Lyle Menendez was born to a Cuban-American business executive, Jose Menendez, and a schoolteacher, Kitty Menendez. After his birth, his mother became a full-time homemaker and his father immediately set about making sure his oldest son was even more successful in business then he was and give him a good name in the process. In achieving that goal, Jose became a stern, domineering, perfectionist father who controlled what Lyle Menendez would eat, who he could associate with, what books and television show he was exposed to, and even tried to control his thoughts. Starting in grade school, Jose would question him about current events at the dinner table and berate him for unsatisfactory answers. His mother supported his father’s methods, and in addition, was subject to dramatic mood swings that her sons had to endure.
The pressure took a toll on Lyle Menendez, who developed a bed-wetting problem at the age of 14 and suffered from insomnia. He also came to have a fierce temper. In high school, his father ordered him to find a sport at which to excel, one that didn’t involve being on a team. Lyle chose tennis and was the highest-ranked member of the tennis squad. His grades were only average, however, which caused further tension at home. After graduating high school he was rejected by Princeton University and attended a local community college. He fell in love with a girl and wanted to open a restaurant, but his parents disapproved and their interfering ended the romance, engendering enormous resentment in Lyle Menendez.
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The prosecution had accused the brothers of committing the crime out of greed, which they denied, citing self-defense after a lifetime of abuse as their explanation, though the claims were never able to be proven. Also, as far as Lyle and Erik knew, they had even been written out of their father’s will (this was not the case).
However, after the murder of their parents Jose and Kitty, the brothers received an insurance payout to the tune of $650,000 and spent money flagrantly on clothes, cars, and real estate. The Menendez family net worth was calculated by Marta Menéndez Cano, Jose’s sister, who was a financial planner. Later on, she claimed the net worth was actually less than the $8-14 million figure she had initially put forth because the estate had not yet been probated. After the multiple trials and legal fees, as well as taxes, the estate decreased to $800,000 and even that number was eventually demolished by debt. Their remaining assets were two homes, one in Beverly Hills (which was sold) and one in Calabasas.
Lyle And Erik Menendez: Story Behind The Murder Of Their Parents
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On August 20, 1989, Jose and Kitty Menendez were shot to death in their Beverly Hills home. Lyle called the police to report the murders, nearly two hours after they had taken place. However, although the brothers were distraught that night, their behavior over the next few months hardly suggested they were in mourning. They quickly blew through some of the family’s fortune, with Lyle buying himself a Rolex watch and a Porsche sports car, among other high-ticket items.
The reality of their crimes, however, weighed heavily on his brother. Erik Menendez confessed to the killings to his therapist, L. Jerome Oziel, and Lyle later met with both of them to discuss the situation. Lyle reportedly threatened to kill the therapist if he relayed the information to anyone else; however, Dr. Oziel did tell his girlfriend, who alerted authorities, and the Menendez brothers were eventually arrested in March 1990.
Brothers: Lyle And Erik Menendez
The elder son, Lyle, was born Joseph Lyle on 10 January 1968 and his brother, Erik Galen, arrived nearly three years later, on 27 November 1971. Their father, Jose, from Havana, Cuba, was a well-known football player, who, at age 16, moved with his family from Cuba to America in 1960 when Fidel Castro came to power. Mother, Kitty, three years older than Jose, was from Oak Lawn, Chicago. The couple met in 1962, whilst students at Southern Illinois University. The attraction was instant despite the difference.
When Kitty graduated, José dropped out of university and they eloped in 1963, moving to New York City. Jose transferred to Queens College and Kitty found work teaching at an elementary school. Jose graduated in 1969 as a Certified Public Accountant and began work for international accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand. The family moved first to Illinois and then to New Jersey, where Erik was born and Kitty became a full-time mother.
On the evening of August 20, 1989, Jose and Kitty were sitting on a couch in the den of their house in Beverly Hills when Lyle and Erik entered the den carrying shotguns. Jose was shot in the back of the head with a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. Kitty was awakened by the shots and got up from the couch. She was shot in the leg while running toward the hallway, causing her to slip on her own blood and fall, and was then shot several times in the arm, chest, and face, leaving her unrecognizable. Both Jose and Kitty were also shot in the kneecaps in an attempt to make the murders appear connected to organized crime.
When they returned home later that night, Lyle called 9-1-1 and shouted: “Someone killed my parents!” When the police came, the brothers told them that they went to the theater to see the movie Batman and then to the annual “Taste of L.A.” festival at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium during the murders, but they did not order the brothers to go through gunshot residue tests to find out whether they had recently used a firearm since a lack of evidence prevented them from looking into the brothers more thoroughly. In the months after the murders, the brothers began to spend money lavishly, adding to suspicions that they were somehow involved in the murders of their parents.
Lyle bought a Rolex watch, a Porsche Carrera, and Chuck’s Spring Street Cafe, a Buffalo wing restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey while Erik hired a full-time tennis coach and competed in a series of tournaments in Israel. They eventually left the family mansion unoccupied, as they decided to live in adjoining condos in nearby Marina del Rey. They also drove around Los Angeles in their deceased mother’s Mercedes-Benz SL convertible, dined expensively, and went on overseas trips to the Caribbean and London. It is believed that they spent somewhere around $700,000 during the time period between the murders and their arrests.
How Many Years Did Lyle And Erik Menendez Get?
Both Brothers Were Eventually Convicted Of Two Counts Of First-degree Murder And Conspiracy To Commit Murder, And In The Penalty Phase Of The Trial, They Were Sentenced To Life In Prison Without The Possibility Of Parole.
What Was Jose Menendez Net Worth?
What Was The Menéndez Family’s Net Worth? In 1993, Several Years After The Crime, The Family’s Net Worth Was Estimated To Be Around $8 Million, With A Gross Of $14 Million.
How Old Are The Menendez Brothers Today?
It’s Been 28 Years Since The Murders Took Place. This Makes Lyle 49 Years Old And Erik 46 Years Old In 2017. As Reported By People, The Prosecution’s Theory Was That The Brothers Had Killed Their Parents Solely Out Of Greed.
Where Are Lyle And Erik Menendez?
In February 2018, Lyle Menendez Transferred From Mule Creek State Prison In Northern California To R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility In San Diego, Where His Brother Was Incarcerated.