Book released detailing story of Betty Broderick's daughter

SAN DIEGO - The daughter's perspective of local notorious murderer Betty Broderick is the subject of a new book.

Broderick, the La Jolla socialite, shot her ex-husband and his new wife to death in the bedroom of their home in 1989.

"Betty Broderick, My Mom: The Kim Broderick Story" is now available on Amazon Kindle.

The story, as told by author Nanette Elkins, details how Kim -- Betty Broderick's first child -- helped herself and her siblings survive and triumph over the tragedy.

In 1991, Broderick was convicted of second-degree murder for the deaths of Daniel Broderick III and his bride Linda Kolkena Broderick. She was given a sentence of 32 years to life in prison.

Her story became the subject of a book and two made-for-TV movies. She has maintained she was driven to kill by a bitter divorce and custody battle.

Betty Broderick married Daniel Broderick in 1969, and they had four children. In the late 1980s, Daniel began an affair with another woman, Linda Kolkena Broderick, whom he eventually married. His divorce battle with Betty lasted four years.

It took two trials to convict her. The first ended in a hung jury, and the foreman was quoted as saying of the shootings: "We just wonder why it took her so long."

The new book recounts Kim's life since childhood -- one filled with arguments and fights between her parents.

Accoriding to the book, when Betty threw a glass ketchup bottle at Dan, shattering it, Kim said, "Dad just sat down and ate as though nothing had happened."

In another chapter, the book describes herself as being terrified and trembling as her mother burned her father's clothes.

And when Betty made the infamous confession call to Kim soon after the murders, Elkins recounts Kim's disbelief.

"She didn't believe it was true. Despite the turmoil of her childhood, she didn't believe her mother would commit murder," said Elkins.

According to Elkins, since Betty was sentenced, Betty has constantly asked for a letter supporting her release. Elkins says Kim has repeatedly refused.

Elkins said Kim's belief is that her mother has shown no remorse.

"In all these years, the mother still believes she is the victim," said Elkins.

Betty's four children are divided on their mother's release and have agreed to disagree, according to Elkins.

Elkins says Kim has worked hard keep the family together, and family is why she agreed to the book.

"She wanted her legacy of her family to be strong people overcoming a tragic situation. Her siblings have lived happy lives," said Elkins.

Kim, the mother of two children, has moved out of the San Diego area.

According to Elkins, Kim hopes to inspire other people in difficult family situations.
The paperback version of the book will be released in late May or early June.

Editor's Note: Kim Broderick provided this response following our initial story:
"I did not write or authorize the book you featured on your program. I have no interest in getting my story out there or exposing my family to any more public scrutiny or pain. Over 5 years ago Nanette penned the manuscript for a book with the idea of putting out something that could encourage others dealing with tumultuous family situations and hardship. Ultimately, I decided against completing and publishing it.  The author has invaded my privacy, defamed my character, and broken our agreement that I was to have the final say on where any personal information I shared with her would end up.”

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