Michael's account, Tom recalls seeing Martha and
Michael in the Lincoln a considerable while before he
says the car departed for the Terrien's [Terriens']----confounding Michael's version, suggesting Michael was not around when the car actually left. Tommy reports the following as occurring before he and Martha started "fooling around" behind the fence, at the side of the house: Tom advised that the next thing he remembers is going through the kitchen to the side door. He went over to the left rear door of the Lincoln, which was parked in the driveway. Martha and Michael were in the rear seat of the car, talking. Jimmy was in the front seat of the car. Tom could provide no reason for going to the Lincoln. When asked if he recalls anything regarding cassette tapes, he said he did not.
Tom does not recall if he did or did not get into the car. The next thing he remembers is that Martha got out of the left side of the car. They were talking and made their way to the front right of the car. Tom recalls someone going in and out of the house, looking for the Lincoln car keys. After this, Tom says he spent about ten minutes "fooling around" with Martha behind the fence before he went out and saw the Lincoln depart for the Terrien's [Terriens'].
Clearly, for whatever reason, it seems Michael is confused. He is telling us the group departed for the Terrien's [Terriens'] at least ten minutes before we have good reason to believe they actually did. Is it possible that Michael got out of the car in disgust, when Martha went off with Tommy, and although he never actually rejoined Rush, John, and Jim, assumes that they must have left soon after that point? Could this be an error in fabricated recollection?
Unfortunately, John's hypnosis sessions do not include any specific description of leaving for the Terrien's [Terriens']. He should be further, but carefully, questioned in this regard.
At some point, before she left, Andrea recalls seeing an unidentifiable flash go by, outside the kitchen window. She mentioned it to Julie, but Julie said she didn't see it. In addition, Andrea thinks Littleton "may" have been at the top of the center hallway stairs with one of the younger Skakel boys, but she "could not testify in court to that. If her recollection is accurate, we have Littleton pinned down inside the house at some general point after 9:30 pm. Julie also thinks that Littleton was there as she and Andrea were living [WW] . Andrea definitely confirms that Tommy came to open the door for her when she returned to the house to get the keys. At this point, Julie says Martha was walking around the back fence as Tommy closed the door behind Andrea.
Mark #2 9:30 At this general point somewhere around 9:30 (since Julie's recollection of time, based on the Ellery Queen show, is more credible than Andrea's), Tommy and Littleton are pinned down by the front door of the Skakel home. Michael's whereabouts, however, are contested. If he was not in the car on the way to the Terrien's [Terriens'], and it certainly seems as though he was not, then Michael is unaccounted for.
Could Michael have been that flash outside the window that Andrea saw? Could he have stayed behind to spy on Martha and his brother?