Betty Broderick is Elisabeth Anne Broderick in real life, born November 7, 1947, a former American socialite convicted of the November 5, 1989 murder of her former husband Dan Broderick and his second wife, Linda Kolkena. After a second trial, she was convicted on December 11, 1991 of two counts of second-degree murder, and later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
The San Diego socialite Betty Broderick’s name is back in the news, because of her 1992 interview with Oprah, wherein the said interview was considered as one of the Ten Highest Rated Shows aired on Oprah Winfrey Show. For those who do not know the story of Betty Broderick, here’s what happened back in 1989:
Betty Broderick was married to Daniel T. Broderick, and then he left her for his 28-year-old paralegal, Linda Kolkena Broderick. When he left Betty, she spray painted the walls of his home and drove her car through his front door. She ultimately crept in his bedroom on a Sunday morning in 1989 and shot Daniel and Linda to death.
In the early ’90s, during her trial, she claimed she was the victim, because she was left for a younger woman. The contentious case was apparently split up into two camps, the Betty-bashers and Betty-boosters. Her story has been made into several TV movies and books, and was quite drama-filled.
She was denied parole in early 2010 and will be eligible again in about 15 years, the maximum term possible for parole denial.