LOS ANGELES (TNS) -- All of the "Law & Order" franchise have featured plots and storylines that were as executive producer Dick Wolf describes it ripped from the headlines. The stories have been fiction but they were inspired by true events. In the case of his latest NBC series, "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders," the storyline comes from the years of headlines surrounding the arrest of Lyle and Erik Menendez in 1989 for the shotgun murder of their parents through their sentencing in 1996.
The eight-episode offering -- scheduled to start Tuesday -- takes a dramatized look at the notorious murder where the brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills. The arrest and trial became a national sensation and a media circus because it had all the elements of money, power, abuse and two good looking young men charged with the crime.