Robert Rand – The Menendez Murders

Discover the definitive book on the Menendez case – and the source material for NBC’s Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

A successful entertainment executive making two million a year. His former beauty queen wife. Their two sons on the fast track to success. Until tragedy struck.

Married for 26 years, Jose and Kitty Menendez appeared to be a happy couple and proud parents. Twenty-one-year-old Lyle Menendez was enrolled at Princeton, where he was a star on the tennis team. Eighteen-year-old Erik Menendez had just graduated from Beverly Hills High and was about to start college at UCLA. The Menendezes appeared to be living the American dream. But it was all a faade.

The Menendez saga has captivated and fascinated people since 1989. The killing of Jose and Kitty Menendez on a quiet Sunday evening in Beverly Hills didn’t make the cover of People magazine until the arrest of their sons seven months after the murders, and the case developed an intense cult following. When the first Menendez trial began in July 1993, the public was convinced that Lyle and Erik – “the boys”, as they would become known – were a pair of greedy rich kids who had killed loving, devoted parents. But the real story remained buried beneath years of dark secrets – until now.

Author: Robert Rand
Narrator: Eric Martin
Duration: 11 hours 1 min
Released: 18 Apr 2009
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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First: The narrator is superb. Beautifully listenable voice with just the right tone for a tale that blends a variety of emotions with factual and legal material.

The author is certainly right about one thing: Had the trial – even the murders – first taken place 30+ years later in this year 2018, the public attitude, the legal approach and the outcome would most certainly have been very different.

Once the entire factual case of the Menendez brothers is laid out – and that takes the entire book to accomplish – there is a great deal to think about for the jury that is the public readership, who forever sit in a judgment of their own about sensational crimes.

The book held my interest even through the wealth of detailed information. For those readers who, like myself, never knew much about the case, there are a number of substantive revelations that explain why the author is a believer in the brothers’ story of sexual abuse and emotional manipulation that led up to the murders. The author makes sense of the tangle of disconnected public information that floats around about this case, including some of the more colorful side characters.

And, even at the end of the book, there are some final, recent revelations about events before the murders that lend more substance to the brothers’ story.

Another element of the story that is mentioned only once in the author’s comments at the end of the book, but which may well be the reason for writing it, is that even though both brothers are in prison under a sentence of life without parole, it may well be that their legal quest for freedom is not over yet. That alone makes this book worth reading, as any future legal action on behalf of the brothers will undoubtedly enjoy wide media coverage.