Jose Menendez Biography

Jose Menendez 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. Jose was a successful businessman who was also an executive for RCA.

Early life

Jose Enrique Menendez was born on May 6, 1944, in Havana, Cuba. He was born into a prosperous family; his father was a well-known soccer player who owned his own accounting firm. His mother was a swimmer who had been elected to Cuba’s sports hall of fame. He also had two sisters about which not much is known. When he was 16, he left Cuba and moved to the United States flying with his sister’s fiancé.

By the age of 16, Jose studied in Cuba but then later on he completed his education in the United States. He was a high achiever and won an athletic scholarship, but could not afford to attend an Ivy League college, and thus attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He passed the CPA exam and he became a successful businessman.

Jose Menendez Career

In 1963 after graduating from university, Jose earned an accounting degree from Queens College. Then the family moved to southern California and he became an executive for RCA and became acquainted with a number of show business celebrities. In 1986, José’s career as a corporate executive took the family to Beverly Hills, California where they stayed till the time Jose and Mary were shot by their own sons.

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The Incident

Jose and his family moved to southern California as became an executive for RCA, and became acquainted with a number of show business celebrities. He also became an unfaithful husband, who also had mistresses which further lead to marital problems, and his relationship with both sons was also deteriorating. On August 20, 1989, Jose and his wife Kitty were sitting on a couch when their sons, Lyle and Erik entered the room carrying shotguns. Jose was shot in the back of his head and his wife who was awakened by the shots was shot while she was running towards the hallway. She was later shot several times in the arm, chest, face which made her completely unrecognizable.

Later that night, Lyle called 9-1-1 and told the police while they were away to watch movie theatre, atman and then later attended Taste of L.A when their parents were killed. Due to lack of evidence, the brothers did not go into further investigation. Soon, both of the brothers started to spend heavily, that included going on vacation, buying watches and luxury good and so on.

As the investigation continued, it eventually came to the brothers and soon confessed to killing his parents so his psychologist Jerome Oziel Oziel told his mistress who later told the police. 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, conspiracy to commit murder, and were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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In popular culture

The Menendez brothers were featured in many documentaries and criminal series such as The Law & Order, Snapped, Saturday Night Live, The Last Podcast on the Left and a lifetime movie titled Menendez: Blood Brothers (2017), and the television films Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills have also been created on the horror killing.

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)

Personal life

While Jose was attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he met his future wife Mary Louise Anderson. 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. Mary who was a teacher at that time, quit her job to take care of the son and the family moved to New Jersey. On November 7, 1970, their second child, Erik Galen Menéndez was born.

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Jose Menendez Net Worth

Jose belonged to a wealthy family that means he had accumulated so much fortune to his name already. The money factor is the biggest factor for his death because, at the time of his death, his net worth was estimated around $14 million. After his demise, Lyle and Erik both their sons almost spent about $700K of his worth just within the sixth months.


  • Jose Enrique Menéndez was a successful businessman who lived in Beverly Hills.
  • He was born in Havana, Cuba.
  • When he was 16, he moved to the United States and left his country Cuba.
  • He attended Southern Illinois University, where he met his wife Mary Louise.
  • His father was a soccer player who owned his own accounting firm.

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