Back in 1967 when Dylan McDermott was only 5 years old, his mother died from what was thought back then, to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound as the result of an accident. Fox is reporting the case has been reopened and deemed a homicide after many questions that remained after all of this time.
At the time she was living with her gangster boyfriend John Sponza who told police the two never argued and that Diane McDermott accidentally shot herself when she picked up the gun that he was cleaning.
State (Connecticut) medical examiner H. Wayne Carver reviewed the autopsy only to conclude the gun found by her body was too small a caliber compared to the one that killed her and the gunshot wound was to the back of the head. How on earth did THAT go unnoticed originally? The police in 1967 interviewed Sponza ONCE and took him for his word. Because gangsters always tell the truth, right?
Police Superintendent Michael Gugliotti:
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"What troubled me was that there was very little follow up other than the statement Sponza had given to police," Gugliotti said.
"Sponza is telling the police that night that he very rarely, if ever, had arguments, yet everyone we spoke to, including Dylan, who was only 5 at the time, remembered very violent, vicious arguments," he added. "Dylan vividly recalls the amount of times, not only flashing the gun, but pointing it at the kid, saying, 'Shut up and get out of here.' He's still probably traumatized by that."
Dylan met with Michael and Mayor Neil M. O'Leary last year:
"He said in order for me to survive and to get where I am today, I needed to bury that moment in my life deep within myself," Gugliotti said. "He said it wasn't until recently that I've come to the point in my life where I'm able to begin to process all of this and make it part of his life."
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John Sponza was shot to death and found stuffed in a car back in 1972 in a grocery store parking lot in Waltham, Mass.
While it's great to get closure, I can only imagine how horrific it is to finally have these awful suspicions confirmed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McDermott family.