Where Are Betty Broderick and Her Children Today?
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Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, the second season of the True Crime Anthology series, dealt with the complicated, difficult marriage between Betty and Dan Broderick that eventually led to a double murder. For the uninitiated, the couple (played by Amanda Peet and Christian Slater on the USA Network Show) moved to La Jolla, California in the 1970s, where Dan became a successful medical misconduct attorney and Betty stayed home and raised her four children.
In 1982, her apparently perfect marriage began to collapse after Betty suspected her husband of having an affair with his 21-year-old assistant, Linda Kolkena. The divorce proceedings, which began in 1985 and dragged on for four years, were so violent (and violent) that Broderick v Broderick became known as the worst divorce case in San Diego County's history.
In November 1989, only a few months after Dan was married to Linda again, Betty entered the bride's house with her daughter's key and shot her ex-husband and new wife. In 1991, Betty was convicted in two cases of second degree murder and sentenced to 32 years in prison.
What has Betty done in the past 29 years? And what happened to the four children of the Brodericks (two girls, Kim and Kathy Lee, and two boys, Dan and Rhett)? Here's everything we know about where the remaining members of the Broderick family are today.
Betty is still serving her California sentence.
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Betty has been detained since the day she committed her crime and is currently spending her time at the California institution for women. She applied for parole twice in 2010 and 2017 and was rejected both times because she had shown no remorse for her crimes. The 72-year-old's next hearing on probation is scheduled for 2032.
While behind bars, Betty gave several interviews - including two television sit-downs with Oprah in 1992 - and wrote an autobiography, Telling on Myself, which was released in 2015. "I live much happier than I did when I had all that money," she told the New York Times from prison, where she was held on bail while waiting for the trial. "I have my self-respect back. I feel like I can do it."
Your children are grown up and have their own families.
According to her memories, Betty is still in contact with her children and grandchildren. Her oldest daughter Kim posted the photo on Facebook earlier this year for the National Sibling Day. She lives with her family in Hailey, Idaho, as does her sister Kathy Lee.
Kim was called to testify against her mother's trial - she was 21 at the time. In 2014, she published a book, Betty Broderick, My Mother: The Kim Broderick Story. Kathy Lee also testified and was said to be the first person to call Betty after shooting Dan and Linda. It was also reported that it was written out of her father's will.
Her brother Dan lives with his wife Megan and their three daughters in La Jolla, California. The couple got married in a lavish 300-person celebration featured on Inside Weddings.
The youngest sibling, Rhett, who was just 10 when his father was murdered, spent the following years with various relatives and in camps for troubled teenagers. "I kept feeling like I was under a microscope, like everything I did, they tried to blame my parents' situation," he told Oprah in 2005.
He seems to have been fine. Rhett holds a BA from UC Berkeley and, like his two sisters, lives in Hailey, Idaho with a wife and two daughters, and teaches history at Wood River High School.
But the siblings are torn between whether Betty should be released from prison.
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All four children testified at Betty's first parole hearing in 2010. They disagreed whether their mother should be granted freedom.
"She should be able to live her later life outside of the prison walls," Kathy Lee told the probation agency, suggesting that Betty could live with her. Rhett also supported her release. "She is a nice woman," he said to Oprah. "Everyone here would like her ... if she talked to her about a topic other than my father."
Kim and Dan, however, didn't feel that way. "I know in my heart that my mother is a good person," said Dan. "But she got lost on the way. Dismissing a lost person into society could be a dangerous mistake."
This was in 2010 - maybe her feelings will change with Betty's next parole hearing in 2032. By then, her mother will be 84 years old.
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