You thought you hated your parents. The crimes committed by Lyle and Erik Menendez took teenage angst to terrifying levels when they shot and killed mom and their dad, in one of the most brutal, high-profile crimes in American history. The Menendez brothers' homicides at a posh Beverly Hills mansion rattled the nation and thrust the uncomfortable topic of sexual abuse into the national spotlight. Now serving life in prison, the brothers will never see each other or the free world again.
Kitty Menendez Died In Agony After Being Shot Ten Times
The Menendez brothers attacked their parents while their mother rested her head on her father's lap. The two were watching a James Bond movie on television when Lyle Melendez fired the first shots at Jose Menendez, one to his arm and another to the back of his head. They continued to fire away, sending blood and body parts flying everywhere inside the den. Jose Menendez died almost instantly from the shot to the back of the head, but Kitty Menendez suffered ten shots to the legs, arms, chest, and face.
In a particularly gruesome detail, the brothers actually had to leave the den where the shooting took place and retrieve more bullets from their car to reload. Erik then mercilessly delivered the final shot to the face as his mother looked at him. The blast obliterated her left eye and her nose, leaving the former beauty queen unrecognizable.
Lyle Menendez Nearly Decapitated His Father With A Gunshot To The Head
Lyle Menendez fired his shotgun into the back of his father's head, killing him instantly. Jose Menendez never saw his killers and was never aware that his sons were shooting him execution-style. The force of the shot nearly decapitated him.
The Menendez Brothers Claimed Their Dad Assaulted Them
Two juries (one for Erik and one for Lyle) both deadlocked during the first trial, largely because of the defense's controversial allegation that Jose Menendez sexually molested both boys from an early age. The molestation allegations were heinous. According to the brothers, the elder Menendez forced his sons to perform oral sex on him, among other disgusting acts. Lyle Menendez said his father repeatedly raped him, sneaking into his room in the middle of the night.
Lyle Melendez Admitted To Molesting His Younger Brother, Erik Menendez
The sordid Menendez house of horrors turned even more sinister when Lyle Menendez testified on the witness stand that he had molested his younger brother, Erik, repeating some of the terrible acts that his father perpetrated on him. Lyle said he took Erik into the woods and used a toothbrush to molest him. Both Menendez brothers were in tears, along with most people in the courtroom, at the shocking revelation.