MICHAEL SKAKEL'S SE­CRET LIFE EX­POSED!

Kennedy cousin joins jet set af­ter le­gal loop­hole tosses Martha Moxley mur­der rap

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KENNEDY cousin Michael Skakel is en­joy­ing a jet-set life­style since skat­ing on charges that he mur­dered his teenage neigh­bor Martha Moxley!

A GLOBE in­ves­ti­ga­tion has learned that the re­formed boozer is criss­cross­ing the coun­try while Martha’s still­griev­ing fam­ily con­tin­ues to de­mand jus­tice — and au­thor­i­ties dither about drag­ging him back into court!

“Michael has a trust fund that keeps him afloat be­cause

he cer­tainly doesn’t work,” an in­sider close to the Kennedy clan tells GLOBE.

“He goes to AA meet­ings, and he be­haves him­self be­cause he doesn’t want to get into trou­ble again, but he trav­els a lot.

“He goes to Ore­gon be­cause he has rel­a­tives there and to New York, where his son lives. He also goes to the Kennedy com­pound in Hyan­nis Port, Mass., oc­ca­sion­ally.” Skakel — the now 59-year-old nephew of Ethel and the late Robert F. Kennedy — was found guilty in June

2002 of mur­der-Iing 15-year old Martha in 1975 and sen- tenced to 20 years to life in prison.

He was re­leased on bond in 2013 af­ter ar­gu­ing that his at­tor­ney failed to ad­e­quately rep­re­sent him — and he won a stun­ning le­gal bat­tle ear­lier this year when the Con­necti­cut Supreme Court agreed to leave in place a lower court’s de­ci­sion to va­cate his mur­der con­vic­tion.

State pros­e­cu­tors can still call for a new trial against Skakel, but the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice has taken no ac­tion.

That’s in­fu­ri­ated Martha’s mother, Dor­thy, 87, who des­per­ately wants to see pros­e­cu­tors retry Skakel.

“The state of Con­necti­cut had a very, very, very good case, and we ab­so­lutely know who killed Martha,” she in­sists.

“If Michael Skakel came from a poor fam­ily, this would have been over. But be­cause he comes from a fam­ily of means, they’ve stretched this out all these years.”

Martha’s brother re­mains just as bit­ter — but also philo­soph­i­cal.

“Re­gard­less of where he’s walk­ing the streets, he’ll be in his own prison for the rest of

‘We ab­so­lutely know who killed Martha” – tragic teen’s mom

his days,” says John Moxley.

Mark A. Dupuis, a spokesman for the Con­necti­cut Of­fice of the Chief State’s At­tor­ney, con­firms Skakel isn’t out of the woods, telling GLOBE: “The mat­ter re­mains un­der review.”

For now, Skakel is as free as a bird — and when he isn’t trav­el­ing, he’s pol­ish­ing a bomb­shell mem­oir, ti­tled Dead Man Talk­ing: A Kennedy Cousin Comes Clean, to be pub­lished af­ter his death, sources tell GLOBE.

“The book will be crit­i­cal of the Kennedy fam­ily and their dis­re­gard for peo­ple hurt by Kennedy men,” dishes the in­sider.

“Michael doesn’t talk about Jack’s outrageous phi­lan­der­ing or Ted’s Chap­paquid­dick dis­as­ter, but he is writ­ing at great length about the fam­ily’s cal­lous and ca­sual at­ti­tude to­ward reck­less­ness.

“He doesn’t hold a grudge against his cousins. He feels they were al­ways sup­port­ive of his innocence.

“But Michael grew up believing the Kennedys were above the law and could get away with any­thing, in­clud­ing mur­der.”

As for whether Skakel will ad­mit to Martha’s mur­der in his book, the in­sider tells GLOBE: “Michael isn’t go­ing to con­fess to killing Martha be­cause he be­lieves sin­cerely that he didn’t do it.”

Michael Skakel at his ap­peal in 2012, seek­ing a re­duc­tion in sen­tence for killing Martha Moxley Skakel’s un­cle and aunt, Bobby and Ethel Kennedy

This golf club was used to beat Martha to death

Martha at age 14, the year be­fore she died

Martha’s mom, Dor­thy, and brother, John, des­per­ately want to see Skakel re­tried

The Con­necti­cut home where Michael lived at the time of the 1975 mur­der

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