Betty Briderick, who was once a well-known San Diego socialite, is seeking parole in the double murder case that she was convicted of in 1991.
SHE WAS given a 32 years jail term for killing her husband and his second wife in bed. After almost 20 years, she will probably see the free sky. Prisoner Betty Briderick, who was once a well-known San Diego socialite is seeking parole in the double murder case that she was convicted of in 1991.
Betty Broderick, 62, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. Her case became the subject of a book and two TV movies. Though till date she has defended her action saying that “she was a victim of battered-wife syndrome” and was compelled to commit the crime due to a prolonged divorce battle.
She also unsuccessfully argued for years that the killing was the result of years of emotional abuse by her husband. The case had hit the headlines in 1991 with details of the battles between Broderick and her husband, Daniel Broderick III. They married in 1969 and had four children. In the late 1980s, he began an affair with another woman (Linda Broderick) whom he eventually married.According to sources, Broderick told the court that she stealthily entered into the couple's bedroom with an aim to confront them and kill herself. She said that she didn't want to kill her husband or his second wife, but pulled the trigger when the Linda Broderick screamed, “call the police” and husband reached out to the telephone.The prosecution called it a cold-blooded execution motivated by jealousy and obsessive hatred. Broderick's lawyer said her ex-husband heaped abuse on her and pushed her past an emotional breaking point.