This morning the Daily Mail returned us to three decades ago.
That was when two brothers, Lyle and Erik Menendez, showcased that rich families have problems too.
Their stage was Court TV. And eventually in 1994, after two trials, they were convicted of killing their parents Jose and Kitty and sentenced to life without possibility for parole.
Their criminal defense attorney, Leslie Abramson, became a household name. And, equally famous court journalist, Dominick Dunne, sized her up in Vanity Fair. At the time, the O.J. Simpson trial and acquittal represented the "other" double murder which riveted world attention.
Tonight, ABC will broadcast a documentary on the crime, two trials and how the brothers have settled into prison life, found peace of mind and married their pen pals. Since they are in separate prisons, they don't see each other. No, they aren't allowed conjugal visits with their spouses.
Gawkers around the world are suckers for stories about crazy among the privileged. Just last year, heir to the lost beer fortune, Frances Stroh, published her memoir on growing up with a drunk dad, distant socialite mom, druggie brother and the only solid emotional anchor the African-American cook.. The fortune was lost.
Recently, the American royal family which keeps on giving - the Kennedys - provided us with the arrest of Robert Kenney Jr's son Conor in Aspen, Colorado. There was alleged disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Years ago he had dated Taylor Swift. And before that, Jr's wife had committed suicide.
Now that the Clintons are toast, there will be more tell-alls about Hillary's alleged lack of bonding with daughter Chelsea. What kinds of emotional, social and professional obstacles will the former First Daughter encounter as a now-commoner?
As for the Trumps, the fun is watching how outlier Tiffany messes up or does put together a life. She has toured Harvard Law School. Meanwhile will the three other sibs destroy themselves and each other as they claw for dad's attention. Vanity Fair is already on that.
We, the not-rich, have much to enjoy during the next four years.
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