Hazel’s Top Menendez Media Picks

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

Sadly, almost everything produced in the ’90s 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 (from the ’90s).

Most do not devote enough time for the Menendez media consumer to get the full, accurate picture of what really happened (and not enough time for the production teams to get everything right, either).

Here are my favorites:

Books

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

The Menendez Murders by Robert Rand

Documentaries

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 are that I got to say some things that went beyond the jury room deliberations, which producers usually cut out.)

Dramatizations

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.

NOTE 2: If you want to know which actress is playing Juror Hazel in Episodes 5, 6, and (more importantly) 7, click here for photo album.

Podcasts

Getting Off Podcast

(Currently available only with Spotify subscription, but episode descriptions are free.)

Episodes 86 & 87 (hosts Jessa & Nick)

Episodes 93 & 94 (guest = me)

Episodes 125 & 126 (guest = Robert Rand)

Complete First Trial Courtroom Videos

CA v. Menendez (1993) — Court TV Trials on Demand (finally released in 2020)

Hard to believe that after all these years people — many of whom hadn’t been born yet in 1993-4) are watching the whole first trial!

Websites

MenendezJuror.com

MenendezMurders.com

 

 

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