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Learn more about Erik and Lyle Menendez, the notorious brothers convicted of brutally murdering their rich parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, in their Beverly Hills home in 1989. It was later proven that the Menendez brothers had planned the killings for weeks. At trial, Erik and Lyle unsuccessfully claimed self-defense and abuse, and were sentenced to life in prison in 1996. Get the details of the case, and peruse our biographies and videos, only at Biography.com.
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They are American icons—they're on our dollars and coins, they are the subject of our monuments, and we live our daily lives in the world their ideas helped create. America's "Founding Fathers" include George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and of course, Benjamin Franklin. These men, together with several other key players of their time, structured the American democracy and left a legacy that has shaped the world. But beyond their legends, these men were human beings who led complex and fascinating lives. Learning their stories helps us better understand what made them tick, as well as their influence on our world today.
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