Betty Broderick is one of the most notorious convicted killers in American history. She gained nationwide fame when she shot and killed her ex-husband, Daniel, and his second wife Linda in 198
She was charged with two counts of murder and was convicted of both. Insanely, her sentence became the longest sentence of any female inmate in the history of California at the time – 33 years. This tragic story has been widely talked about and has had a lasting impact on society.
As a result, many media outlets have tried to understand why Betty Broderick has been called “Dirty John”. From court cases to shocking revelations, let’s take a closer look at why this notorious case has earned her this infamous title.
IntroductionBetty Broderick is an American woman who became infamous when she was found guilty of grisly double homicide of her ex-husband and his new wife. She gained the nickname ‘Dirty John’ due to her notoriously complex and tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband which spanned over 15 years.
Betty and Dan’s RelationshipBetty and Dan Broderick (née Betty and Dan Elverson) got married back in 196
They had 4 kids, including Linda and Daniel Broderick. The couple was initially quite content and seemed to have a strong relationship.
However, over the years, things began to change. Betty was a stay-at-home- mom.
Dan had started as a humble doctor but soon became a highly successful and established lawyer. This encouraged him to take a keen interest in his booming career which led him to miss out on family events and moments. Betty, who was not to fond of Dan’s success, did not take it well.
Betty’s Increasing JealousyBetty started to become suspicious of Dan due to his always busy schedule. This sparked jealousy and resentment in her, which eventually started to taint their relationship. Dan politely asked Betty to stop doing narcotics, as it was ruining her health, leading to further altercation between the couple.
Betty felt further controlled by Dan and sought to have a life of her own. Eventually Dan filed for a divorce in 1986, since Betty’s behavior was becoming quite toxic.