Jay Leno thought The Menendez Murders were just a big joke

Jay Leno thought The Menendez Murders were just a big joke

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.

Chapter 44 | A Compelling Witness: “25 Years Ago Today . . .”

Chapter 44 | A Compelling Witness: “25 Years Ago Today . . .”

On Friday, September 10: “The defense calls Joseph Lyle Menendez,” announced attorney Jill Lansing at five minutes before two o’clock. Lyle, dressed in a navy crew-neck sweater, walked directly to Lansing.

Lansing was blunt:

“Did you love your parents?”

“Yes,” he choked out hoarsely.

And on August 20, 1989, did you and your brother kill your mom and dad?”

“Yes.”

Wow! Laurel Leigh, my book editor, just posted this review on Facebook!

Wow! Laurel Leigh, my book editor, just posted this review on Facebook!

From a craft standpoint, one of the things I have to applaud Robert for is brilliantly weaving the multiple and complex storylines together to show the many aspects of this strange story, including the brothers’ own account of the days leading to the murders as well as when witness statements conflicted on certain points.

He was still writing the final chapter as the book went into production because new facts kept coming up.

Normally that would be an editor’s nightmare, but in this case it was a welcome challenge to have an author able to capture the latest scoops.

I’m spreading the truth about ‘The Menendez Murders’ on iHeart Radio

I’m spreading the truth about ‘The Menendez Murders’ on iHeart Radio

Thanks to the iHeartRadio stations, I was able to share the Menendez brothers’ story in Chicago, Philly, San Diego, Minneapolis, St. Louis and more.

I’m grateful to be spreading the truth – one station at a time.

Here’s my iHeart interview with La Dona Harvey and Ted Garcia of KOGO radio in San Diego, the local station near the prison where the Lyle and Erik are now incarcerated.

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