Oprah Interviews Betty Broderick, The Woman Who Killed Her Ex and His Wife

Aired on 03/02/1992 | CC tv-pg
In 1992, millions of Oprah Show viewers tuned in to follow one couple's headline-making story of betrayal, divorce and double murder. Dan Broderick was a successful attorney. He and his devoted wife, Betty, lived in a five-bedroom home in a San Diego suburb with their four beautiful children. It seemed like the perfect marriage 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 won sole custody of their kids. On the morning of November 5, 1989, 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 couple with bullets. Linda died instantly and Dan minutes later. Betty was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to 32 years in prison. She granted Oprah her first prison interview via satellite from the Central California Women's Facility.