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The Menendez Murders : The Shocking Untold Story of the Menendez Family and the Killings that Stunned the Nation

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


A successful entertainment executive making $2 million a year. His former beauty queen wife. Their two sons on the fast track to success. But it was all a facade.


The Menendez saga has captivated the American public 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 later, 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 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.


Journalist Robert Rand, who originally reported on the case for the Miami Herald and Playboy, has followed the Menendez murders from the beginning and has continued investigating and interviewing key sources for 28 years. Rand is the only reporter who covered the original investigation as well as both trials. With unparalleled access to the Menendez family and their history, including interviews with both brothers before and after their arrest, Rand has uncovered extraordinary details that certainly would have changed the fate of the brothers' first-degree murder conviction and sentencing to life without parole.


In The Menendez Murders: The Shocking Untold Story of the Menedez Family and the Killings That Stunned the Nation, Rand shares these intimate, never-before-revealed findings, including a deeply disturbing history of child abuse and sexual molestation in the Menendez family going back generations, and the shocking admission O.J. Simpson made to one of the Menendez brothers when they were inmates at the L.A. County Men's Central Jail.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Dallas, United States
  • English
  • Photos
  • 1946885266
  • 9781946885265
  • 36,122

Table of contents

Contents


Part I: Murder in Beverly Hills


Chapter 1: Nightmare on Elm Drive


Chapter 2: No Suspect(s). No Weapon(s).


Chapter 3: Living in Fear-Hollywood and the Mob


Chapter 4: A Family Mourns


Chapter 5: The Investigation Begins


Chapter 6: Millionaire Orphans


Chapter 7: Who Killed the Next Senator from Florida?


Part II: The Parents: Jose and Kitty


Chapter 8: The Menendezes of Havana


Chapter 9: True Love


Chapter 10: The American Dream


Part III: "The Boys": Erik and Lyle


Chapter 11: A Close-Knit Family?


Chapter 12: Growing Up Menendez


Chapter 13: Hertz Man


Part IV: California Dreaming


Chapter 14: Inconvenient Women


Chapter 15: Troubled Sons


Chapter 16: Kitty's World


Chapter 17: Friends


Chapter 18: Princeton


Chapter 19: Exposed Secrets


Chapter 20: Choices and Fears


Chapter 21: Kill or Be Killed


Chapter 22: What Have We Done?


Part V: Jerry and Judalon


Chapter 23: A Fateful Meeting


Chapter 24: The Confession


Chapter 25: November 2, 1989


Chapter 26: "Don't Go to the Cops!"


Part VI: Closing In


Chapter 27: One Night in Malibu


Chapter 28: The Oziels-She Held Us Hostage


Chapter 29: The Informant-Judalon Smyth


Chapter 30: The BHPD Search Warrant


Part VII: Who Knows What Goes On Within a Family?


Chapter 31: The Arrest-Inside the Beverly Hills Bunker


Chapter 32: First-Degree Murder


Chapter 33: Unanswered Questions


Part VIII: Trial by Media


Chapter 34: The Escape Attempt


Chapter 35: Judalon Goes Public


Chapter 36: "Now We Can't Succeed"


Part IX: Trial By Two Juries


Chapter 37: Showtime-Opening Statements


Chapter 38: The Prosecution-Guiltier than Sin?


Chapter 39: I Don't Recall-Donovan Goodreau


Chapter 40: Trial Within a Trial-Dr. Leon Jerome Oziel


Chapter 41: The Prosecution Rests


Chapter 42: The Defense


Chapter 43: Sisters in Conflict


Chapter 44: A Compelling Witness


Chapter 45: Lyle's Cross Examination


Chapter 46: Strange Sins-Erik Testifies


Chapter 47: The Return of Donovan Goodreau


Chapter 48: The Therapy Experts


Chapter 49: More Family Secrets Revealed


Chapter 50: Privilege Denied-The "Therapy Tape"


Chapter 51: The Soap Opera of Judalon Smyth


Chapter 52: Don't Turn Away from the Pain


Chapter 53: Choose Your Victim


Chapter 54: Mistrials


Part X: Aftermath


Chapter 55: Erik, Lyle, and O.J.


Chapter 56: The Second Trial


Chapter 57: Defense on the Ropes


Chapter 58: The Verdicts-Life or Death?


Chapter 59: LWOP and a Wedding


Chapter 60: Erik and Andy Cano-The Letter


Epilogue


Acknowledgments


About the Author
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About Robert Rand

Robert Rand is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who works in TV, print, and digital media. He began covering the Menendez brothers case for the Miami Herald the day after the killings on August 21, 1989. He was in court daily for both trials and provided analysis for Court TV, ABC, and CBS News. In March 1991, Playboy published Rand's article "The Killing of Jose Menendez." The 14,000-word story was the longest article ever published by Playboy. Rand's print work includes stories contributed to People, The Guardian, Stern, Grazia, and Tropic, the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald. He covered the William Kennedy Smith rape trial for Paris Match.


In July 2016, Rand was hired by Wolf Films as a consultant working on the development of the NBC eight-hour limited series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which aired in the fall of 2017. Rand's unpublished manuscript of The Menendez Murders provided the primary source material for the series.


Rand has appeared as the primary interview in dozens of documentaries about the Menendez case, including ABC 20/20's "Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers" and Dateline NBC's "Unthinkable: The Menendez Murders," which both aired in 2017.


Rand was awarded a Los Angeles Emmy Award for two years of stories at KCOP-TV in L.A. about an illegal immigrant who was wrongly convicted. The stories resulted in the overturning of a ten-year-old conviction and the release of the man from jail. He was a member of the Special Assignment investigative reporting group at CBS 2 in L.A. and the I-Team at KYW TV (Philadelphia) that won a Columbia-DuPont Silver Baton Award for a year-long series about wealthy property tax dodgers.
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