The home where the double murders of San Diego, California attorney Dan Broderick and his new wife Linda Broderick took place is once again up for sale. Betty Broderick, Dan’s ex-wife, killed the couple, in a fit of jealousy and rage, while they slept more than two decades ago. The home is back on the market with a whopping list price of $2.1 million; however, it is unclear if anyone will want to purchase the notorious home.
Betty, real name Elisabeth Anne, met Dan Broderick while they were undergraduates in college. They quickly became sweethearts and married four years later. Over the course of the next four years, while Dan completed medical studies at Cornell and then switched to Harvard where he pursued a law degree, Betty became the dutiful wife and loving mother giving birth to four children, two boys and two girls, all the while maintaining a fulltime job.
After completing college, Dan and Betty moved their young family to San Diego where he opened a law firm specializing in medical malpractice. The Brodericks were living the American dream. They had a great life and plenty of money; not to mention they were well-known socialites in their community who regularly hosted lavish parties and went on luxurious vacations.
However, Dan would ruin the family bliss in the early 80s when he started an affair with Linda Kolkena, 21, a woman who worked in his law practice. Broderick became enraged after her husband Dan cheated on her. She threw his clothes out in the yard and burned them, and when he moved out of the family home, things only continued to worsen. In a depressed state, Betty packed on 60 pounds, became verbally abusive to their children, and began stalking Dan.
Not only did she call him leaving vulgar messages on his answering machine, on numerous occasions, she also broke into his home and destroyed it by breaking items, smearing food all over his bed, and one time she even sprayed painted the interior of the home black. However, she did not stop there; while Dan prepared dinner with his daughters, Broderick rammed her Chevrolet blazer into the house causing significant damage.
Before Betty Broderick committed the double murders that took place in Dan and Linda’s home, which is now up for sale, she justified her behavior saying Dan was an attorney and because he knew the ins and outs of the law, she would not be treated fairly in a divorce proceeding. She felt the only way she could “save herself” was to kill him. Dan went to court and secured a restraining order against his estranged wife; he even had her arrested when she did not comply. However, that proved to be only a minor setback for Broderick who would start the stalking all over again when she was released from jail.
Broderick lost custody of the children and received far less money in the divorce than she had hoped for. A few months after the divorce became final Dan married Linda. A short time later, in the wee hours of the morning, Broderick sneaked into Dan and Linda’s home where she shot and killed them both.
Broderick was convicted of the double murders and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. The case became a nationwide sensation, and even spawned a Lifetime movie called A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story.
Under state law, when a house is up for sale, realtors must disclose whether there has been a death in the home within the past three years; however, the double murders, committed by Betty Broderick that took place in this home, happened in 1989, more than 24 years ago. Since they are no longer required to by law, it is unclear whether realtors will in fact disclose details of the home’s history to potential buyers. While some people would not care about what happened in a house prior to them buying it and subsequently living in it, other people would find it completely creepy that two people were murdered within its walls, and that information would therefore be a deal breaker.
Opinion By Donna W. Martin