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Menendez Double Murder Family Home- Beverly Hills, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member calgriz
N 34° 05.071 W 118° 24.187
11S E 370549 N 3772414
Quick Description: The infamous Menendez mutliple murders residence.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 6:32:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM826C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

In August of 1989, brothers Lyle & Erik Menendez murdered their parents, Kitty & Jose Menendez, The Menendez brothers admitted in court murdering their parents with multiple shotgun blasts while their parents were watching TV and eating ice cream,

The juries in the first trials of their cases were deadlocked - but a new jury found them both guilty of first degree murder. The murders were the subject of two 1994 made-for-TV movies: "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills" and "Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders." The Menendez brothers grew up in Blackwood, New Jersey, both attended Princeton Day School for grade school, and Lyle attended Princeton University. Lyle was placed on academic probation at Princeton for poor grades and disciplinary probation, and eventually dropped out after allegations of plagiarism.

The murders occurred on August 20, 1989, in the den of the family's 722 Elm Drive home in Beverly Hills. Jose and Kitty were tired that summer evening as the family had been out shark fishing on a chartered yacht Motion Picture Marine until midnight the previous day. With Lyle and Erik out for the evening both Jose and Kitty retired to the den to watch the James Bond thriller The Spy Who Loved Me. At around 10pm the neighbors reported hearing what sounded like firecrackers. The noise was dismissed by neighbors as nothing concerning. Jose was shot point blank in the back of the head with a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. Kitty awakened by the shots sprang from the couch and made a run for the hallway but was shot in the leg causing it to break. She then slipped in her own blood that ran down her leg and when she fell she was then shot several times in the arm, chest and face leaving her unrecognizable. They were then both shot in the kneecap to make the crime to appear mob related. The brothers then drove off and dumped their shotguns on Mulholland Drive and bought tickets at a local movie theater, seeing the movie Batman to use as an alibi. Then at 11:47 pm when the brothers returned home, Lyle called 911 and cried, "Somebody killed my parents!" Initially, the police did not consider the brothers as suspects. At their trial, Erik said he spotted a shotgun shell they had left on the floor, and removed it when the policeman talking to him looked away. Security at 722 North Elm Drive was of a high standard. The Mediterranean mansion was rented to the likes of Prince and Elton John. Jose frequently left the alarm system off and the gates open even after his Mercedes-Benz 560SEL was stolen from the front circular driveway of the house just weeks before the murders. Kitty on the other hand was agitated leading up to the murders. Constantly locking her bedroom door at night and keeping a rifle in her wardrobe for safe keeping. It was clear that something was troubling her. Kitty did mention to her psychiatrist a few weeks before she was murdered that she feared her sons may be sociopaths.

Date of crime: 8/20/1989

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