NBC To Dramatize Menendez Brothers Murders In 'Law & Order: True Crime' Spinoff

The making of two murderers, if you will.
Erik Menendez and his brother Lyle pictured in court on August 12, 1991.
Erik Menendez and his brother Lyle pictured in court on August 12, 1991.

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In 1989, two brothers from Beverly Hills killed their wealthy parents in a gruesome dual murder. This is their story. And soon, you can watch actors recreate the crime on TV. 

NBC has ordered a true crime spinoff of the long-running drama “Law and Order,” to be called “Law & Order: True Crime - The Menendez Brothers.” The first season of the anthology series will reportedly focus on the brothers’ notorious trial, according to Entertainment Weekly, with eight hourlong episodes to be executive-produced by Dick Wolf and written by “Law & Order” veteran René Balcer.

“Rene and I have been working together over the past three decades and he is one of a handful of truly great showrunners with whom I’ve worked,” Wolf said in a statement. “‘Law & Order’ won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series under his watch.”

Following a highly publicized trial in the early ‘90s, Lyle and Erick Menendez were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The brothers, who were 18 and 21 when the murders occurred, claimed they had been sexually and verbally abused by their parents. 

The 1994 television film “Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills” previously tackled the controversial killings, but considering the popularity of series like “Making a Murderer” and “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” this seems like an open-and-shut case. 



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