murder. Furhman shows very clearly why Martha's case remains unsolved. Public apathy and the NIMBY mentality meant that even 20 years later when he was attempting to collect evidence all he met with was hostility and abuse in Greenwich. I could not put the book down and I very much hope that the Grand Jury will reach a proper conclusion, for Martha's sake and for her very corageous mother and brother. Would someone be kind enough to email when the jury decides, as living in England, I will probably never know.
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on 23 August 1998
This guy can write! This book takes you back in time, to the crime scene, to the Kennedy power brokers and the mystique that surrounded them and still does to this day. Obviously an accurate depiction of the bumbling police and prosecutorial actions. This can be evidenced by the fact that a Grand Jury has been called after the book hit the stands and renewed interest in this senseless and most brutal killing.
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on 3 March 2009
Well told story. the writer covers every angle of this story of the murder of a young girl on her own door step. The author gives you a inside look at the story of who done it and how and why. Even though it doesn't say who did comit the murder it does leave you thinking who was the most likely to and leaves you wondering how he got away with it.
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on 8 May 2000
Living in England, I had not heard anything about this case and reading this book was a real eye opener. I was so angry with the Skakel family and their neighbours who have tried to protect them. Who are the Skakels? They should be just people like you and me and yet because of their wealth a member of their family has been able to get away with murder. They have been treated differently by the Greenwich police who seem to have not wanted to upset them by daring to suggest that evidence points the finger firmly at a member of their family. The Greenwich police also acted like Keystone Cops. Thank you Mark Furhman for keeping the case alive and for the Moxley's sake, I hope that an arrest and a conviction will soon follow so that justice is finally done.
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on 1 September 1999
As a former Greenwich reisdent and Greenwich Police officer, I truly enjoyed this book. Furhman does a great job of exposing the inner workings of the Town, especially how anyone who tries to rock the boat is treated. The unfortunate thing is that the way major investigations were being handled in 1975 by the Greenwich Police is still the way they are handled today. That is to say, very poorly.
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on 14 July 1999
After 25 years of investigating, the Greenwich Police have turned up nothing in regards to a suspect in the case of Martha Moxley. What's wrong with this picture? Mark Fuhrman has cleverly used all his experience and insight to reconstruct what happened on that fatal night in 1975 to a sweet young 15 year old girl who deserves to be redeemed by someone. Mark Fuhrmans findings as well as his dedication to the Moxley family and Martha herself is by far much more than any one of the detectives in the Greenwich Police department ever did for Martha. Considering Mr. Fuhrman had an uphill climb mostly due to the lack of cooperation from the Greenwich police and other "knowledgable sources" surrounding the murder investigation. But he clearly perservered and helped reignite attention to the case causing Connecticut to finally appoint a grand jury investigation (you're about 25 years late, fellas)!
I applaud you Mr. Fuhrman, we could use many more detectives with the knowledge and dedication you have displayed. I hope you take it upon yourself in your retirement to help other families of unsolved or botched investigations to help find out what "really happened" and see that justice is served.
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on 24 June 1998
I really enjoyed reading this book. Fuhrman brings out all the mistakes that the Greenwich police made while investigating the murder. Especially the fact the the police didn't obtain a search warrant when they found the matching golf clubs in the skakal home. I believe that Mr. Fuhrman has produced some valuable information that the greenwich police should look into. The Skakel family have gotten away with murder. Now is the time for either Tom or Michael to face up to what they have done. Justice needs to be served. If not for Martha then for her family.
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on 11 July 1998
Mark Furhman turns the reader into an investigating detective in this tightly written account of the murder of young Martha Moxley. We see Greenwich, the victim, the police and the murder through the eyes of an experienced and compssionate detective. And we relish it when Furhman gets in a couple of licks of his own against the truly frightening people who, like the friends of O.J.Simpson, gladly overlook a murder to protect their own interests: jobs, money or even trivialities like privacy. Fuhrman names them all, the toadying neighbors, friends and lawyers of the wealthy Skakel family, and leads us to his conclusion as to the identity of the murderer. The woefully inept police (shades of Boulder, CO!) nevertheless arrive at one conclusion. Fuhrman arrives at another. This reviewer decided that two people commited the murder together. You can decide for yourself. All the evidence is there. And your blood will run cold at the stunt the Skakel lawyers pulled when they realized that the onset of DNA evidence might prove fatal to their young clients - but I won't spoil it for you. Read the book. I can't wait to read Furhman's next.
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on 8 January 1999
Mark Fuhrman once again proves he is not only a top-notch detective but also a riveting writer,delivering one of only 2 (and certainly the better of the) books on the unsolved 1975 murder of Martha Moxley. For fans of unsolved crimes this book is a must-read, involving an interesting setting--a wealthy, secluded community--coverups, disturbed characters, police foul-ups and Fuhrman's own taste of the people and police of Greenwich, who mostly shunned him in his attempts to learn more about the crime. I anxiously await Fuhrman's next book; with more efforts like this he can establish himself as a highly capable and very important true crime author. Reading Fuhrman I immediately found the best of what true crime from a law enforcement officer can provide. True crime is either from a journalist or from a former cop or agent. Fuhrman is never boring and his approach to the case is very professional. It would be exceptionally silly if potential readers were turned off simply by the name Mark Fuhrman. If they show some open-mindedness they will discover a professional man who knows his job.
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on 12 February 2006
this was a very interesting books to read i feel very sorry to the family of martha and the friends of martha as well it is sad to see how she died and taking so long to find out who was it but you should read this if you are into true life crime
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