What Is Betty Broderick’s Net Worth and Is She Still in Jail?

Betty Broderick’s net worth was previously $1.5 million but is currently estimated to be $0 due to her conviction for murder in 1991. She is still currently serving her time in jail.

Betty Broderick was sentenced to prison for the murder of her ex-husband, Daniel T. Broderick III, and his second wife, Linda Kolkena Broderick, in 1989. She is currently serving a sentence of 32 years to life, and her story has been made into several movies and docu-series. Has she received any money from these productions? Read on and find out.

Betty Broderick’s Net Worth of $1.5 Million Came Solely from Dan Broderick

At the time of their marriage, Betty Broderick’s net worth was unknown as she did not have significant wealth or assets of her own. Thus, she is believed to have gathered her previous net worth from her late husband, Dan Broderick. Before his death, Daniel Broderick was a successful attorney and businessman in San Diego, California.

He was a partner in a law firm that specialized in medical malpractice cases and was well-known in the local community. According to court documents, at the time of his death in 1989, Daniel Broderick was estimated to be worth around $6 million. Betty previously had a share in this, but after Daniel Broderick’s death, his estate was divided between his children from his first marriage and his second wife, Linda Kolkena, whom he married in 1985.

Betty Broderick Education

Betty Broderick holds a college degree in early childhood education with a minor in English. Broderick hailed from a conservative Catholic home, and her parents expected her and her sisters to focus on finding a good catholic man to marry, raising a family, and supporting the man. Despite this, they did not deny their children a good education as they were quite well-to-do.

Betty Broderick attended Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale, New York, and received her diploma in 1965. She further attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx and completed a degree in early childhood education with a minor in English.

Betty Jettisoned Her Education and Career to Support Dan and Raise Their Kids

During their marriage, Betty put her education and career on hold to support Dan’s career and raise their four children. However, after 16 years of marriage, Dan filed for divorce and eventually married his much younger assistant, Linda Kolkena.

Betty Broderick was devastated by the divorce and felt that Dan’s success was due in part to her support and sacrifices. She began a campaign of harassment against Dan and Linda, which included vandalizing their property, making threatening phone calls, and even breaking into their home.

Betty’s financial situation after her divorce was quite difficult. She struggled to find work and support herself and her children and was eventually evicted from her home for failing to pay rent. Her legal troubles and incarceration also added to her financial difficulties.

She Lost Her Entitlement to Dan Broderick’s Wealth Because She Killed Him

In 1989, Betty broke into Dan and Linda’s home and shot them both to death while they slept. Betty Broderick was convicted of the second-degree murder of her ex-husband, Daniel T. Broderick III, and was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison, which included a consecutive term of two years for the illegal use of a firearm. Broderick has served more than 30 years of her sentence.

Due to the nature of the crime, Betty was not entitled to any inheritance from Dan’s estate. Dan’s estate was left to his four children, who were minors at the time of his death, and Betty’s attempts to contest the will were unsuccessful. She is been incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Chino, California, since then.

Did Betty Broderick Make Money From Netflix’s Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story?

Betty Broderick was not involved  or compensated for the use of her life story in the movie “Dirty John.” In fact, the film was based on a podcast and subsequent television series, which did not require her consent or compensation.

It is also highly unlikely that Betty Broderick has any significant source of income while in prison, as inmates are not allowed to engage in regular paid employment. However, she has access to some limited funds from her personal savings or investments before her incarceration. She could also earn small stipends from doing some work in the prison.

What Was Betty Broderick’s Sentence?

Betty Broderick was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 15 years to life plus two years for illegal use of a firearm. This has been described as the maximum sentence possible. Her sentence means that she will spend at least 30 years in prison (15 years + 15 years) before she will be considered eligible for parole. The parole is not automatic as she may yet spend her whole life in prison as well, which is the same as a life term.

Is Betty Broderick Still in Prison or Out?

Betty Broderick is still in prison and is not yet out. She is presently at the California Institution for Women, a female prison located in Chino, San Bernadino County, California. She has made several attempts for parole, which have been unsuccessful. In 2021, the parole board found that she still posed a threat to society and was not yet suitable for release. Broderick’s next parole hearing is scheduled for 2032.

When Will Betty Broderick Be Released?

Betty Broderick may be released in 2032, as this is the next time she will be eligible for parole. By that time, she will be 84 years old, and her old age may make the board take pity on her and finally allow her to go home and spend the rest of her life in freedom. Of course, it is also possible that Betty may get some form of pardon from the state governor, which would make them release her earlier than that. One would just have to wait and see what eventually happens.

Does Betty Broderick See Her Children?

Betty Broderick sees her children as they visit her in prison periodically. The visits started shortly after she was jailed in 1991 and continues to this day. They often visit her on special days such as her birthday and Mother’s Day, but she forbade them from coming on Christmas and school holidays so that all of their memories of those special days won’t be of visiting her in prison.

Three of Betty’s children, Kim, Dan, and Rhett, who are married and have kids, also visit her with their kids. Kim and Dan are not so amenable to the idea of releasing their mom on parole, but Rhett and his sister, Lee, support the notion.


Who is Betty Broderick?

Betty Broderick is an American woman who murdered her ex-husband, Dan Broderick, and his new wife, Linda Kolkena Broderick, in their home on the 5th of November 1989. Betty was enraged that Dan had divorced her and married Linda, with whom he had an affair while they were still married.

What is Betty Broderick’s Net Worth?

Betty Broderick’s net worth is $0 presently. Though she received some financial settlement after her divorce from Dan, the whole money was spent on her legal defense in her murder trial. She has also been incarcerated since the day of the murder and, as such, cannot pursue steady employment.

What Happened To Betty Broderick?

Betty Broderick was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for the murder of her ex-husband, Dan Broderick, and his new wife, Linda Kolkena.

Where is Betty Broderick Today?

Betty Broderick is presently at the California Institution for Women, a female prison located in Chino, San Bernardino County, California.


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