Lyle and Erik Menendez are serving their life sentences in prison together in California today. The Menendez brothers were each married in prison, and they remain married in 2021.
Erik Menendez is 50 now, and Lyle Menendez is 53. The Menendez brothers were at the center of the sensationalized 1989 murder of their parents, Jose and Mary “Kitty” Menendez. The gruesome murder left them barely recognizable, and the brothers’ claims that they suffered serious sexual abuse at the hands of their father resulted in a hung jury for each of them during their first separately held trials, Biography reported.
Decades later, a new generation is questioning the guilt of Erik and Lyle Menendez, who were later convicted and sentenced to life without parole. TikTok users flooded the social media platform with videos, saying they believe the Menendez brothers are innocent. ABC 20/20 is digging into the case with an episode airing at 9 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 2, 2021. The episode includes a new, exclusive interview with Lyle Menendez.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Menendez Brothers Are Incarcerated Together at the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego
How TikTok put the Menendez brothers back in the spotlight https://t.co/yvUA7lXOMf pic.twitter.com/PiQLG2BzEo
— New York Post (@nypost) April 2, 2021
The Menendez brothers were separated at different California prisons for decades, but that changed three years ago when the California Department of Corrections agreed to house them together. They are both serving life in prison without the possibility of parole at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to the California Department of Corrections inmate search.
Here is Erik Menendez’s prison record:
The brothers worked for years to be moved to the same facility. On Valentine’s Day in 2018, Lyle Menendez announced through a Facebook page they would be reunited.
As most of you know, my brother and I have been separated for almost 22 years—captured so tragically on Law & Order. We have been working for the past 6 years to get the Corrections Department to place us together. I have requested to be transferred to San Diego to be with Erik. It has been a long torturous ordeal but never did I feel hopeless.
I am very grateful to announce that on Monday the request was finally granted. Erik and …read more