Until the Twelfth of Never Blog Tour

Until the Twelfth of Never Bella Stumbo
They were two of the most notorious and controversial murder trials
of the last twenty-five years, splitting American public opinion in
half. Before dawn on November 5, 1989, Betty Broderick got into her
car and drove over to the house in San Diego of her lawyer
ex-husband, Daniel T. Broderick III, and his new wife, Linda.
Arriving at 5:30 a.m., she used a key that she had obtained from
one of her children to enter the house by a back door and climbed
the stairs to Dan and Linda’s bedroom. Five shots rang out in the
dark, three hitting their targets. Linda died instantly. Dan
lingered on for several minutes. As he tried to call for help,
Betty stamped on his hand and tore the phone from the wall. The
prosecution claimed it was as about as clear a case of premeditated
murder as anyone could imagine. 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, a college graduate 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, to have Betty repeatedly
incite his children to kill him and Linda, to find her driving her
car through the front door of his new house, and then to be
murdered in the coldest of blood. Bella Stumbo’s account of the
Dan, Linda and Betty Broderick affair is encyclopedic and
definitive, and ‘Until the Twelfth of Never’ was a runaway
international bestseller when it was first published twenty years
ago. Bello Stumbo herself died in 2002, so was not alive to cover
Betty Broderick’s parole hearing in November 2011, a short account
of which is included in this book. Dan Broderick, Linda Broderick
and Betty Broderick – saints or sinners? Betty Broderick – sane or
insane? Read ‘Until the Twelfth of Never’ and you will certainly
have an opinion. Short Extract: Nor was she ever at a loss for the
perfect, colorful anecdote to drive her point home: “I would’ve
been treated better if l’d been a good horse or a dog that served
my master well for twenty years. At least you give that animal
respect and thanks … I was a faithful dog for all those years, and
he couldn’t even afford me the respect of saying, ‘Okay, she’s too
old and I want to get rid of her.’ Oh no. He had to throw me out
and say, ‘She was a piece of shit for twenty years and always a
problem, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of her and she deserves
nothing.’ He was the coldest, meanest asshole on earth.” There was
never a whit of self-pity in her tone—only brutal, naked rage born
of screaming indignation and disbelief. About Bella
Bella Stumbo was a gifted writer whose dogged
reporting, grace with words and ability to make the most obstinate
subjects reveal themselves led to some of the most memorable
profiles and features published in The LA Times. Around The LA
Times, her habits were legendary. She gently coaxed reluctant
subjects into an interview, often after submitting a previous story
for examination, or after a mutual friend vouched for her
character. Then she trailed her subjects for as long as they
tolerated her – sometimes months on end. When it came time to
write, she would hole up at her house, not to emerge for days,
during which she did not eat or sleep but chain-smoked a storm.
When she was done, she would look haggard, like someone who had
spent six nights on a Greyhound bus. (From her LA Times obituary,
December 7, 2002) and for those interested there is a movie about
Betty Broderick on Netflix http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/A_Woman_Scorned_The_Betty_Broderick_Story/70041003?locale=en-US
it will also be airing on the Lifetime Movie Network Sat Mar 23 at
8 PM and Sun Mar 24 at 12 AM and here’s a real life photo album of
Betty http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/woman-scorned-betty-broderick-story/photos#id=1
Such an interesting story! I usually stay away from real life
things but I think I’ll be watching this! Anyways later


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