Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Menendez Brothers Reunited In Prison After 21 Years Apart

Menendez Brothers Reunited In Prison After 21 Years Apart

Jail officials confirmed Thursday that Erik and Lyle Menendez are now assigned to the same housing unit in their California prison, marking their first chance to associate behind bars since their 1996 convictions for the murders of their millionaire parents. He previously had been held at Mule Creek State Prison in Northern California, Thornton said.

The brothers are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for murdering parents Jose and Kitty Menendez as they watched TV inside their $5 million Beverly Hills estate on August 20, 1989. That was the first time the brothers saw each other since 1996.

At trial, prosecutors alleged that the brothers, who lived a life of privilege, murdered their parents out of greed, hoping to get their hands on the family fortune.

Taped sessions with the doctor, in which the killings were discussed, were later ruled admissible in court by a trial judge.

Erik, 50, was moved to the unit Wednesday night, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Daily News.

But this week, Erik was transferred into the same unit as his brother at the facility, which houses almost 3,900 male inmates, corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

At the time, prison officials had said they often avoided putting partners in crime together, and the Beverly Hills detective who investigated the killings argued they might conspire to escape if they were together.

According to Robert Rand, a journalist who has covered the case since 1989 and was a consultant for a 2017 television programme about the brothers, the pair both "burst into tears immediately" upon their reunion. They each received two consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole, per ABC.

While in separate prisons, they couldn't talk on the phone, but they did write letters to each other and would play chess by sending moves to each other through snail mail, Rand said.

Lyle Menendez told ABC News in an interview previous year that he and his brother wrote letters and that their "bond is really strong".

"I love my mother, and I still cry over my mother, and I don't forgive her, " he told NBC.

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