The Menendez Brothers: What Did They Do And Who Killed Their Parents In 1989?

By Jacob Shelton

On August 20th, 1989, Lyle Menendez placed a frantic call to 911. He cried that “someone” had killed his parents as his brother Erik screamed in the background. This call cemented their legacy as two of the most insidious killers of the 20th century. Growing up under the thumb of their wealthy father, the Menendez brothers were like birds in a gilded cage. These Beverly Hills brothers wanted for nothing but their days were spent in fear of Hollywood executive and self made millionaire José Menendez, a man with high expectations for his two sons.

After the death of their parents, the Menendez brothers stoked the fires of conspiracy, keeping the true story of their parent’s death to themselves. However, through a series of twists and turns that belong in a b-movie the truth about the Menendez brothers and the death of their parents was finally exposed.

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On August 20, 1989, Lyle Menendez placed a frantic call to 911, crying that "someone" had killed his parents as his brother Erik screamed in the background. This call cemented their legacy as two of the most insidious killers of the 20th century. After the death of their parents, the Menendez brothers stoked the fires of conspiracy, but a series of twists and turns that belong in a B movie exposed the truth.

Prodigal Sons

As the children of entertainment bigwig José Menendez, Erik and Lyle Menendez wanted for nothing. José played a major part in signing the Eurythmics and Duran Duran to RCA Records before taking over as executive vice president at independent film company Carolco Pictures. He came to America as a poor immigrant from Revolution-era Cuba, but through his wits and hard-headed nature, he managed to achieve the kind of success that makes people green with envy.

From the outside, it looked as if José had the perfect life. He had a beautiful wife, Kitty, and two well-to-do sons, but their home life was anything but picturesque. According to the Menendez brothers, José was a tyrant, constantly browbeating them when they didn't live up to his expectations. As a result, they acted out, primarily by burglarizing homes for kicks (they definitely didn't need the money, which they also demolished in wild spending sprees). When they discovered that their father's newest will parceled out a small percentage of his $14 million fortune, they agreed that something had to be done.