The Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a southern California prison. Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, the California corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. Lyle Menendez was moved in February from Mule Creek state prison in northern California to the RJ Donovan correctional facility in Sand Diego after his security classification was lowered. The brothers had lived in separate housing units and would not have seen each other, Thornton said. The prison houses nearly 3, male inmates. That changed this week when Erik Menendez was moved into the same housing unit as his brother, where inmates agree to participate in educational and other rehabilitation programmes. The brothers had asked two decades ago, after they had been sentenced, to be sent to the same prison. At the time, prison officials had said they often avoided putting partners in crime together, and the Beverly Hills detective who investigated the killings argued they might conspire to escape if they were together.
Erik and Lyle Menendez are now both in the same San Diego prison.
Three years ago, shortly after Lyle and Erik Menendez were arrested in Los Angeles for the murder of their parents, I wrote about the case in Vanity Fair. I had followed the story from the day of the murders, and I had not really been shocked to read seven months later that the sons had been arrested. Despite a lot of talk that it had been a Mafia hit, people who know about such things had told me that the Mob would never have done such a messy job. And then out the door. No hit man would have been so fastidious as to stop and pick up the shell casings. And the Mafia would never have killed the wife. Jose Menendez had 6 wounds, inflicted by a guage shotgun, and Kitty Menendez had The thought that it might have been the sons first occurred to me when I saw television coverage of the memorial service for Jose and Kitty Menendez at the Directors Guild on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. There was a second memorial service a few days later in Princeton, New Jersey, where the family had once lived.
Although the brothers were not considered suspects at first, suspicions about their involvement arose when they began to spend money lavishly after the murders. During the trial, the brothers alleged that they committed the murders because of years of sexual and emotional abuse that they suffered at the hands of their parents, particularly their father. They were first tried separately, with one jury for each brother. Both juries deadlocked, which resulted in a mistrial. For the second trial, they were tried together by the same jury, which found them guilty, and as a result, they were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. At age 16, he moved to the United States after the Cuban Revolution. She was shot in the leg while running toward the hallway, causing her to slip on her own blood and fall, and was then shot several times in the arm, chest, and face, leaving her unrecognizable. When they returned home later that night, Lyle called and shouted "Someone killed my parents! The police did not order the brothers to go through gunshot residue tests to find out whether they had recently used a firearm,  since a lack of evidence prevented them from looking into the brothers more thoroughly.
Those stupid sweaters. The two handsome young men wore to court what one might wear to cocktail hour at the country club, as if they were chilly after a tennis match. Maybe they were trying to look younger, or more wholesome, or otherwise less capable of murdering their parents. Instead, their sartorial choices only chiseled out their own caricature: the spoiled rich boys who thought they could get away with anything.