Betty Broderick, by her full name Elisabeth Anne Broderick, is an American woman convicted of ending the life of her ex-spouse. She became a celebrity, giving interviews from prison to newspapers, magazines, and TV shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Hard Copy.
Her story was also dramatized in the TV movie “A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story” (starring Meredith Baxter as Betty and Stephen Collins as Dan) and used as inspiration for an episode of the long-running series Law & Order.
What is Betty Broderick’s net worth?
Despite what she did, Betty Broderick has a net worth of $1.5 million at the time this article is written. Even though she didn’t work, Betty made a fortune by becoming famous for ending the life of her ex-husband and his second wife a few months after their marriage.
- Name: Elisabeth Anne Broderick
- Nickname: Betty Broderick
- Birthday: 7 November 1947
- Profession: Housewife who ended up in prison
- Gender: Female
- Age: 75
- Nationality: American
- Partner: Daniel T. Broderick divorced
- Parents: Frank Bisceglia and Marita Bisceglia
- Children: Kim Broderick, Daniel Broderick Jr., Lee Broderick, Rhett Broderick
- Siblings: Michael, Marita-Jane, Gerard and Clare Bisceglia
- Weight: 141 lbs
- Height: five inches and four feet
- Net worth: $1.5 million
Is Betty Broderick a self-made millionaire?
No, Betty Broderick is not a self-made millionaire. She has such a net worth from inheriting money from her parents and her ex-husband. Also, a part of her money comes from selling her story to the media.
Childhood and teenage years
Elisabeth Anne Broderick was born in Bronxville, New York on 7 November 1947. Her parents are Frank and Marita Bisceglia, who owned a successful business with plastering.
Betty was the third kid in the family and she has five siblings, Michael, Marita-Jane, Gerard, Clare, and Francis Bisceglia. They grew up in a Catholic family with very strict rules. Betty and her sisters were expected to be docile housewives.
She attended the Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, New York and then Betty continued her studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. There she earned a degree in childhood education by following an accelerated program.
Betty Broderick’s private life
Betty and Dan had a seemingly perfect life. Both born into large, Catholic families, the two met one weekend in 1965 at the University of Notre Dame. While Betty thought he was a “nerd” at the time, Dan kept in touch, sending letters to her home in Bronxville. She eventually became interested in the hopeful student, and by 1969 the two were married.
In 1970 they welcomed their first child, a daughter called Kim. Later, Betty gave birth to other four children: three boys, Rhett, Daniel, and another one who passed away four days after birth, and a girl, Lee.
While raising their four children, Betty supported her husband as he worked his way through medical school and law school until he became a successful lawyer.
In 1982, Dan hired Linda Kolkena, a 21-year-old former flight attendant in his office building, to be his paralegal. While Betty suspected that Dan was having an affair with Kolkena, he denied that anything was going on between them.
Betty’s suspicions were confirmed, however, on Dan’s 39th birthday when she went to surprise him at his office and found that Dan and Kolkena had been gone most of the day. His desk was covered in champagne, cake, and balloons. Betty returned home and took a bunch of Dan’s custom clothes and set them on fire in the backyard.
By September 1985, Dan filed for divorce and Betty began harassing him and his new girlfriend.
The harassment was so bad that when Dan and Kolkena got married in the spring of 1989, he hired undercover security guards in case Betty decided to crash the wedding. Although Kolkena urged Dan to wear a bulletproof vest, he refused, telling a friend that he didn’t think Betty would go as far as to end the life of her golden goose, reported the man who paid her more than $16,000 per month in child support alimony.
Though, Dan got full custody of their children and Betty’s income decreased.
Dan Broderick’s and Linda Kolkena’s criminal lawsuit
But in the early morning hours of November 5, 1989, Betty took her daughter Kim’s key and entered Dan and Kolkena’s home. She then went upstairs to their bedroom and fired five shots at the newlyweds.
Betty Broderick’s trial
She soon turned herself in to the police and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. During court proceedings, Betty presented herself as a victim of spousal abuse in a legal system that was rigged against her. The trial ended in a hung jury, and during the second trial, she was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder.
In February 1992, Betty received the maximum sentence of 32 years to life behind bars.
Now 75, she is serving her sentence at the California Institution for Women in Chino, California. She applied for parole in both 2010 and 2017, and the California parole board denied the applications, citing her failure to show remorse or admit wrongdoing.
Betty Broderick’s career
Betty Broderick didn’t have a successful career or something like this. She was mainly a housewife and had some part-time jobs. Also, she sold products such as Tupperware and Avon.
During her time in prison, Betty Broderick wrote her story and became very popular in the media. In her memories, she mentioned that her children are in contact with her and she even saw her grandchildren.
Betty’s story was an inspiration for many movies and TV. Some of these include Dirty John the story of Betty and Dan Broderick, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, My Favorite Murder, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, Law & Order The Wages of Love, The Final Chapter, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Deadly Women Till Death Do Us Part and others.