January 2, 2011

Photos: Liebchen and The Count du Money (Linda Kolkena and Dan Broderick)

A note from Laura:
I have decided to republish my pieces about Betty Broderick in light of her continued incarceration.  I feel that my words, coupled with your words, are the only true justice Betty will see.  She deserves to have her story told.  Perhaps these truths will, in some measure, set her free.
January 4, 2017


Before Count du Money had Liebchen's teeth fixed, I'll bet.


Close Up: jankity teeth, fragrant lady bits, and a high school education.  Fired from Delta Airlines for vulgar language and even more vulgar behavior during a flight.  And this is what The Count destroys his family for?






I still want to smack the smug off of Dan's face.

It's tough when you look at photographs such as these, everyone looking so nice in their absolute finest, and such fun being had...knowing how terrible all three, Betty, Dan, and Linda, were being to each other all the while.  Three grown adults, obviously with much to offer the world and the resources to be as happy as they wanted to be, acting completely as children.

Neglecting the Broderick children.

What a mess all three of them made of their lives.  Two dead, one in prison.  What a completely ridiculous mess.

Like I said before: now all that is left are photographs.

27 comments:

  1. I will never feel sorry for Kim or for Danny Jr., who are both exactly like dear old dad. remember, Kim was really close to Linda, they bonded over Kim's abortion, Kim knew exactly who to ask when Kim needed one when it came to the doctor, how much, etc. There's a place in hell for both of them for refusing to stand by their mom, now that they are adults and know what dear old dad and the dutch slut did to her. Nope, Kim and Danny are anything but victims.

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  2. You'll get no argument from me about Danny and Kim. For what it's worth, a simple Google search will show you Danny with his bride. How much she looks like Linda Kolkena will boggle your mind. It's actually kinda creepy.

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  3. Dan broderick was just a piece of patriarchal Irish American Catholic trash. He wanted a wife he could boss around, the way that his father bossed his wife around, and bossed his sisters around. Betty wouldn't be bossed, even as deferential as she was to the "Count du Money" throughout the marriage. (Please never stop using that name, every time it makes you cringe and really shows Dan Broderick for who he was) So he went out and got himself someone young enough to be his daughter, someone who wyould be completely dependent on him for money, car, job, home, etc., someone who would never cross him because of that. Did Linda Kolkena have any opinions at all? Did she have likes and dislikes? What we now of her, the only things she liked were things that Dan liked, and that is what Dan liked the most about her. He was an Irish Catholic prick who needed to be king. How sad for him, that Betty would not be controlled, right up to the minute when she unloaded that .38 in his perfect bedroom.

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    1. Interesting bits upon a re-read of Until The Twelfth Of Never (and thank God for Bella Stumbo for giving us what is pretty much The Bible when it comes to this case): Dan Broderick played games with Betty's alimony all of the time. He refused to send the support check on the same day every month, so Betty could plan her bills and budget accordingly. How he got away with this is beyond me, but then again, The Count Du Money was prez of the bar association, after all. Friends in high places.

      Also, Dan Broderick apparently had a number of drunk-driving arrests. This fact was included in an official (although rambling) letter to Dan about her support payments, so I will assume that it is the truth.

      Nice guy, Dan Broderick. I think he was the one who was mentally ill. And this was Linda Kolkena's knight in shining armor? The poor girl must have needed glasses.

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  4. Wow, Linda looks really young in these photos, doesn't she?

    I can't exactly condemn Kim and Danny, Jr. for not standing by their mother. She did murder their father and that has to be excruciating on the children.

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  5. She was very young. And the older I get, the more I am struck by just how young she was when she got herself involved in the whole Broderick mess. I will never understand Linda Kolkena. For all of her apparent shortcomings, she could have done much, much better.

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  6. I've never seen those pictures before. They must have been taken at the beginning of their affair, because both Dan and Linda look very young. I assume Dan was still married to Betty at the time these pictures were taken...God, what pigs Dan and Linda were, to flaunt their affair like that.

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    1. And now they're dead; good! I'm only sorry that Betty has had to suffer over their demise for all these years. I watched my mother's heartache over my father's serial infidelities for years, which is one of the reasons why I was unable to maintain any of my loving relationships when I became an adult. I hope Dan suffered during his final living moments, and I hope he realized that Linda was dead.

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  7. LK, you bagged your sugar daddy. DB you kept your money and dumped the unwanted wife. I am sure you are now both looking back on a job well done? No? Too bad.
    All I can think whenever I see pics of this pair is "pretty ugly", I'm afraid. Anything Kolkena had in the way of looks was negated by her actions, in my book.

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  8. Linda looks pretty trashy to me. Even with all of "Count Du Money's" money at her disposal, her cheapness and lack of allure is very evident. I'll never understand those who say she looked like a younger version of Betty - Linda couldnt hold a candle to her even on her best day.

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    1. In Bella's book, there was a photo of Betty hold Kim, posing her right profile - she was so beautiful. I have yet to see a photo of Linda where I can say "wow", but that photo with Kim - reminded me of Heidi Klum.

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    2. I agree with the anonymous poster from 17 March, 2013. Linda couldn't compete with Betty in the looks department. A paralegal? Linda looked like she should be serving beer in a bar. Maybe that's why Danny-boy liked her so much - she looked like a barmaid.

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  9. Linda used to have a camel bump on her nose. Looks like she had it removed after she met Dan.

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  10. Being this blog is pro-Betty, I would like to share a recent experience. My son asked me to drive a group of boys to a paint ball park in Corona. As I was near my destination - I saw a sign that says Women's Correctional. Evidently, this is where Betty is at. As I drove by the facility, I slowed to a crawl and just took in the sight. Know what? I felt peaceful and satisfied that even though Betty is imprisoned, she is in a very nice facility. No solid walls, just tall fences. It actually looked more like a private institution than a prison. It is surrounded by greenery and farms. To the north, the view of the San Bernardino snow capped mountains is beautiful. It feels satisfying to me knowing that this is what Betty sees. Even if the biased justice system still controlled by the San Diego law assoc., I am at peace knowing that Betty wakes up every day and is able to enjoy the fragrance from the nearby farms, feeling the same peace I felt.

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    1. I just want to be clear on something: I personally will never condone Betty's murders. I may understand that she was driven to it by two incredibly mean individuals who paid for their acts with their lives, but I do not, will not, and will never condone solving a problem with a handgun (or any other violent acts).

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  11. I just finished reading Bella Stumbo's book on the Brodericks, and I have to say that it just makes my blood boil when I think about how Betty's so-called friends from her marriage to Dan became eager witnesses for the prosecution during both trials. Special mention must be given to that pathetic couple Brian and Gail Forbes, the Medusa-like Patti Monahan, and the hideous Helen Pickard.
    Another thing that bothered me was how the Broderick women were held in such low regard by the men in their family. I couldn't believe what they were called - "the yucks - too wet to step on and too low to kick". How could they tolerate such disrespect? If I were Betty I would have slapped the daylights out of Dan the first time he referred to me in that way.

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  12. Is the "count" from "Count du Money" pronounced as if it were the count half of "country"? Sorry, couldn't resist asking ;)

    "Liebchen" started to resemble a grinning Hyena more and more as time went on, no? Pretty? No. Not attractive at all.

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  13. Strange that they used "Liebchen"... that is not Dutch, it's actually German. Maybe Linda's family was from the Southeast corner of the Netherlands where the language is mixed German/Dutch.

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    1. I always just chalked it up to Dan not giving a hot damn about Linda's Dutch heritage. Remember, he also referred to her as "Little One," which I personally find rather demeaning.

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  14. I think it is important to remember that these are old photos. I have the same big 80's hir and over the top make up in some of my own. While I don't think she was drop dead gorgeous, there must have been something about her that men found attractive. Betty is also described as being beautiful and as close to perfect as a woman could get, and I don't see that from all of her photos, either.

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  15. Anonymous10 June, 2013

    Linda looks very different from photo to photo. Those pictures of her with Dan at some dance or other, the ones where she's wearing a long-sleeved, very shiny dress...in those both her teeth and nose are huge, her long hair ratty and wild. But in the black and white photos on this page she looked entirely different: teeth smaller, nose smaller, hair still big but much more styled. She most definitely had work done, no doubt to please her Lord and Master, Dan Broderick.

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  16. Hi, I just found your blog and LOVE it! I used to think that Betty was a crazy, old, jealous bat who killed her ex and his new love BUT now, I see things much different. I just ordered "Until the twelfth of never" and only put it down to message you! Feel special don't ya :) Anyway I found this link to many pics of Danny and Megans Wedding. Hope you don't mind me posting the link. http://insideweddings.com/real-weddings/megan-cooper-dan-broderick?tab=story

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  17. Anonymous23 June, 2013

    I hope Uncle Larry choked on his piece of wedding cake.

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  18. Please don't anybody think Betty is crazy or old or jealous, or any other negative! I'm in my eighth year of walking in her (pre-criminal) shoes, and I can attest that the pain is UNBEARABLE in the first years. If there had been any way to escape that pain, I would have done it! And I think anybody else would do so as well. Some combination of genetics and life experiences had made me a long-view type person, and murder was never a consideration. Not because I'm more ethical than Betty Broderick, or stronger in character, but because I could see that murder would not end the pain. Even with them dead, I'd want to dig their bodies back up and kill them all over, again and again! :)

    I view Betty with great, great compassion.

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  19. Kim Broderick's FB page contains a wealth of interesting stuff. First, you get to see the "peachy to-die-for" prom dress Betty bought for Kim when Dan was too cheap to pony up a proper amount of money for princess. There are photos of the siblings posing by his grave, along with what would have been Dan's grandchildren. There is a photo with Betty, Kim, and Kim's daughters. Betty looks great in that photo, BTW. There is also a picture of the family outside of the murder house and someone is dressed in some sort of animal costume. No idea what that about. Kim also posted Dan's high school graduation photo and everyone commented about how handsome he was and how much the boys look like him. Danny's wife looks exactly like Linda Kolkena, by the way; otherwise, judging from Kim's FB, Linda never existed. There is no photo of her, no memory of her to be found. Unless, of course, you count the "cabo chicks," Kim took a trip to Cabo with some friends and you can't help but remember Linda's fondness for the place.

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    1. Wow! You weren't kidding! The photo with all four children and what looks like Betty's parents: I'll bet that's from the party in Beverly Hills where Betty said that (paraphrasing) "Lee got gorgeous, perfect black dress, etc." Remarkable. Just...remarkable. I absolutely cannot believe how they do not acknowledge Linda at all. Plenty of crying over how "handsome" teenaged Dan supposedly was. So full of promise. So full of meanness, too, for the mother of his children, even before he got hungry for Linda's tuna salad for lunch every day at a cheap nearby hotel or her Dan-subsidized condo in Ocean Beach.

      Again, WOW.

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  20. I love your blog. I have always been touched by Betty and her story. Even the ones slanted against her, I couldn't see the crazy killer. I read until the 12th of never, I had to stop and cry often. So much time passed from separating to the killings, of course she snapped. Bravo she killed the right people, others hurt the kids or themselves when driven over the edge. It makes me sick that a female was ok with stepping into another woman's life so heartlessly. Disgusting

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