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E! Dirty John Betty Broderick Episode 7 Recap: The Murder, That Americans have a long, rough week ahead is an understatement. Over the course of almost five years, the Brodericks' acrimonious divorce proceedings would become the stuff of local legend. "The more it happened, the more he would tune out. In 1982, Kolkena moved to Southern California to be closer to a boyfriend. However, the job was short-lived. The fact that Dan was part of the good ol' boys club of lawyers in San Diego, the cards were really stacked against Betty from the beginning.". All rights reserved. Fresh out of law school, Dan was hired by a firm in San Diego, Calif., and in 1973 they moved to La Jolla, the oceanside community known for its big beachfront houses and golf courses, as well as being the home of the famed Salk Institute and Scripps Research medical center. Dan and Betty Broderick were a wealthy San Diego couple whose acrimonious, five-year-long divorce process made national news. (Originally published June 9, at 4 p.m. PT), Here's How 100 Women Use Their Voice Today, Binge These True Crime Shows and Documentaries, TV's Most Killer True Crime Transformations, San Diego Union/U-T San Diego/, Michael Franklin/U-T San Diego/, Lillian Kossacoff/U-T San Diego/ A new episode of Oxygen's Snapped, premiering tonight, will further explore the events leading up to the murder and what was really going through Broderick's head when she drove to her ex's house, gun in hand. It was simple: The Betty Broderick trials in photos Photos from the case of La Jolla socialite Betty Broderick, convicted of murdering her ex-husband and his new wife in 1989. Dan was paying her more than $9,000 a month in alimony. Like Betty and Dan Broderick, Kolkena was born into a strict Catholic family. And while we've gotten much more insight into what could've caused Betty to descend into madness, she's ultimately the one who pulled the trigger. Where Are Betty Broderick's Four Children Now? She's not "condoning or justifying," the actress explained. Prosecutor Kerry Wells argued that Betty had been living a cushy life and was simply mad and humiliated, driven to take revenge by her own narcissism. Snapped: Betty Broderick premieres Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen. Ultimately, Kolkena was a victim of the divorce's grim final chapter. She alleged that he had sold the Coral Reef home out from under her in February 1986 using a legal trick; Dan said he took action after she refused to sign the sale papers, twice. '", "He didn't pay much attention to her," Larry Broderick, Dan's brother, told the Times. She was nominated for an Emmy. She promptly drove her Chevy into the front door of his new house, a butcher knife under her front seat. It was really all those other events that did it — Dan's gaslighting and manipulation, sure, but also Betty losing full custody of her children, feeling cheated in her divorce settlement, and being so consumed with bitter rage that she was unable to relate to her friends anymore, thereby losing her tether to the real world. “You worked to work, not to have a career. When Will Season 2 of "Dirty John" Land on Netflix. The first trial ended in a hung jury when two jurors thought she should be convicted of manslaughter instead of murder, believing that the killings weren't premeditated. But if it were an easily explainable turn of fatal events, the Broderick saga wouldn't be a case that has been revisited time and again, in articles, books and on TV, most recently by USA Network's Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, starring Amanda Peet and Christian Slater as the unhappy couple, which aired its season finale last night. She is described as being a “teenaged office bimbo" in the book that inspired the series, Until the Twelfth of Never, and is mentioned just once in this People overview of the case from 1991. The Brodericks belonged to country clubs and sent their kids to private school, drove sports cars and took ski vacations in Colorado. But Betty didn't really make it through unscathed. I was dying for Dad to divorce her. Betty first told the Los Angeles Times three weeks after the killings that, if Dan hadn't acted the way he did while they were getting divorced, "I would've been fine. Or mad as hell and she just couldn't take it anymore, having devoted 16 years of her life to Dan, only to be dumped for a younger woman? Betty Broderick "remains an unreasonable risk of danger to ... Linda refused to return Betty's wedding china, even though she bought her own. According to her sister, Maggie Kolkena-Seats, the girls were raised to think of motherhood as a goal. "She still has not developed appropriate insight or remorse for these gruesome murders, which she committed with a callous disregard for human suffering," District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said before Broderick's hearing three years ago at the California Institute for Women in Corona, Calif. She was denied parole for the first time in 2010 and won't be eligible again until 2032. Her parents were Dutch immigrants who came to the United States in the 1950s, per Bella Stumbo's book, Until the Twelfth of Never. Which is why Linda's behavior in the episode — saying nasty things about Betty, making fun of her, refusing to offer any sort of olive branch to her husband's ex, and even stealing her diary — isn't necessarily how she behaved IRL.


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