On the Oprah Winfrey Show, which ended on May 25, Oprah conducted many memorable interviews. But perhaps one of the most remembered was with Betty Broderick who ended in jail for killing her ex-husband and his second wife.
THERE WAS never a shortage of celebrity interviews on the hugely popular Oprah Winfrey Show – considering that an appearance with her was a ticket to fame, and for the already famous even more glamour and lucrative deals.
But there were certain shows that stood out in terms of the interest they generated amongst viewers as reflected in viewership and public opinion. One of them was the March 2, 1992 interview that Oprah conducted with convicted murderer Betty Broderick after she had been convicted of killing her ex-husband and his second wife.It was the details of the case that got the attention of American people at that time. It was in 1989 that Betty Broderick, a socialite living in San Diego, killed her ex-husband and his new wife. Before the murders took place Betty Broderick was married to Daniel T. Broderick. But Daniel left Betty and entered into a relationship with his 28-year-old paralegal, Linda Kolkena, whom he married.Unable to take the rejection and betrayal, Betty spray painted the walls of Daniel’s home and drove her car right through Daniel’s front door in a fit of anger. Finally, she secretly entered his bedroom on a Sunday and shot him and Linda to death.When her trial began in early 1990s, Betty said that rather than being an accused she was a victim as she had been dumped for a younger woman. The case divided opinion amongst American people who formed two camps of opinion – those who supported Betty and those who thought that Betty was in the wrong and deserved just punishment.Such was the interest in her case that since her conviction, her real life story has been made into many television movies and books. Betty is still alive, and as recently as early 2010, she was denied bail for which will be eligible only after 15 years.Oprah’s interview with Betty ranks overall fourth as the highest rated show on Oprah. As per Oprah.com, her show on November 15, 1988, which detailed Oprah’s astonishing weight loss, was her No. 1 viewed and rated show ever in the history of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Other top rated shows include the 1993 interaction with pop megastar Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch on February 11, 1993.