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The Broderick Home
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Broderick Family House
The master bedroom where the murders took place
Betty Broderick (middle) in court
Credit: AP Photo/San Diego Union Tribune
Betty and Dan Broderick on their wedding day.
Dan Broderick and his second wife Linda.
Investigators at the Broderick Home
Killer(s): Betty Broderick,
Victim(s): Dan Broderick, Linda (Kolkena) Broderick,
Written by: Jewls Krueger
At around 5:30 a.m. on November 5, 1989, Betty Broderick entered the home of her ex-husband, successful lawyer Dan Broderick, and his new wife Linda Broderick (nee Kolkena). Betty snuck upstairs to the master bedroom of the large, colonial style mansion where the couple was sleeping. She fired 5 times, striking and killing both Linda and Dan. Betty then snuck out of the house and turned herself into police later that day.
Betty and Dan had been married for 20 years and had 5 children together, one of whom died shortly after his birth. Dan had gone to school and obtained his M.D., before then deciding to return to school to obtain his law degree. While Dan was going to school Betty was the sole provider for the family, earning money through small part time jobs while also raising the children.
By 1982, Dan was working for a law firm in San Diego and hired Linda Kolkena, who was just 21 at the time and had no background in law, to be his full time legal assistant. Betty became suspicious of Dan's intentions with Linda right away, but for years Dan denied any wrongdoings. In 1985, Dan moved out of the family home and took custody of the couple's four children, eventually filing for divorce. Because Dan had become a prominent lawyer in San Diego, it was difficult for Betty to find a lawyer to represent her, and she began showing increasing signs of mental distress.
Dan married his mistress and legal assistant, Linda Kolkena, on April 22, 1989. There was concern among their close friends that Betty Broderick would attempt to show up at the wedding and cause a scene, but Betty remained home and the wedding went off without a hitch, but Betty was likely already planning something more severe that crashing their wedding. She had bought the revolver that she would use in their double murder just a month before the wedding in March of 1989.
After the murders, Betty was charged with two counts of murder. The first trial against Betty resulted in a hung jury with 2 jury members refusing to convict for anything more than manslaughter. At her second trial, Betty was found guilty of 2 counts of second degree murder and was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 15 years to life. She remains incarcerated at the California Institute for Women.
The home where the double murders took place is located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, just north of Balboa Park. The home is a large, brick, colonial style home on the south side of Cypress Ave. The home is private property, remember to be respectful of neighbors and current residents and to stay on public roads and walkways at all times.
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