To take it back, let's start at the beginning to 1965 when Betty Bisceglia met Daniel T. Broderick III at the University Of Notre Dame. Betty was a student at N.Y.U. Dan was a pre-med student. He, upon meeting Betty, already seen himself where he wanted to be. M.D.A. (Medical Doctor - Almost). They had both dated for several years. Becoming engaged and were married in 1969. Less than a year after being married, Betty was pregnant with their first child; a daughter, Kim. 3 other children soon followed; including 2 sons and another daughter. The couple/family moved to Massachusetts while Betty tended to the children and Dan finished medical school. After medical school, he transitioned into law attending Harvard Law School.
|Dan & Linda|
Linda Kolkena was only 21-yrs-old, but Dan was so smitten with her he soon hired her as his personal assistant. It wasn't long after they'd met that Betty began to suspect something was wrong. Betty had caught Dan sneaking away to call Linda on the phone; including calls to Linda during family vacations. During one trip to London, England, Betty had discovered that Dan had sent Linda flowers. While away with the kids on a camping trip, Betty could not reach Dan on the phone. Upon their return home, Betty finally blurted out her concern about Linda. But, Dan denied that anything illicit was going on. Dan assured Betty repeatedly that she was paranoid and insecure.
After a surprise visit to Dan's at his office for his birthday; it was then that Dan had left early. Betty had arrived to his office afterward. She arrived unannounced bearing gifts to celebrate Dan's 39TH birthday. Dan had left early for lunch w/ Linda and never returned. Betty had walked into Linda's office and seen a portrait of Dan there. Incensed and believed that Dan was having an affair with his assistant, Betty had driven home and pulled out all of Dan's expensive, tailor-made suits from the closet. She threw them into a pile in the backyard, poured gasoline directly on them and set them on fire. After Dan had returned home, Betty confronted him about his assistant and Dan once again denied he was having an affair. It wasn't until long after that altercation with the fire that Dan had finally admitted the truth about his affair with Linda and wanted a separation from Betty.
Given Dan's stature within the legal community and knowledge of the court system, he intentionally used it as a weapon to his advantage against Betty. After announcing his intentions to seeking a divorce, Dan alone moved from the family home that had previously been under construction at Coral Reef upon completion. As a way for Dan to see what she had done, Betty would begin a move that would quickly & regrettably backfire on her.
Dan was the one manipulating their breakup and cast Betty into a rental home and made her appear to be the bad guy whilst he appeared the victim. Her psyche degenerating, Betty struck again during the Christmas season of 1985. With Dan & Linda's relationship already publicly acknowledged, they had taken the kids away for a holiday vacation. Betty, alone, once again broke into her former home and began destroying holiday Christmas gifts under the tree. She felt it was Christmas and whether the holiday was with her or not; Dan didn't get to take Christmas from her. Things worsened for Betty. Even after moving into a new home, Dan could NOT rid himself of Betty. After inciting the sell of the Coral Reef house at the price Dan agreed on without Betty's knowledge/permission/sign-off; all Betty had asked Dan for was what price he sold it for and what her portion of the sell was. She wanted her half of what was sold. When that was denied, Betty deliberately drove her car through/into Dan's front door. As a result, Betty was taken to a mental hospital and sedated. She was released 3 days later.
|Dan & Linda|
To avert herself into worse situations, Betty had gone to turn herself into the police station. Before turning herself in, Betty had allocated a makeshift legal will to her children. Within her time, Betty's first trial ended on a hung jury. During a second trial that commenced a short time later, in October 1991, what difference did the prosecution turn. For the second trial, Kate had testified in defense of her late father & new stepmother, Linda. The prosecution had played the audio of which Betty had spoken on. Dan's answering machine for the jury to hear. The prosecutor, Keri Wells, took in the best interest of the kids. Taking them into account. The recording heard in the courtroom was what/how Betty spoke to her youngest, Rhett, of their father & Linda. What she said to him on that call backfired on her in court.
When it came time for the verdict in the 2ND trial, Betty was convicted of 2 counts of 2ND Degree Murder. She was sentenced to 32-years-to-life in prison. Betty was eligible for parole in March 2011. Due to lack of remorse & guilt, Betty remains at the California Women's Correctional Facility in Chowchilla.
|Betty on Oprah|
there didn't seem to be evidence of physical abuse; but there were signs of emotional. Betty didn't believe that she was having any impact on Dan at all, which is why she escalated the intensity of her actions. In her mind, Dan was going to listen to Betty NO MATTER WHAT! Betty's version of REALity was way more POWERFUL than the REAL Reality.
Despite these murders being more than 20 years ago, the ONE factor that is plaguing is this . . . . all these years later, Betty CONTINUES to have NO REMORSE for these murders or for the kids losing their father and stepmother. During parole hearings, there is STILL a reason to blame Dan & Linda for Betty to have had her actions. The kids TO THIS DAY STILL hear their mom disrespect their dad & Linda with her words to which they WANTED her to let it go.