One afternoon in August 2003 in Erie, Pa., a man entered a bank with a bomb attached to his neck. As the new Netflix series “Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist” is looking to show, that was only the beginning.
Following the recent success of “Wild Wild Country,” “Evil Genius” is the latest Mark and Jay Duplass-produced series to make its way to Netflix this spring. Told in four parts, the series follows the events of that day through the subsequent trial, from the police’s efforts to thwart the plot as it was happening to the hunt for the actual person responsible.
Erik and Lyle Menendez, two brothers convicted of murdering their parents in Beverly Hills in 1989, are reunited in the same California state prison after having been kept apart in separate prisons since their convictions in 1996, more than 20 years ago.
Lyle Menendez made a transfer request from Mule Creek State Prison in Northern California to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to CNN, which cited a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Lyle Menendez was transferred on Feb. 22, but on Wednesday, he was moved into the same housing unit as his brother Erik.
The filmmaking brothers last created and executive produced Paramount Network’s limited series Waco which starred Taylor Kitsch as Branch-Davidian leader David Koresh.
In The Reporter Who Knew Too Much, former CNN and USA Today legal analyst Shaw tells the story of reporter Dorothy Kilgallen, who was digging inito the assassination of President John F. Kennedy when she was found dead in her apartment. The death was ruled an accidental overdose but had remained suspicious with some, especially among conspiracy theorists.
Local author Ed Butts was already doing research for a true crime compilation when controversy erupted last summer about the inclusion of the Wood brothers’ 1986 conviction for the murder of Karen Thompson on banners being hung downtown.
“I was going through various archives looking for stories for this book and that controversy came up and I thought it was one right here at home,” said Butts. “I just decided to include it.”
That compilation, titled Mad, Bad Dangerous Vol. 1, is now available for sale in book stores and as an e-book.
Butts has authored a number of book on true crime and said he writes in the introduction of those books that in no way does he intend on glorifying crime or justifying anything the perpetrators have done.
“We have to look at the underside of history, as well as the more noble achievements, if we are ever going to understand
“Anthropologists were conclusively able to exclude the remains of the aforementioned children,” the sheriff’s office said on Friday.
The Skelton brothers — Tanner, 5, Alexander, 7, and Andrew, 9 — were last seen on November 26, 2010, in front of father John Skelton’s Morenci home. After Skelton didn’t return the boys to the house of their mother, from whom he was separated, he told police “he gave the boys to unknown individuals,” a claim police did not find credible.
He is currently serving 10 to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to three counts of unlawful imprisonment in September 2011.
A Florida man has been charged with murder after he allegedly beat his stepson to death and made the boy’s brothers sleep beside the child’s dead body, according to multiple reports.
Jack Junior Montgomery is charged with felony first degree murder in the Dec. 31 death of Brice Russell, 7, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office news release obtained by PEOPLE.
On Saturday morning, Montgomery allegedly called 911 to report that his stepson would not wake up, according to the news release. When investigators arrived at the family’s room at a local motel, they found Brice lying on a bed, and he was pronounced dead minutes later, the news release states.
During their investigation, authorities learned that Brice had allegedly been beaten to death by his stepfather, who was watching the children while their mother worked through the night, according to the news release.
In an arrest warrant, deputies wrote that Montgomery allegedly said he
The first season of ‘Law Order True Crime’ has been all about the Menendez murders. So what happened to Erik and Lyle Menendez after their trials? Here’s a refresher before the Nov. 14 finale!
1. Both Erik and Lyle Menendez were convicted of murdering their parents and sent to prison. Specifically, they were convicted oftwo counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Erik, now 46, and Lyle, now 49, brutally killed their parents, José and Kitty, in 1989. The brothers were sent to different prisons to serve their life sentences. They are not eligible for parole. Lyle is currently at Mule Creek State Prison in California, while Erik is about 500 miles away at Pleasant Valley State Prison.
2. They’ve both gotten married. Lyle married his first wife, Anna Eriksson, in 1997 after writing letters to each other for two years. They divorced in 2001
Law Order True Crime is wrapping up its first eight-episode season about the murders of José and Kitty Menendez, which their sons Erik and Lyle eventually confessed to and went to trial for. Even though the Menendez brothers confessed to killing their parents, they argued self-defense, claiming that the murders were in response to years of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Their juries deadlocked but in retrials, Erik and Lyle were convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. So what sentence did the Menendez brothers receive? They’re both serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Menendez trials first gained national attention when Judge Stanley Weisberg agreed to allow cameras into the courtroom so that Court TV could broadcast the proceedings. The case of two brothers murdering their wealthy parents in their Beverly Hills home after an alleged lifetime of abuse, only
Heather Graham stars on “Law Order True Crime” as Judalon Smyth, the ex-girlfriend of the Menendez brothers’ therapist who went from key prosecution witness to testifying for the defense.
“It’s a really interesting case,” Graham said in an interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “You find out so many interesting details,” including about abuse of Lyle and Erik Menendez the brothers say happened at the hands of their own parents.
Smyth testified in 1993 that she was “brainwashed” by her then-boyfriend Dr. L. Jerome Oziel (played on the show by “The Good Wife” alum Josh Charles) when she went to the police to inform them that she had overheard the brothers confess to killing their parents. She also said Oziel pressured the brothers to discuss the killings during recorded sessions, tapes which became part of the prosecution’s case.