ID’s new exclusive documentary series will focus on the Menendez Brothers’ case, which captivated the country in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After more than three decades have passed since Jose and Kitty Mendez were brutally murdered in their Beverly Hills house. The documentary Menendez Brothers: Misjudged? will review the subsequent landmark trial.
What happened to Lyle and Erik Menendez?
At the ages of 21 and 18, Lyle and Erik Menendez are said to have murdered their parents after they were exhausted after years of stress and physical and mental abuse. Family members are said to have testified in support of the brothers’ accusations of sexual abuse, despite the prosecution’s contention that they were slain for financial gain. The two were found guilty in 1996 after multiple mistrials and have been separated for life. However, videos about the Menendez Brothers, notably on TikTok, have suddenly gone viral, making their contentious and interesting case the talk of the internet. Here’s all you need to know about the murder case, the subsequent contentious case, and the present whereabouts of the Menendez Brothers before the ID exclusive documentary airs on August 7, 2022.
What happened after the Menendez brothers killed their parents?
The Menendez brothers contacted the police after they murdered their parents in their Beverly Hills house. For the next six months following the murder, they continued to live extravagantly. Erik Menendez told the therapist what they did to their parents during treatment. The Menendez brothers were taken into custody after receiving an anonymous tip. The prosecution said that the defendants murdered their parents for their inheritance. The boys’ attorneys opposed the judge’s decision to submit therapy session tapes as evidence, and the California Supreme Court waited 30 months to weigh in.
The defence contended that their father had mistreated them for years, which ultimately led to the first charges being dropped. Lyle, the eldest brother, spoke about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. The lads were arrested on murder charges on December 7th, 1992, and went to trial separately. However, the jurors in both trials reached a hung verdict a few short weeks into the proceedings. Both cases were declared a mistrial by the court. After seven years, a third and final jury found the brothers guilty on April 17, 1996.
How are the Menendez Brothers doing?
The public and media have characterized the Menendez brothers as spoiled wealthy brats who killed their parents for money for decades. Years later, when the abuse was exposed, the earlier trials were thrown out, and the defence was able to put together a solid case. The wealthy Beverly Hills boys’ image hasn’t changed much in the decades since they murdered their parents. The Menendez brothers serve life terms in separate jails despite their repeated requests to be kept together.
The two of them tied the knot behind bars. Lyle, a divorcee, is said to be married to Rebecca Sneed, a former magazine editor and now an attorney. Erik and Tammi Saccoman were married after corresponding for six years. According to a 2021 article, the brothers are currently doing time at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.