Transcript for Lyle Menendez Speaks Out About Parents' Murder
We begin with an ABC news exclusive. An unprecedented look at a murder case that rocked a generation. Two Beverly hill brothers, Eric and Lyle Menendez, convicted of killing their wealthy parents in a grisly double murder. A case that our Terry Moran has covered. From the very start. I have. It's case that has haunted me all these years since I covered it as a young reporter. It grabbed hole of me and never let go. The trial at the time, the crime of the century. It had all the ingredients. Murder in Beverly hills. A family shattered in the most horrifying way. As the case unfolded, shocking accusations of what was really going on in that home. The victims Jose Menendez, a Cuban immigrant to this country, who made good, becoming a corporate chieftain on both coasts. His wife, kitty who seemed an all-American wife and mom. They seemed to visit all. Their sons, Lyle, 21 at the time of the crime, and Eric, 18, good-looking, outgoing young guys. Star tennis players. They had the brightest of futures ahead. Behind the closed doors, it was a cauldron of lies and secrets. August 20, 1989, it all boiled over. Jose and kitty brutally murdered. Shockingly, Lyle and Eric, their sons, arrested for the crime. In the documentary, we gather so many of the voices. Rehear from Lyle Menendez, by phone, from prison. My name is Lyle Menendez. I've been in prison for 26 years. I am the kid that did kill his parent. And no river of tears has changed that and no amount of regret has changed it. Beverly hills is a quiet town. Even the business district kind of folds up at 7:00. We average two murders a year. And, really, don't know what you're in for when you get a murder call. What's the problem? Someone killed my parents. Where they shot? Yes. 12 shots in the middle of Beverly hills on Sunday night and no one calls the police. We're waiting at the house, no one shows up. And I still can't believe it. I'm sitting on the stairs afterwards thinking the police will be there in seconds. They've got roving patrols. Many, many people heard the shots. Many neighbors came in and said they heard the shots. But nobody called because they figured this is Beverly hills. It doesn't happen in Beverly hills. You call the police. At that point, you had already decided -- We were stunned. We felt that we would go to jail, obviously. And we -- it was a selfish reason to just not want to have to go through that. By this intersection, I could see the police tape and the police cars. In front of the Menendez house. As we walked in the front door, the only thing I could detect is the silence. And then in the back of the foyer was this library/family room, which is where the murder occurred. The television was on. So it was just a Normal evening for them. Kitty was wearing white. She was covered in blood. Jose had a shotgun blast to the back of his head. It was -- uh -- really horrendous. When Jose and kitty were found dead, the police didn't do what they normally do in case like that. There are things that could have been done that night that would have proven that they were the killers. The murder weapons were in their car. Nobody bothered to look. At the time, we felt they were victims. You're not going to press them because their parents just got blown away. I remember it was the morning after the murder. I pulled up to the house. And then all of the sudden, my car door slammed open. And Eric jumped in. And scared the hell out of me. Frantically said to me that they needed my husband's legal help. I said, Eric, what is going on here? He says, Mr. Wright, my parents were murdered last night. And I said, what? He was not sad, not crying. No emotion whatsoever. Who would think of legal advice to day of your parents' murder? Unless you're guilty. But the real issue in the case wasn't who did it. They quickly confessed after they were arrested. The question is, why did they kill their parents? What they said about that in court. Claims of a life of abuse, including sexual abuse at the hands of their father. That shocked the country. Triggered a national debate. That interview with Barbara Walters in 1995, that is the last time they saw each other. If the penal system works, they'll never see each other again. You said from the beginning. This has stayed with you all of these years. It was so emotional. If you remember. Their testimony about this. Their claims that this family was actually a toxic cauldron that they livid in all those years. And to be in that room where they told the story of their lifetime of abuse, which many people didn't believe. Some people did. It was -- it was haunting. It really was. We'll hear some things we haven't heard before? Indeed. It's good work. Take care of that cold, Terry. Truth and lice, the Menendez brothers, airs tomorrow. Coming up on the big board,
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