Pamela Bozanich was working as a Deputy District Attorney in the early 90s when she got one of the biggest cases of her career: the murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were accused of the grisly shooting deaths of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez.
One of the trial’s bombshells: the Menendez Brothers claimed to have suffered unspeakable abuse at the hands of their father.
But in a rare interview, Bozanich says that she didn’t buy it then — and she doesn’t buy it now.
“I am 100 percent sure that they fabricated their defense,” Bozanich says on Saturday’s episode of Murder Made Me Famous on the Reelz Channel. “I’m not 90 percent sure; I’m 100 percent sure.”
Bozanich says that she did some sleuthing to determine the veracity of the brothers’ claims. “I contacted the jail and I said, ‘I want to know how many hours a day the Menendez brothers are spending with their lawyers,’ ” she recalls. “I was told it was like four to five hours a day. Anybody could get ready to put on a show with that much help in two years, four hours a day. Even a bad actor would be able to do that – especially to save your life.”
But it was the brothers’ demeanor that pushed her over the top. “I was told during the trial by the bailiffs that the brothers would high five each other, particularly after a good day in court when they were testifying,” says Bozanich. “They would high five each other because they pulled it off.”
Ultimately, however, the brothers didn’t pull it off. They were ultimately convicted in 1996 and are now spending life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Murder Made Me Famous combines reenactments, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos and video to tell the story of infamous murderers. Each episode of the show features PEOPLE Senior Writer Steve Helling. The show airs Saturday night at 9 p.m. on the Reelz Channel.
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