The Menendez brothers, Lyle, 50 (born January 10, 1968) and Erik, 47 (born November 27, 1970), were sentenced to consecutive, double-life sentences for the brutal murder of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, in their Beverly Hill mansion in 1989. The court trials of the two, then 21 and 18, riveted the nation.
However, it appears that one of them has since become a Christian.
In an interview with ABC, the brother’s aunt, Marta Cano, said that the younger brother Erik became a Christian in prison and is now leading a Bible study with other inmates. Erik even asked his aunt, who is also a Christian, to send him religious material for the study.
In the interview, Cano stated “he was really making sure that the prisoners knew that there is a God that loves us. That was marvelous to me because he never got that at home.”
At the time of the murders, the two boys alleged they had been sexually, physically and psychologically abused for years by their pedophile father. Their mother was an alcoholic and drug addict who enabled the abuse. They said they killed their parents out of fear.
Cano described her brother Jose as a sick man who also had a traumatic childhood.
Though the brothers’ defense was eventually rejected by the courts, evidence has since surfaced validating the accusations of abuse.
The Bible is very clear that anyone can be saved through faith in Christ no matter what they did. There is evidence the Apostle Paul, who was going by the name of Saul before his Damascus road conversion, was involved in the martyrdom of Stephen recorded in the book of Acts.
Paul later acknowledged his participation when he admitted:
20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ (Acts 22:20 NASV).
The ones who stoned Stephen laid their cloaks at Paul’s feet (Acts 7:58 – 8:1) and by stating he gave approval suggests the great Christian Apostle could have stopped the execution.
And even believers such as King David ordered the killing of the husband of Bathsheba who David had impregnated during their adulterous fling.
And equally there is no way of sugar-coating the two brothers’ brutal murders of their parents.
On August 29, 1989, using a shotgun the two boys shot their father, Jose, a wealthy studio executive, in the back of the head as he watched TV. When their mother Kitty, awakened by the blast, came out the bedroom where she was sleeping, she was shot in the leg. After slipping in her blood, the brothers shot her several times with the shotgun at close range as she lay on the floor.
The two boys then called the police stating they had been out at a movie and came home to find their parents dead.
Though both were obviously suspects, the police did not feel that they did it and didn’t even check the boys for shotgun blast residue. However, a few months later, police became suspicious when the two brothers went on spending spree with the family wealth.
The case took a turn when Erik confessed to the murders while being counseled by a psychologist, Dr. Jerome Oziel. However, when Oziel told his mistress about the murders and the fact Erik had threatened Oziel’s life, his mistress called the police.
The Menendez lawyers claimed the tapes of the interview between Oziel and Erik were inadmissible because of doctor-client confidentially. However, the courts eventually allowed most of the tapes to be used as evidence because of Erik’s death threat.
The two brothers were initially tried separately with two different juries and the court case broadcast on Court TV riveted the nation. The prosecution painted the two boys as spoiled rich kids who wanted the family wealth.
Citing sexual and physical abuse, the two boys claimed they murdered their parents out of fear.
The first two trials were deadlocked with the male jurors voting conviction and the women voting acquittal. The retrial that led to their conviction only involved one jury and was not publicized. The judge also disallowed the sexual abuse testimony.
- ‘They deserve to be set free’: Aunt of Menendez brothers says of their emotional reunion: ABC
- Brothers murder parents in Beverly Hills mansion — 20 yrs later, they meet face-to-face and find God: Faithit
- Lyle and Erik Menendez: Wikipedia