The murder conviction of Michael Skakel, a relative of the Kennedy family, has been reinstated by the Connecticut’s Supreme Court after being overturned by a lower court.
Michael Skakel, whose aunt Ethel was the widow of Robert Kennedy, was found guilty in 2002 of killing his teenage neighbor with a golf club in 1975.
He was freed in 2013 after a judge found that his former lawyer had not represented him properly.
Michael Skakel says he is innocent.
The Connecticut Supreme Court voted 4 to 3 to reinstate the conviction.
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During the hearing prosecutor Susann Gill said Michael Skakel’s previous lawyer, Michael Sherman, had done a competent job representing his client and said there was “substantial evidence” that he killed Martha Moxley.
It was not immediately clear if Michael Skakel would be sent back to prison. His current lawyer, Hubert Santos, said he was reviewing the ruling and had no immediate comment.
The battered body of Martha Moxley, who lived near the Skakel family in wealthy Greenwich, Connecticut, was found on the lawn of her parents’ house in 1975.
Martha Moxley had been bludgeoned with a golf club – later traced to a set owned by Michael Skakel’s mother – and stabbed in the neck with the shaft of the club.
There were no witnesses or forensic evidence, but several people later testified that they had heard Michael Skakel confess to the crime.
One witness previously quoted Michael Skakel as saying: “I’m going to get away with murder, because I’m a Kennedy.”
The Kennedy family was one of the most prominent families in 20th Century US politics.
Joseph Kennedy was US ambassador to Britain under President Franklin Roosevelt. His son, John F. Kennedy was president between 1961 and 1963, and his other sons Robert and Edward became senators.
The iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy to celebrate his 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden is to be auctioned.
Marilyn Monroe wore the flesh-colored dress in May 1962, but the garment was so tight she had to be sewn into it.
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She died less than three months later at the age of 36, and JFK died in 1963.
The dress was sold in 1999 for $1.26 million but Julien’s Auctions thinks it could fetch up to $3 million this November.
The gown, made of silk gauze and covered in thousands of rhinestone beads and sequins, will go under the hammer in Los Angeles on November 17.
Before then, the dress will be on show at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey, and the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland.
The US is marking 50 years since President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas, which has long struggled with the legacy of the murder, hosts a series of official events on Friday.
John F. Kennedy is often ranked among the nation’s most revered presidents, though he served less than three years.
He is commemorated for his youthful vigor, his leadership through the Cuban missile crisis, and his challenge to America to put a man on the Moon.
But he is also remembered for ordering one of the most disastrous episodes of the Cold War, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of communist Cuba by a CIA-trained paramilitary force of Cuban exiles.
JFK’s family members laid a wreath on his grave at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC on Friday. His wife Jackie Kennedy and two of their children are also buried there.
Nearby, President Barack Obama ordered the White House flag be flown at half mast.
Among official events in Dallas on Friday, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform, Mayor Michael Rawlings will give an address, and bells will toll at the minute of Kennedy’s death.
Those events and others conclude a week of tributes to the slain US leader.
John F. Kennedy is often ranked among the nation’s most revered presidents, though he served less than three years
Kennedy, a Democrat, was part of one of the most prominent US political dynasties of the 20th Century.
His father, Joseph, was a wealthy businessman who served in senior positions in the government of President Franklin Roosevelt, including as ambassador to Britain.
Two of his brothers later served as US senators and ran for president. One of them, Robert, was himself assassinated in 1968. Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009, was a champion of progressive causes including universal healthcare.
JFK’s daughter Caroline is now the US ambassador to Japan.
On November 22, 1963, JFK and his wife Jackie travelled to Dallas for early campaigning ahead of the following year’s election.
Crowds of supporters lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple. As the presidential motorcade entered Dealey Plaza at around 12:30 local time, JFK’s convertible passed the Texas School Book Depository.
Gunshots rang out across the plaza. Bullets struck the president in the head and neck. Half an hour later, JFK was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Soon after, Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president aboard Air Force One.
Lee Harvey Oswald, an employee at the depository, was arrested in connection with the shooting.
On November 24, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was scheduled to be transferred from police headquarters to a county jail when he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner.
Although JFK’s murder has provided endless fodder for conspiracy theorists, official inquiries have determined Lee Harvey Oswald alone was responsible for the assassination.
According to an explosive new book, Marilyn Monroe called Jackie Kennedy at the White House and confessed she was having an affair with JFK.
The First Lady responded: “That’s great… I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems.”
In These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie, author Christopher Andersen claims Jackie Kennedy “knew everything” about JFK’s cheating and turned a blind eye, but his relationship with Marilyn Monroe “seemed to bother her the most”.
Jackie Kennedy was right to fear the bombshell actress, because Marilyn Monroe’s sights were firmly set on becoming the President’s second wife.
Marilyn Monroe, who long grappled with psychiatric and emotional problems as well as drugs and alcohol, was convinced JFK was about to leave Jackie Kennedy for her, her friend Jeanne Carmen reportedly revealed.
“Can’t you just see me as first lady?” Marilyn Monroe asked Jeanne Carmen.
Author Christopher Andersen claims Jackie Kennedy knew everything about JFK’s cheating and turned a blind eye, but his relationship with Marilyn Monroe seemed to bother her the most
According to excerpts of the book, published by The New York Posttoday, Peter Lawford claimed Marilyn Monroe called Jackie Kennedy and told her she was sleeping with JFK, and that he’d allegedly promised to leave his family for her.
“Marilyn, you’ll marry Jack, that’s great,” Jackie Kennedy responded, according to the account.
“And you’ll move into the White House and you’ll assume the responsibilities of first lady, and I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems.”
Christopher Andersen writes JFK’s Air Force aide, General Godfrey McHugh, revealed early on that “Jackie knew about his women” and her friend Ralph Martin agreed.
“You know, in the end Jackie knew everything. Every girl. She knew her rating, her accomplishments . . .”
However, she didn’t take his cheating lightly.
JFK’s close friend, George Smathers, said Jackie was “damn mad” about his fooling around, but she was willing to look the other way as long as he was careful and didn’t humiliate her.
Jackie Kennedy reportedly feared her own s**ual inadequacies were pushing JFK into the arms of other women.
But she complained of the President’s love-making to her long-time confidant Dr. Frank Finnerty, claiming “he just goes too fast and falls asleep”.
Aside from the ladies, Christopher Andersen offers a fascinating insight into JFK’s dependence on drugs.
His physician Max Jacobson, known as Dr. Feelgood, administered high-dosage amphetamine shots laced with steroids to the president on a regular basis, the book claims, and even the first lady.
Dr. Max Jacobson’s four-times-weekly injections worried other physicians who believed they might react with the dozen or so other drugs JFK was taking for his other health woes.
Gore Vidal reportedly said he was “horrified” to learn Dr. Feelgood was treating the President and, according to the book, told Jackie Kennedy to “Watch out” because “Max drove several people mad”.
More than 650 items belonging to JFK were found locked away at the home of former aide David F. Powers, who worked alongside the president for his entire political career
“To be auctioned are the personal items he chose to keep close to himself throughout his lifetime. Powers’ collection encompasses years of history with the Kennedy Family and his White House years,” says the auctioneers’ website.
The collection will be on display at the Amesbury, Massachusetts auction house from February 9 through the 16th.
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