Erik Menendez was at the center of national trial. On Aug. 20, 1989, he and brother, Lyle, shot and killed their parents, José and Kitty, at point-blank range. Menendez wants to tell his most detailed side of the story for the first time. “You may think you know my story — but you couldn’t possibly, because I’m telling my story to you now for the first time," he says in a preview for A&E’s new docuseries The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All.
As People shares, Erik has spoken out before but he says that this interview is the most comprehensive. He opens about the sexual abuse allegations against the brothers that the defense alleged sparked the shooting. “The most overwhelming memory of my dad was him pounding on my door, telling me to open the door of the bedroom,” Erik says. “He would have me massage him, and he would have me perform oral sex on him. He would graphically describe to me how he would kill me if I ran away.”
The doc producer, Nancy Saslow, recounts her experience making the docuseries. “What was so extraordinary was the level of authenticity, the level of emotion — that he was willing not only to talk, but to relive everything,” Saslow says. “There were times where what he was sharing was so rough, I would lose him for a few days. He wouldn’t be able to come to the table for a little bit.”
She goes on to explain that this series is not about who shot the Menedez parents but more so about unpacking what happened in the posh Beverly Hills mansion that day. “This has never been a whodunnit,” Saslow says. “This wasn’t about who did these killings. We knew the answer to that.” Instead, she says, the series’ goal was “to try to get an understanding about what happened.”
Erik says that in retrospect, he regrets what happened. “I wanted to go back in time. I wanted to take everything back that Lyle and I did.”
The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All premieres on Nov. 30 on A&E.
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