The past 30 years have produced a plethora of Menendez news stories, documentaries, dramatizations, podcasts, articles, and books.
Sadly, almost everything produced in the 1990s is heavily prosecution-biased, serving only to perpetuate the “greedy rich kids” narrative. And almost everything from recent years (even shows for which I was interviewed) draws heavily on material that already existed and is Google-able (from the ’90s).
Most do not devote enough time for the serious Menendez media consumer to get the full, accurate picture of what really happened. (Production companies are not allowed enough time to get all the “facts” right, either).
Here are my favorites:
Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror by Hazel Thornton
The Menendez Murders by Robert Rand
Erik Tells All (5-part A&E series, December 2017)
And these two have some redeeming moments:
Truth and Lies (ABC, January 2017) — Redeeming moments include journalist Terry Moran’s explanation of why he thinks the brothers were telling the truth, and prosecutor Pam Bozanich admitting, “One kid killing his parents is a bad seed—two kids killing their parents is a bad family.”)
Episode 4 (“The Crimes That Changed Us” series, ID Investigation Discovery, 2020) — Redeeming moments for me, personally, are that I got to say some things that went beyond the jury room deliberations, things which producers usually cut out.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC, 8 episodes)
NOTE 1: All of the 2-hour movies are prosecution-biased and none of them tells the whole story, including taking the defense seriously and explaining how unfair the second trial was. LOTC takes its time. It really does take 8 episodes to tell the whole story! (And the story is not over…)
NOTE 2: If you want to know which actress is playing Juror Hazel in Episodes 5, 6, and (most importantly) 7, click here to view photo album!
(Currently available on Spotify. Click link for free episode descriptions.)
Episodes 86 & 87 (hosts Jessa & Nick)
Episodes 93 & 94 (with guest Hazel Thornton)
Episodes 125 & 126 (with guest Robert Rand)
Complete First Trial Courtroom Videos
CA v. Menendez (1993) — Court TV Trials on Demand (finally released in 2020)
It’s hard to believe that, after all these years, people — many of whom hadn’t been born yet in 1993-4 — are watching the entire first trial!
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