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I've never kept my love of all things true crime a secret and I'm certainly not about to start now. Yes, I know it's dark and twisted (and perhaps a little alarming when you mention it on a first date) but I'm not ashamed. It will forever be the most interesting facet of human behavior, if you ask me. I'd much rather try to understand what would compel two teenagers to murder their parents in cold blood, then why women feel the need to get botox—just sayin'.
It seems the folks over at Law & Order share my sentiment as well. According to the YouTube channel—"From Executive Producer Dick Wolf comes a new chapter in the franchise - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, starring Edie Falco as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Coming Thursdays this fall to NBC."
I'm SO excited and frankly, you should be too! This case was CRAZY and while it wasn't the first crime of its kind, the national attention it gained was most definitely a first. If you're unaware of who The Menendez Brothers, here's a basic description. It WILL have spoiler alerts if you want to go into the series completely blind—
"On August 20, 1989, Lyle and Erik were 21 and 18 years old, respectively. The murders occurred that evening in the den of the family's home in Beverly Hills at 722 North Elm Drive. Jose and Kitty were tired that summer evening because the family had been shark fishing on a chartered yacht, Motion Picture Marine, until midnight the previous day. With Lyle and Erik out for the evening, Jose and Kitty went into their den to watch the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.
Neighbors later reported hearing loud bangs around 10 p.m. but dismissed them as nothing to be concerned about, thinking the noise was local kids playing with firecrackers. Jose was shot point-blank in the back of the head with a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. Kitty, awakened by the shots, sprang from the couch and ran for the hallway but was shot in the leg. She slipped in her own blood and fell, then was shot several times in the arm, chest, and face, leaving her unrecognizable. Both Jose and Kitty were then shot in the kneecap in an attempt to make the murders appear related to organized crime."
Here's a terrific Rolling Stone piece on the history of the case as well, should you want to continue your research.