Dan Broderick was one of California's most successful attorneys. His wife, Betty, was a beautiful socialite. But when Betty discovered Dan's hidden life, the façade of LaJolla's golden couple was shattered. What followed was a vicious five-year battle that finally ended in a shocking double-murder. Dan was a Harvard Law School graduate who, according to Betty, manipulated the law to strip Betty of everything she loved: her home, her friends--even her children. When she frantically tried to fight back, he had her committed to a mental hospital. Consumed by hatred and thoughts of revenge, Betty's rage exploded on the night of November 5, 1989. Before the sun rose the next day, Dan Broderick and his lovely new wife were dead--their bullet-riddled bodies wrapped in the blood-soaked sheets of their bed.
The prosecution claimed it was a clear a case of premeditated murder. Betty claimed she had gone over to the house to talk to Dan - or maybe to commit suicide in front of him - but when someone shouted, ‘Call the police’, she got flustered and started firing.
Betty Broderick was acquitted of first degree murder in her second trial but found guilty of second degree murder.
To some, Betty Broderick is virtually the patron saint of the sanctity of marriage, executing her abusive, cheating husband and his "nineteen year old college dropout of a Polack whore" (actually Linda was twenty-eight and a professional paralegal). To others, Dan Broderick suffered his wife’s abuse of him for fourteen years of marriage, left her well provided for and then married the love of his life, only to be continually stalked for seven years, and ultimately killed.
We will try to look at both sides of this case and discuss how a marriage can go so horrible wrong. If Betty were a man, there would be no question of her guilt. Did Betty use feminism and nationwide concerns of domestic abuse to build a cause for women scorned? Or, was she just a jealous, violent woman?
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After Susan Powell's disappearance in 2009, investigators' scrutiny extended not only to Josh Powell, but also to his father, Steven. Steven Powell was said to have become romantically obsessed with Susan. Computer images seized from his house in 2009 turned up 4,500 images of Susan Powell taken without her knowledge, including close-ups of specific body parts.
Josh Powell claimed that on the night Susan Powell vanished, he took his sons, Charlie and Braden, from their home in West Valley City, Utah, on a late-night camping trip. Authorities eventually searched the central Utah desert but found nothing. Susan Powell's father said that when police went to the family home after she was reported missing, they found a wet spot in the house being dried by two fans.
As the authorities honed in on Josh Powell as a suspect in his wife's disappearance, a mentally unhinged man became even more dangerous. At a scheduled visit with his sons, Josh Powell killed them both before taking his own life.
In a case steeped in depravity and deception, a family falls into darkness, leaving only sorrow and regrets for those left behind.
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Michele Harris' empty minivan was found the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, with the keys still in the ignition at the end of her and her husband's long driveway. Prosecutors argue Calvin Harris killed his 35-year-old wife when she came home the previous night to the secluded estate they still shared with their four young children. He was wealthy from his family's car dealerships and court papers say he told people she would not get half his business as divorce loomed. Defense lawyers claim authorities overlooked likely murder suspects she met during the freewheeling life she led as her marriage broke up. Prosecutors presented evidence of blood stains in the home but relied on a largely circumstantial case to convince a jury in 2007 that he was guilty of second-degree murder. That conviction was set aside when a new witness potentially helpful to the defense came forward. A second guilty verdict in 2009 was overturned based on trial-court errors. Jurors in the third trial last year failed to reach a verdict after 11 days of deliberations. The fourth time was the charm for Cal Harris when he was recently acquitted in his fourth trial. Join Jill and Dick for a discussion of this case. What happened to Michele? There are four children missing their mom. The beer on tap is Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms.
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On May 7, 2000, in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Jacksonville, Florida, 65-year-old Mary Ann Stephens is shot in the head. Ninety minutes later, 15-year-old Brenton Butler is arrested. For the investigators and the media it's just another messed-up youth throwing away his life and the life of his victim. The French documentary about the trial of a black American teenager accused of robbing and murdering an elderly white tourist follows the teen's defense team as they build a case that shows ineptitude and prejudice on the part of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
When the case for the defense comes into the hands of Patrick McGuinness and Ann Finnell of the public defenders office, the story ceases to be quite so ordinary. The boy proclaims his innocence. He has bruises on his face and thorax. He says that the detectives beat him up and forced a confession out of him. Everyone - police, media and public opinion - is ready to sentence Brenton Butler in advance, but Patrick McGuinness Ann Finnell begin a battle to restore their client's rights and to point an accusing finger at those he considers to be the real culprits: detectives Williams, Glover and Darnell.
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Elisa Lam went missing in January 2013. When her body was found in a water tank on the roof of the hotel where she was staying, the public was stunned and her family was devastated. We discuss this sad case and all of the speculation it has spawned. Dick's beer in Bastard's Midnight Brunch!