Betty Broderick Net Worth
Betty Broderick has an estimated net worth of $0. After Betty Broderick murdered her ex-husband and his new wife on November 5, 1989, many debated whether she’d been pushed beyond the limits of her mental endurance or driven by vengeance. Since Broderick was sentenced to jail, she lost all her income sources.
Betty Broderick, 41, shot and killed her ex-husband and his new wife in San Diego, California on November 5, 1989. The crime, which was preceded by a contentious divorce, quickly gained national attention. Some sympathized with Broderick’s position as the first wife who had been abandoned for a younger woman, while others believed Broderick had harassed her ex and new spouse before murdering them.
Broderick’s first trial ended in a mistrial, but she was found guilty of second-degree murder at a second trial in 1991. Her parole applications were denied in 2010 and 2017. The story of Betty Broderick has been adapted for television movies and the series Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.
To calculate the net worth of Betty Broderick, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:
On November 7, 1947, Broderick was born as Elisabeth Anne Bisceglia. She grew up with five other siblings in Eastchester, New York. In 1965, she was a 17-year-old first-year student at Mount Saint Vincent College who went to see a football game at the University of Notre Dame. There she met Daniel “Dan” Broderick III, a senior at Notre Dame at the time.
On April 12, 1969, the couple married. Dan, Broderick, and their two daughters moved to San Diego in 1973 after completing their studies at Harvard Law.
The hiring of Linda Kolkena as her husband’s assistant was a watershed moment in Broderick’s marriage. She suspected an affair by 1983. When she thought her suspicions were confirmed, she took Dan’s clothes outside and set them on fire. Dan divorced Broderick in February 1985, leaving her in a rented house while he returned to their home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood. In September 1985, he filed for divorce.
Broderick disobeyed restraining orders and threatened to kill himself during and after the contentious divorce proceedings. She once spray painted the walls of her husband’s house, and another time she smeared cream pie on Dan’s belongings. She felt she had no choice but to lash out because he was attempting to harm her interests by using his professional knowledge and connections (he was president of the San Diego Bar Association). Dan obtained full custody of their children and, thanks to a court order, was able to sell the family home against Broderick’s wishes.
Following the house sale, Broderick drove her car into Dan’s new front door, resulting in a three-day mental hold. She frequently left profanity-laced messages, later explaining that it was a reaction to hearing Linda’s voice on the answering machine when she called to speak with her sons.
Dan attempted to control Broderick’s behavior by paying her support. He instituted a system of fines for various offenses, such as a $100 fine if she used obscenities or a $500 fine if she entered his house.
The divorce was finalized in 1986, but there were ongoing custody and alimony disputes. Broderick was eventually awarded $16,000 in monthly support, but as a former socialite, she felt this was insufficient given her expenses. “I had nothing left to live on,” she said at one point.
Murder of Her Ex-Husband and His New Wife
Broderick drove to Dan and Linda’s house in San Diego on November 5, 1989. Broderick entered the house with keys belonging to her daughter and went to the bedroom, where Dan and Linda were still sleeping. Broderick then pulled out her revolver and fired five bullets. Two of them hit Linda, who died instantly, and one hit Dan.
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Broderick revealed that after she shot him, Dan said, “OK, OK, you got me.” In addition, she stated, “He was lying on the floor, with the phone right next to him. ‘Oh, my God!’ I exclaimed. He’ll be on the phone before I get down the stairs.” Broderick prevented this by pulling the phone cord out of the wall before leaving him to die.
Broderick never denied killing Dan and Linda, but she claimed she went to their house to confront them about ongoing legal issues, after which she planned to commit suicide. According to Broderick, she was startled and pulled the trigger when Dan reached for the phone to call the cops. She’d then run out of bullets to commit suicide.
Trial and Sentence
Broderick was charged with murder after the killings. The first trial ended in a mistrial in November 1990, when jurors couldn’t agree whether she should be convicted of murder or manslaughter. However, despite Broderick’s claims of abuse and manipulation, the jury at her second trial found her guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in December 1991.
Broderick was sentenced to prison for 32 years to life in prison. In 2010, she became eligible for parole, but it was denied. “Your heart is still bitter, and you are still angry,” one parole officer told her at the time. In 2017, Broderick was denied parole for the second time. Following this, she wrote, “I met all of the criteria for parole and was scheduled to be released in 2010. I am now only a political prisoner. There is no reason for them to deny my parole.”
Broderick’s next parole hearing is scheduled for 2032, though she may be eligible for an earlier hearing if she meets certain requirements, such as good behavior.
Supporters of Broderick condemned the murders but felt her husband had abused her. She’d supported him and their young family as he graduated from Cornell University Medical School and went on to Harvard Law School, and as he established himself as a medical malpractice attorney. Dan had left his first wife for a younger woman when his law career was flourishing, depriving Broderick of the luxurious lifestyle they’d both strived for.
Detractors claimed Broderick tortured and stalked her ex before murdering him and his new wife.
Movies, TV Shows and Books
The killings drew immediate attention, with Court TV broadcasting Broderick’s trials. In the early 1990s, she inspired two popular TV movies: A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story and Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter. For her talk show, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Broderick. Broderick and her actions have been the subject of several books. Snapped and Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story revisited Broderick’s case in 2020.
Broderick and Dan had four children together: daughters Kim (b. 1970) and Lee (b. 1971), and sons Daniel IV (b. 1976) and Rhett (b. 1979). After Broderick killed her ex-husband, the two younger children were placed in the care of their paternal uncle’s ex-wife (by which time their daughters were already adults).
Broderick kept in touch with her children during her incarceration. “She’s a nice woman,” Rhett said on Oprah’s 20th Anniversary Follow-Up show in 2005. “Everybody here would like her … if they talked to her about any subject other than my father.”
Two of Broderick’s children supported her release on parole in 2010, while the others opposed her leaving prison.
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