What is the new Hulu documentary on Lyle and Erik Menendez?

THE Menendez brothers shocked the nation when they went on trial in 1993 for the murder of their parents.

The trial was one of the first high-profile cases to be broadcast on Court TV and has been credited with helping to create the modern era of true crime.

What is the new Hulu documentary on Lyle and Erik Menendez?

The new 20/20 special focuses on the Menendez brothers and their new wave of unlikely supporters, Gen Z.

TikTok and Instagram have seen a flurry of posts supporting the release of the brothers who first made headlines 31 years ago.

In 2017, A&E released “The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All” which included interviews with Erik where he discussed his abuse in-depth.

The docu-series began streaming on Hulu in 2019 and has created a of resurgence of interest in the case.

Robert Rand, who covered the Menendez trial as a reporter began to notice an increase in traffic to his website MenendezMurders.com at the end of 2020.

Google Trends also shows a spike in interest as searches for “Menendez brothers” rose in mid-December of 2020.

As Gen Z began to learn about the case they took to social media, TikTok and Instagram mostly, to share their support of the brothers and advocate for their release from lifetime prison sentence citing their abuse claims.

This new two hour special digs into this new generation of supporters and features a new interview with Lyle.

What Did The Menendez Brothers Do?

Lyle and Erik Menendez were convicted in 1996 for the murder of their parents Jose and Mary "Kitty" Menendez when they were in their early 20s.

On August 20, 1989, Lyle and Erik entered the den in their Beverly Hills mansion carrying shotguns and shot their parents several times.

José was shot in the back of the head while sitting on the couch and Kitty was shot in the leg while running toward the hallway when she slipped on her own blood and fell.

She was then shot several times in the arm, chest, and face, leaving her unrecognizable.

The brothers also shot their parents in the kneecaps trying to make the murders look like they were connected to organized crime.

The prosecution claimed the brothers were motivated by their inheritance while the defense argued that they were victims of sexual and emotional abuse.

Lyle and Erik both gave alibis and were not considered suspects until months after the murders when they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of their inheritance.

Lyle bought a Rolex watch, a Porsche Carrera, and a Buffalo wing restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey, while Erik hired himself a full-time tennis coach and traveled to Israel to compete in tournaments. 

They continued to drive around in their mother's Mercedes-Benz SL convertible, bought new condos, went to expensive dinners, and lavish vacations spending somewhere an estimated $700,000 during the period between the murders and their arrests.

The brothers were eventually wiretapped and recorded admitting their crimes to psychologist Jerome Ozie and were tried in court three years after the murders.

The brothers were eventually sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole in 1996.

How can I watch the new Hulu documentary on Lyle and Erik Menendez?

The ABC special originally aired April 2 at 9 pm EST and is now streaming on-demand and on Hulu.

You can catch up on the story with "The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All” also on Hulu.

Video of the full trial from 1993 can be found on YouTube.

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