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Menendez Brothers Murder Their Parents

722 North Elm, Los Angeles, CA
Joseph Lyle (Lyle) Menendez (born January 10, 1968) and brother Erik Galen (Erik) Menendez (born November 27, 1971) were convicted in a highly publicized trial for the shotgun murders of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, residents of Beverly Hills, California.

The murders occurred on August 20, 1989, in the den of the family's 722 Elm Drive home in Beverly Hills. The brothers then drove off and dumped their shotguns on Mulholland Drive and bought tickets at a local movie theater to use as an alibi. When the brothers returned home, Lyle called 911 and cried, "Somebody killed my parents!" In the following months, the brothers led a life of luxury and lavish spending, adding to investigators' suspicions that they were involved in their parents' deaths. Prosecutors later alleged that the brothers spent about $1 million in their first six months as orphans. On December 8, 1992, the Menendez brothers were indicted by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury on charges that they murdered their parents.

The Menendez brothers and the murder of their parents became a national sensation when the new television network Court TV broadcast the trial in 1993. The younger brother's defense attorney, Leslie Abramson, vaulted to fame with her flamboyant defense, alleging that the brothers were driven to murder by a lifetime of abuse from their parents, including sexual abuse from father Jose. Despite the competent defense, the past criminal records of the brothers stood in contrast to the "escape from parental abuse" theory. The trial ended in two deadlocked juries (while the brothers were tried together, each had a separate jury). After a less publicized second trial, both brothers were convicted of two counts of first degree murder, plus conspiracy to commit murder.
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