NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Robert Kennedy Jr., son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, says he didn't even know Michael Skakel when he allegedly killed neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975.
Skakel, a nephew of Kennedy Jr.'s mother, and the environmental lawyer didn't meet until 1983, eight years after the Greenwich, Connecticut teen's body was found under a tree on her family's property.
"Michael Skakel doesn't have a drop of Kennedy blood. None of us knew him or any of the Skakel kids growing up. My mother was estranged from her family during most of those years," said Kennedy Jr.
The Skakels strongly supported Richard Nixon during his campaign against Kennedy's uncle, JFK.
Despite the lack of a connection as children, the cousins, became close friends after "getting sober together."
In his new book, 'Framed,' Kennedy Jr. explains that a number of people had it in their best interest to frame Skakel who went on to serve 11 years in prison.
Kennedy Jr. has called the conviction, "shocking," because "Michael had an iron clad alibi. He was 11 miles away with five eye witnesses at the time the murder was committed. He was never a suspect in the case."
It was convicted perjurer and former police officer Mark Fuhrman (of O.J. Simpson infamy) who fingered Skakel in 1993.
“He tried to rehabilitate his career, he wrote a book in two months and he picked a celebrity to blame it on. That’s how Michael became the primary suspect," said Kennedy Jr.
The culprits who carried out the murder were two men, teens at the time, Adolph Hasbrouck and Burt Tinsley.
"They deny it. If they were really innocent, they would have sued me because I have said repeatedly and publicly said they killed her," said Kennedy Jr.
Both men are reportedly refusing to testify in a hearing attempt to secure Skakel another trial. Kennedy Jr. is pushing the Supreme Court of Connecticut to uphold the lower court decision to keep Skakel out of jail.