Where Is The Real Doctor Jerome Oziel In 2017? The Menendez Brothers' Psychologist Has Moved On
If you were paying attention to the Menendez brothers trial in the '90s, you may remember their therapist Dr. Jerome Oziel, who found himself wrapped up in the case. After Erik and his brother Lyle killed their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, with shotguns in their Beverly Hills home, Erik later broke down and confessed to Dr. Oziel, per CNN. This confession and more comments made by the brothers in future sessions with Oziel eventually led to the brothers' arrests and conviction (they're both still in prison). But what is Dr. Jerome Oziel doing in 2017?
Oziel, who is listed on his website as "Jerry" now, is currently in the business of hosting relationship, marriage, and sex seminars in Portland, Oregon. Per his website's description of his seminars,
Bustle reached out to Oziel, who says that his "seminars have 100 percent approval/satisfaction ratings." That 100 percent stat is also touted on his website. He also added that he is writing "several books," gives talks, and has "a large number of business interests having nothing to do with the seminars."
Though once a practicing psychologist, according to the Board of Psychologist Examiners in Oregon, Oziel's license has lapsed. The expiration date of his license is listed as 1996, so he has not practiced psychology in some time, instead transitioning into hosting seminars and the like.
According to a 1997 article in The Los Angeles Times, Oziel had been "accused by a state panel of breaking confidentiality rules and having sex with female patients," and "surrendered his license to the state Department of Consumer Affairs' Board of Psychology" that same year. In a lengthy statement to Bustle, Oziel says he did surrender his license, but he denies that he did so because of the accusations that were leveled against him at the time. "I did not surrender my license due to the accusation, which implies I gave up my practice because I did things alleged in the original accusation," he writes. "That is flatly and completely false." He adds:
Though Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders calls itself a dramatization, Oziel expressed displeasure with the series in a follow-up email to Bustle and claimed to be in litigation on the matter (Bustle has reached out to NBC for comment):
In another email, Oziel expressed frustration at the case being brought up because of the NBC series and other similar programs focusing on the '90s case.
While the Menendez brothers' case remains a popular one for true crime retellings, Oziel has clearly moved on.