CBS Fall Premiere Dates: Criminal Minds Bumped for Big Brother Finale – TV Guide

CBS has officially announced its fall premiere schedule and there’s already been some movement on the schedule.

After confirming that Criminal Minds would premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the network has bumped the crime procedural one week to Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. to make room for the Big Brother 90-minute finale airing during the original premiere slot.

Bull is also on the move to Mondays on Sept. 24, following the series debut of Magnum P.I. which will get an early big boost from the premieres of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon before they move to their normal Thursday time periods a week later. The full schedule is below.

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Monday, Sept. 24
8:00-8:30 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory (12th Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m.: Young Sheldon (2nd Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m.: Magnum P.I. (Series Premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m.: Bull (3rd Season Premiere/New Time Period)

Tuesday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 p.m.: NCIS (16th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: FBI (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: NCIS: New Orleans (5th Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 26
8:00-9:30 p.m.: Survivor (37th Season Premiere)
9:30-11:00 p.m.: Big Brother 20 (Season Finale)

Thursday, Sept. 27
8:00-8:30 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory (Regular Time Period)
8:30-9:00 p.m.: Young Sheldon (Regular Time Period)
9:00-9:30 p.m.: Mom (6th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m.: Murphy Brown (Revival Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: S.W.A.T. (2nd Season Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 28
8:00-9:00 p.m.: MacGyver (3rd Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: Hawaii Five-0 (9th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: Blue Bloods (9th Season Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 29
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Crimetime Saturday
9:00-11:00 p.m.: 48 Hours (31st Season Premiere)

**Sunday, Sept. 30
7:30-8:30 p.m.: 60 Minutes (51st Season Premiere)
8:30-9:30 p.m.: God Friended Me (Series Premiere)
9:30-10:30 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles (10th Season Premiere)

Monday, Oct. 1
8:00-8:30 p.m.: The Neighborhood (Series Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m.: Happy Together (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: Magnum P.I.
10:00-11:00 p.m.: Bull

Wednesday, Oct. 3
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Survivor (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: SEAL Team (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds (14th Season Premiere)

Saturday, Oct. 6
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Crimetime Saturday
9:00-10:00 p.m.: Crimetime Saturday
10:00-11:00 p.m.: 48 Hours (Regular Time Period)

Sunday, Oct. 7
7:00-8:00 p.m.: 60 Minutes (Regular Time Period)
8:00-9:00 p.m.: God Friended Me (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles (Regular Time Period)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: Madam Secretary (5th Season Premiere)

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The Unsolved Murder of Martha Moxley

by John W. Taylor

Greenwich, Connecticut exudes wealth and privilege. Much of the affluent town is filled with old money and respected surnames that have carried down through generations. Within Greenwich lies the gated community of Belle Haven with its massive homes, located on spacious acreage. The properties commonly possess swimming pools, tennis courts, and secondary houses for attendants. Having copious amounts of money in Belle Haven is the norm, not the exception, and “the help” are the only persons in the area lacking wealth.

In 1975, the Moxleys lived at 38 Walsh Lane in Belle Haven. John Moxley was a partner in the large New York accounting firm, Touche, Ross & Company. John lived with his wife, Dorothy, and their two children, John, age 16, and Martha, age 15. Martha was a high school sophomore and a cheerleader at Greenwich High School. She had long, beautiful blonde hair, an infectious smile, and was voted “best personality” at school.

The Skakels lived across the street from the Moxleys. The patriarch of the family, Rushton Skakel, was brother to Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy. Rushton was chairman of the board of the Great Lakes Carbon Corporation. After Ruston’s wife, Anne, died of cancer in 1973, he was tasked, along with the hired help, with raising their seven children. Tommy and Michael, who were 16 and 15 in 1975, respectively, were the oldest children. The Skakel clan also included: John, Julie, Rush, David, and Stephen. Similar to the Kennedys, the Skakels experienced more than their share of tragedies. Along with losing his wife, both of Rushton’s parents were killed in a plane crash. His brother George died in a separate plane crash and his brother’s wife choked to death on a piece of meat at a dinner party. When Tommy Skakel was only four-years-old, he was thrown from a car. He sustained severe head injuries but survived.

Rushton Skakel employed twenty-three-year-old Ken Littleton as a tutor and care-taker for his children. Ken taught science and coached at the prestigious Brunswick School. Ken arrived for his first day of work at the Skakel residence on October 30, 1975. That evening, Ken Littleton took several of the Skakel children, including Tommy and Michael, along with two friends, to dinner at the Belle Haven Country Club at 7:00 p.m. Though only teenagers, both Tommy and Michael drank heavily while at the country club. A little bit later, Martha Moxley and three friends went to the Skakel home, waiting for everyone to arrive back at home from dinner. It was the night before Halloween, and many of the neighborhood kids roamed the area engaging in mischievous but fairly innocent pranks. Shortly after 9:00 p.m., the kids began to head inside or home for the evening. However, at 9:30 p.m., Tommy and Martha remained outside together on the front lawn of the Skakel property.

Around midnight, Martha’s mother, Dorothy, became concerned when her daughter failed to come home. Dorothy and her son John began looking for Martha in the neighborhood. They stopped at the Skakel residence, at least twice, trying to locate Martha. At 3:48 a.m. on the morning of October 31, 1975, Dorothy called the Greenwich Police Department to report her Martha missing.

The search for Martha continued through the early morning hours. At around 12:30 p.m., family friend Sheila Maguire discovered Martha’s body. Sheila found her lying under a pine tree on her family’s estate, less than 200 yards from the front door. She had been bludgeoned to death with a golf club. Martha was found face down with her jeans and underwear pulled down to her ankles. The authorities believed that she may have been sexually assaulted but not raped. Further, no semen was found on or near her. Martha’s badly beaten 5’5,” 120 lbs. body was discovered about midway between her house and the Skakel home.

In 1975, Greenwich, Connecticut had only 63,000 residents, and there were only three murders in the previous 25 years. The low crime rate appealed to locals and prospective residents alike, but it meant that law enforcement lacked experience regarding the intricacies of homicide investigations. After finding Martha’s body, police did a cursory search of the Skakel home, but they failed to obtain a search warrant. Police may have misplaced key evidence. Several witnesses identified an individual walking several blocks away from the murder, but police did not immediately follow-up on the lead. The autopsy allegedly failed to contain basic pictures memorializing the injuries.

Martha was beaten with a Toney Penna 6-iron. During the initial investigation, police determined the murder weapon belonged to a golf set from the Skakel home. The blows to Martha’s head were so violent and forceful that the steel golf club broke into four pieces during the attack. Investigators recovered three of the four pieces. The grip portion of the club was missing, which had the “Skakel” name on it. The strikes to Martha’s head eviscerated her scalp. Experts estimated the perpetrator bludgeoned her somewhere between nine and fourteen times. Further, post mortem, the perpetrator drove a piece of the golf club’s shaft into her neck. It was a barbaric scene.

Based on the crime scene blood, forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee stated that Martha was likely attacked initially on the driveway, but she was killed on a nearby patch of grass. During the fatal attack, he opined that a portion of the golf club shaft flew over 100 feet when it broke. According to Dr. Lee, the killer dragged Martha approximately 80 feet to a tree, stopped, rolled the body over, and changed from pulling the upper body to pulling her from her feet.

Though police entertained the idea of a transient entering the neighborhood and killing Martha Moxley, they quickly dismissed the theory. Belle Haven was a gated community with its own security force. Outsiders immediately stood out. The police casted a wide net, interviewing several hundred people associated with Martha’s murder. However, with the discovery of the murder weapon being tied to the Skakel household, investigators turned their focus toward those individuals present at the Skakel residence during the likely time of the murder (somewhere between 9:30 p.m. and approximately 10:30 p.m.)

Police zeroed in on three individuals: Tommy Skakel, Michael Skakel, and Ken Littleton. Though Michael dated Martha previously, investigators dismissed him because he had an apparent air-tight alibi. He was at his cousin’s house from 9:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. on the night of the murder. Ken and Tommy were both in and around the Skakel home during the estimated time of the murder. Tommy was the last known person to have seen Martha Moxley alive. During his initial interview with police, Tommy told them that he talked with Martha outside his home until around 9:30 p.m. His sister, Julie, corroborated this information as she saw them together at this time as well.

Ken Littleton was new to Belle Haven. He appeared to investigators as nervous, agitated, and unstable. Investigators who interviewed him described him as a “haunted man.” He also failed two polygraph examinations. However, he denied any involvement in Martha’s murder, and the police did not have any evidence tying him to the crime. Regardless, he remained a person of interest.

Investigators initially interviewed Tommy Skakel for five hours on the night of October 31, 1975. They were unable to gather any articulable incriminating information against him. Tommy passed two polygraph examinations. Regardless, police continued to suspect him in Martha’s murder. Though police had suspicions about Tommy’s involvement, they did not have any hard evidence. Rushton Skakel, Tommy’s father, soon cut-off police’s access to Tommy and prevented them from getting his medical and school records.

Ken Littleton was an outsider without the power and wealth of the Skakels. No one wanted to believe a Belle Haven resident could commit murder; therefore, Ken represented a convenient alternative suspect. Unfortunately for investigators, no one was talking. There were no confessions, and this was long before DNA testing. As a result, the police made no arrests nor was a grand jury convened. The case went cold.

After Martha’s murder, Ken Littleton experienced substance abuse problems and depression. In 1976, he was arrested for breaking and entering and larceny. Later, Ken was arrested for assault, disorderly conduct, and driving while intoxicated. Police were left wondering if Ken Littleton’s erratic behavior was indicative of guilt related to murder, a reaction to being suspected of murder, or as a result of what he knew.

In 1991, Rushton Skakel hired a group of New York private investigators from the firm, Sutton Associates. His objective was for the investigators to dig into all areas of Martha Moxley’s murder in order to exonerate his son, Tommy, who the police believed was the perpetrator. Ultimately, Rushton’s honorable intentions led to further complications for his family.

Sutton Associates vetted all the investigators assigned to the case and required them to sign non-disclosure agreements (“NDA’s”). Investigators assembled their findings in a document that became known as “The Sutton Report.” Rushton Skakel allegedly paid somewhere in the realm of $750,000 for the comprehensive investigation and associated reports. The findings remained secret for years.

The Sutton investigators parsed through every piece of evidentiary minutia from the original investigation. The investigators generated suspect profiles, scrutinized previous interviews, and re-interviewed many of the witnesses and potential suspects in the case. The investigators accumulated a mass amount of information and derived conclusions based on their assessments. Though the report stayed secret for years, eventually, the contents of the report leaked.

Since the Greenwich Police placed Tommy Skakel in their crosshairs, the Sutton investigators initially focused on him. During an interview with Sutton investigators, Tommy admitted that he was with Martha for about 20 minutes beyond the 9:30 p.m. time he originally told police. According to Tommy, on the night of Martha’s murder, he and Martha engaged in a sexual encounter in the Skakel’s backyard. He last saw Martha walking across the backyard after their sexual tryst. This new information placed Tommy with Martha until 9:50 p.m. The Sutton investigators considered this a huge break-through in the case. Why would Tommy openly divulge incriminating information about himself almost 20 years later, if it were not true? During the initial police interrogation, Tommy withheld this information from them. Yet, under no pressure, Tommy just gave up the additional information to the Sutton investigators. Why? The private investigators now knew that Tommy initially lied to the police, and he successfully beat two lie-detector tests.

Though Ken Littleton initially failed two law enforcement lie-detector tests, the Sutton investigators attributed it more to Ken’s nervousness and overall instability than deceitfulness. Plus, they knew Tommy beat the lie-detector test twice; therefore, a false positive on Littleton was not outside the realm of possibility. Ken Littleton arrived for his first day of work at the Skakel residence on October 30, 1975, the day of Martha’s murder. He did not have a relationship, nor had he ever met Martha Moxley prior to this day. The killing appeared personal and filled with rage. The Sutton investigators also believed the killer was quite familiar with the area, and Ken was not. Though they did not view him as completely innocent, the investigators found it unlikely that Ken was the perpetrator. Further, investigators felt like Ken’s time was accounted for throughout the evening, thus he did not have the opportunity to kill Martha.

Greenwich investigators initially removed Michael Skakel from suspicion because he had an alibi. Jim Terrien, Michael’s cousin, told investigators back in 1975 that he, along with Rush, John, and Michael, left the Skakel residence at 9:30 p.m. on the night of Martha’s murder. The group left in the Skakel’s Lincoln and did not return to the Skakel residence until around 11:00 p.m.

Michael previously dated Martha. On the night of her murder, Martha overtly flirted with Michael’s older brother, Tommy, in front of him and other friends and siblings. According to the Sutton investigation, Tommy and Michael fought often, and at times, about Martha.

Almost everyone interviewed acknowledged that Martha was a flirt, though her flirtatious manner was considered more attributable to her confidence than as a form of sexual invitation. Regardless, Michael told investigators that he did not consider her flirtatious. Investigators found it interesting that Michael refused to acknowledge Martha’s flirtatious manner when it was considered common knowledge among the group of friends. Michael also downplayed his sexual interest in Martha.

Michael told the Sutton investigators that he could not remember when he found out Martha was killed. The investigators found this highly suspicious, since learning of a close friend and former girlfriend being murdered would be a memorable event.

According to Rushton Skakel, Julie, Michael’s sister, was terrified of Michael. Ken Littleton told Sutton investigators that he witnessed Michael kill small animals. He was disgusted by Michael’s behavior. In 1977, therapists administered a psychological exam on Michael Skakel. He was identified as: depressed, possibly psychotic, with borderline features, such as an inability to attach meaningfully with others and exhibited impulse control issues.

With the above known, investigators re-visited Michael’s alibi. Andrea Shakespeare, a friend of the Skakel’s, hung out at the Skakel home on the night of October 30, 1975. According to Andrea, Michael did not go to Jim Terrien’s. Michael’s brother Rush also could not remember Michael going with him to Terrien’s house. Michael’s other brother, John, also failed to remember Michael being in the car when they left for the Terrien’s. Even under hypnosis, John was unable to remember Michael’s presence in the Skakel’s Lincoln that night. As a result, investigators concluded Michael stayed at home. Now, Michael’s whereabouts between 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. were completely unaccounted for during the crucial timeframe.

Julie Skakel drove Andrea Shakespeare home shortly after the group left for Jim Terrien’s house. Julie returned home around 9:50 p.m. She claimed that she saw someone traipsing around the bushes outside the Skakel home in dark clothes and a hood. Julie thought she saw a male, carrying something in his left hand. Because it was the night before Halloween, kids commonly roamed the neighborhood engaging in mischief. As a result, Julie was not alarmed by the apparent prowler

Tommy was likely still with Martha at this time. After Julie went inside, she saw Ken Littleton in the kitchen. As a result, the Sutton investigators determined that Michael Skakel was the only unaccounted for male at this time. They believed Michael was crawling around in the bushes shortly before 10:00 p.m. According to the investigators’ theory, Michael spied on Tommy and Martha while they made out.

According to Littleton, Tommy joined him in the master bedroom at 10:03 p.m. to watch “The French Connection.” This precise time was determined based on Ken’s estimation that Tommy came into the bedroom about 20 minutes before the “chase scene,” which began at 10:23 p.m. Tommy left the master bedroom at the end of the “chase scene,” which was at 10: 32 p.m. According to Tommy, he went to the kitchen to get food. However, no one knew Michael’s location during this entire time.

According to Jim Terrien, the Skakels left his house around 11:00 p.m. At 11:30 p.m., John Skakel told investigators that he heard someone leave his house. Julie Skakel also thought someone may have left the house around this time. In a startling revelation, Michael Skakel told the Sutton investigators that he left the house at 11:40 p.m. He allegedly watched a neighbor woman disrobe through her window and then climbed a tree alongside Martha’s house. He yelled her name twice, and then he masturbated in the tree while outside her window. On his way back home, Michael claimed he felt someone’s presence in the area where Martha’s body was later discovered. When he returned to his house, he climbed in his second-floor bedroom window because all the doors were locked. According to Michael’s story, he was gone for 30 to 45 minutes. When Rush Skakel arrived home at 11:45 p.m., Tommy was in bed. He made no mention of Michael.

Investigators wondered why Michael Skakel changed his story. The investigators speculated that Michael was aware of family members who saw or heard someone leave the house around 11:30 p.m. He may have thought they knew it was him; and therefore, he needed to create a story to explain why he left the house and what he did. Investigators found it note-worthy that he supposedly “sensed” someone in the area where Martha was found. This new information placed Michael close to the crime scene at a time when Martha was likely already dead.

Sutton investigators theorized that both Michael and Tommy changed their stories as a means of damage control. Investigators believed the Skakel brothers thought the investigation had netted new evidence, and they needed to concede some information regarding their activities on the night of Martha’s murder.

According to the Sutton investigators’ assessment, the murder weapon signaled impulsiveness. With Martha having endured 14-15 blows to her head, they considered her murder “overkill.” These traits, along with many others they used to develop a profile of the killer, most closely aligned with Michael. With Michael’s alibi removed, his whereabouts during the likely time of Martha’s murder were completely unknown. Investigators postulated that Michael killed Martha in a fit of rage after seeing her with Tommy. After killing her, Michael sneaked back out of the house around 11:30 p.m. to move her body and possibly engage in activities designed to conceal his involvement, such as hiding the grip portion of the murder weapon. Sutton investigators believed that possibly Tommy and/or Ken Littleton either assisted with or were aware of Michael moving Martha’s body.

Within a few years, two new witnesses from the Elan School for troubled boys in Poland Spring, Maine, came forward. John Higgins, a former classmate of Michael’s at Elan, provided information on statements made by Michael. Higgins claimed that Michael indirectly admitted to murdering Martha Moxley. Michael told him that he took a golf club out of a bag and ran through the woods. Michael could not remember if he killed her or not. Offsetting Higgins statements, he later admitted the monetary reward enhanced his interest in telling this story.

Though he was serving time in prison for criminal trespassing, another former Elan classmate of Michael’s, Gregory Coleman, indicated that Michael Skakel told him: “I am going to get away with murder. I am a Kennedy.” According to Coleman, Michael also told him he drove a golf club into Martha’s head after she denied his advances.

Several years into the Sutton investigation, there were individuals working on the case who never signed NDA’s. In 1998, one of the individuals, allegedly not covered by an NDA, provided the full report to writer Dominick Dunne. Dominick in turn gave the report to former L.A.P.D. detective Mark Fuhrman. Later, the report was leaked into the public domain. Fuhrman looked into the case, but he was treated as an outsider by those in Greenwich. Notwithstanding the stone-walling he received in Connecticut, Fuhrman wrote a book about Martha Moxley’s death called, “Murder in Greenwich.” Similar to “The Sutton Report,” Fuhrman identified Michael Skakel as Martha’s killer.

In the late 1990s, a one-person grand jury convened in Greenwich. On January 19, 2000, police arrested Michael Skakel for the murder of Martha Moxley. He was later released on a $500,000 bond. Michael did not go to trial until 2002. On June 7 of that year, after a three-week long trial, the jury convicted Michael Skakel of murder. According to jurors, they convicted him based on his incriminating statements combined with his erratic behavior. Michael was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison.

In 2003, Michael Skakel’s lawyers began the appeals process. They challenged his conviction on several legal grounds, including a claim of prejudice when the prosecution referred to him as a “spoiled brat” in front of the jury. In 2006, the appeals court rejected the legal arguments, and Connecticut’s Supreme Court upheld his conviction. In 2007, Skakel’s attorneys requested a new trial based on statements made by one of Michael Skakel’s former classmates, Gitano Bryant. He claimed someone other than Michael killed Martha Moxley. The court rejected this assertion as well. Michael’s lawyers kept trying. They submitted motions claiming Martha was murdered by anyone and everyone, except Michael Skakel. At one point, his lawyers even argued that Tommy Skakel, Michael’s own brother, was the likely culprit.

Prior to Michael Skakel’s indictment, a mother of one of the girls present at the Skakel home on October 30, 1975, called Martha’s mom, Dorothy Moxley. She told Dorothy to stop pursuing Martha’s case. She went on to say that it would only result in harm to the Skakels, and no good would come of it. Also, prior to the indictment, a woman from Greenwich approached writer Dominick Dunne in a Vermont bookstore. Her first husband lived near the Skakels. She told Dunne that she knew where the grip part of the golf club was located. She continued by stating that a lot of people in Greenwich know where it is. The woman then refused to tell Dunne the location of the golf grip and left the bookstore shortly thereafter. Apparently, Greenwich has many secrets, and some individuals will go to great lengths to ensure they are kept.

Michael Skakel, accused in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley, walks with attorneys Hubert Santos and Jessica Santos outside Stamford Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after being released following a hearing. Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy, who has served 11 years of a 20 years to life sentence, will remain free awaiting a new trial. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

In 2013, a judge ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel due to ineffective legal representation. His trial lawyer failed to call a key alibi witness. Later that same year, Skakel posted a $1.2 million bail and was released. In 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated the murder conviction, finding that Michael Skakel’s legal counsel was competent. The following year, after the composition of the high court changed due to retirements, Michael Skakel’s attorneys requested the state supreme court to review its own decision. On May 4, 2018, Connecticut’s Supreme Court reversed itself in a 4-3 ruling, vacating Skakel’s murder conviction, based on ineffective legal representation.

When Martha’s mother, Dorothy Moxley, was asked about the recent ruling, she stated, “We got him arrested and convicted and put in jail. It isn’t my job now. It’s enough.” The State has not decided whether or not they will re-try Michael Skakel for murder.

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Crittle, Simon, “The Skakel Trial: Day 2,” Time, http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,236427,00.html, May 9, 2002.

Dunne, Dominick, “Trail of Guilt,” Vanity Fair, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2000/10/dominick-dunne-martha-moxley-murder-greenwich, October, 2000.

Farber, M.A., “Who Killed Martha Moxley? A Town Wonders,” The New York Times, http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/20131024skakel/Whokilledmartha62477.pdf, June 24, 1977.

Herszenhorn, David, “2 Witnesses Say Skakel Confessed to 1975 Killing,” The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/21/nyregion/2-witnesses-say-skakel-confessed-to-1975-killing.html, June 21, 2000.

Lavoie, Denise, “Fuhrman Claims He’s Solved ’75 Slaying,” Los Angeles Times, http://articles.latimes.com/1998/feb/15/local/me-19311, February 15, 1998.

Rojas, Rick, and Kristin Hussey, “Connecticut Court Reverses Murder Conviction of Michael Skakel,” The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/nyregion/michael-skakel-conviction-reversed.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Frick-rojas&action=click&contentCollection=undefined&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection, May 4, 2018.

Rojas, Rick, and Kristin Hussey, “Four Decades After Martha Moxley’s Murder, Her Mother Says ‘It’s Enough,’” The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/05/nyregion/martha-moxley-murder-case.html, May 5, 2018.

Vincent, Isabel, “I tutored a Kennedy relative – and wound up accused of murder,” The New York Post, https://nypost.com/2017/09/17/i-tutored-a-kennedy-relative-and-wound-up-accused-of-murder/, September 17, 2017.

“How the Skakel-Moxley Murder Case Unfolded Over Four Decades,” The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/nyregion/michael-skakel-martha-moxley.html, May 4, 2018.

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Click below to view John W. Taylor’s previous intriguing posts:

How Jeffrey MacDonald’s Words Betrayed Him

Do Helena Stoeckley’s Ramblings Convey Reasonable Doubt for Jeffrey MacDonald?

Jason Young: Stone Cold Killer or Victim of Unfortunate Coincidences?

Murderer, Manipulator, or Do-Gooder? The Many Sides of James Rupard

“Making a Murderer” Sparks Public Outrage (as well it should)

The Deep Sleeper – Darlie Routier’s Plight for Innocence

Drew Peterson – A Legend in His Own Mind

Not How It Was Supposed To Go: Joanna Madonna and the Murder of Jose Perez

The Many Trials of Tim Hennis

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Darker Side of Aaron Hernandez

johntJohn W. Taylor writes in the true crime genre at www.truecrimewriting.com. He has written short pieces and articles on the death of Marilyn Monroe, JFK, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others.  John wrote and published Umbrella of Suspicion: Investigating the Death of JonBénet Ramsey and Isolated Incident: Investigating the Death of Nancy Cooper in 2012 and 2014, respectively. 

John is the host of the true crime podcast “Twisted,” which can be found at www.twistedpodcast.com. It is available through iTunes, Stitcher, and Libysn. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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'Better Call Saul' Season 4 Teaser: Jimmy McGill Starts to Become a … – SFGate


As Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman once so eloquently put it on “Breaking Bad,” “When the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer. You want a criminal lawyer, know what I’m sayin’?”

That was in “Better Call Saul,” the very first episode in which we introduced to Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and, based on a new teaser for Season 4 of AMC’s prequel series of the same name, it looks like we are finally about to see Jimmy McGill turn into that bad, bad attorney we all know and love.

The 1-minute clip, which is exclusive to TheWrap, opens on an unemployed Jimmy, mourning at his brother Chuck’s (Michael McKean) funeral. The attorney is hoping to get back on his feet and be gainfully employed in a few months, but he’s gotta make some dough first. That’s when he starts casing joints and working overtime to convince Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) to team up on a job. Next thing you know, Jimmy is sporting a purple tracksuit and appears to be in way over his head as he inches closer and closer to becoming Saul.


And, of course, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) is just as calm, collected and creepy as ever.

Here is the official description for the upcoming fourth season, per AMC:

In “Better Call Saul”s fourth season, Chuck’s death catalyzes Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer – and his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) – in jeopardy. Chuck’s (Michael McKean) death deeply affects former colleagues Howard (Patrick Fabian) and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill.


Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive’s newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It’s a volatile time to be in Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) employ, as Hector’s collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos — tearing apart both Gus and Nacho’s (Michael Mando) well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces.

“Better Call Saul”  is executive produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison and hails from Sony Television.

Watch the teaser above.

“Better Call Saul” Season 4 premieres Monday, Aug. 6 at 9/8 c on AMC.

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A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to reunite migrant children who were separated from their parents

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  • A federal judge ruled that US immigration agents must reunite migrant children who have been separated from their parents.
  • Children younger than 5 years old need to be reunited within 14 days of the order, and children 5 years old and older within 30 days.
  • More than 2,300 migrant children were separated after US President Donald Trump’s administration began a “zero tolerance” policy in early May.
  • Earlier on Tuesday a cabinet secretary said the US won’t reunite migrant children separated at the border unless their parents get asylum or agree to be deported.

(REUTERS) – A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that U.S. immigration agents could no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, and must reunite those families that had been split up in custody.

United States District Court Judge Dana Sabraw granted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed over the family separations.

More than 2,300 migrant children were separated from their parents after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration began a “zero tolerance” policy in early May, seeking to prosecute all adults who crossed the border illegally, including those traveling with children.

“The facts set forth before the court portray reactive governance responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the government’s own making,” Sabraw wrote. “They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.”

Sabraw ordered the government to reunite parents with their children younger than 5 years old within 14 days of the order, and children 5 years old and older within 30 days of the order.

Sabraw’s ruling could force the administration to rapidly address confusion left by Trump’s recent executive order, and government agencies to scramble to reunite families. The administration can appeal.

The ACLU had sued on behalf of a mother and her then 6-year-old daughter, who were separated after arriving last November in the United States to seek asylum and escape religious persecution in Democratic Republic of Congo.

While they were reunited in March, the ACLU is pursuing class-action claims on behalf of other immigrants.

Trump issued an executive order to end the family separations on June 20, but the government has yet to reunite about 2,000 children with their parents.

The ACLU said on Monday Trump’s order contained “loopholes”, and proposed requiring that families be reunited within 30 days, unless the parents were unfit or were housed in adult-only criminal facilities.

Before the preliminary injunction ruling, the U.S. government urged Sabraw not to require that it stop separating and quickly reunite migrant families after they illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, saying Trump’s executive order last week “largely” addressed those goals.

Sabraw, who was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, had on June 6 rejected the government’s bid to dismiss the case, saying forced separations could “shock the conscience” and amount to a violation of constitutional due process.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York, Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Darren Schuettler

SEE ALSO: The Trump administration won’t reunite migrant children unless their parents get asylum or agree to be deported

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When Will 'Criminal Minds' Season 13 Arrive on Netflix? – Decider

If you’re a Netflix subscriber, then you know the streaming service isn’t just home to original series like GLOW and Queer Eye. It’s also home to a whole lotta legacy content (think Friends and The Office) as well as new seasons of popular network shows. That includes CBS’ long-running police procedural Criminal Minds. In case you didn’t know, every single season of the show is ready for you to binge–except one!

Right now, the first 12 seasons (I wasn’t kidding when I said “long-running”) are available to stream on Netflix, meaning you can watch any of the first 277 episodes of the show right now by merely logging in. That means you can watch every era of this show about FBI profilers, including stints starring Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson all the way up through the current era, starring Aisha Tyler and Paget Brewster. One thing’s never in question, though: Matthew Gray Gubler will always be there. But wait–only the first 12 seasons? What about Season 13?

Is Criminal Minds Season 13 available to stream on Netflix?

The answer is, unfortunately, no–at least not yet. Season 13 wrapped up its run on CBS in April of this year, meaning it should hit Netflix sometime soon. Network shows like Criminal Minds are rarely (I think I could safely say “never”) added to Netflix on a weekly basis. Whole seasons get added to the service in one big chunk after the show finishes its network run. In the past, Criminal Minds seasons have been added to Netflix in June or July, usually as a total surprise. So you’re not gonna see Criminal Minds listed in the New on Netflix for July 2018 post, but that doesn’t mean it’s not on the way!

So when will Criminal Minds Season 13 arrive on Netflix?

Since I am a Netflix profiler, my informed hunch is that it’ll be added any day now. After all, previous seasons of the show were added in June or July after the season finale. Decider reached out to Netflix for information on Season 13’s release date, but there was none to give. But again, just because it hasn’t been announced yet and isn’t on the schedule doesn’t mean much. It could once again drop by surprise any day now, so keep your eyes peeled, profilers!

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Harvey Weinstein Released on Bail Amid Sex Crime Accusations by 3rd Woman; His Lawyer Expects More Charges – NBC New York

What to Know

  • Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he committed a sex crime against a third woman

  • The new charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction

  • Weinstein and his attorney have consistently denied allegations the disgraced movie mogul had nonconsensual sex with anyone

Moving beyond rote denials, Harvey Weinstein is playing a leading role in shaping what his lawyer said Monday will be an aggressive defense to sexual assault charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Lawyer Ben Brafman said the movie mogul-turned-#MeToo villain is essentially working as his paralegal and that they’re stacking up “overwhelming evidence” from email traffic and witness accounts to refute allegations that, so far, have led to criminal charges involving three of the dozens of women who’ve accused Weinstein of wrongdoing.

“I can tell you that we are no longer simply relying on Mr. Weinstein’s denials,” Brafman said outside a New York City courthouse after Weinstein pleaded not guilty to new charges alleging he performed a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006.

“We have corroborative evidence in the form of witnesses, we have corroborative evidence, overwhelming evidence, in the form of email traffic. And the suggestion that Mr. Weinstein raped anyone, just based on what I’ve seen, just based on the evidence I’ve seen, is just a preposterous allegation,” Brafman said. “So far, everything he has told us to look for we have found. And his denials are in my judgment being confirmed everyday by a lot of evidence we are finding that is independent of Mr. Weinstein.”

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A judge released Weinstein on the same $1 million bail he posted at his first arraignment involving two other accusers and was allowed to return to his Westport, Connecticut home. He’s due back in court on Sept. 20.

Brafman said he expects more criminal charges to be filed later, but didn’t elaborate.

Weinstein previously forfeited his passport and is fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet. He’s also been ordered to stay away from the three women.

Prosecutors, saying the new charges were “significantly more serious,” had sought to have Weinstein forced to move to Manhattan and placed on house arrest.

“We fight these battles one day at a time, and today we won this round,” Brafman said afterward.

Weinstein, 66, hobbled into the courtroom with his hands cuffed behind his back. He was uncuffed for the proceeding and didn’t say much other than entering his plea.

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He left court a few minutes later, trailed by a bulky bodyguard. Weinstein suddenly turned back in a panic about the whereabouts of his wallet. Brafman later said he’d found it.

Weinstein’s new charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said they are “some of the most serious sexual offenses” that exist under state law.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the woman whose allegations led to the new charges, said her client will testify if the case goes to trial. She said she doubted Weinstein would do the same.

“Are you really willing to have your client face the jury?” Allred said outside the courthouse. “I doubt that you will take that risk, Mr. Brafman.”

Allred and prosecutors wouldn’t name the woman.

Brafman identified her in court as a former film production assistant who went public last October with allegations that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 at his Manhattan apartment.

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The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they consent to being identified publicly. Allred said her client is “not going to be giving any interviews and she’d like to maintain her privacy.”

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing as allegations detailed in Pulitzer Prize-winning stories last October in The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine swelled into the #MeToo movement.

Only three complaints have led to criminal charges so far. In addition to the assault claim that brought him to court Monday, Weinstein is accused of raping an unidentified woman in a hotel room in 2013 and forcing a former actress, Lucia Evans, to perform oral sex at his office in 2004. Evans was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein publicly last fall.

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Weinstein, who produced movies including “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love,” has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, with Brafman challenging the credibility of his accusers and the reporting that led to his downfall.

“If we allow Pulitzer-driven reporters to decide this case, then it could be hopeless,” Brafman said. “God help all of us if that’s how the criminal justice system is allowed to work.”

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The company behind 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' has reportedly dropped its lawsuit against the wildly popular 'Fortnite'

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  • The company behind “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of “Fortnite,” Bloomberg reports.
  • PUBG filed the lawsuit against Epic Games based on the same reason the two games became overnight successes: The wildly popular “battle-royale” type gameplay.
  • It followed PUBG filing an injunction against Epic Games in January, claiming that the company copied its user interface and weapon items.
  • The two companies do have things in common, not least the same investor.

The creators of one of the biggest games this past year has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against Epic Games, the company behind the smash-hit “Fortnite,” according to Bloomberg.

South Korea-based PUBG Corp, the creators of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG) withdrew from its claim and the case is reportedly closed. PUBG Corp alleged in its suit that Epic Games’ South Korean offices copied its intellectual property to create “Fortnite.”

Bluehole, the company behind “PUBG,” was not available for comment.

The lawsuit, which was first reported on last month, was based on the same reason the two games became overnight successes: The wildly popular “battle-royale” type gameplay that pits 100 players against each other until one player or team is left standing.

PUBG Corp originally filed an injunction against Epic Games in January this year, claiming that the company had copied its user interface and weapon items, according to the BBC.

PUBG Corp’s lawsuit was criticized by people who suggested it was an overreaching claim — the concept of copyrighting a gameplay, such as “capture-the-flag,” brings into question the game’s originality, and a ruling on the issue could have set a wide precedent for future games.

“Epic Games references ‘PUBG’ in the promotion of ‘Fortnite’ to their community and in communications with the press,” Bluehole vice president and executive producer Chang Han Kim said in the press release in September 2017. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”

“PUBG” was released as an early-access on Steam in March 2017. Epic Games launched “Fortnite” in July 2017 and rolled out its battle royale mode in September.

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PUBG Corp and Epic Games have things in common

But the two companies do have things in common. PUBG utilized Epic Games’ Unreal Engine technology for its game, and both companies share the same mutual investor: Chinese holding company Tencent.

Although “Fortnite” is a free-to-play game with in-game transactions, PUBG’s price ranges from $19.99 on PC, to $29.99 on Xbox.

“Fortnite” boasts an estimated 125 million players and was recently released on Nintendo Switch, which amassed over 2 million downloads within 24 hours of its release.

“PUBG” on the other hand, may be experiencing a declining player base on the PC — the game reportedly peaked in January with 3.2 million concurrent players on Steam, and eventually tapered down to 1.7 million concurrent players in June. Still, the game has put up impressive sales numbers for the PC with around 30 million lifetime sales, totaling about $1 billion in one year.

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We May Finally Know Some Details About Criminal Minds Season 14 – Cinema Blend

Again, this is unconfirmed, so it’s currently just Harry Bring’s word against a wall of silence. But if he’s right, then that creates an interesting situation for Criminal Minds. Never have any of the previous seasons’ episode counts dipped below 20, which happened only once in Season 3; Season 4 had the most installments of them all, with 26. With its roots in procedural storytelling, this is a show that tends to utilize the traditional long-form season, and CBS is usually right on board. But if Season 14 only gets 15 episodes, then fans might have even more of a reason to think that this will be the show’s final year.

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50 Cent mocked Terry Crews' sexual-assault testimony in an Instagram post he later deleted

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  • The rapper 50 Cent mocked Terry Crews in a now deleted Instagram post following Crews’ testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his allegations of sexual assault against a Hollywood agent.
  • The post included an image of Crews shirtless with the words: “I got raped. My wife just watched.”

The rapper 50 Cent mocked the actor Terry Crews in an Instagram post following Crews’ testimony on Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bill known as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.

In his testimony, Crews discussed his allegations of sexual assault against the Hollywood agent Adam Venit, who was the head of the motion-picture department at the talent agency William Morris Endeavor.

“As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abuse,” Crews said. “This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man’s horseplay is another man’s humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world. I know how hard it is to come forward. I know the shame associated with the assault. It happened to me.”

50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has since deleted the post. Deadline reported that it included an image of Crews shirtless with the words: “I got raped. My wife just watched.” A second image featured Crews with a rose in his mouth and the words “Gym time.”

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Jackson’s caption on the post went further in mocking Crews’ testimony: “LOL What the f— is going on out here man? Terry: I froze in fear. They would have had to take me to jail. Get the strap.”

Jackson’s Starz series, “Power,” which he executive produces and stars in, premieres its fifth season on Sunday. Deadline noted that Jackson has previously made controversial posts and deleted them around the release of major projects. In January, he posted and later deleted a video speaking out against the cable company Altice for removing “Power” from its Starz lineup, which corresponded with the release of Jackson’s movie “Den of Thieves.”

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Happy Birthday, Kirsten Vangsness: 15 Photos From Her Years on Criminal Minds – Parade

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Best birthday wishes to Kirsten Vangsness, who turns 47 on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Vangsness is an original member of the Criminal Minds cast, having played Penelope Garcia since the series premiered in 2005, who even though the technical genius member of the team, is nonetheless its heart and soul.

“I always say she’s the empathy,” the native Californian tells Parade.com. “Everyone once in a while someone else can cringe for something, but it’s a noticeable thing when another character goes, ‘Wow! This is intense,’ or ‘This is hard.’ But Garcia can react to everything. She gets to be the voice of the audience. Also, she’s like the homing device for all of them. She brings all of them together.”

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In addition to being an irreplaceable member of the cast, Vangsness has co-written four episodes of Criminal Minds with executive producer Erica Messer. In 2015 she co-wrote “Nelson’s Sparrow;” in 2016 she co-wrote “A Beautiful Disaster;” in 2017 she co-wrote “Spencer;” and in 2018, she co-wrote “Full-Tilt Boogie.”

In honor of her birthday, we are taking a look at 15 photos of Vangsness and the unique stylings of Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds.

“I get all my glasses at Lenscrafters!” Vangsness says of the many different pairs she sports on the show. “A black pair is Brooks Brothers, an amber pair is Versace, and I forget what the red pair is. Before Criminal Minds, I was always a ‘one pair’ kind of girl, but Garcia needs them to color coordinate with her outfit creations.”

Criminal Minds will return for its 14th season this fall on CBS.

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