On March 15, 1990, one week after the arrest of the Menendez Brothers, Hard Copy featured my interview with Erik Menendez for the Miami Herald.
I quizzed Erik two months after the murders and five months before he was arrested.
Erik lied to my face as he told me he wished he knew who had killed his parents.
The Beverly Hills Police had the same wish.
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.”