If it comes as a shocker that Lyle Menendez was married once while incarcerated for the 1989 murders of his parents, along with his brother Erik, then it is likely equally as surprising that he's been married twice since his arrest in 1990. But while Erik's wife Tammi Menendez has been open about her relationship for years and has even written a book about her marriage, Rebecca Sneed is hardly in the public eye. So who is Rebecca Sneed? Lyle Menendez's second wife began writing to him when he was still married to ex-Playboy model Anna Erikkson, whom he'd wed in a 1997 prison phone call. When Erikkson discovered that Lyle was communicating with other women aside from her, she reportedly filed for divorce shortly thereafter. But it wasn't until 2003 that Lyle married Rebecca Sneed in the visiting area of the Mule Creek State Prison, making her his second wife.
On Aug. 20, 1989, Erik and Lyle used shotguns at close range to kill their parents in their family's multi-million dollar Beverly Hills mansion. Although the brothers had tried to plead self-defense after years of alleged abuse (claims which were never proven), the prosecution believed their crimes were motivated by the millions of dollars they stood to gain as inheritance. Now, ABC will air a brand new documentary, Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers, with new interviews and what is promised to be "never before seen" home videos of the Menendez family shortly before the murder of Lyle and Erik's parents.
When Lyle first met Sneed through letters, she was a magazine editor, but it's unclear what magazine she worked for at the time or if her initial intention was to simply speak to him on a more personal level for the sake of the media. However the nature of their correspondence was obviously something to be taken more seriously than a simple letter interview, since Lyle's first wife had been so threatened by his "cheating" that she divorced him less than a year into their marriage. Today, Sneed goes by the last name of Menendez and works as an attorney, but has still remained relatively silent about her marriage to the Menendez brother.
In 2008, Sneed graduated from Lincoln University Law School of San Jose and now works as a civil defense attorney with Powers and Miller. Although Sneed remains out of the public eye for the most part, it's reported that both she and Tammi work together outside of the prison in order to bring their husbands a retrial. The two have now been married for almost 14 years now, though, they've never done more than hold hands or kiss since California law is pretty strict on the policy of no conjugal visits for inmates serving life sentences.
The two-hour documentary Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers airs on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.