Minds Behind Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer Series Unleash New Bone-Chilling Thriller

It seems like Netflix and Ryan Murphy are building their very own serial killer universe with the Monster anthology series as the pair gears up to dive into the life/mind of yet another monstrous figure. The second season of the hit anthology series from Murphy and Ian Brennan will centre around two notorious brothers, Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of killing their parents, José and Kitty, at their Beverly Hills residence in 1989. The streamer confirmed recently that it’s working on Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, which will serve as the follow-up to the record-shattering limited series, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

The news comes after Netflix announced last year that it plans to dish out more harrowing tales of other killers and renewed the series for two additional instalments. Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will be the first among the two planned seasons and no details surrounding the third season have been revealed yet. The streaming giant even announced that it also has “exclusive access” to Lyle and Erik Menéndez for an upcoming documentary feature but shied away from revealing any crucial details.

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The season renewal announcement was paired with a brief title announcement teaser that opens up with the 911 call from the killings, where Lyle weeps on the phone as he tells the operator that his mom and dad have been shot. The new season is slated to hit Netflix sometime in 2024. The now 55-year-old offender and his 52-year-old brother were just 21 and 19, respectively, when José and Mary Louise Kitty Menendez were fatally shot in their Beverly Hills home in 1989. During the initial investigation, Erik and Lyle were not considered the suspects in the killings. However, the police started to look into their involvement later on.

Erik ultimately owned up to his psychologist Jerome Oziel, who later spilled the beans to his mistress, Judalon Smyth. Things turned really bizarre when the brothers told the court during the trial that they had committed the murders out of self-defense following long-running abuse from their parents and shot them in order to protect themselves. The brothers were first tried individually, and both juries deadlocked, which led to a mistrial. They were later tried jointly and found guilty.

Erik and Lyle were sentenced to life without parole and remain locked up at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Southern California. The Menendez case was the talk of the town in the early 1990s and is often considered to be the case that aroused the general public’s interest in true crime.

While details surrounding the cast or other writers and producers have been kept tightly under wraps, it’s been announced that Murphy and Brennan will be executive producing the anthology series. More details will be shared in the coming months.

Netflix 'Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story'

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Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa is an experienced reporter specialising in video game, eSports and technology coverage. A BTech IT graduate, Shubhendu has previously written for entertainment-based publications such as GiveMeSport, Touch, Tap, Play, Attack of the Fanboy, EssentiallySports, Twinfinite and The Load Out.