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Fuhrman's book adds furor to murder case

It was traumatic enough for Greenwich when a sweet teenage girl was murdered in 1975. Then there were rumblings that a member of the Kennedy family might be involved.

Now, 22 years later, the unsolved golf-club beating of 15-year-old Martha Moxley has taken an even more unlikely twist - one that involves, of all people, Mark Fuhrman.That Mark Fuhrman.

The former Los Angeles police detective whose racist remarks tainted the prosecution case against O.J. Simpson is writing a book about the Moxley case. And he promises that "Murder in Greenwich," due out in May, will name the killer.

Fuhrman's interest has focused a fresh round of media attention on the murder, giving Moxley's family new hope that the murderer will finally be brought to justice.

"He really has stirred things up, and if he can focus attention on the case, we're grateful to him," said the victim's mother, Dorthy Moxley.

Connecticut authorities scoff at Fuhrman's claim that he has cracked the case. "I really don't think he would expect us to buy his book," said retired Bridgeport State's Attorney Donald Browne, who continues to work on the case as a special prosecutor.

Authorities in this posh town do not relish having Fuhrman stick his nose into a case they have worked on for 22 years. And the things he has been saying have done nothing to change their attitude.

Connecticut authorities started making mistakes the day of the murder "and they've never stopped," Fuhrman said.

But the authorities haven't given up. The Moxley family said they have been told that DNA testing, unavailable 22 years ago, is being done on evidence from Martha's clothing. Results are expected this month.

On Oct. 30, 1975, Martha Moxley joined several friends for some pre-Halloween mischief. They sprayed shaving cream and littered the neighborhood with toilet paper streamers before stopping at the home of Thomas and Michael Skakel, nephews of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Their father, Rushton Skakel, is the brother of Ethel Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's widow.

The Moxleys and Skakels lived in Belle Haven, a gated community in Greenwich, an affluent town where former President George Bush grew up.

Sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m., Martha left the Skakel house. Home was only 150 yards away. She never made it. Her body was found the next day under a tree in her back yard. Her jeans and underwear had been pulled down, but there was no evidence of sexual assault.

She had been beaten so hard with a 6-iron that the shaft had shattered. A jagged piece of it was used to stab her through the neck.