January 11, 2017
Betty Broderick Denied Parole
I have to say that I am not surprised in the least by the news released last week that Betty Broderick was again denied parole. Back in 2010 she was found unsuitable for release and it was stated that she had not emotionally matured nor grown whatsoever and it appears that she continues to make zero strides toward accepting responsibility for what she's done and expressing any kind of remorse.
She may feel like Dan deserved to die (I've always believed that Linda was collateral damage) but she's had years to prepare for this hearing. Why wouldn't she at least say she realizes what she's done and how wrong it was? I'm not advocating lying but . . . I mean, I just don't understand it.
I think Betty wants to stay in prison. She's been incarcerated since 1989. The world has changed a great deal while she's been in. She won't have to adapt, learn how to live in the 2017 world. She knows what to expect there. More importantly, I think she may enjoy playing the wronged wife.
Interestingly, if you search around various boards and forums about this case, opinion is still as divided as it was in 1989. Some people believe that Betty has been punished enough and should be freed. They are offended on her behalf that she put some clown through both medical and law schools and then was dumped for a bimbo office receptionist. Some say that while they agree that she was wronged, she still needs to pay for her crimes and should remain where she is. Others believe that Betty is a vicious killer who deserves no sympathy.
Which Betty do you believe in? Was she just a selfish, manipulative woman who killed out of spite? Was she pushed to being mentally unbalanced by a cruel man who used both the legal system and his mistress to dial up Betty? Was Betty always mentally unstable? Does she remain any of these things?
Given that I know someone who knew both Dan and Betty, I believe that Dan was a real asshole. I think he was fine with Betty supporting him and putting him through school but when he decided that he no longer wanted to participate in their marriage, he did not want to reimburse Betty in kind. Greed. And just an asshole. I also think that Linda had a cruel streak. I believe that she tormented Betty; by dictating the message on Dan's answering machine, by sending Betty pamphlets for weight loss; by sending Betty pictures of herself with Dan, with notes that indicated how happy they were. Heck, at the time of their deaths Dan and Linda were sleeping under a quilt that had belonged to Dan and Betty during their marriage. Very childish actions on an adult playground.
I think Betty may have had a twisted perception of marriage and women's roles based on her upbringing and her generation. But, again based on what I was told by someone who knew both Dan and Betty, I believe she was a good mother, at least before Linda. After Linda, I think she was psychologically damaged.
None of this means that she was justified in killing anyone. I'm sad for the children, who now have children of their own that do not know their Broderick grandparents. I'm sad that Betty herself apparently cannot recognize what she's done - - not just to Dan and Linda and her children but to herself.
Back to the Parole Board. In their decision to deny Betty, they gave her the longest denial possible - - 15 years. However, she can request an earlier hearing if she meets certain criteria.