What circumstance would possibly give one the right to take another’s life? Some would argue intimate partner family violence, or a self -defense killing. However, in the case of Betty Broderick, princess of San Diego high society, she felt put upon, disposed of for a younger model, and not appreciated for her former sacrifices which contributed to the success of her husband’s career and their posh lifestyle.
But does the humiliation add up to justified double murder in 1989, or in 2017? Certainly not! What a warped sense of reality and oh so important tyrannical, narcissist she was by every measure that counts. You would think that over time, since November 1989, a woman in prison might gain a little perspective, but not Betty!
A second opportunity at the brass ring, a potential release was argued for an entire day on January 5, 2017, before two hearing officers. However, when all was said and done, Deputy District Attorney Richard Sachs had this to say:
“Betty Broderick is an unrepentant woman, She has no remorse and zero insight into the killings,” She just basically said, ‘They drove me to do this.” No journalistic details were shared about her actual testimony. Suffice it to say that they must have been sufficiently unimpressed.
I wonder what it is about narcissists that they are so lacking in empathy and insight? Personality Clinical Expert, Dr. Linda Martinez Lewi has this to say: “The narcissist is an incomplete human being. He/she lives as a false self that is grandiose, extremely self-entitled, deceptive and exploitive. Narcissists are deluded all of their lives and they cannot change.”
As regards insight: “Narcissists are incapable of introspection and lack insight. They live from an external perspective. Their image, the persona they project to the world, how much money they have accumulated, the power they wield over others—-these are their life priorities.”
The other necessary ingredient is to have a human connection outside of your physical mental spiritual one-person existence i.e. compassion. It is defined as: “Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.”
We need not search far for the myriad of examples of lack of compassion in this horrific tale, replete with the most outrageous forms of behavior-
- Her constant need for attention and social standing;
- Disposable wealth on luxury and frivolity;
- Treating her children as pawns in a seeming unending “high stakes game of chess”
- No concern for her children’s welfare and exposing them to the most intimate details of marriage, playing them off each other; chastising them for feelings of love of the imperfect father;
- Unending harassment, stalking and violence, including crashing her car into the front of their former home … all to “prove a point”
- Using murder as her excuse, and her only way out, essentially a prescription to kill; as her former husband “gave her no choice to shoot them”
Is it any wonder that her mental illness has remained intact when she has had all of these years to ponder, reflect and self-examine. But, that is not in the makeup of such a person. A leopard cannot change his spots, nor can a zebra his stripes.
Betty’s daughter, Kim wrote a book entitled, “Betty Broderick, My Mom, The Kim Broderick Story.” The most consistent comment was that she told an unbiased, fair account of both parents. How could one of their offspring be objective, living in a shop of horrors?
If you care to check it out, via Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21798288-betty-broderick-my-mom
In January 2017, the parole board denied Betty’s future hearing dates for the maximum time limit – 15 years. She will be 84 years old. But wait, before you brand her as too feeble to continue her evil ways. All of the experts say narcissism begins in childhood, is a personality disorder and can never, ever be cured!
LA Times article with video included at this link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-broderick-parole-20170105-story.html
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