When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.
In the opener of this 'True Crime' series, the story of Lyle and Erik Menendez who were convicted of murdering their parents.
Comments Lyle makes about his parents come back to haunt him when detectives begin interviewing the brother's friends. Erik is overcome with guilt and makes a shocking confession to his psychologist.
With the boys in custody on murder charges, the defense attorney is looking for a motive. Meanwhile, the prosecution goes after the psychiatrist to release his audio notes from his sessions with Lyle and Erik.
After admitting to the murders, Erik and Lyle begin to divulge details of the psychological and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of their parents. Also, Pam Ferrero faces increasing pressure from the D.A.'s office.
The trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez gets underway. Before the trial begins, Judge Weisberg grants a petition allowing the court proceedings to be broadcast on television.
The jury hears from the brothers for the first time when they testify in court, recounting in detail the years of sexual abuse that led them to fear for their lives.
With Lyle and Erik's juries both struggling to reach a unanimous decision, the possibility of a mistrial leaves Leslie hopeful for the opportunity to work out a deal with the D.A.'s office.