Money, privilege and murder. The Menendez brothers case riveted the country as the perfect family unmasked. In 1994, brothers Lyle and Erik were sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1989 killing of their parents, Jose and Mary "Kitty." The grisly act—the parents were shot multiple times at close range with a shotgun and rendered unrecognizable—was a far cry from the idyllic Beverly Hills mansion where the brothers grew up.
The Menendez Brothers enjoyed the finest of everything but did greed push them too far? The case comes to TV in "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders," which premieres tonight at 10/9c on NBC.
Trial of the Century
Before there was O.J. Simpson, the trial of the Menendez brothers enthralled viewers as the first courtroom trial to be televised. In 1993, people watched the gripping trial as two handsome brothers were accused of brutally murdering their parents like a real-life Greek tragedy. The Law & Order franchise is known for its powerful courtroom scenes—filled with charismatic lawyers, surprise witnesses and memorable jurors—and we can't wait to see the Menendez case be "re-tried" in this dramatic style.
Edie Falco takes on the key role of Leslie Abramson, the defense attorney of Lyle Menendez. The real-life Abramson was known as a ferocious attorney but she stirred controversy when it was reported that she may have allegedly tampered with evidence. With a dramatic acting resume that ranges from The Sopranos to Oz, the award winning-actress is sure to bring a memorable flair to this pivotal character.
To this day, we still don't know the motive behind the Menendez murders. Did the father, Jose, really sexually abuse his sons? Or, did pure greed drive the brothers to murder so they could inherit their parents' fortune? We look forward to the series probing into these questions still being asked today.
Dun. Dun. The sound that's become a signature to executive producer Dick Wolf's Law & Order shows. What began in 1990, the franchise has created several spinoffs including six police/courtroom dramas and four international versions. Law & Order: SVU is the fourth-longest running scripted U.S. primetime TV series on a major broadcast network. The American police procedural and crime series finds a way to tell stories, especially those ripped-from-the-headlines, in a compelling, yet entertaining way.
What Happened When The Cameras Stopped Rolling
The Menendez trial was documented but what really happened when the cameras stopped rolling? The series promises to delve into the characters, the media circus and other day-to-day moments that we never got to see.