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Court TV's docudrama covers the facts in the Martha Moxley murder scandal, rehashing the recently reopened case with tabloid-style immediacy. In 1975, 15-year-old Martha Moxley (Maggie Green) was beaten to death; her murder rocked the affluent community of Greenwich, Connecticut. Rumors suggesting the involvement of the wealthy, privileged Skakel brothers, relatives of the Kennedys, divided status-conscious Greenwich into two camps. Some residents concur with the suspicions of Martha's mother, Dorothy (Liddy Holloway), while others refused to believe that either Tommy (Toby Moore) or Michael Skakel (Jon Foster) could be guilty. The combination of an unprepared local police force and the power of the Kennedy name helps the case remain unsolved for decades. Former police officer Mark Fuhrman (Christopher Meloni), whose reputation was dragged through the mud during the OJ Simpson murder trial, reinvents himself as a private
investigator/crime writer for hire. With the help of veteran Greenwich police detective Steve Carroll (Robert Forster), Fuhrman stirs up the cold case. Although his initial focus is Tommy, the Skakels' golden boy, Fuhrman discovers clues that point to Tommy's pathologically jealous younger brother. Furhman subsequently discovers that Michael confessed to the killing during a stay in rehab. With the town's patrician residents again closing ranks, the disgraced detective and the retired cop must try to get through the moneyed smoke screens and bring Martha's murderer to justice several decades after his heinous crime. Despite the assured teamwork of Meloni and Forster, Tom McLoughlin's film, based on Fuhrman's own account of his investigation, fails to build upon its
inherently suspenseful elements or extract much juice from the gossipy Kennedy allure. But viewers with little prior knowledge of the case may find themselves caught up in this dismaying tale of justice delayed.