SKAKEL'S SON ALSO A VICTIM
By STEVE DUNLEAVY - NY Post
MICHAEL SKAKEL said from his 10-by-8-foot cell: "Tell little Georgie I love him with every ounce in my body. I love him so much, man. He is everything."
George Skakel is the 3-year-old son of Michael Skakel, convicted last week of murdering 15-year- old Martha Moxley almost 27 years ago.
Skakel had been talking to his brother Steve Skakel from the MacDougall-Walker lockup in Southfield, Conn., where he was taken Friday.
"Could you get all the pictures of him and his drawings taped on my mirror from my home and get them to me whenever you can?" Michael asked Steve.
"I miss him so much, but tell him the best way possible that Daddy is doing fine. I'm going to be fine."
Over the past three weeks, I have talked to Michael Skakel many times, and no matter what the topic is, somehow, it always got back to little George.
"It's amazing," Skakel was saying to me outside Norwalk Superior Court as he was about to get a right royal legal hosing. "At home in Wyndham, N.Y., little George told me a few weeks ago, ‘Don't let those bad men in Connecticut do bad things to you. You tell them you're my daddy.'"
A 3-year-old kid and somehow he knows something is going on. It's not television or anything like that, it's just instinct that there's a pretty bad problem.
"I didn't have the best marriage in the world to my wife, Margot, but at least out of it all, you know, all the heartbreak, I got little George," said Skakel, who's son lives in Hobe Sound, Fla., with Mom.
"You know all fathers think their kids are the smartest in the world, but little George really surprises me. He can be extremely funny.
"He can be very thoughtful, but the thing I love so much about him is that he has no selfishness in him.
"I tell you what, I'm going to make a helluva skier out of him," added Michael.
Yesterday, brother Steve Skakel talked quietly and sadly about his conversation with Michael from the lockup.
"First and foremost, it was about little George," Steve said. "Then the rest of the conversation was all about how we were holding up."
Mickey Sherman, Michael's lawyer, said, "Michael is doing far better than I would be doing in the same circumstances. Yes, I am very personally close to him. But that has not altered the clear, legal thinking that he is innocent."
Sherman refused to take a shot at the judge, John F. Kavenewsky, or prosecutor, Jonathan Benedict.
"John, was a good friend of mine before the trial, during the trial and after the trial," Sherman said. "The judge? Reasonable people can reasonably disagree."
Well, I can disagree in a little more strident terms.
Judge Kavenewsky was more a prosecutor than a judge - and that's a fact, Jack.
As for the prosecutor, apart from trotting out the testimony of dead drug addicts and jailbirds, Benedict couldn't defend a crippled ant. So brilliant was Benedict that at one time he asked if the jury could consider a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Well, even I know that manslaughter in Connecticut has a five-year statute of limitations. And this was an almost 27-year-old case.
For people who might have read a word or two of my scribbling, they know I am far from a bleeding heart . . . but I hate to see people screwed. Got it? Good.