It’s been nearly 27 years since Lyle and Erik Menendez murdered their parents, Kitty and Jose Menendez, and over 20 since the two were sentenced to life in prison.
But during ABC‘s new special, Truth And Lies: The Menendez Brothers, we heard some details we DEFINITELY didn’t know before!
The documentary, which aired Thursday night, covered SEVERAL major points of the investigation and trial, from common knowledge like how the brothers went on a spending spree after the murders to bizarre deets like Erik’s screenplay about the crime!
Ch-ch-check out the highlights from Thursday night’s special inside look (below) to get some new details on the Menendez murders and case!
Erik Had A Screenplay About The Murders BEFORE They Happened
One of the MANY disturbing details revealed about the slayings came from Craig Cignarelli who said he wrote a screenplay with Erik about a boy who kills his parents for their insurance money.
Cignarelli went on to say:
“As time went by, Erik took that screenplay and reworded the first four or five pages to exactly what happened in the crime.”
The younger Menendez brother’s photographer, Philip Kearney, read the script and remembers turning the news on the morning after the murder and having a “chilling realization.” Kearney even admitted:
“The last photo shoot was a little bit different.├óΓé¼┬ª He was a quieter.├óΓé¼┬ª A little more humble.├óΓé¼┬ª Those pictures to me look a little more haunting.”
Erik Overheard Kitty Say She Was Taking Him Out Of Her Will
One of Kitty’s friends, Karen Ferrell, appeared on the special to recall a moment between Kitty and Erik in which the slain mother admitted to her friend she was taking her son out of her will. When Miz Ferrell had mentioned Erik was just in the other room listening, Karen says Kitty brushed it off:
“She said, ‘I don’t care. They know I’m not gonna give them any money.'”
The family estate was worth 14 million at the time of the Menendez’ murder.
Brian Anderson, Kitty’s brother, offered an explanation for his sister’s austere decision, saying:
“She was really concerned about the irresponsibility.├óΓé¼┬ª Lyle was stressing her a lot.”
Apparently she should have been even more concerned…
Erik and Lyle Claimed Their Parents Abused Them
A MAJOR controversial topic during the boys 1993 trial revolved around Lyle and Erik’s claim they were abused by their parents. Prosecutor Pam Bozanich remembers being warned about Erik’s lawyer, Leslie Abramson, as she said:
“Everyone told me, ├óΓé¼╦£Watch out for her. She will lie, cheat and steal… The whole ‘abuse excuse’ is a lie.'”
Interestingly enough, ABC journalist Terry Morgan defended the boys’ claims though, as he explained:
“There was a level of detail.├óΓé¼┬ª There are things that people remember from real life that you almost wouldn’t kind of make up.”
Morgan went on to recall seeing Erik’s reaction to Lyle’s testimony of their father molesting him, saying:
“I saw this vein start popping out of his forehead├óΓé¼┬ª that emotion. That’s what a victim looks like.”
Of course there are those that don’t believe the claims either. Kitty’s brother said:
“There was certainly no indication at any time that there was ever any abuse.├óΓé¼┬ª I mean it just didn’t happen.├óΓé¼┬ª I think the motive was strictly money. The idea that Erik and Lyle were abused by my sister Kitty was gratuitous.”
The Menendez Brothers Are Both Married Now
As you might know, the brothers were convicted on both murders in July of 1996 after a mistrial and were both given consecutive life sentences in different prisons. What you may not be aware of is Lyle, now 48, and Erik, 45, both got married while in prison!
Erik tied the knot with Tammi Menendez, who in 2002 talked with Barbara Walters and said:
“I fell in love with him unexpectedly.├óΓé¼┬ª And now I’m very happy.”
Since Lyle sat down for a chat for the special, he opened up about his love life as he’s been married twice. The convict said of his marriage with his current wife Rebecca Sneed:
“Physical comfort is much less important than your connection with the people around you,├óΓé¼┬ª We’ve been married 15 years.”
Lyle also opened up QUITE a bit about his current thoughts on his troubled past, implying he had a lot of regret but saying “no river of tears” can change what he did.
At the end of the doc, it was revealed that the brothers have not seen each other since 1996.
What are your thoughts on all the frightening details?
[Image via ABC.]