Lyle and Erik Menendez's Lives Behind Bars: Part 2

The brothers were convicted of first-degree murder for killing their parents in 1996 and were sent to separate prisons.
3:38 | 01/06/17

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Very quickly as you get older, each secret you just closet it away. Closet it away. It's like that's the only way you can survive it. Lyle Menendez and his brother Erik both guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Every mother's day, I think about kitty Menendez. What they did to their mother was horrific. Pure unadulterated evil. Tonight, Lyle reflecting on what he says was a childhood of abuse that brought him and his brother to the point of murdering their mother and father. Obviously I have a different view of him now than I did as a teenager. It's easier to look back on him as a monstrous person now, but, you know, obviously he was very disturbed. I loved him, there's no question about it. Reporter: Tonight, I spoke with my colleague, Tory Moran, who covered the brothers' trials. Each of them when they were little boys, had reached out to someone and said, my dad is touching me. And those witnesses took the stand. And yet, I think today we're a different society. And we would look at boys claiming abuse perhaps differently. I have thought for years if the Menendez brothers were the Menendez sisters, they'd be free today. Not because the defense would have worked necessarily. They still went and bought shot guns three days in a advance and blew away their parents, but because juries sometimes hear the evidence of abuse and knock down the charge a peg or two. Do you have sadness? A lot of reflection and certainly you feel the loss of freedom deeply, but I feel like there's a lot of purpose. There's still a lot of purpose in life even in confinement, if you want it. I got to know Lyle Menendez during the trial. Used to call me from the L.A. County jail in my hotel room, to talk about the trial at night. And I found him, not surprising at that time, to be very smart, but kinda sinister, cold, cunning intelligence. Listening to him from prison now, I hear a very different voice. I hear somebody who has reckoned with what he has done. Reporter: The brothers have managed to find close relationships. Lyle first marrying in 1996, and a second time in 2003. Erik too got married in 1999. The brothers have spent 27 years behind bars. Everyone who is watching is wondering, will the Menendez brothers ever be free? And the answer to that is almost certainly no. All their appeals have been turned down. They really don't have any legal options anymore. The only possible hope is that some future governor of California could commute their sentence, but that is almost certainly not going to happen. They are going to die in prison. Reporter: And yet despite the years and the distance, they are held in two separate facilities, 200 miles apart. Lyle says the brothers have remained close. Ed. And so I don't think distance or separation really changes that feeling. And I can see it so many years later, in letters we write to each other. They're still in contact with some members of the family and they get the occasional phone call, but they come years apart. What they do have is snail mail. In fact, they have played chess one move at a time, by letter.

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