and Kitty were shot to death at their Beverly Hills, California, home.
and Erik Menendez then drove up Mulholland Drive, hid the guns, and then went
to a movie theater to buy tickets, which they intended to use as an alibi.
returned home and then called 911. Lyle crying: "Somebody killed my parents!"
case proved to be a sensation and was one of the earliest cases covered by fledgling
TV station, Court TV.
brothers were not immediately suspected, however Erik's psychotherapist ignored
ethical responsibilities and recorded the conversations in which he confessed
to the killings. The psychotherapist then played the tapes to his mistress, presumably
in an attempt to impress her. She went to the cops. The brothers were arrested.
three years of legal wrangling, the California Supreme Court ruled that the tapes
could be played in a criminal case.
brothers claimed they had killed their parents in self defense, apparently fearing
that their father would kill them once details of his sexual abuse was revealed.
mistrial was called when the two juries (one for each brother) failed to reach
retrial began in October 1995 and the judge ruled that less emphasis could be
given to the sexual abuse defense.
brothers were convicted in March 1996, and sentenced to life in prison.