Michael Skakel Murder

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Introduction This paper’s topic is murder. Murder is defined as the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. This does not include negligent deaths, attempts to kill, assaults to kill, suicide, accidental deaths, and justifiable homicide. Crime is broken into two parts: Part I and Part II crimes. Murder is one of the eight Part I crimes, these crimes are the most serious offenses included in the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics (UCR). The other seven offenses are: rape, assault, robbery, burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Part II crimes are all the other lesser crimes included in the UCR. These other crimes include: drug offenses, sex crimes, vandalism, etc Crime Type There is Expressive Crime and there…show more content…
Martha Moxley was 15 years old at the time of her death, she was beaten to death with a golf club and was found in her yard in Greenwich, Connecticut with a piece of the club still in her neck. Her case was unsolved for more than 20 years until Michael Skakel was charged with her murder. According to Charles Montaldo, a private investigator, Skakel’s childhood was filled with anger and instability."Skakel described his rage, his learning disability, alcoholism and sibling jealousy.” Says Montaldo. "Twenty-seven years later, a jury decided that his personal demons led him to bludgeon 15-year-old Martha Moxley to death with a golf club.” His mother died when he was 12 and by the age of 13 he was a self-proclaimed alcoholic. He stated that he had climbed to what he thought was Moxley’s window and began to masturbate the night of his death. The believed motive for the murder was jealous that his older brother was in fact dating Moxley at the time of her murder. His brother was more popular with girls and the often competed for young girls' affection. In 2002 he was tried as an adult and convicted of 1st degree murder, he was 15 when he murdered Moxley. He was sentenced 20 years to life, although he maintains that he is innocent. He was denied parole in March of…show more content…
I say this because we are going through a time where minorities are being killed senselessly. The occurrence of these murders are increasing at alarming rates. Many do not classify these as murders, however according to Seigel, they are just that. I do hope to change this future with my career as a lawyer, but I know that I can’t change this on my own. There aren't any campaigns specific to murder, however there are several campaigns against violence. Do The Write Thing (DTWT) is a campaign against youth violence that gives youth the opportunity to make a commitment to not be involved in violence and voice how they would resolve the problem, what they think is the cause, and how it has affected them. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), has a campaign against violence against young women and girls including the killing of them. They bring light to the root cause of violence against young women and girls, which is gender inequality and discrimination. Cure Violence is a campaign against violence overall. Their goal is, “To reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods.” I would recommend a policy put in place to change laws when it comes to violent crimes. Although Michelle Alexander did not address the trends that I saw she did however say that violent crimes, such as murder, do not explain the “prison boom.” In

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