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Summary

They were golden boys who killed with sudden savagery. The trial revealed a dark drama too evil to believe.

Handsome, rich, bronzed champion athletes, Erik and Lyle Menendez were the stunning symbols of the California dream. The sons of a high-powered Hollywood executive and his beautiful wife, they lived in a pampered world of Beverly Hills mansions, swimming pools, and private tennis coaches.

But the dream became a nightmare when police found the butchered bodies of the boys' parents, Jose and Kitty, in the family room of their five-million dollar mansion. Only days after the couple was laid to rest, the brothers began an appalling spending spree, buying Rolex watches, designer clothes and a new Porsche. Seven months later, all of Hollywood was stunned when the 18- and 21-year-old brothers were arrested for the horrendous killings.

In wrenching testimony, Lyle and Erik accused their father of sexually brutalizing then since they were children - claiming his sadistic acts of perversion and cruel violence drove them to their unspeakable crime.

Best-selling author Don Davis takes you inside one of the most riveting cases in California's history, laying to bare the shattering secrets of a tormented family.

©1994 Don Davis (P)2017 Graymalkin Media, LLC

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Boring read

I found this audible book very dull. I found that it delved into small un required details whilst appearing to leave out large important chunks of the story. The trial is badly covered moving from one thing to another and then back again making it difficult to follow. Narrator speaks slowly which also makes the story drag. Wouldn’t recommend it

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Fascinating and Brilliantly Narrated

I knew this story but this book went behind the scenes and gave an objective insight into what was a tragic event.

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  • 06-12-17

Not bad, but ends before the second trial<br />

Good story but you don't know the ending since they don't present the second trial.

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  • Judy
  • 05-01-18

So-So

Author Davis does a pretty good job of describing the murders of José and Kitty Menendez, as well as the family dynamic that probably helped to drive sons Lyle and Erik to commit those murders.

The truncated discussion of the case ends with the hung jury that concluded trial #1. Davis really owes it to the reading public to provide an update to events as they unfolded with Trial #2. The update could take the form of a brief summary and needn't be a lengthy examination of the second trial and subsequent appeals.

The writing is often precious and could have used a sharp red pencil. The month of June did not end, for example, but was torn from the calendar. Narrator Verner is a little over the top with his velvet tone and slow-paced delivery, and needs to check the pronunciation of words such as aberrant, (AB-er-rant, not a-BEAR-ant) and foreign language names such as Fuljencio deserve the effort required to check pronunciation.

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  • Tom H.
  • 28-09-18

Big Letdown

Didn’t care for the reader. Story was draw out and tedious. Felt compelled to finish it, but don’t recommend it to anyone else.

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  • Baytown Anita
  • 13-03-18

THE BEST- WONDERFUL IN EVERY WAY

i FELT I WAS LIVING during the time of the trial itself!
very engaging narration!!!