On August 20, 1989, Jose and Kitty Menendez were brutally murdered inside the home of their Beverly Hills Mansion. The scene was so gruesome that early speculation focused on the possibility of a mob hit. But soon the focus shifted to the couple’s handsome young sons.
Lyle and Eric Menendez were eventually arrested for the murders and their sensational televised trial kicked off an era of high-profile criminal trials that captured the public’s imagination through the ‘90s.
In fact, it was the Menendez case that cleared the way for the trial of the century, the OJ trial, and foreshadowed our fascination with true crime docuseries and reality TV.
On this episode we’re taking a second look at the murder trials of Erik and Lyle Menendez and ask the question, if the brother’s stood trial today, would there be a different outcome in light of our current understanding of sexual abuse and family violence?
You’ll hear from Robert Rand, a journalist and author who has been working on the Menendez story for 30 years and recently uncovered incredible new evidence regarding the brother’s allegations of sexual abuse by their father.
Robert Rand, author of The Menendez Murders: The Shocking Inside Story of an American Tragedy.