Erik Menendez Explains Why He Smirked During His Murder Trial: 'It Was a Defense Mechanism' -

In the early 1990s, the American public was riveted by the prosecution of Erik and Lyle Menendez. Millions of people observed every move of the rich young brothers accused of their parents’ brutal shotgun slayings in 1989.

At his arraignment, Erik entered the courtroom with a smirk on his face, leading observers to believe that he wasn’t taking things seriously. Throughout the trial, too, he sometimes had a smirk or a smile on his face — a sign, some critics said, that he was the callous and...

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