My heart hurts deeply for the case of the Menendez brothers. Especially Erik Menendez. The past month, my heart has been full of Erik Menendez. I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the injustice that our world did to him and his brother. It doesn’t make any sense to me. It doesn’t make sense that we have so much evidence, so much that it’s overwhelming and we choose to ignore it. That’s how our system works? OJ Simpson was able to lie his way out of killing his wife because he was a football player. These boys were able to admit their wrongs and still be punished for it. Something doesn’t add up.
Now you’re probably thinking what most people think when I mention the Menendez brothers, “are you crazy?” And to answer your question, no I’m human. Every time I mention them or when I mention that I feel bad for them, people look at me with a crazy look on their face and ask me why. For years the media has sold people this story that the Menendez brothers are spoiled cold-blooded killers. They are horrible people, they killed their parents, they deserve to die. No, they don’t. They don’t deserve to die, and they don’t deserve to sit in prison for the rest of their lives.
This case is reason number one is why you shouldn’t believe anything the media says. Yes, they killed their parents. And yes, they should be held responsible for what they did. I’m not saying they shouldn’t. What I’m saying is, after they took responsibility for it, their actions are consequence enough for the things that those men endured. They served their time, they have paid for their actions.
Here’s what really happened:
These boys were molested, raped, beaten, and threatened by their father their entire life. Their mother Kitty wasn’t really there emotionally. And she knew what their father Jose was doing to them. There’s evidence of the abuse (pictures, trauma, etc.) as well as testimony from over 50 friends and relatives that backed up their story. Like I said the evidence is completely overwhelming. Now they were allowed to use all of this in the first trial. Then something strange happens. OJ Simpson kills his wife and Beverly Hills at that time is one big bloody mess.
The first trial for the Menendez brothers the jury couldn’t come to a conclusion. This means, there will be a second trial. While in prison waiting for their second trial the nation is shocked by the verdict that read that OJ Simpson was found not guilty of a crime he was definitely guilty of committing. The irony is that while in Jail for the first trial, Erik Menendez and OJ were sitting in Jail cells across from one another. Erik gave OJ information for his lawyer’s office. So here you have two high-profile cases at the same time, in the same city, under the same law firm. When OJ was found not guilty, it was basically a given that they couldn’t let the Menendez brother’s walk free and risk their reputation as a law firm yet again.
What did they do? Everything in their power to make sure these boys went to prison for the rest of their lives in order to preserve what was left of their reputation as a law firm. They ruled out any evidence of abuse being shown in the second trial and the judge was biased against Erik Menendez’s lawyer Leslie Abramson because if he didn’t make her look like an ass, she would have won. Welcome to our system ladies and gentlemen. It’s a dirty game, and guess what, it’s not about you. There’s no such thing as a fair trial.
Before you continue to judge them, what would you do if you were in their shoes? Let me rephrase that for those who have a difficult time thinking logically, what do you think you would do if you were in their shoes? You have no idea what you would do had you been raped, molested, and threatened by your parents your entire life. You have no clue. So who are you to judge the actions of two then boys, who were living a life of fear and abuse? I can tell you right now, you’re nobody. You’re just somebody that wants to be in control of someone else’s life simply because you have no control over your own. Of course, this isn’t everyone. Plenty of people know they’ve been wronged. That’s because they have been.
Although they have appealed their case many many times and have been denied every single time (for no reason) my hope is that under new California law Erik Menendez will be able to appeal his case properly and have the freedom he deserves. This is the vilest, and unfair case I have ever seen in the history of our country. It’s baffling to me, it makes me sick, to be honest. Not what they did, but what we did to them. I could argue it until I turn blue in the face. And trust me I have. This is only going to work if other people open up their close-minded opinions about the case and give those men a fair third trial.