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Betty Broderick begged her ex-boyfriend to send her money while in prison

Secret letters infamous murderer Betty Broderick sent to her boyfriend begging for money and affection from behind bars have been published for the first time by DailyMail.com after being discovered in a forgotten San Diego storage unit. 

Betty, 73, became a household name when she shot dead her ex-husband Daniel T Broderick III and his second wife Linda, the woman he had left her for, in November 1989.

The shocking double homicide captivated the nation and was even turned into a Netflix series this year with Christian Slater starring as Daniel and Amanda Peet as the jilted ex-wife turned killer Betty in Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. 

Betty’s story was also portrayed by actress Meredith Baxter in A Woman Scorned in 1992 for CBS, receiving an Emmy nomination for the role. 

But Betty’s boyfriend Bradley Wright, who she began dating before committing murder and who discovered the bodies of her victims, was not included in either versions of the retelling of her crime.

These never-before-published letters from 2003 to 2006 shed a light on Betty’s time in prison and her turbulent relationship with Bradley, who stayed in touch with his murderous girlfriend and sent her money well after her sentencing in 1991.

The secret stash of love letters were unearthed in a storage unit in San Diego, California, in October along with checks Bradley sent to Betty’s daughter and money order receipts.

Secret letters infamous murderer Betty Broderick sent to her boyfriend begging for money and affection from behind bars have been published for the first time by DailyMail.com after being discovered in a forgotten San Diego storage unit

These never-before-published letters from 2003 to 2006 shed a light on Betty's time in prison and her turbulent relationship with Bradley (pictured), who stayed in touch with his murderous girlfriend and sent her money well after her sentencing in 1991

These never-before-published letters from 2003 to 2006 shed a light on Betty’s time in prison and her turbulent relationship with Bradley (pictured), who stayed in touch with his murderous girlfriend and sent her money well after her sentencing in 1991

Betty, 73, became a household name when she shot dead her ex-husband Daniel T Broderick III and his second wife Linda (pictured together), the woman he had left her for, in November 1989

Betty, 73, became a household name when she shot dead her ex-husband Daniel T Broderick III and his second wife Linda (pictured together), the woman he had left her for, in November 1989

The correspondence showed that Betty feared she was losing her hold on her lover and wrote with desperation that she checked the obituaries when she failed to hear from him. She wrote: 'I check the obits regularly - so far I have not seen yours. Where are you? and where is my money? Help!!! 'I need to see you - it's been too too long'

The correspondence showed that Betty feared she was losing her hold on her lover and wrote with desperation that she checked the obituaries when she failed to hear from him. She wrote: ‘I check the obits regularly – so far I have not seen yours. Where are you? and where is my money? Help!!! ‘I need to see you – it’s been too too long’

She adds: 'No Halloween card - Boo! No B'day card - No Thanksgiving - No Christmas - No Happy New Year. How about Valentine's Day??'

She adds: ‘No Halloween card – Boo! No B’day card – No Thanksgiving – No Christmas – No Happy New Year. How about Valentine’s Day??’

The secret stash of love letters were unearthed in a storage unit (pictured) in San Diego, California, in October along with checks Bradley sent to Betty's daughter and money order receipts

The secret stash of love letters were unearthed in a storage unit (pictured) in San Diego, California, in October along with checks Bradley sent to Betty’s daughter and money order receipts

Betty, who is incarcerated at the California Institute for Women in Corona, gushed over her lover in the correspondence.

In one letter, from April 2006, she wrote: ‘If I had a penny for every time I think of you, I’d be a millionaire many times over.’

The mother-of-four insisted that Bradley was her perfect man in another message.

‘I was thinking of what I’m looking for in a man – since you are not available – well the list was a description of you! You’re exactly the guy! Da**it.’

She also urged Bradley to leave his partner for her and encouraged him to ‘sneak’ away and visit her in prison.

‘If you want to live in [unclear] with me, like you say you do, going back to Lisa is not how that’s gonna happen.

‘I can’t believe you don’t come here! It’s been years! Now that she’s back to work, maybe you can sneak away?’

A photograph of a bride and groom was discovered with the secret stash of letters, implying that Bradley had moved on and married another woman despite the contact with his killer ex behind bars.

Betty even took it upon herself to dispense relationship advice to Bradley and asked him to seek professional help in her letters from prison. 

Bradley even testified at Betty's trial, admitting that she spoke of hating her former spouse, as well as killing the newlyweds

Bradley even testified at Betty’s trial, admitting that she spoke of hating her former spouse, as well as killing the newlyweds

Bradley continued to financially support Betty by sending checks to her daughter Kathy Lee Broderick. Three checks - two for $2,000 and one for $1,000 - were tucked into the stash of letters as well as a log book for funds that Brad sent to Betty behind bars

Bradley continued to financially support Betty by sending checks to her daughter Kathy Lee Broderick. Three checks – two for $2,000 and one for $1,000 – were tucked into the stash of letters as well as a log book for funds that Brad sent to Betty behind bars

She also urged Bradley to leave his partner for her and encouraged him to 'sneak' away and visit her in prison

She also urged Bradley to leave his partner for her and encouraged him to ‘sneak’ away and visit her in prison 

Betty continually begs Bradley for money in the letters. 'Today is Sept 14 and I still don't have the August money,' she wrote in 2003. 'Please send me August and September - this place is stressful enough without stressing over the money every month'

Betty continually begs Bradley for money in the letters. ‘Today is Sept 14 and I still don’t have the August money,’ she wrote in 2003. ‘Please send me August and September – this place is stressful enough without stressing over the money every month’

The mother-of-four insisted that Bradley was her perfect man in another message. 'I was thinking of what I'm looking for in a man - since you are not available - well the list was a description of you! You're exactly the guy! Da**it'

The mother-of-four insisted that Bradley was her perfect man in another message. ‘I was thinking of what I’m looking for in a man – since you are not available – well the list was a description of you! You’re exactly the guy! Da**it’

‘Sorry to hear your life is a mess. I don’t want to come back to a mess,’ she wrote.

‘Did you go to counselling? Whatever patterns you have will continue for better or worse.

‘You know the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I should know!’

Betty continually begs Bradley for money in the letters.

‘Today is Sept 14 and I still don’t have the August money,’ she wrote in 2003.

‘Please send me August and September – this place is stressful enough without stressing over the money every month.’

Bradley continued to financially support Betty by sending checks to her daughter Kathy Lee Broderick.

Three checks – two for $2,000 and one for $1,000 – were tucked into the stash of letters as well as a log book for funds that Brad sent to Betty behind bars.

The correspondence showed that Betty feared she was losing her hold on her lover and wrote with desperation that she checked the obituaries when she failed to hear from him.

She wrote: ‘I check the obits regularly – so far I have not seen yours.

‘Where are you? and where is my money? Help!!! 

‘I need to see you – it’s been too too long.

‘No Halloween card – Boo! No B’day card – No Thanksgiving – No Christmas – No Happy New Year. How about Valentine’s Day??’

Betty was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the murders and she is expected to spend the rest of her life in incarceration. She was denied parole twice over the years and she will be 84 when she is up for parole again in 2032

Some claimed Kolkena looked like the younger version of Betty

Betty was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the murders and she is expected to spend the rest of her life in incarceration. She was denied parole twice over the years and she will be 84 when she is up for parole again in 2032. Some claimed Kolkena looked like the younger version of Betty

Betty even took it upon herself to dispense relationship advice to Bradley and asked him to seek professional help in her letters from prison

Betty even took it upon herself to dispense relationship advice to Bradley and asked him to seek professional help in her letters from prison

Betty, who is incarcerated at the California Institute for Women in Corona, gushed over her lover in the correspondence. In one letter, from April 2006, she wrote: 'If I had a penny for every time I think of you, I'd be a millionaire many times over'

Betty, who is incarcerated at the California Institute for Women in Corona, gushed over her lover in the correspondence. In one letter, from April 2006, she wrote: ‘If I had a penny for every time I think of you, I’d be a millionaire many times over’

According to the Los Angeles Times, after 15 years of marriage, Betty and Dan went through a messy and long divorce, which took five years to finalise. 

It became known as one of the worst divorce cases of San Diego. 

The couple married in 1969 and Dan went on to graduate from Cornell medical school and Harvard law school to establish a successful medical-malpractice law firm.

However, as Dan chased his star career, Betty grew resentful that he neglected her and their children.

Over the years their marriage crumbled and by 1983 Betty accused Dan of having an affair with Linda Kolkena, his newly hired legal assistant, who some claimed looked like the younger version of Betty.

On one occasion Betty visited her husband’s office on his birthday and found the remnants of a party.

But her husband was nowhere to be found. A receptionist told her Broderick and Kolkena had gone out for the day. Outraged, Betty went home and burned her husband’s clothes in a bonfire.

Dan later admitted to her that her suspicions were right, that he had been having an affair with Linda for the past two years. 

In 1985 Dan filed for divorce and in 1989 he married Kolkena, but the tensions between the newlywed couple and Betty only intensified. 

Betty and Dan (pictured together) married in 1969 and Dan went on to graduate from Cornell medical school and Harvard law school to establish a successful medical-malpractice law firm. However, as Dan chased his star career, Betty grew resentful that he neglected her and their children

Betty and Dan (pictured together) married in 1969 and Dan went on to graduate from Cornell medical school and Harvard law school to establish a successful medical-malpractice law firm. However, as Dan chased his star career, Betty grew resentful that he neglected her and their children

In her book, 'Telling on Myself,' which was published in 2015, Betty delved into the frantic state that had led her to pull the trigger on Dan and Linda, and said she had 'struggled loyally' by her husband's side, only to be cheated on

In her book, ‘Telling on Myself,’ which was published in 2015, Betty delved into the frantic state that had led her to pull the trigger on Dan and Linda, and said she had ‘struggled loyally’ by her husband’s side, only to be cheated on

Betty's story was also portrayed by actress Meredith Baxter in A Woman Scorned in 1992 for CBS, receiving an Emmy nomination for the role

Betty’s story was also portrayed by actress Meredith Baxter in A Woman Scorned in 1992 for CBS, receiving an Emmy nomination for the role

Betty went on a rampage, including defacing the couple’s former home, ramming her car into his front door and leaving obscene messages on his answering machine. 

She also repeatedly told their children that she would kill him.    

In return, Dan had Betty arrested and placed in a mental facility, as well as obtaining a restraining order against her, and barring her from entering his property, which she repeatedly ignored. 

Seven months after Dan’s remarriage, Betty broke into Dan and Linda’s home on November 5, 1989, at around 5am and shot them both dead.   

Bradley even testified at Betty’s trial, admitting that she spoke of hating her former spouse, as well as killing the newlyweds, according to the LA Times.   

Baxter told the LA Times that she was originally 'duped' into believing Betty, saying: 'I think women particularly are susceptible to (buying into her story) if they know or are familiar with, in some way, the abused wife syndrome

Baxter told the LA Times that she was originally ‘duped’ into believing Betty, saying: ‘I think women particularly are susceptible to (buying into her story) if they know or are familiar with, in some way, the abused wife syndrome

Betty was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the murders and she is expected to spend the rest of her life in incarceration.

She was denied parole twice over the years and she will be 84 when she is up for parole again in 2032.

In her book, ‘Telling on Myself,’ which was published in 2015, Betty delved into the frantic state that had led her to pull the trigger on Dan and Linda, and said she had ‘struggled loyally’ by her husband’s side, only to be cheated on.

Betty’s story was also portrayed by actress Meredith Baxter in A Woman Scorned in 1992 for CBS, receiving an Emmy nomination for the role.

Baxter told the LA Times that she was originally ‘duped’ into believing Betty, saying: ‘I think women particularly are susceptible to (buying into her story) if they know or are familiar with, in some way, the abused wife syndrome. 

‘Betty hooked into that. Everything she was saying sounded possible and I believed it.’

But after reading witness testimonies from the second trial, Baxter said her opinion changed, adding: ‘I got information from the psychiatrists, from what her kids said about her and what the lawyers said about her. She could not be what she claimed to be.’  


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