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After playing defense lawyer Leslie Abramson on Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, Edie Falco says she thinks differently about the 1980s case of two brothers killing their parents.

“I had heard the story peripherally at the time, and it was about the two greedy kids from Beverly Hills who killed their parents,” she tells EW. “There was so much I didn’t know, the things that these kids were put through from a very young age.”

Falco is referring to the alleged sexual and emotional abuse committed by the brothers’ parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez. “I’m a mom,” she says, “and it does something to your insides to think what kind of illness, mental illness, in specifically the parents of these two boys to have treated their children this way. It’s beyond my comprehension.”

Watch the video above to find out how Miles Gaston Villanueva and Gus Halper researched their real life characters, brothers Erik and Lyle Menendez, and why they think the series will be different from any other Law & Order.

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders premieres Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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