The controversial Netflix collaboration with writer-director Ryan Murphy, “Monster”, was recently renewed for a second season. The second season will focus on the Menendez brothers’ murders. The brothers were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents in 1989. The crime was allegedly motivated by their father’s sexual abuse and their mother’s approval of it.
The show’s creative decision was announced via Netflix’s official social media accounts. The brief clip shared a real 911 call from one of the brothers. In the audio, he frantically tells authorities that his parents had been shot. Netflix confirmed that a third installment of “Monster” had additionally also been ordered. Separately from the show, an “exclusive access” documentary about the case is in the works from Campfire Studios.
From the creators of Monster comes the next chilling installment of the anthology series:
Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story. pic.twitter.com/metyCMecmQ
— Netflix (@netflix) May 1, 2023
The show serves as a biopic depicting the atrocities of notorious serial killers. The debut season followed Jeffrey Dahmer, played by frequent Murphy collaborator Evan Peters. While Peters’ performance in the disturbing role was praised, many criticized the show’s morals as a whole.
Following Dahmer, Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s ‘Monster’ will focus on the story of Lyle and Erik Menendez, two brothers who murdered their parents. pic.twitter.com/ez4LzAuDLI
— Pop Base (@PopBase) May 1, 2023
Dahmer’s murders occurred between 1978 and 1991. Several family members of his victims are still alive, and have been outspoken against the show. Rita Isbell, whose brother Errol Lindsay was killed by Dahmer, penned a response to the show for Insider, explaining how the show was “traumatizing” to the countless families who lost people to Dahmer’s violence.
In addition to the real life families impacted by the production, some social media users also feel that the show glamorizes serial killers. Actor Penn Badgley, who also stars as a serial killer in the fictional “You” on Netflix, called out the platform over the production a few months ago. Badgley argued that “You” posed less of a threat due to its entirely fictional nature.
While the only victims of the Menendez brothers were their parents, Erik Menendez’s wife, child, and other family members are all still alive. The brothers’ cousin, Diane Vander Molen, testified on their behalf to confirm their sexual assault claims. Most importantly, contrary to Dahmer, who was killed in prison by Christopher Scarver, both Menendez brothers are still alive and serving prison time. They have both previously cooperated with documentaries made about their case, as has Erik’s wife Tammi.
Social media users had a lot to say about the series. Many feel that the Menendez brothers were mistreated by the judicial system. Prosecutors confirmed using forensic evidence that they were responsible for the killings of their parents. However, many argue that the killing was committed in self defense. Neither had a history of violence prior the the 1989 killings.
Due to the different nature of the Menendez brothers’ crime, some feel that their story should not have a place in the “Monster” anthology. Dahmer was a convicted serial killer and cannibal, while the Menendez brothers did what they believed necessary to survive a lifetime of abuse.
Having menendez brothers after dahmer in the same series doesnt dit right with me, i wish he just made another project or smt
— Lu (@Lugothacked) May 1, 2023
Others argue that despite the vastly different nature of the respective crimes, the Menendez story on “Monster” could raise some much needed awareness surrounding their case.
i actually think this is great. those brothers deserve the attention bc they don’t deserve to be in jail !!!!
— mia ⋆｡˚ ⋆ (@vodkabrrat) May 1, 2023
On the contrary, others feel that the series as a whole is still unethical, as it resurfaces trauma for several people involved. Twitter users are curious about whether the brothers will be consulted in the making of the series, as they have cooperated with filmmakers in the past.
they’re literally still alive and have a documentary about them, they don’t NEED a dramatized or glorified retelling of their trauma and what they did. god i hope they actually talk to the brothers before making this, not that it needs to be made in the first place.
— sumaya | rooting for americory #bb25 (@ahckuma) May 1, 2023
The second season of “Monster” does not have a release date yet, but will be streaming in 2024.