Dirty John is back and this time the true-life story is about Betty Broderick

While many marriages end in divorce, they rarely end this explosively, or with a body count.

Amanda Peet and Christian Slater star in the second season of anthology true crime series Dirty John, which became a hit when it first premiered in 2018.

In the second installment in the series, titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, Peet plays the titular real-life character Betty, who gunned down her ex-husband Dan Broderick (here played by Slater) and his second wife in 1989.

Back for more Dirty business: Amanda Peet and Christian Slater star in the second season of anthology true crime series Dirty John, which became a hit when it first premiered in 2018

The trailer for the new season, which dropped Wednesday from USA Network, sees the actors in their best Eighties period fashions as they portray the warring couple.

Amanda’s Betty looks back on the marriage and what led her to such a grisly act.

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‘I wanted a husband and a family – Dan needed a wife that could wait on him,’ Amanda’s character Betty says at the top of the clip, as she’s seen playing the perfect wife to Slater’s character while laying out a turkey dinner before him and the children on the dining room table.

‘I would’ve been treated better if I’d been a dog and served my master,’ she continues.

In the second installment: Peet plays real-life character Betty Broderick, who gunned down her ex-husband Dan Broderick (here played by Slater, pictured) and his second wife in 1989

Unhappy wife: The trailer for the new season, which dropped Wednesday from USA Network, sees the actors in their best Eighties period fashions as they portray the warring couple

Then, the action suddenly shifts to an interrogation room of sorts, with a stricken-looking Peet dressed differently as she speaks to someone offscreen. 

‘I’m amazed it only took one bullet to kill Dan Broderick,’ she states, as-a-matter-of-factly. 

Dan and Betty Broderick got together in the 1960s, and went on to marry in 1969.

‘I’m amazed it only took one bullet to kill Dan Broderick’: A stricken-looking Peet sits in an interrogation room of sorts

After having four children, the couple began the process of a much-publicized divorce in 1986, leading Betty to eventually shoot and kill Dan and his second wife, Linda, on Nov. 5, 1989.

The trailer covers much of this time and these events, with a shot of the pair looking happy before things quickly devolve.

At one point, Slater’s character serves Betty a ‘court order,’ which leads to Amanda’s Betty stalking out into the yard after him and screaming, ‘How am I supposed to see my kids?!’

From their, things go from bad to worse, as Peet is seen in a straitjacket, being forced into the back of a car. 

Family: Before splitting, the couple had four children

At one point: Slater’s character serves Betty a ‘court order’

Messy: The pair began the process of a much-publicized divorce in 1986

Brutal: Soon, things between the former couple go completely out of control, with Dan choking Betty on the ground…

‘Dan had me committed to a psych ward,’ she says in voice over. ‘I’m not the crazy one — he is.’

Soon, things between the former couple go completely out of control, with Dan choking Betty on the ground, Betty driving her car directly into his front door… until eventually, a gun is seen.

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story is set to debut this summer on USA, with an eight-episode season. 

Season 1 of the series, which starred Connie Britton and Eric Bana, is available to stream on Netflix. 

…Betty driving her car directly into his front door…

 

 

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