NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- FX Productions has inked a deal to make Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s New York Times bestseller, Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit (Skyhorse Publishing paperback; September 5, 2017; $16.99), into a multipart television series.
"I'm thrilled that my investigations in Framed, and this horrible miscarriage of justice, will reach a wider audience," said Kennedy of the television deal. "Fox's audaciousness in taking this on will help ensure that the public knows beyond a reasonable doubt that Michael Skakel is innocent."
In a riveting and unfiltered telling of one of the most infamous murders of the twentieth century, the author and one of America's leading environmental activists, methodically follows each of the possible murder suspects, concluding Michael Skakel could not and did not kill Martha Moxley.
The haunting story of Moxley's murder starts on Halloween 1975, when she was found brutally murdered outside her home in 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, and no eyewitness linking Michael to the killing.
The trial ignited a media firestorm that transfixed the nation. Skakel, who is a cousin to the Kennedy's, was convicted of the murder, sentenced to 20 years to life, served 11 years, and was released on $1.2 million bail in 2013 when a Connecticut judge granted him a new trial. On December 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4–3 to reinstate Skakel's conviction.
Kennedy, with meticulous research and reporting, sets out to prove Skakel was railroaded amid a media frenzy by the 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 page like seedy villains in a dime-store crime novel.
Kennedy also tracks down two men he believes are the real killers, a pair of ghosts who moved in and out of Greenwich and whose presence was detected by neither police nor press during 30 years of costly yet shoddy investigation. Today, those men walk free.
SKYHORSE PUBLISHING, one of the fastest-growing independent book publishers in the United States, was launched in September 2006 by Tony Lyons, former president and publisher of the Lyons Press. It has had 46 titles on the New York Times bestseller list over the course of its 10-year history.
With more than 6,500 titles in print, and a focus on publishing books of the moment, Skyhorse publishes a maverick list that includes fiction, nonfiction, history, politics, rural living, cooking, humor, and children's books. 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.
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