Ryan Murphy's 'Monster' series gets a new true crime subject: the Menendez brothers

On the heels of Netflix's controversial Dahmer series comes Murphy's take on the Menendez brothers' gruesome murder

Lyle and Erik Menendez on trial
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Ryan Murphy's Monster is gearing up for round two. 

The first edition of the anthology series brought Jeffrey Dahmer's heinous crimes back to the forefront, and ironically, seemed to make actor Evan Peters—who took on the role of the serial killer— more beloved than ever before. Now Lyle and Erik Menendez's disheartening story will get the Murphy treatment. 

When discussing the Netflix project, the famed television writer revealed that he always planned on unearthing heavy material, and the sophomore installment of Monster is not likely to be an exception.

"We were interested in what made the monster. Who is complicit in the making of the monster," he said in a Golden Globe Awards interview about Dahmer. "There were many different things involved in that, and it was always going to be a very complicated, human story."

Ryan Murphy's 'Monster' to focus on the Menendez brothers

In late 2022, shortly after Dahmer's premiere, Netflix revealed Monster had been renewed for seasons 2 and 3, but provided little details to satisfy those who love the true crime genre. Now, we've learned that Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will hit the streamer in 2024, though a specific date and cast information have yet to be announced. 

Fans of true crime documentaries should also note that the streamer has exclusive access to Lyle and Erik Menendez for a forthcoming feature, according to Deadline

What did Lyle and Erik Menendez do?

When Monster first debuted, everyone began looking back at the Milwaukee Monster's every detail: "What did Jeffrey Dahmer do?" "When did Jeffrey Dahmer get caught?" Now, we're turning our attention towards the 1989 murders of José and Mary Louise “Kitty” Menendez, Lyle and Erik's parents. 

The brothers, then aged 21 and 18, used 12-gauge shotguns to take their parents' lives while they were watching TV in their Beverly Hills home. Lyle and Erik both claimed this was an act of self-defense, as their father had been abusive and their mother dismissed his wrongdoings. However, it appeared they had been after their wealthy parents' fortune. In 1996, both Lyle and Erik were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole. 

For more on the series, watch this space. In the meantime, if you're a true crime fan, be sure to check out Love & Death and Candy, both of which focus on the infamous Candy Montgomery story. Additionally, the fictional Saint X will captivate you from the get-go as you attempt to uncover who killed Alison.  

Danielle Valente
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