Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Trailer Starring Amanda Peet, Christian Slater

Carla Harmon
March 28, 2020

Betty Broderick (Amanda Peet) was the flawless Southern California blonde wife and mother. After she catches Dan cheating, their split turns very ugly, with Betty being led away in a straitjacket (!) and insisting: "I'm not the insane one". Years later, Dan eventually makes it big as a medical malpractice lawyer and the couple is thrust into high society in their local San Diego community. Her husband Dan had both a law degree from Harvard and an M.D. from Cornell University.

Oprah Winfrey once called this one of "America's messiest divorces" - and that's before it ended in a double-homicide. But then Dan hired a young woman named Linda as his legal assistant. The series will include the early days of their relationship in the 1960s, their marriage in 1969, much-publicized divorce in 1986 and the time leading up to and following Betty killing Dan and his second wife, Linda, on November 5, 1989. Betty didn't deny that she killed her ex-husband and Linda, but she explained that she was driven to do it after her husband's treatment of her during their divorce and custody battle over their children. Betty was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison at the Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility, where she still remains. "I was married for 16 years and then he turns 40 and he's walking out with a 19-year-old and a sports auto".

Soon, things between the former couple go completely out of control, with Dan choking Betty on the ground, Betty driving her auto directly into his front door. until eventually, a gun is seen.

Season 2 of the true-crime anthology Dirty John (coming soon to USA) centers on the infamous real-life story of Broderick, and a just-released trailer gives out our first glimpse of Amanda Peet as Broderick, whose picture-perfect life is shattered when she discovers her husband Dan (Christian Slater) is cheating on her. In the meantime, Dirty John season 1 - which tells the story of Debra Newell and John Meehan - is available to stream on Netflix now.

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