Oprah interviews Betty Broderick

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In 1992, millions of Oprah viewers tuned in to follow one couple's headline-making story of betrayal, divorce and double murder.

Dan Broderick was a successful attorney, and his wife, Betty, was a loving mother to their four beautiful children. They lived in a five-bedroom home in a San Diego suburb. It seemed like the perfect marriageā€¦until Dan fell in love with his 22-year-old legal assistant, Linda.

After 16 years of marriage to Betty, Dan filed for divorce and eventually gained custody of their four children. One morning, just before dawn, a desperate Betty Broderick drove to the home of her ex-husband and went to the master bedroom, where she found Dan and Linda asleep. She pulled out a revolver and showered the sleeping couple with bullets. Linda died instantly and Dan minutes later.

Betty Broderick was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to 32 years in prison. Oprah interviewed her for the first time shortly after she was convicted. Eight months later, Betty granted Oprah her first prison interview at the Central California Women's Facility.

Today, Betty Broderick is still in prison. She is up for parole in 2011.
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Published on January 01, 2006

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