Dead in Hollywood: Betty Broderick

Dead in Hollywood will be debuting the zine “Dead in San Diego: Betty Broderick” next weekend at the San Diego and San Fernando Valley zine fests. If you don’t know who Betty Broderick is, you’re in for a rollercoaster ride through the upscale neighborhoods of the San Diego suburb, La Jolla, California. This story has always intrigued me. Treat yourself and watch the episode of Betty on the Oprah Show. Today, I spent my morning watching the TV movie “A Woman Scorned.” Meredith Baxter Birney plays Betty! The full movie is on YouTube. “A Woman Scorned” is based on an L.A. Times article by the brilliant journalist Amy Wallace. More to come on the Betty Broderick story... 

Stalked! Dominique Dunne (November 23, 1959 / November 4, 1982)

I walk home from work past the street where Dominique Dunne lived - Rangely Ave. in West Hollywood. Dunne was strangled to death in the driveway of this home by her ex-boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney who served less than 4 years for her murder. I think about Dunne every time I pass by and since I started working on the next issue of Dead in Hollywood it has become a particularly poignant part of my walk. “Stalked" follows the lives of Dunne, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, and cheerleader/model Linda Sobek. All three women are stalked to their death by deranged men with criminal records. In death, these women are responsible for new laws that are put in place to protect stalking and domestic violence victims. 

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