Betty Broderick: Is Betty Broderick still in prison?
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Is Betty Broderick still in prison?
On December 11, 1991, at a courthouse in California, 44-year-old Betty Broderick was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder.
Betty was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 15 years to life plus two years for illegal use of a firearm.
This means in total, she is serving 32-years-to-life in prison and is still serving her sentence today.
Betty had shot dead her ex-husband, Dan Broderick (played by Christian Slater) and his new wife, Linda Broderick (Rachel Keller) on the morning of Sunday, November 5, 1989, as they slept.
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Dan was aged 44 at the time of his death and Linda was 28-years-old.
Following the killings, Betty turned herself into police and never denied the killing ever took place.
However, at her trial, her defence argued the killings were not premeditated and she suffered from battered woman syndrome (BWS).
The prosecution argued Betty was a murderer who planned to kill her ex-husband and his new wife.
At the moment, Betty, now 72, is serving her sentence at the California Institute for Women in Los Angeles.
During her time in prison, The San Diego Reader detailed how Betty has worked as a prison janitor, acted as a hairdresser and did volunteer work such as tutoring.
In her 2015 memoir, Telling on Myself, she wrote: “I am basically happy here. I’m safe and there’s a kind of freedom in that.”
She is expected to spend the rest of her life in prison after her parole requests were denied three times.
Her request for parole was denied in January 2010 and again in November 2011 and for a third time January 2017.
CNN reported Betty’s first parole request was denied because she did not show remorse for the killings or acknowledge any wrongdoings.
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According to CBS News, Betty will most likely not be eligible for parole until January 2032.
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 basically said ‘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.”
At the California Institute for Women, Betty is serving her sentence alongside notorious criminals such as murderer Theresa Knorr and Charles Manson “family” members Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten.
During her time in prison, Betty has given regular television and magazine interviews.
For example, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice, Hard Copy, 20/20, and Headliners and Legends.
Speaking to the LA Times in 1990, Betty said the killings were an act of ‘self-defence’.
She said: “I bought into the 1950s Leave It to Beaver marriage… and he stole my whole life.
“This was a desperate act of self-defence.”
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