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History of the ’90s podcast: The Menendez Brothers

In this Oct. 20, 1995, file photo, Lyle Menendez looks up during testimony in his and brother Erik's retrial for the shotgun slayings of their parents in Los Angeles, Calif.
In this Oct. 20, 1995, file photo, Lyle Menendez looks up during testimony in his and brother Erik's retrial for the shotgun slayings of their parents in Los Angeles, Calif. (Steve Grayson/UPI via AP, Pool, File)

On this episode of History of the ’90s, host Kathy Kenzora takes a second look at the murder trials of Erik and Lyle Menendez and asks the question: if the brothers stood trial today, would there be a different outcome in light of our current understanding of sexual abuse and family violence?

On Aug. 20, 1989, Jose and Kitty Menendez were brutally murdered inside the home of their Beverly Hills Mansion. The scene was so gruesome that early speculation focused on the possibility of a mob hit. But soon the focus shifted to the couple’s handsome young sons.

READ MORE: 6 things to know about ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

Lyle and Eric Menendez were eventually arrested for the murders and their sensational televised trial kicked off an era of high-profile criminal trials that captured the public’s imagination through the ‘90s.

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In fact, it was the Menendez case that cleared the way for the trial of the century, the O.J. trial, and foreshadowed our fascination with true crime docuseries and reality TV.

Trailer: Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Trailer: Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

You’ll hear from Robert Rand, a journalist and author who has been working on the Menendez story for 30 years and recently uncovered incredible new evidence regarding the brothers’ allegations of sexual abuse by their father.

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Guests:

Robert Rand, author of The Menendez Murders: The Shocking Inside Story of an American Tragedy.  

www.menedezmurders.com

Twitter: @Menendezrand

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