The Menendez Brothers: Then & Now

Could the Menedez brothers file an appeal for a new trial? 

In 1994, the nation was gripped with the case of the Menendez Brothers. Raised in privilege and wealth, handsome brothers Lyle and Erik were sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for brutally killing their parents Jose and Kitty. The brothers claimed it was over Jose's longtime sexual abuse and they feared for their lives. The prosecution pointed to the boys' greed, wanting to take the money left in their father's will. Find out what the Menendez Brothers have been up to before the premiere of NBC's "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders."

Love Behind Bars

The trial garnered so much attention that the boys were flooded with mail in prison from female admirers. Lyle married long-time pen pal, model Anna Eriksson (pictured, left) in 1996. In 2001, they divorced. He married magazine editor Rebecca Sneed in 2003. Erik tied the knot in a telephone ceremony with a wealthy widow named Tammi Saccoman (pictured, right). Although their wedding took place in the prison waiting room with a Twinkie "cake" and they've never had a conjugal visit, they're still married. She moved from her home in Minnesota to Folsom, California, where Erik serves his sentence. 

Fraternal Relationship

Erik and Lyle were sentenced to serve their time in separate prisons, and do not speak to one another. They do, however, write each other letters and even play chess via snail mail. 

Model Behavior

The Menendez boys may have found a new path behind bars. In a 2005 People article, Erik is described as finding God and being a model inmate, "leading prayer groups and even working closely with prison authorities to devise a system that would encourage and reward inmates' good behavior."

Meet Mrs. Menendez


In 2005, Tammi Saccoman Menendez self-published a book called "They Said We'd Never Make It: My Life With Erik Menendez." She also had a documentary about her released by A&E in 2010 called Mrs. Menendez.

Appeals Ahead?

The Menendez Brothers legal team claimed that the boys were sexually abused at the hands of Jose for years and killing him was a matter of self-defense. A new California law, in which sexual abuse victims can bring up their trauma in court, may allow the brothers to file an appeal for new trials.  


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