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28 Years Later Lyle Menendez Reveals Hidden Intentions

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    A recording ultimately set the Menendez brothers to prison in the slayings of their parents. Chuck Henry reports for the NBC4 News on Oct. 10, 2017.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017)

    he break of the Menendez Brothers case was an unlikely suspect. She was a woman by the name of Judalon Smyth who was having an affair with the married psychologist, Dr. Jerome Oziel, who had been treating Erik Menendez. Smyth went to the cop's days after her affair with Oziel ended.

    Smyth told police Oziel had a recording of the brothers confessing to their parent's murders.
    After the murders, Erik Menendez went to Oziel for therapy. He was struggling with guilt and was considered suicidal.
    "Almost had no choice to do what I did. And I hate myself for doing it," Lyle said in the recording, "I did what I thought my mother would want me to do, which is please kill me."
    The brothers spoke extensively about their mother's despair over her husband's extra marital affairs and her suicide attempts.
    Now 28 years later, from behind bars at mule creek state prison, Lyle Menendez spoke with NBC4 about the so-called "confession."
    Erik Menendez testified that Oziel suggested both brothers make a recording so he would feel "comfortable" and "would no longer go to the police."
    But for the lead detective on the case, the tape is more significant for what is not said.
    Now serving a life sentence with no chance of parole, Lyle Menendez explains why they did not tell Oziel what motivated them to kill their parents.
    "I kinda was hoping that maybe like with my father's death the secrets of my past sorta died with me," Lyle admitted. "I can't really express enough how, that private shame, how shameful, you just don't talk about this kind of toxic things that have happened to you. You just don't."

    The break of the Menendez brothers case was an unlikely suspect. She was a woman by the name of Judalon Smyth who was having an affair with the married psychologist, Dr. Jerome Oziel, who had been treating Erik Menendez. Smyth went to the cops days after her affair with Oziel ended.

    Smyth told police Oziel had a recording of the brothers confessing to their parent's murders.

    'I Did Not Want to Discuss It With Anyone'

    [LA] 'I Did Not Want to Discuss It With Anyone'

    From Mule Creek Prison, Lyle Menendez talks about the confession tape that would ultimately lead to his arrest for the murder of his parents. 

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017)

    After the murders, Erik Menendez went to Oziel for therapy. He was struggling with guilt and was considered suicidal.

    "Almost had no choice to do what I did. And I hate myself for doing it," Lyle said in the recording, "I did what I thought my mother would want me to do, which is please kill me."

    The brothers spoke extensively about their mother's despair over her husband's extra-marital affairs and her suicide attempts.

    Now 28 years later, from behind bars at Mule Creek State Prison, Lyle Menendez spoke with NBC4 about the so-called "confession."

    Erik Menendez testified that Oziel suggested both brothers make a recording so he would feel "comfortable" and "would no longer go to the police."

    But for the lead detective on the case, the tape is more significant for what is not said.

    Lyle Menendez Speaks in Rare Interview About Parents' Murder

    [LA] Lyle Menendez Speaks in Rare Interview About Parents' Murder

    After more than two decades have passed since the murder of Kitty and Jose Menendez, Lyle Menendez, one of the couple's sons who was charged for their slaying, speaks in a rare interview with NBC4. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 29, 2017)

    Now serving a life sentence with no chance of parole, Lyle Menendez explains why they did not tell Oziel what motivated them to kill their parents.

    "I kinda was hoping that maybe like with my father's death the secrets of my past sorta died with me," Lyle admitted. "I can't really express enough how, that private shame, how shameful, you just don't talk about this kind of toxic things that have happened to you. You just don't."