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On Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers Season 1 Episode 1, local authorities respond to the 911 call of Erik and Lyle Menendez, who have found their parents murdered in their home. 

Detectives Les Zoeller and his partner Tom Linehan look around a highly populated crime scene, and immediately notice that something about the evidence surrounding the bodies seems out of place.

Erik and Lyle tell the police they weren't home at the time of the killings because they went to see a movie and were supposed to meet up with a friend. Lyle informs the cops that his father's former business associates may have had ties to the mob, who are immediately considered suspects in the case.

As the rumor of organized crime starts to spread in the media, Zoeller and Linehan begin to receive information about Erik and Lyle that points to the brothers having a motive to kill their parents. A missing will, bounced checks and characters from Erik and Lyle's pasts lead Zoeller and Linehan to believe the boys committed the homicides. 

Meanwhile, Erik and Lyle attempt to continue their lives without their parents. Lyle tries to start his own business with his newfound inheritance, but Erik struggles to cope with the loss of his family.

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

15 shots from a shotgun... those poor people were blown to bits. Point blank to the face, back of the head. That is capital 'A' anger. There's only one thing that can generate that level of anger. Family.

Leslie Abramson

Every time something bad happens here, the good citizens of Beverly Hills say it's got to be the bangers, or the mob, or Charlie Manson. Always an outsider, cause nobody bad lives in Beverly Hills.

Detective Zoeller