Murder Again Brings Media Spotlight to Greenwich, CT


Greenwich, Conn., has had only about 17 homicides in the past 30 years. But its murders tend to attract a media horde, reports the city’s Time newspaper. The most famous example was the 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in gated Belle Haven, and the most recent, is the gruesome stabbing of 46-year-old Andrew M. Kissel. Armies of broadcast and print reporters scoured the town, looking for information on the Kissel killing. “Intense media coverage is always a challenge,” Police Chief James Walters said in an e-mail. “We want to provide as much information as we can, but we must weigh every comment against the negative impact it could have on the integrity of the investigation.”

On the one hand, the excessive attention forces the police department to balance the work it must do to solve a homicide with its responsibility to provide the public with accurate information on what happened, officials said. On the other, the families affected by the crime and who find themselves in the middle of the media storm can find the attention numbing as well as hurtful. “I was absolutely in a state of shock,” said Martha Moxley’s mother, Dorothy. “I had no idea what was happening. We had wonderful friends who came and answered the door and answered the phone.”


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