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Greentown

Murder and Mystery in Greenwich, America's Wealthiest Communiity
Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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The first edition of Greentown helped reopen one of America's most shameful unsolved murder cases, the savage slaying of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in an exclusive enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut, the night before Halloween 1975. Soon after Martha's body was discovered, attention focused on members of the Skakel family, who lived across the street from the Moxleys. Ethel Skakel and Robert Kennedy had married in Greenwich, and the two families were close. Thomas Skakel, Ethel’s nephew, was the last known person to see Martha alive. The murder weapon, a ladies' golf club, came from the Skakel household. When the Greenwich police tried to pursue its investigation, however, the community closed in upon itself. Lawyers were summoned, walls went up, information was suppressed, and no one was charged. And yet, continuing to haunt Greenwich, the case refused to go away - until, 23 years later, following the publication of this book, a grand jury was convened, and two years after that a man - Thomas' brother Michael - was finally indicted for the crime.

This revised edition now brings the Martha Moxley murder case to a close. Updated to include the indictment, trial, and conviction of the murderer, Greentown offers the suspenseful and chilling account of a terrible crime. More than that, while relating a tale of seductive power, it uses the murder to tell the heartrending story of a family and a community responding to the unthinkable.

©1998, 2011, 2013 Timothy Dumas (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Lyrical Account of an Unsolved Murder

I am not usually moved to write book reviews but this delightful work is something of a one-off! It's both a highly personalised account of an unsolved murder and the story of a particular place through time. You don't have to know the place to enjoy the book; the author skilfully and poetically paints it for you so that it comes vividly alive in your imagination. I did have a special interest in that I lived in Connecticut for some years, though not in the affluent enclave of Greenwich! The writer has a literary, allusive and ruminative style that appeals to me strongly. It's like walking into a dream. The place and the story came alive for me through their eloquent evocation. The narrator is perfect and well-matched with the book. This is the audiobook I have enjoyed most so far and I know that I will return to it. Highly recommended!

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  • horsestuff
  • 26-09-20

Too long / confusing

Too many details on too many peripheral people ... by the time he got to the end I had no idea who was whom and the significance of who was arrested for the crime.

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  • Buretto
  • 07-09-20

Well done, with a few tangents

Overall, a solid effort detailing not only a murder, but also the depravity of a community too wealthy to feel it has to play by the same rules as everyone else. The book written decades ago, includes an epilogue (which is also now several years gone), and comprehensively covers the story of the Moxley Murder. If anything, it may be a bit too comprehensive, as the jaunts into the history of crime in Greenwich from colonial times, the OJ Simpson trial, and the chronicling of the supposed curses on the Skakel and Kennedy families, while informative, do tend to feel like filler as they stretch out longer and longer.

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  • John Jackson
  • 27-07-19

so many random tangents

the book would constantly break off to explain the back story of random people. it killed the flow of the narrative. maybe half the book is about the actually case. don't buy it you want to read about the crime.

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  • leelee8888
  • 22-08-15

Really enjoyed it.

I thought that the overall research was well sought after and put together .
I am not convinced he is guilty.

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  • Corrienary
  • 16-10-20

Loved By a Local

I moved to Greenwich when I was in jr high and would hear about this story all the time. I remember meeting the author a few times while he was writing this book (very nice guy), and couldn’t wait to read it. I still enjoy it now, 20+ years later, as much as I did when it first came out. Excellent narration, too!

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  • laniferous
  • 19-09-20

Foreword Spoilers The Story

I didnt know anything about this murder, and the foreword/author update details all the results of the case. DO NOT LISTEN TO BEGINNING IF YOU DONT KNOW THE OUTCOME. Go back and listen to the beginning at the end! Other reviews that mention the constant referral to the back story of various places and people that are too detailed to make it pertinent to the case are true. It annoyed me greatly (ex- copious details of the OJ Trial). I think the author was padding out the book. Its not badly written grammatically (though the chapter names were dumb and unnecessary), but it is a victim of poor organization.

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  • Jen Roy
  • 06-09-20

overall decent

the narrator was exceptional. The facts are accurate just needs to be updated. Mike is not in jail and won't be retried.

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  • James
  • 11-01-18

If interest if you know Greenwich

I'm from the area of the story and was interesting. However the prose was too flowery

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  • Natalie
  • 09-09-16

Dissident...

I wouldn't attest to Skakel's innocence, but based on what prosecutors presented against him, there was nothing of substance to convict him on. The book was great overall, although, I felt the author was a bit biased against him toward the end. I liked his first-person documentation. That's what makes this book stand out to me.