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Born in Eastchester, New York, USA
Birth NameElisabeth Anne Bisceglia
Nickname Betty
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Elisabeth Anne "Betty" Broderick was born on November 7, 1947 in Eastchester New York, one of six children born to Frank and Marita Bisceglia. As a college freshman in 1965, she met Daniel T. Broderick III, then a medical student at Cornell, and they married in 1969, moving from Pennsylvania to California. Betty gave birth to two boys and two girls thoughout the marriage. By this time, Dan Broderick had gone from medical to law, and was making millions of dollars a year as a medical-malpractice attorney. However, as the money poured in, the marriage was dissolving, and in 1983 Dan began seeing Linda Kolkena, who at the time was twenty-one years old. Betty reacted to this news violently, and after Dan moved out and began initiating divorce proceedings, she began vandalising his new premises, leaving foul-mouthed messages on the answering machine and generally attempted to make life difficult for both Dan and Linda. After the divorce was finalised in 1989, Dan married his former mistress and tore Betty apart in the settlement - she was left with, considering that by this time Dan was a multi-millionaire, the bare neccesities (Dan was also awarded custody of the children). All of this pressure eventually took it's toll on November 5, 1989, and Betty broke into Dan's home and shot both him and Linda whilst they lay sleeping. After two trials (the first one resulted in a hung jury), she was convicted in 1991 of two counts of second-degree murder, and sentenced to 32-years-to-life imprisonment. Her first possible parole date is in March 2011.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Josh

Spouse (1)

Daniel Broderick III (12 April 1969 - 28 January 1989) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (4)

Played by Meredith Baxter in "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992)", "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter (1992)".
Claims she went to her ex-husband's house intending to commit suicide in front of him. She shot him and his wife in their bedroom while they slept, then pulled the phone out of the wall so neither could call 911.
Has four children: Kimberly (b. January 1970), Lee (b. July 1971), Daniel IV (b. 1976) and Rhett (b. 1979). Rhett was named after Rhett Butler from "Gone With The Wind (1939)", Dan's favourite movie.
As Prisoner W42477, she carries out the daily duties required at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California. [August 2004]

Personal Quotes (3)

"My children" (when asked to complete the sentence, "The most important thing in my life is . . . ")
I was so entirely invested in my family that when I lost husband, home, and children, there was literally nothing left! Of course, in hindsight, I wouldn't have known how to be anything other than 100% invested in my family. I never made time for me, or did anything on my own. I lost me - but I'm back!
"I was the perfect little Catholic schoolgirl. I bought the program hook, line and sinker - big sinker! Marry the man of your dreams who will be a good provider for you and your many children. Be beautiful, have a beautiful home, beautiful children, be active in church and community, watch the kids grow, marry them off and be grandparents. I am not a scorekeeper - everything we did, we did as a couple. If we were poor, we were poor together. If we were rich, we were rich together. I viewed everything as "us," the good, the bad, or the ugly. Dan never seemed to have that view. "We" were poor, but "he" was rich. In the divorce, all the debts were 50% mine, but all the assets were 100% his. Nice arithmetic!" - when asked on how she led her life.

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