Who is Erik Menendez?

ERIK Menendez and his brother Lyle have been thrust back into the spotlight following a movement on TikTok.

The pair were convicted in 1996 for the murders of their parents, José Menéndez and his wife, Mary ("Kitty").

Who is Erik Menendez?

Erik Lyle Menéndez was born on November 27, 1970 in new York City.

His father José Enrique Menéndez was born Cuba and moved to the States at 16 Lyle's mother Mary Louise "Kitty" Andersen.

Erik began attending high school at Beverly Hills High and possessed an impressive talent for sports.

He was very good at tennis and ranked 44th in the United States for players 18 and under.

How long has Erik Menendez been in prison?

Erik has been in prison since 1996 after he was tried with his brother and found guilty.

The brothers were initially tried separately, but both juries were deadlocked.

Lyle was 21 and Erik was 18 at the time of the double murder.

You can catch up on the story with "The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All” which is available on Hulu.

Why did Erik Menendez kill his parents?

Erik and Lyle used shotguns to shoot Jose Menendez in the head and Kitty in the face and stomach.

The legal team for Lyle and Erik Menendez argued that they were sexually abused by their father.

The brothers claimed the fatal shooting of Jose and Kitty Menendez in their Beverly Hills home was a form of "imperfect self-defense," according to The New York Times.

They believed, "honestly though mistakenly," according to the newspaper, that their parents were going to kill them if they did not act.

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