The Menendez Murders book review

I just finished reading my advance review copy of Robert Rand’s book, and I have to say, the courtroom scenes send me back 25 years. The dialogue is verbatim, and I can see the trial participants and hear their voices in my mind as I read. It’s a great companion to my book — the journalist’s point of view vs. the juror’s — including explicit crime and testimony details, Menendez family Cuban history, and behind the scenes goings-on. It also foreshadows events yet to come in this never-ending story!

Robert Rand has covered the case from the beginning and is the only journalist who attended both trials in their entirety. He interviewed Lyle and Erik before they were suspects, after they were arrested, and has spoken to them many times since. He earned the trust of the family, and interviewed hundreds of people connected with the case, including myself. We sat across the courtroom from one another during the first trial and saw all of the evidence first hand.

We agree that the verdict should have been manslaughter, not murder, and that the second trial was a travesty of justice. Robert has spent the time required to understand this complicated case and present it in an unbiased, factual, compelling manner.

This book tells the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Hazel Thornton
Author of Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror

August 16, 2018

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