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I could not make myself put this book down.
on September 27, 1999
I read Tim Dumas' book shortly after I read Mark Fuhman's book on the Moxley case. I must recommend that the Fuhrman book be read first, to get a more concise description of the events of the Moxley case. Dumas' book was a much more in-depth read, with more emphasis on the cultural aspects of being very rich in Greenwich, and he even includes a description of the long tradition in the Belle Haven area of deaths caused by head trauma, going all the way back to the Vikings who first inhabited the area along with Native Americans hundreds of years ago, as if the area is cursed and doomed to have people killed this way throughout its history. I began reading this book around 8 pm one evening and could not put it down until I finished it at 1 am. It scared me, I must say. Dumas' use of graphic descriptions of the body, as well as his profiles of the Skakel family's and other neighbors' backgrounds were chilling, to say the least. I found his book to be excellent, full of information and interesting insights, as well as personal items about some of the suspects which were not included in Fuhrman's book. Some parts of Dumas' book were very overwritten and perhaps prejudiced because of his own experience of having lived in Greenwich during the time of the murder. He also approaches the case from a more sensational, journalistic slant, whereas Mark Fuhrman, who is actually a cop, seems more concerned with legal points. Overall, Dumas' book was absorbing and very informative. I was able to get a good feel for the types of lifestyles which could be found in this wealthy enclave in the 1970's, as well as the background details of this murder yet unsolved, and the probable chain of events that occurred the night Martha Moxley was murdered.