From the Editor: A Search For The Truth



When a lawyer approaches you with a great idea that “you’re going to love,” your first inclination should be to head for the hills. Chances are there is more in it for the lawyer than there is for you. But there are always exceptions, and this month we bring you a story that’s a perfect example of just such an exception.

In 2005 honeymooner George Smith of Greenwich was lost at sea, having gone overboard in the dark of night. Accusations and rumors swirled around Smith’s new bride and a cruise-ship employee. But once those individuals were exonerated, the case seemed to go cold. Enter Michael Jones, the attorney who represented the Smith family in the settlement of George’s estate with the Royal Caribbean cruise line. Though more accustomed to white-collar contract negotiations than sinister homicide investigations, Jones was intrigued by the wending tale of murder, deceit and injustice that was unfolding in front of him. He found himself digging deeper. Now seven years later, he’s at the center of the battle to see that justice is served.

That brings us to the “you’re going to love it” conversation. When Jones approached us about this story, being slightly cynical, I figured that it was an ego thing and he was just looking for media attention. It didn’t take long to see that wasn’t what was happening. Jones’ level of dedication to this case goes well beyond that of a regular attorney. He has spent hundreds of hours pouring over cruise-ship files, analyzing passkey records, conducting depositions, talking to FBI investigators. He is consumed by this case. (Just try getting a word in edgewise when he’s discussing the intricacies.) He wants this story in the public eye not for personal glory but to make sure it doesn’t fade into the proverbial night. Mystery at Sea (starting on page 62) is not a rehashing of what you think you know happened.

There are new and very key facts being reported here for the first time. Writer Timothy Dumas, who literally wrote the book on the Martha Moxley murder (he authored Greentown: Murder and Mystery in Greenwich, America’s Wealthiest Community), takes on the enormous task of recounting what occurred aboard the Brilliance of the Seas and the course of events that have taken place since that fateful night.

This is a story that we are honored the Smith family has entrusted us with, and one that needs to be told until there is true finality.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

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    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

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  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards


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