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This website/blog deals with the Menendez brothers murder case. My personal opinion is that the Menendez brothers received a fair trial, they were rightfully convicted, and received an appropriate sentence. English is not my first language so I apologize for any grammatical errors you may come across. I am terrible with commas. Content warning: Some … Continue reading Welcome

Barbara Walters interviews the Menendez brothers

Aired: June 28, 1996. Video:https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/barbara-walters-interviews-menendez-brothers-1996-44578929 The video is not the complete interview. A few other fragments from the interview can be seen in the 2015 “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals” documentary. None of the fragments from the documentary are included in the transcript. [VO] is shorthand for voice over. BARBARA WALTERS: Erik and Lyle Menendez, … Continue reading Barbara Walters interviews the Menendez brothers

Lyle Menendez and Norma Novelli talking about Oziel

In the post titled “Novelli tapes” I mention that in Norma Novelli’s book on pages 135-144 there is a transcript of a conversation regarding Dr. Oziel. The conversation is dated July 29, 1993. One can actually listen to this conversation on the audiobook version. Below is a self-made transcript of the conversation. This transcript has … Continue reading Lyle Menendez and Norma Novelli talking about Oziel

Index – Second trial

Transcripts can be found here:https://web.archive.org/web/19961017234004/http://www.courttv.com/casefiles/menendez/transcripts/ Witnesses who testified in hearings outside the jury's presence are not listed. October 11, 1995People's opening statementErik Menendez's opening statement October 12, 1995Lyle Menendez's opening statementLeslie Zoeller October 13, 1995Leslie Zoeller October 16, 1995Leslie ZoellerChristine NyeMichael Butkus October 17, 1995Avrille KromPerry BermanThomas Edwards October 18, 1995Thomas EdwardsKlara Wright October 19, … Continue reading Index – Second trial

Witness index – First trial

Videos can be found here:https://www.courttv.com/trials/ca-v-menendez-1993/ OPJ is shorthand for “outside the presence of the jury.” Everything else should be pretty self-explanatory.There were a ton of hearings during the trial, often in the middle of a witness’ testimony. I have chosen to not indicate when such hearings took place. VIDEO 1No witnesses VIDEO 2No witnesses VIDEO … Continue reading Witness index – First trial

Lyle Menendez probation report

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIACOUNTY OF LOS ANGELES PROBATION OFFICER'S REPORT DEFENDANT'S NAME(S)JOSEPH LYLE MENENDEZ ADDRESS (PRESENT)LOS ANGELES COUNTY JAIL AGE28 BIRTHDATE1/10/68 SEXM RACEW, WHITE CITIZENSHIP STATUSU.S. BORN DAYS IN JAIL THIS CASEESTIMATED2,377 CUSTODY STATUS/RELEASE DATEJAIL (NO BAIL) DRIVER'S LICENSE/EXP DATEC6891287 - SUSP. COURTNW-N JUDGEWEISBERG COURT CASE NO.BA068880 HEARING DATE07/02/96 DEFENSE ATTYGESSLER/TOWERY PROSECUTORCONN/NAJERA DPOMCMILLENB32 AREA OFFICEESFV … Continue reading Lyle Menendez probation report

Erik Menendez probation report

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIACOUNTY OF LOS ANGELES PROBATION OFFICER'S REPORT DEFENDANT'S NAME(S)ERIK GALEN MENENDEZ ADDRESS (PRESENT)LOS ANGELES COUNTY JAIL AGE25 BIRTHDATE11/27/70 SEXM RACEW, WHITE CITIZENSHIP STATUSU.S. BORN DAYS IN JAIL THIS CASEESTIMATED2,375 CUSTODY STATUS/RELEASE DATEJAIL (NO BAIL) DRIVER'S LICENSE/EXP DATEA2246779 COURTNW-N JUDGEWEISBERG COURT CASE NO.BA068880 HEARING DATE07/02/96 DEFENSE ATTYABRAMSON/LEVIN PROSECUTORCONN/NAJERA DPOMCMILLENB32 AREA OFFICEESFV PHONE NO(805) … Continue reading Erik Menendez probation report

Menendez brothers trials

The first Menendez brothers trial is available on the Court TV website:https://www.courttv.com/trials/ca-v-menendez-1993/ There are 121 videos. Per my calculations the 121 videos add up to 13 days 12 hours 46 minutes 50 seconds. Approximately 325 hours. 101 witnesses were called to testify. Some witnesses testified on more than one occasion. 406 exhibits were marked. The … Continue reading Menendez brothers trials

Sexual abuse evidence in the second trial

One thing I keep reading on the Internet is the assertion that Judge Weisberg did not allow sexual abuse evidence in the Menendez brothers’ second trial. I’m not going to post transcripts of the testimony here, but just give citations to the trial transcripts which can be found on the now-defunct Court TV website:https://web.archive.org/web/19961017234004/http://www.courttv.com/casefiles/menendez/transcripts/ Erik … Continue reading Sexual abuse evidence in the second trial

“Sick and embarrassing secrets”

Six weeks before she was killed Kitty Menendez told her therapist she was hiding “sick and embarrassing secrets.” A photo of the excerpt of the transcribed therapy notes can be found in Robert Rand’s book “The Menendez Murders,” and on the Photos page on his website:http://menendezmurders.com/gallery/ The excerpt reads as follows:(07/05/89) There is a notation … Continue reading “Sick and embarrassing secrets”

Photograph of Jose Menendez with his sons

This photograph was a controversial piece of evidence in the first Menendez trial. The defense claimed that the photograph showed Jose Menendez’s hand in an inappropriate position in Lyle's lap. The photograph was not introduced as evidence in the retrial. It was marked as an exhibit and a brief hearing regarding its relevance was held. … Continue reading Photograph of Jose Menendez with his sons

Miscellaneous stuff from the retrial

The entire trial transcripts can be found here:https://web.archive.org/web/19961017234004/http://www.courttv.com/casefiles/menendez/transcripts/ October 6, 1995: Judge Weisberg bans television cameras from the retrial. October 11 - 12, 1995: Opening statements made by the Prosecution, and Erik's counsel, and Lyle's counsel. October 16, 1995: Christine Nye, Beverly Hills Police Department 911 dispatcher, testifies she took the call from Lyle Menendez … Continue reading Miscellaneous stuff from the retrial

Penalty phase arguments and Sentencing

April 11, 1996Prosecution's Opening Argument (By David Conn)Erik Menendez's Opening Argument (By Barry Levin)April 12, 1996Erik Menendez's Opening Argument cont'd (By Barry Levin)Lyle Menendez's Opening Argument (By Terri Towery)Prosecution's Closing Argument (By David Conn)Erik Menendez's Closing Argument (By Barry Levin)Lyle Menendez's Closing Argument (By Charles Gessler)Jury InstructionsApril 17, 1996VerdictJuly 2, 1996Sentencing

Manslaughter instructions

A key legal issue in the Menendez brothers retrial was whether the trial court should give the jury manslaughter instructions based on "imperfect self-defense" and "heat of passion." The trial court conducted an extensive hearing on the issue after the close of evidence:February 16, 1996: Argument and ruling on manslaughter instructionsFebruary 20, 1996: Further argument … Continue reading Manslaughter instructions

Documentaries

1994. The Menendez Trial.1994. The Menendez Brothers on Trial: The Real Story. Courtroom Television Network. [103 minutes]1994. The Case Of The Menendez: The Actual Courtroom Video. Magnum Video Distributors. [120 minutes]1996. American Justice: The Menendez Murders. A&E Home Video. [50 minutes]2002. True Crime - Lyle and Erik Menendez. Time Life; Granada International. [49 minutes]2002. Dominick … Continue reading Documentaries

Books

Books1994. Ron Soble & John Johnson. Blood Brothers: The Inside Story of the Menendez Murders.1994. Don Davis. Bad Blood: The Shocking True Story Behind the Menendez Killings.1995. Lyle Menendez (as told to Norma Novelli, with Mike Walker, edited by Judith Spreckels, & conclusion by Pierce O'Donnell). The Private Diary of Lyle Menendez: In His Own … Continue reading Books

Post-conviction Legal Chronology

California Court of AppealJuly 26, 1996: Lyle and Erik's Notices of Appeal are logded.May 19, 1997: Lyle and Erik file their respective opening briefs.August 28, 1997: The Attorney General files Respondent's brief.October 22, 1997: Lyle files reply brief.October 27, 1997: Erik files reply brief.November 18, 1997: Case is orally argued and submitted.February 27, 1998: A … Continue reading Post-conviction Legal Chronology