Transcript for Menendez brothers, now in their 40s, married behind bars: Part 10
Erik and Lyle Menendez were 18 and 21 at the time that they killed their parents. At the height of the interest in the trial, both Lyle and Erik Menendez were receiving over 1,000 letters a week from people from all over the world. And they developed close friendships with the two women they married. Why on Earth would you change your whole life for Erik Menendez? He's the most sensitive, kind, I mean, he's just, he's always there for me. He worries. You know, I -- I never had that before. You realize, with all due respect, that a lot of people think you're nuts? Oh, yes. I've heard it before many times. If I just say to you, why, what do you say? My answer to that is I fell in love with him unexpectedly, and it's quite a long journey that led me to there. Have you ever had sex with Erik? No. We can hug and kiss on the way out, and hold hands during the visit. And the holding of the hands during the visit is everything. I can't offer her most of the things that another husband can, in terms of being with her physically. What I can offer her is -- is unconditional and complete devotion and love. She is everything to me. Lyle Menendez developed a friendship with a woman named Anna Erickson. I hope that we can get married someday soon. Even though it's a very limited relationship because of where we are, the exchange of love and sharing, it keeps you in touch with yourself and softer. Otherwise, you can become very hard and cold in here. Some day it might be possible for you to have children. Do you want to? I would very much like to have a family. I would feel concern for the pressures that would be on children having me as a father or Erik as a father. But an opportunity to live, give differently, and give them love and just, sort of, maybe it's a way of trying to correct some of the things that happened to us. I don't know. The marriage lasted about a year, and then Lyle Menendez married a second time to a woman who had been a pen pal, and they have a very close bond. One thing I've learned is that your physical comfort is much less important than your connection with the people around you and in your life that are important to you. I've found I can have a healthy marriage that is complicated and built around conversation and finding creative ways to communicate, sharing without any of the props that are normally there in marriage. Last October my If you're 55 and up,
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