Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Menendez Brothers


There are several books that deal with the first trial in the Menendez case:

Davis, Don.Bad Blood: The Shocking True Story behind the Menendez Killings.

Soble, Ronald L. and John Johnson. Blood Brothers: The inside Story of the Menendez Murders

Menendez, Lyle, Novelli, Norma, and Mike Walter. The Private Diary of Lyle Menendez: In His Own Words. Dove Books, 1995. This book is based on conversations between Lyle Menendez and Norma Novelli, a woman who befriended Lyle when he was in the Los Angeles County Men's Jail.

Thornton, HazelHung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror. Thornton was a juror on Erik Menendez's jury and her book discusses the gender division that occurred on the jury and resulted in a hung jury.

Mones, Paul. When A Child Kills: Abused Children Who Kill Their Parents. Pocket Books, 1995. Mones was a consultant on the first Menendez trial. This book provides information on the defense strategy utilized in both trials.

Dershowitz, Alan. The Abuse Excuse and Other Cop-Outs, Sob Stories and Evasions of Responsibility. Little, Brown & Company, 1995. This book contains a chapter on the Menendez brothers' use of the "abuse excuse". Dershowitz argues that failure to hold people responsible for their criminal actions is against the fundamental principle of personal responsibility.

Information about the crimes, trials and attorneys of the Menendez brothers can be found in the Los Angeles Times and on the Court TV Internet site.

From 1993-1996, Dominick Dunne wrote a series of articles about the crimes and trials of the Menendez brothers that appeared in Vanity Fair Magazine.


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