Innocent! Skyhorse to Publish Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s FRAMED

NEW YORK, June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Did Michael Skakel brutally murder Martha Moxley more than forty years ago? He served eleven-and-a-half years for the crime, was released, and if he loses the current appeal, he will go back to jail. But his cousin, Bobby Kennedy Jr., in a riveting new book to be published on July 12Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commitprovides compelling new evidence that he could not have committed the crime.

On Halloween 1975, fifteen-year-old Martha Moxley was bludgeoned to death with a golf club outside of her home in swanky Greenwich, Connecticut. Twenty-seven years after her death, the state of Connecticut spent some $25 million to convict her friend and neighbor, Michael Skakel, of the murder. At Michael's criminal trial, the state offered no physical or forensic evidence, no fingerprints or DNA, no eyewitness linking Michael to the killing. The trial ignited a media firestorm that transfixed the nation. Now, Skakel cousin, acclaimed attorney, and New York Times bestselling writer Kennedy Jr. attempts to clear Michael Skakel's name.

Kennedy, with meticulous research and reporting, argues that Michael Skakel did not and could not have murdered Martha Moxley. He chronicles how Skakel was, nevertheless, railroaded amidst a media frenzy by the devious actions of a crooked cop, a trio of mendacious writers, a treacherous family lawyer nursing a secret grudge, a narcissistic defense attorney obsessed by the spotlight, a craven prosecutor gone rogue, and a parade of perjuring witnesses. These colorful characters leap off the pages like seedy villains in a dime-store crime novel . . . And Bobby Kennedy asserts that it's all true.

Kennedy also shows how he tracked down the likely killers, a pair of ghosts who moved in and out of Greenwich and whose presence was detected by neither police nor press during thirty years of costly yet shoddy investigation. Today, those men walk free.

Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly said of the book, in a blurb that appears on its cover, "Kennedy presents a compelling, methodical case. . . . Americans interested in justice should be captivated by this book."

Attorney and television personality Anne Bremmer, who served on the defense counsel in Amanda Knox's Italian murder trial, called the book "a masterpiece that chronicles the Kafkaesque persecution of an innocent man" and a "riveting narrative of greed, hubris, envy, and sloth."

The startling exposan explosive exploration of murder and fameis the tragic story of Skakel's conviction that the public has never heard. It is the product of hundreds of interviews with Skakel and those who knew both him and Martha Moxley. Kennedy gives us a real-life thriller with twists and turns, and finally answers the forty-year-old question, "Who killed Martha Moxley?"

The book is at once a riveting drama and an impassioned critique of the American media and legal system.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the nation's leading environmental activists. His writing has been included in anthologies of America's best crime writing, best science writing, and best political writing. He is the president of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world's largest clean water advocacy group; a professor of environmental litigation at Pace University Law School in White Plains, New York; and a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Mr. Kennedy is a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He co-hosts the weekly radio show Ring of Fire.


Skyhorse Publishing is one of the fastest-growing independent book publishers in the United States. It was launched in September 2006 by Tony Lyons, former president and publisher of the Lyons Press. It has had forty titles on the New York Times bestseller list over the course of its ten-year history.

Lyons is dedicated to publishing books that make people's lives better, whether that means teaching them a hobby, bringing them a unique and important story, or encouraging them to fight against injustices, conspiracies, or abuses of power.

Skyhorse publishes a maverick list that includes fiction, nonfiction, history, politics, classic reprints, adult coloring books, rural living, cooking, humor, and children's books. With its fifteen imprints, including recently launched Hot Books, led by Salon founder David Talbot, it now boasts a backlist of more than six thousand titles, including the entire Arcade Publishing list, which it acquired in 2010. Skyhorse is distributed by Perseus Books Group in the United States and overseas, and by Thomas Allen & Son in Canada.

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