Eventually, rich bad boy of Greenwich, Connecticut, Michael Skakel, had been convicted. Recently, his lawyers' motion to get a new trial was turned down.
As Skakel awaits a second go-around on that move, he remains out of prison. His cousin Robert Kennedy Jr. published a book arguing Michael's innocence.
The most recent chapter in this never-ending saga is self-disclosure by Kenneth Littleton of his own ordeal when he was in the loop. It will be aired October 5th on Discovery. For now, the New York Post has published key parts of Littleton's story, as will be depicted next month on television.
As so many know, Littleton was hired as a tutor for the six motherless Skakel siblings. That coincided with the night of the murder.
Soon enough, Littleton was treated as a suspect. Actually twice.
After all, Greenwich is a small town. The police aren't exactly up to the kinds of investigations conducted by the detectives on "Law and Order: SVU."
Littleton was there. So, why not target him. Unlike the wealthy well-connected Skakels, his background was working class. And he was young. Such targeting Littleton associates with his descent into alcoholism and mental illness.
An interesting detail Littleton provides is that a few days after the murder he connected the dots about who was the killer.
He intuitively knew Michael was the guy. That was based on the torture and killing of a small animal. In that case it was a chipmunk. The tutor knew Michael did it. Such behavior is one of the signs of a budding sociopath.
None of us knows how resilient we will be if we are pushed into a legal chainsaw. Likely Littleton will never be whole again.
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