Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story explores the complicated, fraught marriage between Betty and Dan Broderick that led to a double homicide. The couple (played by Amanda Peet and Christian Slater) moved to affluent La Jolla, California, in the 1970s, where Dan became a medical malpractice lawyer. Where Is Betty Broderick Now and her Children?
Betty suspected her husband was having an affair with his 21-year-old assistant in 1982. Broderick vs. Broderick was the most acrimonious and violent divorce in San Diego County’s history. Betty shot her ex-husband and his new wife in November 1989, just months after Dan remarried Linda. Betty was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in 1991. Fans may wonder what Betty has been doing for the past 29 years now that the show is on Netflix. What happened to Kim, Kathy Lee, Dan, and Rhett Broderick? Here’s where the Brodericks are now.
Where Is Betty Broderick Now: Betty is still in California
Betty has not yet completed her time in prison in California. Betty has been locked up since the day she committed her crime, and she can be found at the California Institution for Women, serving the remainder of her sentence. She submitted her parole request in 2010 and again in 2017, but both times it was denied because she did not demonstrate any remorse for the crimes she committed. The 73-year-old inmate is scheduled to appear before a parole hearing in 2032.
Betty has published her autobiography, Telling on Myself, which was released in 2015 while she was still incarcerated. During her time in prison, she also participated in a number of interviews, including two televised sit-downs with Oprah in 1992. “I live a lot happier than I did when I had all that money,” she told the New York Times from the jail where she was being held without bail while awaiting trial. “I live a lot happier than I did when I had all that money,” she said. “I am able to once again respect myself. I feel like I can make it.”
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What was Betty Broderick’s problem?
Another psychologist testified that while he didn’t believe Broderick had any mental illnesses, he did believe she had dual personality disorders. These disorders include narcissistic personality disorder (characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance) and histrionic personality disorder.
Her kids are all grown up and have their own families
Betty still talks to her children and grandchildren, per her memoir. Her daughter Kim posted the above photo for National Siblings Day. Her sister Kathy Lee also lives in Hailey, Idaho. Kim, 21, testified at her mother’s trial. 2014: Betty Broderick, My Mom: The Kim Broderick Story. Kathy Lee testified that Betty called her after shooting Dan and Linda. Her father’s will reportedly left her out. Dan, his wife Megan, and their three daughters live in La Jolla, California. Inside Weddings featured the couple’s 300-person wedding.
Rhett, who was 10 when his father was murdered, lived with relatives and attended troubled teen camps. “Everything I did was blamed on my parents’ situation,” he told Oprah in 2005. He’s doing well. Rhett has a BA from UC Berkeley and lives in Hailey, Idaho, with his wife and two daughters. He teaches history at Wood River High School.
The siblings are divided over whether to free Betty.
All four children testified at Betty’s first parole hearing in 2010. They were split as to whether their mother should be granted her freedom.
“She should be able to live her later life outside prison walls,” Kathy Lee told the parole board, suggesting that Betty could stay with her. Rhett was also in support of her release. “She’s a nice lady,” he told Oprah. “Everyone here would like her… if they spoke with her on any topic other than my dad.” On the other hand, Kim and Dan didn’t feel the same way. “In my heart, I know my mother is a good person,” Dan said. “But along the way, she got lost. Releasing a lost person into society could be a dangerous mistake.”
This was back in 2010—perhaps their feelings will change by Betty’s next parole hearing in 2032. By then, their mother will be 84 years old.
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