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Jose Menendez

Jose Menendez

Jose Menendez was a successful businessman who also worked for RCA. Jose Menendez, 45, was shot in the back of the head by his own sons Erik and Lyle Menendez while sitting on a couch in the den of their Beverly Hills home.

Early life and Childhood

Jose Menendez was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 6, 1944.

He was born into a wealthy family; his father was a well-known soccer star who also ran his own accounting firm.

His mother was a swimming champion who was inducted into Cuba’s sports hall of fame.

Jose Menendez
Jose Menendez with his wife and son. Source: Fox News

He also had two sisters, about whom little is known.

He left Cuba when he was 16 and flew to the United States with his sister’s fiancé.

Education Details

Jose Menendez began his education in Cuba at the age of 16, but he finished it in the United States.

He was a high achiever who received an athletic scholarship but could not afford to attend an Ivy League college, so he enrolled at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

He became a successful businessman after passing the CPA exam.

Professional Career

Menendez received an accounting degree from Queens College after graduating from university in 1963.

The family then relocated to southern California, where he worked as an executive for RCA and became acquainted with a lot of showbiz superstars.

José’s profession as a corporate executive moved the family to Beverly Hills, California in 1986, where they stayed until Jose and Mary were murdered by their own sons.

The Mishap

Jose and his family relocated to southern California when he accepted a position as an executive with RCA, where he became acquainted with a number of show business personalities.

He also became an unfaithful husband with mistresses, which exacerbated marital troubles, and his relationship with both sons was worsening.

Jose and his wife, Kitty, were seated on a couch on August 20, 1989, when their sons, Lyle and Erik, entered the room brandishing shotguns.

Jose was shot in the back of the head, and his wife, who had been awakened by the bullets, was shot as she ran towards the hallway.

She was later shot numerous times in the arm, chest, and face, rendering her unrecognizable.

Afterward that night, Lyle dialed 9-1-1 and informed the police that their parents were slain while they were out watching movies, atman, and later attending Taste of L.A.

The brothers did not pursue further research due to a lack of proof.

Soon after, both brothers began to spend lavishly, including traveling on vacation, purchasing watches and luxury items, and so on.

As the inquiry progressed, it finally led to the brothers, who shortly confessed to killing his parents, prompting his psychotherapist, Jerome Oziel Oziel, to inform his mistress, who later informed the police.

Lyle was arrested on March 8, 1990, and Erik handed himself in three days later. They were both charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to life in jail without the possibility of release.

In popular culture, the Menendez brothers have appeared in documentaries and criminal series such as Law & Order, Snapped, Saturday Night Live, The Last Podcast on the Left, and a lifetime movie titled Menendez: Blood Brothers (2017), as well as the television films Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills.

Net worth and Salary

Jose came from an affluent family, which meant he had already amassed a large fortune.

The money element was the most important factor in his suicide.

Jose Menendez’s net worth was believed to be around $14 million at the time of his death.

Lyle and Erik’s sons almost squandered $700,000 of his assets during the first six months after his death.

More Facts about Jose Menendez

Jose Menendez Biography
Real Name Jose Enrique Menendez
Birth Date 6 May 1944
Died Date 20 August 1989
Age 45 Years
Birth Place Havana, Cuba
Nationality American
Profession Businessman
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Taurus
Physical Statistics
Height in feet inches – 6’ 0” – in Centimetres – 183 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 95 kg  –  in Pounds –  216 lbs
Chest Size Not Known
Waist Size Not Known
Biceps Size Not Known
Shoe Size 12 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Average
Father Not Known
Mother Not Known
Sister Teresita Baralt, Marta Cano
Brother Not Known
School Not Known
College Queens College, City University of New York
Relationship Status
Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is he a Gay? No
Wife? Kitty Menendez (m. 1963–1989)
Children Two (Erik Menendez, Lyle Menendez)

Relationship Status

Jose Menendez met his future wife Mary Louise Anderson while attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

The pair married in 1964 and later became parents to their first son, Joseph Lyle Menéndez, on January 10, 1968.

Mary, a teacher at the time, abandoned her profession to care for her son, and the family relocated to New Jersey.

Erik Galen Menéndez, their second child, was born on November 7, 1970.

Body Measurements

Jose’s Height in feet and inches is 6′ 0″ and in Centimetres is 183 cm. His weight in Pounds is 216 pounds.

He has an unknown Chest Size, His waist size is unknown, Biceps Size is Unknown with 12 shoe sizes (U.S.).

He has Dark Brown Hair and Dark Brown Eyes with an Average Body Type

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  • Jose was 45-years-old when he was shot in the back of his head by his own sons Erik and Lyle Menendez while he was sitting on a couch in the den of their house in Beverly Hills.
  • Menendez was a successful businessman who was also an executive for RCA.
  • Enrique Menendez was born on May 6, 1944, in Havana, Cuba.
  • Later that night, Lyle called 9-1-1 and told the police while they were away to watch a movie theatre, atman, and then later attended Taste of L. A when their parents were killed.
  • On March 8, 1990, Lyle was arrested and three days later Erik also turned himself into the police.
  • Both of them were charged with First-degree murder, and conspiracy to commit murder, and were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Together, the couple got married in 1964 and then later became parents of their first son, Joseph Lyle Menéndez was born on January 10, 1968.
  • Jose belonged to a wealthy family which means he had accumulated so much fortune to his name already.
  • The money factor is the biggest factor in his death because, at the time of his death, his net worth was estimated around $14 million.