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.”

Jay Leno stages ‘comic’ fundraiser for the Menendez Brothers (video)

Jay Leno stages ‘comic’ fundraiser for the Menendez Brothers (video)

The public was outraged that the two 1994 juries – one for each brother – could not reach verdicts in the first Menendez trial. All the jurors agreed that a homicide had been committed. Most of the women voted for manslaughter, but almost all of the men wanted to convict Erik and Lyle of murder.

When I interviewed most of the jurors after the trial, men mostly told me some variation of “a father would never do that to his sons.”

The Menendez family money was gone after the first trial. Most of the family estate – estimated at $6-8,000,000 – went to the attorneys, defense investigators and taxes.

Defense attorney Leslie Abramson was appointed by the court at $125 an hour.

Jay Leno thought The Menendez Murders were just a big joke (video)

Jay Leno thought The Menendez Murders were just a big joke (video)

The mainstream media signed on to the District Attorney’s 1993 theory that Erik and Lyle Menendez were a pair of greedy rich kids, and that included NBC’s Jay Leno.

Leno’s monologues on The Tonight Show often featured at least one joke based on the Menendez testimony of the day.

When Erik admitted that he had a hard time getting dates, this was Jay’s gag:

Yesterday, Erik said his parents made fun of him because he never had a girlfriend. You know, I don’t know how to break it to him, but shooting your Mom and Dad isn’t really going to help your chances.

More than a book blurb: Praise from Evan Wright is praise indeed

More than a book blurb: Praise from Evan Wright is praise indeed

Through his unparalleled access – and his relentlessly detailed reporting – Robert Rand became America’s unofficial “Menendez-whisperer” when this story dominated the news.

Now, Rand is back, with stunning, never-before seen revelations in The Menendez Murders – a landmark work that upends everything we thought we knew about these crimes, and may rock the criminal justice system. Deeply compelling and meticulously sourced, it’s the essential read of the year. — Evan Wright, author, Generation Kill.

I clearly remember the early days of the investigation in September 1989

I clearly remember the early days of the investigation in September 1989

All of the early media speculation was focused on a connection between the Jose’s home video business and the Mafia.

It was years before the internet, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle. I spent two days with Lyle and Erik Menendez in October while reporting a biography of Jose Menendez’s rags to riches story that ended in tragedy.

The brothers told me loving stories about their parents and were emotionally appropriate. They were not suspects publicly and I had no reason to be suspicious of them.

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