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Killer makes rare public statement after being confirmed to be subject of Netflix's newest season of Monster

Killer makes rare public statement after being confirmed to be subject of Netflix's newest season of Monster

The notorious US killer shared what he's been up to in prison

The killers set to be the subject of the latest season of Monster have been confirmed and a rare public statement has been made.

Netflix’s second series of the hit show is due to be released later this year, following the success of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

The true-crime smash TV show followed the notorious cannibal serial killer (played by Evan Peters) as it dramatised aspects of his life.

And after that became one of the platform’s most-watched shows of all-time, creators Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy are using another high-profile US case for the new series.

This time, it will follow two serial killers, with the title being Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story.

The Menéndez brothers became notorious in 1989 after fatally shooting their parents, José and Mary Louise Menéndez, in their Beverly Hills home.

When in court, Lyle and Erik cited years of sexual, emotional and physical abuse as a reason for their acts. However, prosecutors argued they only did it to get their share of the family fortune.

They were both convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Over the weekend, Lyle dialled into Nashville’s CrimeCon to be interviewed by his longtime attorney, Mark Geragos, and journalist Laura Ingle.

The trial of the Menéndez brothers. (Ted Soqui/Sygma via Getty Images)
The trial of the Menéndez brothers. (Ted Soqui/Sygma via Getty Images)

He explained how he’s graduating on 20 June with a ‘bachelor’s degree in sociology’, along with a bunch of other ‘incarcerated guys’

“I just decided even though I'm incarcerated and there isn't hope of freedom, I still have a chance to be a productive person and sort of feel like I'm proud of what I'm doing with my day,” the killer said.

“Education seemed like an obvious answer to that question.”

And he’s now trying for a master’s in urban planning which he hopes will fit in with his work to help redesign the prison yard.

Lyle added more on his aspirations if he gets released: “I’ve had these discussions with corrections officials who are in charge of letting formerly incarcerated people return to the prisons to do good work and they are definitely open to and would like me to continue to work on this idea of transforming prison yards so that it creates living environments and communities that produce better neighbours.”

Lyle's mugshot in 2003. (Kypros/Getty Images)
Lyle's mugshot in 2003. (Kypros/Getty Images)

He then continued that ‘as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse’ he’s had conversations about creating a ‘foundation’ where they would ‘go and try to speak to the forums in those groups and help in that space’.

“It’s an area that I spend a lot of my time in,” he added.

Lyle went on to explain how he’s working to form therapy groups with other inmates so people can ‘confidently talk’ about their ‘difficult childhoods’ and ‘difficult circumstances’.

He then went on to thank those who have sent letters of support to him and Erik.

“I would just express gratitude to so many, an enormous number of people around the world and around the country who have written my brother and I or visited the Facebook created for victims to express themselves on through my family’s help and just express gratitude for their support, their belief that we should be given a second chance,” he said.

Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will feature Javier Bardem and Chloë Sevigny as the parents, while Nicholas Alexander Chavez and Cooper Koch are set to play the brothers.

Featured Image Credit: Ted Soqui/Sygma via Getty Images

Topics: Netflix, True Crime, TV, TV and Film, Crime, US News