Dorthy Moxley declines last look at home
By J.A. Johnson Jr. - Greenwich Time
Dorthy Moxley has "no desire" to see her former Greenwich house, where her daughter Martha was brutally slain 25 years ago, before the homeowners tear it down.
Moxley, who lives in Chatham, N.J., yesterday said she politely turned down an offer by owner Barbara McEntee to tour the 18-room dwelling in the exclusive Belle Haven neighborhood one last time before it falls to the wrecking ball.
"There's no reason for it - it would just be too hard," said Moxley, who moved into the house at 38 Walsh Lane a little over a year before authorities say 15-year-old Martha was fatally attacked in the home's driveway the evening of Oct. 30, 1975. The girl's bludgeoned and stabbed body was found the next day beneath a pine tree on her family's 3-acre estate.
Moxley said she telephoned McEntee on Monday, after a friend in Greenwich called her to let her know about McEntee's offer and gave Moxley McEntee's unlisted phone number.
"We had a very nice conversation," Moxley recalled. "She said they were going to tear it down and asked me what I thought. I said tear it down - it's the best thing to do. This is the way we can go on and find some closure."
Barbara McEntee and husband, James, bought the 96-year-old 21Ú2-story house in 1995. They also own an adjacent property, at 20 Walsh Lane, where they maintain their residence.
Dorthy Moxley moved into 38 Walsh Lane in the summer of 1974, along with Martha; her husband, David; and her son, John. Martha initially attended Western Junior High School and at the time of her death was a freshman at Greenwich High School, where she enjoyed an active social life.
The Moxleys sold the house and moved to New York City in 1977. In 1986, the couple moved again to Annapolis, Md. David Moxley died of a heart attack two years later.
Dorthy Moxley said although she retained "some good memories" of life in the Greenwich house, they were outnumbered by the bad ones.
"I have absolutely no desire to see it again," Moxley said.
Charged in Martha's murder is Michael Skakel, who in 1975 lived across the street from the Moxleys and, like the victim, was 15 years old at the time of the crime. Arrested Jan. 19, Skakel has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 20 in state Superior Court in Stamford. Because he was a minor at the time of the crime, Skakel was charged as a juvenile. The upcoming hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence for Skakel's case to proceed to trial, and also whether he would be tried in juvenile or adult court.
The McEntees, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, applied for a permit on Feb. 27 to raze the former Moxley residence. The permit was granted by the town Building Department on April 27. The couple's plans for the property at 38 Walsh Lane are unknown.