The second season of Netflix’s ‘Dirty John’ follows the infamous 1989 murder of Dan Broderick and his wife who were both shot dead by his ex-wife, Betty.
Since its release, it’s been trending on Netflix, with the actors’ performances – most notably Amanda Peet as Betty and Christian Slater as Dan – being praised left, right and centre.
For those unfamiliar with the case, Betty is married to lawyer Dan for 20 years before he has an affair with his assistant, Linda Kolkena. Dan leaves Betty for Linda, resulting in his first wife committing various offences, including driving her car into his house while their children.
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As you know, we see Dan and Betty’s journey, from the day the pair first met to the day she is sentenced for the crime. However, there was a huge detail omitted from the show.
During this time, Betty actually had a boyfriend!
Betty had been dating Bradley T. Wright for several years, and even revealed details about the relationship in the LA Times.
Wright was reportedly in bed at Betty’s house when he was awakened by the news that Dan and Linda were dead. He reportedly contacted a neighbour and friend of Dan’s, rushed to his house, and discovered the bodies.
Despite this, Betty maintained that there was nothing “serious” about the relationship, primarily due to him being six years younger than her.
“I never brought Brad anywhere as my date because he was too young. I didn’t want to be the other half of the midlife joke.”
She then went on to compare the relationship to “having a dog, but he was housetrained”.
When Betty was arrested, Wright reportedly sold her house, placed her furniture in storage, and even delivered her mail.
However, there is a reason why he was omitted from the series.
In an interview with the podcast ‘Martinis and Murders’, series showrunner Alexandra Cunningham explained, “The reason that I chose not to do that had a lot to do with how Betty herself talked about him and regarded him.
“Betty was and remains completely embarrassed by her lonely liaison, and that Brad would never really count to her.”
She added, “It was clear that his presence in her life did not affect any of her interactions with Dan or her thought process or decision-making.”