We’re all familiar with the term “murder.” Often, it’s a word we associate with acts of violence and destruction. But how many of us are familiar with the term “serial killer”? This blog post tells the story of American serial killer Betty Broderick, who was convicted for fatally shooting her ex-husband and his second wife in 1986.
Betty Broderick was born in 1947 in San Diego, California. Her early life was full of trauma and abuse. Her father was an alcoholic who would often beat her mother. This led to Betty’s mother leaving the family when Betty was just a child. Betty was then raised by her grandparents. As a teenager, she began dating Bob Broderick, who came from a wealthy family. The couple got married when Betty was just eighteen years old. During their marriage, Bob had several affairs and fathered two children with another woman. Betty was also abused by her husband, both physically and emotionally. In 1989, after years of suffering, Betty snapped and killed her husband and his new girlfriend, Elaine D’Alessio. She is currently serving a 32-year prison sentence for the murders. In this blog section, we will explore Betty’s early life and how it may have contributed to her eventual downfall.
Marriage to Dan Broderick
Betty and Dan Broderick were married in 1969. They had four children together and were seemingly happy. However, over time, their marriage began to unravel. Dan had affairs and was often away from home, while Betty was left to raise the children on her own. The couple fought constantly, and their divorce became final in 1985. Betty later claimed that her ex-husband had destroyed her life. She began drinking heavily and became increasingly unstable. In 1989, she shot and killed Dan and his new wife, Linda Kolkena, in their San Diego home. Betty was convicted of double homicide and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. In her blog entries, Betty often writes about her marriage to Dan and how it led to her downfall. She talks about the pain of being divorced and having to raise her children alone. She also blames Dan for ruining her life, and she seems to despise him for everything he did to her.
The Murder of Dan’s Ex-wife Linda
On the morning of November 5, 1989, Betty Broderick woke up early, grabbed a cup of coffee, and headed to her ex-husband Dan’s house. She had been planning to kill him for months, and today was the day she was finally going to do it. Betty believed that Dan had ruined her life. He had cheated on her while they were married, and then he divorced her and married his mistress. Betty was convinced that Linda, Dan’s new wife, was the reason her life had fallen apart. So, Betty went to Dan’s house with the intent to kill him and Linda. She shot both of them in their sleep, and then she called the police and turned herself in. At her trial, Betty claimed that she had suffered from years of mental abuse from Dan, and that she snapped on the day of the murders. The jury didn’t buy it, and Betty was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. She is currently serving a 32-year prison sentence.
Divorce and Reconciliation with Dan
“I don’t think about Betty much these days,” Dan says as he leans back in his chair. It’s a warm day in early spring, and the sun is shining in through the window of the cafe where we’re sitting. Dan is in his early 70s now, and he’s retired from his job as a professor at a small college in California. He’s been divorced for nearly 30 years, and he seems content with his life. “I don’t think about her at all, actually,” he adds with a shrug. Dan Broderick was once married to Betty Broderick, a woman who would later become infamous for murdering her ex-husband and his new wife. It was a shocking crime that made headline news across the country. And while Betty is currently serving a life sentence in prison, Dan has moved on with his life. “I guess I’ve forgiven her,” he says after a long pause. “It took a long time, but I realized that holding onto anger and resentment was only hurting me. I’m not sure if Betty has forgiven me, but that’s not really my concern anymore.” For Dan, the hardest part of the divorce wasn’t the murder trial or
Marriage Again to Gordon Stewart, Betty’s third Husband
Betty Broderick’s third husband was Gordon Stewart, who she married in 2005. He was a serial killer who had killed three women. She said that she didn’t know about his past when she married him and only found out after they had been together for a while. She said that he was a good husband and that she didn’t believe that he was capable of killing anyone.
Betty’s Release from Prison
On November 7th, 2016, Betty Broderick was released from prison after serving 28 years of a 32 year sentence. This marks the end of a very long and tragic story for Betty, who was once a loving wife and mother. Her release also brings up many questions about our criminal justice system, and how it deals with domestic violence cases. Betty’s story is a reminder that even though our criminal justice system is designed to protect us from dangerous criminals, it can sometimes fail those who need it the most. Domestic violence is a very complex issue, and often times the victims are the ones who end up paying the price. We need to do better at supporting victims of domestic violence, and making sure that their voices are heard.
If you think your life is tough, just remember that it could always be worse. You could be Betty Broderick, a woman who killed her ex-husband and his new wife in cold blood. Or you could be one of her victims, suffering at the hands of someone who was supposed to love you. Thankfully, justice was served in this case and Betty is now serving a life sentence in prison. But her story serves as a reminder that not all marriages are made in heaven — sometimes, they’re made in hell.