It's not always easy to understand why some true-crime stories grab the public eye and dominate headlines, but the saga of the Menendez brothers was a no-brainer. A pair of handsome siblings perennially dressed in matching pastel sweaters who ruthlessly killed their rich parents in their Beverly Hills mansion, then spent the months after the murders blowing thousands of dollars on luxury cars and vacations? A Hollywood screenwriter couldn't have made them up. It's been nearly 30 years since the brothers shot Jose and Kitty Menendez to death, and twenty since they were sentenced to life in prison. What's become of the "boys," as their lawyer famously and repeatedly referred to them?
Erik Menendez - Wife, Crimes & Brother - Biography
Lyle Menendez discusses his controversial claims his father sexually abused him and his brother, Erik. The killings, the brothers and their attorneys claimed at trial, were done in self-defense after years of sexual abuse by their entertainment executive father — abuse they insisted was ignored by their stay-at-home mom. Each brother had a separate jury. And I was very convinced by the end of the trial that the whole thing was fabricated based upon evidence that I gathered from various sources.
Menendez Murders: Could New Revelations Lead to a New Trial for Lyle and Erik Menendez?
After spending over 20 years separated behind bars, brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, convicted of killing their parents after notorious trials in the s, are finally being housed at the same prison -- and their reunion was an emotional one. Until this week, the last time Lyle and Erik Menendez saw each other was Sept. That day in , the brothers could see each other across prison a yard but couldn't talk to each other; they had hoped to be placed in the same prison but were put in separate vans, which took them to separate facilities, Rand told ABC News. While in separate prisons, they couldn't talk on the phone, but they did write letters to each other and would play chess by sending moves to each other through snail mail, Rand said.
During the trial, the brothers alleged that they committed the murders in response to years of sexual and emotional abuse they suffered at the hands of their parents, particularly their father. They were first tried separately, with one jury for each brother. Both juries deadlocked, which resulted in a mistrial. For the second trial, they were tried together by a single jury, which found them guilty; as a result, they were sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.