Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Erik Menendez Wife of the Convicted Murderer Profiled

Erik Galen Menendez born November 27, 1971 were convicted in a highly publicized trial for the shotgun murders in 1989 of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, residents of Beverly Hills, California. Under the terms of the sentences for their multiple crimes, the brothers are expected to spend the remainder of their lives in prison.

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Erik's parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, were found shot to death in their Beverly Hills home. Though Lyle was the one who phoned in the call to 911, the brothers were eventually arrested in 1990 for their parents' murders. In July 1993, Lyle and Erik were tried by different juries, each claiming self-defense for the murders, saying that they had survived years of psychological and sexual abuse. The prosecution sought the death penalty, and in January 1994, mistrials were declared when neither jury could reach a verdict. The retrial took place in October 1995, when both brothers were tried by one jury. In March 1996, Lyle and Erik were found guilty of murder in the first degree. They avoided the death penalty and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Eric and Tammi met through letters and phone calls following the 1996 convictions of Erik Menendez and his brother, Lyle, for murdering their parents in 1989. Everyone remembers the dramatic trial, the gruesome descriptions of the crimes, and ultimately, the verdict.

According to, the piece examines Tammi Saccoman's controversial life as the wife of a convicted killer. Saccoman first wrote to Menendez after some difficult events in her own life, and they were eventually married. This is one of the first times the public has heard such detailed information about her and her life. Most interestingly, the documentary brings light to the fact that Tammi is beginning to wonder if she can continue to live this life, as the wife of a man who murdered his parents and will never leave prison.

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