The Menendez brothers might be the most famous on our list. Killing their parents in cold blood and then spending their money lavishly within weeks of the act, put a national lens on this killing duo. Though the brother's defense included accusations of child abuse, their second trial (after the first ended in a mistrial) left the two brothers with a life sentence in prison without the option for parole. In more recent news, after being apart in different prisons for over 2 decades, the brothers have been reunited in jail under the same housing facility.
Though Jimmy Robertson's case didn't make national headlines, his story is well-known in the small town of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Born into an affluent family, Robertson was showered with money growing up, but claims he was also disciplined to the point of abuse by his parents. After snorting ten times the legal limit of crushed Ritalin one night, Robertson went after his parents with a butcher knife and a claw hammer, beating and stabbing both of them to death. Robertson is currently on death row but keeps appealing his case in the hopes of saving his own life.
Christopher Wayne Pritchard
In a high-profile case, the murder of American businessman Leith Von Stein rocked the state of North Carolina. On the morning of July 25th, 1988, Christopher Wayne Pritchard walked into the bedroom of his stepfather, Leith Von Stein and mother Bonnie, with a knife and club and murdered Leith, leaving Bonnie with severe injuries. Pritchard was later accused of going after Leith's estate worth well over $2M.
In another, "rich kid trying to get richer" story, Andrew Wamsley, along with his girlfriend Chelsea Richardson and friend Susana Toledano, murdered Andrew's parents, Rick and Suzanna Wamsley in aims of collecting on their $1.65M estate. Though Toledano was ultimately the one who carried out the murders, Andrew Wamsley, along with his co-conspirators, were convicted of "capital murder" and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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