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By Timothy Dumas

Greenwich, Connecticut, sometimes called "Greentown," hasn't ever recovered from the savage homicide of fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley, whose battered physique used to be came upon at the grounds of her domestic within the privileged enclave of Belle Haven on Halloween evening in 1975. The fast suspects have been Thomas and Michael Skakel, nephews of Ethel Kennedy, who lived around the road. until eventually lately, not anyone was once ever charged within the homicide, and it went down as one of many mythical unsolved crimes of contemporary historical past. Dominick Dunne, who used the homicide because the foundation for his bestselling novel A Season in Purgatory, inspired Tim to write down Greentown, which, like middle of the night within the backyard of excellent and Evil, makes use of a searing crime to probe the center of a group trying to find its soul. In Greenwich, middle and soul are corrupted by means of funds and what it may buy—not simply incredible fabric comforts, yet defense from the legislation. This ebook, and Tim Dumas's dogged research, have been instrumental in reviving...

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She thrives on it, instigates it, steers its course. Among a certain crowd of girls, whatever fun thing is happening has likely spun from the mind of Martha Moxley. Consider tonight. Tonight is Mischief Night, the night before Halloween. Mischief Night is license to set free childish devils. Armed with toilet paper and shaving cream and eggs (M-80 firecrackers and baseball bats for real hellions), the youth of Greenwich scurry about in the dark, festooning the town with mischievous designs. Tonight Martha Moxley will be among them.

He cannot see much—only her head bumping along the cold earth, the driveway, the shimmer of her hair fanned out behind her in the grass. There’s a low sound from the girl’s throat. He fishes for the weapon, straightens, rears back, levels it upon her skull. A storm of blows: seven, eight, nine. They are poorly directed, and some of them strike hard ground as well as flesh and bone. As one blow lands, a hunk of metal breaks loose and spins off into the leaves. He stares down at the shattered weapon in his hand: a golf club.

Sorry to trouble you. My daughter Martha hasn’t come home yet. Julie Skakel said, well, to call you. I don’t know why. ” Georgeann grumbles, “Oh, that darned kid. —but she pulls on her coat and totters down to the guesthouse. Calling here and there into the dark, she finds only emptiness. Where the heck is Jimmy? Not in his bed. Not in the guesthouse. Seventeen years old, and nowhere to be found. Puzzled, her head spinning, she goes back to bed. Down at police headquarters, the night has grown quiet.

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