The true crime anthology series, Dirty John has ignited questions regarding the whereabouts of Betty Broderick. It’s second season ‘Dirty John: The Betty Broderick story’ is now streaming on Netflix and here is all we know about Betty.
Dirty John: Is Betty Broderick still in prison?
Being found guilty of the murders of his ex-Husband, Dan Broderick, aged 44 then and his wife, Linda Broderick who was only 28 years old, 44-year-old Betty was sentenced to 32 years of life in prison on December 11th, 1991 at a courthouse in California.
This sentence included two consecutive terms of 15 years and 2 years for the illegal use of firearms. In the series, we can see Christian slater play Dan and Rachel Keller as his wife Linda. She shot the peacefully sleeping couple to death on November 5th, 1989, and is still in jail.
After the murders, she turned herself in. At Betty’s trial, her defense argued that her move was not calculated and she was suffering from BWS i.e. Battered Woman Syndrome. Anyhow, proven a murderer, Betty, now 72 was ordered to serve her sentence at California Institute for Woman in Los Angeles.
The San Diego Reader said that during her time in prison, Betty worked as a Janitor, volunteered for a tutor, and also acted as a hairdresser.
After the denial of her parole request three times as she showed no remorse for the crimes she committed, first on January 2010 followed by November 2011 and January 2017, Betty is expected to spend the rest of her life in prison as according to CNN she won’t be eligible for parole until January 2032.
This does not seem so bad for Betty as in her 2015 memoir, Telling On Myself she wrote, “I am basically happy here. I’m safe and there’s kind of freedom in that.”
Deputy District Attorney Richard Sachs argued at Betty’s parole hearing in 2017: “Betty Broderick is an unrepentant woman.
“She has no remorse and zero insight into the killings. She just says ‘they drove me to do this.'”
In an interview with Oprah, Betty’s youngest son Rhett said: “She’s a nice lady. Everyone here would like her. If they spoke with her on any topic other than my dad. Keeping her in prison isn’t really helping her. She’s not a danger to society – the only two people she was a danger to are dead.”
Betty has been seen on various TV shows and magazine interviews like The Oprah Winfrey show, Hard Copy, 20/20 and Headliners and Legends.
Betty, talking to the LA times in 1990 said “I bought into the 1950s Leave It to Beaver marriage and he stole my whole life. This was a desperate act of self-defense.”