The Eye-Opening Saga Behind Dirty John: Betty Broderick

Daughter Broderick, Jack Earle

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Daughter broderick “There remains an undue risk of danger to society.”

So the prosecution successfully argued against Broderick’s most recent chance on parole in 2017. And he has his reasons for it.

When Broderick killed her ex-husband and his second wife in their bed in 1989, the reason for her actions became a hotly debated topic, not only among prosecution and defense lawyers, but among those countless Including those who denied every methodical detail, the scam case as it appeared in real time.

Broderick never claimed to have committed a double murder, but said that she was a long-suffering wife during 16 years Daniel Broderick III He eventually snapped before she left him for another woman.

“I bought in the 1950s leave it to Beaver Marriage … and he stole my whole life, “Broderick later told Los Angeles Times. “It was a desperate act of self-defense.”

“She is a good woman. Everyone here would like her … if they talk with her on any subject other than my dad,” Rate broderickBetty and Dan are the youngest of four children Oprah Winfrey Show. “Putting him in jail is not really helping him. He is not a threat to society – just two people he was in danger of dying.”

“She still hasn’t developed the proper insight or remorse for these horrific murders, which she has done for human suffering,” District Attorney Born Dumnis said during a hearing two years ago at the California Institute for Women in Corona, California. Parole was denied for the first time in 2010 and would not be eligible again until 2032.

But if this was an easily explainable turn of fatal events, the Broderick saga would not be a case that has been repeatedly revised, and is now the subject of a USA network Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, Starring Amanda Pete And Christian Slater As an unhappy couple. (The first installment of the series in 2018, about Conman John mehan, Sister network was on Bravo.)

Back in the day, Brodericks himself was picture-perfect, considered to be one of those enthusiastic couples on the cocktail party circuit in his stunning enclave of La Jolla, California.

Daughter Broderick, Prosecutor Kerry Wells

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Betty first met Dan in 1965 when he went to South Bend, Ind., With a friend for a Notre Dame football weekend. Dan was a senior in college and loved the girl he met at a party that she would attend medical school in Cornell next year. She was just starting out at Mount St. Vincent, an all-girls Catholic school in the Bronx, and was still living with her parents.

Dan kept in touch to entice him through letters and wire, before relocating to Manhattan for a start at Cornell.

“He was very ambitious, very intelligent and very funny,” recalled Betty La times. “And I’m those three things. We were from the same kind of background. We both wanted the same kind of things in the future,” money, social prestige and a large family. “All I wanted to be a mother,” she continued. And Dan “promised me the moon. The man asked me to marry him every day for three years.”

They were married on 12 April 1969 and had their first child daughter. Kimberly, Was born in January 1970, about a month ago.

After medical school, Dan decided he wanted to pursue medical malpractice law and applied to Harvard Law School. Betty was pregnant with their second child when they moved to Massachusetts, and gave birth to a daughter Lee In 1971.

Out of law school, Dan was hired by a firm in San Diego, California and moved to La Jolla in 1973, a seaside community known for its large beach houses and golf courses, as well It is also a famous house. Salk Institute and Scripps Research Medical Center. Betty sold Tupperware and Avon products side by side, but was primarily a stay-at-home mom.

son Daniel Was born in 1976 and moved to Ratette in 1979. He lost another child, a boy who died two days after being born, in 1973, according to Briana Tauman Hell hath no fury: a true story of wealth and passion, love and jealousy, and a woman inspired to take the ultimate revenge. Daughter also told Times In 1990 that she had an abortion in 1974.

Brodericks belonged to country clubs and sent their children to private school, driving sports cars and taking ski holidays in Colorado. But he, too, occasionally fought violently, and Betty threatened to leave countless times.

“Mom was always kind of weird,” 20-year-old Kim Broderick told Times. “Mom would get mad at Dad all the time. One time Mom picked up the stereo and threw it away. And she locked it out constantly. She came near my window and whispered, ‘Kim, let me in.”

Kim said, “Her mother always told me that they were getting divorced.” “She will say, ‘Who are you going to live with?” I was dying to divorce my father. I would say to my father, ‘Just leave me that day.’

In 1983, Dan hired a 22-year-old Linda kolkenna As a legal assistant, and the daughter was late in not suspecting an affair with her husband.

“People who knew me before 1983 knew me for real,” Betty told Times. “1983 was like an ax in my life.”

On Dan’s 39th birthday, according to Times, Betty went to his office to surprise him and saw champagne bottles and other apparent remains of a party, and the receptionist told him that Dan and Linda had left for most of the day. The daughter went home and proceeded as a bonfire to burn her husband’s clothes in the backyard. The daughter said that she asked her to get out, but she did not come.

In 1984, the family moved into a rental house after discovering a foundation crack in their home in Coral Reef.

In February 1985, Dan rented and moved back from the Coral Reef House. Just to be alone, he told Betty, but she didn’t believe him.

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That June, he spray-painted the master bedroom at the Coral Reef House.

In September, he filed for divorce.

Over the course of nearly five years, Broders’ strident divorce proceedings would become a local legend. Betty ransacked the Coral Reef house again, broke the glass doors and threw the cream pie into the bedroom. She will write her name on the court documents in “Ishwar”.

He alleged in 1986 that he had sold the coral reef out of the house using a legal trick; Dan said he took action after refusing to sign sales papers twice. He immediately killed his Chevy at the front door of his new home, with a butcher knife under his front seat. He spent three days at San Diego County Mental Health Hospital.

Dan ends up with primary custody of his children and is engaged to Linda in 1988.

Daughter Broderick, Gun

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Meanwhile, Dan intercepts an arbitrary amount of child support, ordering the police to ban, called police, said he would regret it if he tried to kill her, and that Betty and Kim Both said, Linda refused to return her marriage to China. The daughter, in turn, will leave obscene messages on the couple’s answering machine.

Yet the daughter lived comfortably, in a sea-view house near La Jolla Shore that Dan bought her. Her personal license plate read “LODEMUP”. He had a boyfriend (he claimed Times He was just a friend, although he vacationed in Ekapulco a week before the murder), and worked in an art gallery. The charity was paying $ 16,000 per month in alimony.

“She was the mother of her children, and she didn’t really take the strong measures she took,” said Ned Huntington, a friend of Dan’s and a fellow lawyer, La times. “He did not want the guilt of being punishable against him. So he let him get away from a lot of torture. He would not punish him.”

Dan married Linda Kolkena on April 22, 1989.

On 3 November 1989, Dan told Betty that he would file a criminal complaint against her if she did not stop leaving those messages on her answering machine.

Betty Broderick, Daniel Broderick House

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On the morning of November 5, before dawn, Betty sat in her car, drove to Dan and Linda’s house, let herself use her daughter’s key, and went upstairs to the master bedroom.

Standing near the bed, he emptied his five-chamber .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. Three of the bullets hit the sleeping couple, killing Linda immediately and Dan within minutes, during which she attempts to reach the phone but Betty quickly pulls the rope off the wall.

Cold blooded killer or crazy as hell and she just couldn’t take it, after dedicating 16 years of her life to Dan, only to be dumped for a younger woman? Or both.

Couples from San Diego society were torn, and the name “Betty Broderick” became synonymous with revenge, while not outright, certainly understood and even sympathetic to some, primarily women.

But the law was more clear.

“Mental illness was not discussed enough,” Amanda Peet told E! News when asked what hogwash he learned while making the story Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. “He actually behaved disrespectfully for a long time and did the same. Hopefully in today’s day and age someone must have intervened.”

Pete Broderick was not found behind bars, but he credited Alexandra Cunningham ‘Script for both of their fleshed out portrayals of Betty and Dan. The actress explained that she is “not condensed or justified”. But “it’s a story worth exploring why it happened, what were the components and factors that drive someone to become crazy.”

Rhett, who was about 10 years old when his mother killed his father, reminded him of waking up at Betty’s house on the morning of his father’s murder (his two sons were living with him) and when police found out that his Mother has something.

“I doubt my mother was in trouble,” he told Oprah Winfrey, who was granted permission in 1992 for the first prison interview with Broderick. “Every time she went to my dad’s house, she would call the police immediately.” And she must have been in violation of his restrained order. So I thought I had happened. “

“on several occasions [my brother and I] Went to my dad and told him that we wanted to be with my mother, and that he had no children, making him crazy – and he could have done something extremely irrational if he hadn’t been with us, “Rhett remembers did.

Daughter Broderick, Jack Earle

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The daughter is behind bars since her arrest on 5 November, when she called her daughter Lee after shooting Dan and Linda and then turned herself in to the local police.

The defense, headed by attorney Jack Early, said that Betty was a battered wife and an emotionally abused ex-wife who lived in fear and was desperate for Dan’s brutal self-defense.

Prosecutor Kerry Wells argued that the daughter lived a giddy life and that she was simply mad and humiliated, prompting her to avenge her parochialism.

If Dan didn’t act during the divorce, Betty told Los Angeles Times Magazine In 1990, three weeks after the murders, the reporter said, “I would have been fine. I would have found my home, my children. I would still have worn a shape. I could do my ‘best’ dance.”

She continued, “I have never had any emotional disturbances or mental illness – except when it provoked ‘disturbances’. My ’emotional hustle’ was merely a reaction to Dan’s calculated, disgusting way of dealing with our divorce. That was me. And was teasing everyone by saying that I was crazy … how long can you stay like this? “

The first trial ended in a jury when two gamblers thought he should be convicted of murder rather than murder, believing that the murders were not pre-planned.

But prosecutors ruled guilty of two counts of murder on recidivism in 1991, and sentenced Betty to 32 years in prison, a 15-year sentence to each victim, as well as two years for unlawful use. .

law & Order The case made headlines that same year, until guest-starring Shirley knight As the woman who kills her ex-husband and his new wife. उसे एमी के लिए नामांकित किया गया था। 1992 में, मेरेडिथ बैक्सटर-बिरनी टीवी फिल्म में बेटी के रूप में उनके प्रदर्शन के लिए एमी के लिए भी नामांकित किया गया था ए वूमैन स्कॉरड: द बेट्टी ब्रोडरिक स्टोरी, जिसके द्वारा पीछा किया गया था उसका अंतिम रोष: बेट्टी ब्रोडरिक, अंतिम अध्याय, जिसने नवंबर में परीक्षण का नाटक किया।

के अतिरिक्त गंदा जॉन, ऑक्सीजन का बोले 15 जुलाई को होने वाले एक प्रकरण में मामले को कवर करेगा।

यह पूछे जाने पर कि उसने सोचा कि कहानी दशकों तक इतनी मजबूर रही है, पीट ने ई को बताया! समाचार, “इस कहानी का एक कारण यह था कि रिटेलिंग लायक था क्योंकि बेट्टी की सामाजिक स्थिति 50 के दशक में बढ़ी थी। इसलिए दमित था। बेटी के पास बौद्धिक वादा था लेकिन उसने माँ बनने के लिए त्याग दिया, और परिणामस्वरूप उसे वास्तव में नुकसान उठाना पड़ा। असभ्य जागृति। तथ्य यह है कि डैन सैन डिएगो में वकीलों के अच्छे ol ‘बॉयज़ क्लब का हिस्सा थे, कार्ड्स को शुरू से ही बेट्टी के खिलाफ ढेर किया गया था। “

डर्टी जॉन: द बेट्टी ब्रोडरिक स्टोरी मंगलवार को यूएसए नेटवर्क पर 10 / 9c पर है।

(E! और USA दोनों NBCUniversal परिवार के सदस्य हैं।)

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