The Menendez Brothers make their first court appearance (video)

The Menendez Brothers make their first court appearance (video)

On Monday, March 12, 1990, Erik and Lyle Menendez – who were being held without bail – were arraigned at Beverly Hills Municipal Court.

The charges against the brothers were read to a packed courtroom that included many supportive family members.  

Erik Menendez looked exhausted because he hadn’t slept since his voluntary surrender and return from Israel a day before.

It was the beginning of the end the lives the boys once knew.

I was a guest on ‘Good Day L.A.’ (video)

I was a guest on ‘Good Day L.A.’ (video)

I was a guest on GDLA – the local morning show on Fox 11 in Los Angeles – with co-hosts Megan Colarossi and Elex Michaelson where we discussed was how different the media is today with the Internet, the 24-hour news cycle and social media compared to 1993 when the first Menendez trial took place.

If the trial were held today, I believe the verdict would have been manslaughter – not a murder.

In the current era of #MeToo, #MenToo, and the report by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office about abuse in the Catholic Church, people are more open and willing today to believe that boys as well as girls can be abuse victims.

I’ve been on the road – spreading the truth – for two months

I’ve been on the road – spreading the truth – for two months

It has been two months since the release of The Menendez Murders.

I am grateful for all the TV shows, podcasts, radio interviews, newspapers, and websites that have helped me share a new version of this story – the truth.

In the 2018 era of #MeToo, #MenToo, and the revelations about the Catholic Church, people are more willing to accept that Erik and Lyle Menendez’s emotional testimony of being abused was the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Beverly Hills police announce arrest of Lyle, search for Erik (video)

Beverly Hills police announce arrest of Lyle, search for Erik (video)

On Christmas eve 1989, my story about the case for the Miami Herald Sunday magazine included (photo) the first media speculation that the Beverly Hills Police were focused on Erik and Lyle Menendez.

I had interviewed both brothers that October for a biography about their father Jose . The boys were not suspects publicly and I had no reason to be suspicious of them.

Then Lyle Menendez was arrested — on March 8, 1990. A few hours later, BHPD chief Marvin Iannone held a news conference to announce the arrest of Lyle and the international manhunt for Erik.

In the most cryptic comment of the day, Chief Iannone told reporters “who knows what really goes on within a family.”

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