Thomas Skakel was the last person known to have been seen with Moxley the night of the murder and had a weak alibi. Thomas became the prime suspect, but his father forbade access to his school and mental health records. Kenneth Littleton, who had started working as a live-in tutor for the Skakel family only hours before the murder, also became a prime suspect. No one was charged, however, and the case languished for decades. In the meantime, several books were published about the crime, including Timothy Dumas' A Wealth of Evil and the novel A Season in Purgatory by Dominick Dunne, a fictional account of the case.
Over the years, both Thomas and Michael Skakel significantly changed their alibis for the night of Moxley's murder. Michael Skakel claimed that he had been window-peeping and masturbating in a tree beside the Moxley property from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Two former Elan students testified that they heard Michael Skakel confess to killing Moxley with a golf club. Then-Elan resident Gregory Coleman testified that Skakel was given special privileges, leading Coleman to say that "this guy can get away with murder" - and that Skakel responded, "I'm going to get away with murder. I'm a Kennedy."
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