Are The Menendez Brothers Still In Jail and Will They Ever Be Released? Here’s More About Their Story

Ryan Murphy and Netflix are set to release another documentary about the Menendez Brothers — But, where are they now?

The story of the Menéndez brothers, convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents José and Mary Louise “Kitty” Menéndez, will next be tackled by Ryan Murphy as part of his Netflix franchise “Monster.” Netflix and Murphy were set to confirm Monday (May 1st, 2023) that they are at work on “Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story,” the follow-up to the hit limited series “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”

Netflix had ordered two additional installments of the anthology series from Murphy and Ian Brennan; this would rep the first. Separately, Netflix revealed that it also has what it called “exclusive access” to Lyle and Erik Menéndez to participate in a documentary feature from Campfire Studios.

Erik and Lyle Menendez are affluent brothers who, on Aug. 20, 1989, shot and killed their parents in the sprawling Beverly Hills mansion where they all lived. At first, it looked as if the brothers were going to get away with it, but an eventual confession led to their arrest and conviction.

In the wake of Netflix’s awaiting production by Murphy, many are in an inquisition to know the whereabouts of the brothers and whether they would ever be released from prison. Read on for everything about the Menendez Brothers.

Lyle Menendez, Kitty Menendez, Jose Menendez, Erik Menendez
(L-R): Lyle Menendez, Kitty Menendez, Jose Menendez, Erik Menendez

Where are the Menendez brothers now?

According to ABC News, in April 2018, Erik and Lyle Menendez were reunited at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, Calif. They are both imprisoned there now, serving life sentences without the option of parole. Despite being in prison since 1996, Erik and Lyle Menendez have been able to lead relatively normal lives, so to speak.

Lyle Menendez has been married twice. He met his first wife, former model Anna Eriksson after she began writing to him. They married “via speaker phone in 1996,” per Hello Giggles. Five years later, they divorced when Anna found out Lyle was communicating with another woman. Perhaps that woman was Rebecca Sneed Menendez, whom Lyle married in 2003 and is still married to as of the time of this writing. Soon after they tied the knot, Rebecca became an attorney in order to provide support for Lyle.

Unlike Lyle, Erik has only been married once. Tammi Menendez also corresponded with Erik during his trial and continued to do so after he was convicted. She was married at the time and sadly lost her husband to suicide late in 1993. For the next four years, Erik and Tammi’s letter-writing would carry on, finally culminating in an in-person meeting in 1997. By 1998, they were married and remain so to this day.

Erik Menendez and Tammi Menendez
Erik Menendez and Tammi Menendez

Could the Menendez brothers be released from prison?

The crux of the Menendez brothers’ defense was an accusation of abuse against their father Jose Menendez. In tearful testimonies, Erik and Lyle recounted harrowing stories of physical and sexual abuse that spanned years. The defense argued that the brothers murdered their parents in self-defense.

As of now, all of their appeals have not been granted but a new California law enacted in 2016 could possibly change that. Yahoo News reported the law stated that “those who were convicted of a crime after being forbidden from offering evidence of abuse could appeal. And because the judge at the Menendez brothers’ second trial prevented them from using the abuse allegations as a defense, they were eligible to appeal their case again.”

Per TheSun, The Menendez brothers will never be released from the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California. They are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole over the fatal shootings of their parents Jose and Mary Louise “Kitty” Menendez.

As of this time, no new appeal has been granted but perhaps the new “Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story,” the follow-up to the hit limited series “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” will have more answers.


Menendez Brothers (Lyle and Erik Menendez ) are from a well-to-do family and were born to Jose Menendez and Kitty Menendez. They currently remain incarcerated at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego for murdering their parents. Previously, the Menendez brothers were jailed at separate prisons. From 1996 to 2018, the eldest brother Lyle was imprisoned at Mule Creek State Prison.

The authorities’ suspicions were confirmed in a shocking fashion when the mistress of a therapist named Dr. Jerome Oziel — who had been treating Erik — came forward with tapes of both Erik and Lyle confessing to their parents’ murders. In March 1990, the Menendez brothers were arrested. Amongst the brothers, Lyle Menendez was the one who shot their parents. revealing he put the 12-gauge shotgun against the back of his father’s head and pulled the trigger.

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