A purposefully prejudicial analysis of Tommy Skakel and his testimony, designed for evaluating how best to proceed with questioning during his upcoming interview.
Let us say it is about 9:30 on the night of October 30, 1995 [sic]. At this point, basically everybody has left the Skakel residence. Helen Ix and Jeffrey [Geoffrey] Byrne left a little while ago. Michael is gone (we'll assume for now)--he left with Jim Terrien, John, and Rush. Tommy watched as Andrea and his sister Julie drove off after he helped Andrea retrieve the car keys. In short, the coast was clear. If, as Tommy has expressed, he was sincerely concerned about appearances and making an effort to conceal a tryst with Martha (and if he genuinely lied about his homework assignment as an excuse to stay behind with her) then his mission was accomplished. When Tommy went back to meet Martha the need for discretion was over.
So why, now that the coast was clear, did Tommy and Martha brave temperatures of forty degrees and have their encounter on the grass when access to either a comfortable bedroom, or the van, was a few mere steps away? In terms of appearances, mutual masturbation on the back lawn does not, by any standard, constitute a continuing effort to be discrete. Plus, by most accounts, the Skakel van was well-known as a place the boys would take willing young ladies.
Another factor to consider: Tommy admits having about 4-5 beers with dinner. There is no sensible reason why he would exaggerate his alcohol consumption. If Tommy says that he [^] about five beers, you can assume he had at least that many, if not more. He also states that when everyone returned to the house after dinner, more beer was consumed by himself and others. So, in the space of about two hours, Tommy had, it is fairly safe to surmise, about seven beers. Now, it is no secret that the Skakel family has a history of heavy drinking, but still, for a sixteen year-old boy, that's a lot of alcohol in relatively a short period of time. So, we have Tommy rolling around on the grass with his pants down, in forty degree temperatures, after consuming a lot of alcohol. It is very hard to understand, then, how he could have gone through the motions of seduction, foreplay, and reached orgasm, all in the space of twenty minutes?
Is Tommy's account possible? Certainly. He may claim it was because he was drunk that he didn't take Martha inside. However, Martha was not drunk. She also, according to Tommy (and I quote from Mr. Krebs' report on a recent interview), "forcibly and verbally rejected Tommy's advances" when he started feeling her breasts at the side of the house during some "kidding around." This was when, we can safely assume, Helen Ix, probably left because she found the behavior of Tommy and Martha to be "embarrassing."
Yet, Tommy maintains that Martha agreed to wait and meet him for a rendez-vous. He implies that by waiting to meet him, Martha was consenting to a sexual encounter. If that was the case, why did she allow the encounter to occur outdoors--especially since, according to Tommy, he met back up with her inside?