Hazel’s Top Menendez Media Picks

The past 30 years have resulted in a plethora of Menendez news stories, documentaries, dramatizations, podcasts, articles, and books.

However, most of the media from the ’90s are prosecution-biased, serving only to perpetuate the “greedy rich kids” narrative. And most of the ones from recent years (even shows for which I was interviewed) rely heavily on material that already exists (from the ’90s). They do not devote enough time for the media consumer to get the full, accurate picture of what really happened (and for the production team to get everything right).

Here’s what I actually recommend:


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)

This one has a few redeeming moments: Truth and Lies (ABC, January 2017)

Episode 4 of “The Crimes That Changed Us” series (ID Investigation Discovery, 2020)


Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC, 8 episodes)

That’s all. None of the 2-hour movies tell the complete story, including how the second trial went so wrong.


Getting Off Podcast: Episodes 86 & 87 (hosts Jessa & Nick), Episodes 93 & 94 (guest = me), Episodes 125 & 126 (guest = Robert Rand)

Complete First Trial Courtroom Video

CA v. Menendez (1993) — Court TV Trials on Demand (finally released in 2019)





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