March 7, 1949 – Charles Manson, a 14-year-old petty criminal from Indianapolis, learned Juvenile Court Judge Joseph O. Hoffman had granted his request to be transferred to Boys Town in Nebraska. Local priest Reverend George Powers, who helped facilitate the request, referred to the future cult leader and mass murderer as “a very genuine lost little kid.”
As a lifelong Hoosier and true crime addict, I’m constantly amazed at just how much horrid shit is linked to my home state. I’ve decided to start sharing some of these items with you because, although they are only tangentially related to our topic, they’re disturbingly interesting nonetheless. Case in point…
Q: Where did divorcee and media-sensation murderess Betty Broderick meet her husband Dan, the man she would one day marry, divorce, and eventually kill?
A: In 1965, 17-yr-old Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bisceglia traveled with some classmates from her all-girls Catholic college in New York to a football game between the Fighting Irish and the USC Trojans. While at Notre Dame for the weekend, she attended a party where she was approached by Daniel T. Broderick, a medical student nearly five years her senior. The two wed after almost four years of courtship. Fast forward more than twenty years, nine pregnancies, four living children, and one very bitter break-up to 1989… Betty went to the house where her ex-husband lived with his much-younger second wife and shot them both to death.
Betty, now 73 years old, is still alive and incarcerated for the crime.