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Blood Brothers: The Inside Story of the Menendez Murders (Onyx True Crime ; Je 547) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1995

4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Onyx True Crime ; Je 547 (Book 547)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451405471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451405470
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By stoic VINE VOICE on March 25, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blood Brothers is a 1994 look at the then-current Menendez brothers murder trial. It is an easy book to read with a lot of "hooks" to keep you going - even if you know how the story ends.

One of the best things about the book is the cast of characters. If you created these people as fictional characters no one would believe you. People simply would assume that these people were too fantastic to be real:
* Jose Menendez, the domineering Cuban immigrant determined to build a Kennedy-like family empire,
* Lyle & Eric, the privileged, murderous sons,
* Leslie Abramson, the fiery, confrontational defense attorney with the unkempt hair
* Dr. Oziel, Erik's psychologist and his paramour, Judalon Smyth

Aside from the characters, there are plenty of other things to keep you going: sex, burglary, Beverly Hills, & murder. The authors do a great job of keeping the pages turning. They even manage to keep your interest when they describe the trial. I find that true crime books often bog down in too much minutiae when they get to the trial.

My complaint about the book is the ending. The authors published their book between the two trials, so you are left hanging by the end. It would be great to have an update with the second trial & the dozen years since the case and its characters faded from view.
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This book deals with the first trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were accused of murdering their rich parents. It examines very well the background of both the father and mother, and describes very detailed what happened when the brothers shotgunned their parents. One thing the book fails to do, is give an answer as to why it happened. This would also be nearly impossible to do, but it does provide several key facts that might help one to reach a conclusion.
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Soble & Johnson are fabulous writers, leaving one "chilled" after a brief read of the Preface alone. In addition to their powerful prose, the authors provide a very equalized, thorough discussion of Erik and Lyle Menendez and the events leading up to their parents' slaying. Though one gets the feeling that they harbored little sympathy for the brothers, the authors' portrayal of "both sides of the story" -- from Erik's recounted sexual abuse to Lyle's statement that it was not about "manslaughter or life sentences" but about "winning or losing" -- allows the reader to do what in the end 3 juries had to do: decide just which story one believes.
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The book takes you through the lives of both the victims and the victimizers. To anyone interested in "understanding" murder, one has to try to put themselves in the shoes of the criminal to get a grasp of their view of the world at the time of the crime. This book lets the reader do just that. Unfortunately, the author was a little too anxious to be the first one to write a book about the Menendez murders and trial, and in his haste, he fails to cover the second trial. This basically leaves the reading hanging. It was as if someone tore out the last page of a book.
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Whoa...talk about a weird family. This family is a 5 star bunch of nuts. Rather predictable out come for this very very dysfunctional bunch of crackpots...parents included.
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By A Customer on January 14, 2002
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Good, more information then 'Bad Blood: The true story behind the Menendez killings'. Informative if looking for more of an inside view of the first trial and Jose Menendezes' rise to the top. But, like another reviewer stated, its just a drawn out version of the trial transcript. Leaves you with enough facts to decide for yourself if you believe these boys defense. When you read it, it sounds like a script version of the movie, 'Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills'. If you saw Court TV's live coverage of the trial, and the movie's they made you'll basically have read the book.
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For the price, and giving that I needed it for a school essay, this was interesting and on time. A little but it's ok.
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