Dylan McDermott was only 5 years old when his 20 year old mother, Diane McDermott, died and her death was ruled an accident at that time. Now after more than 40 years, he can rest a bit easier with official word that Dylan McDermott’s mom was killed by her gangster beau, John Sponza, and did not harm herself.
Even at the tender age of 5, McDermott was able to tell investigator at the time that he recalled very violent, vicious arguments between his mother and Sponza. Last year, he was back in his hometown for a fundraiser and met with Waterbury CT Police Superintendent, Michael Gugliotti and Mayor Neil M. OLeary.
According to Republican-American newspaper, Dylan McDermott told Gugliotti that he buried the tragic event in order to survive.
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, 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.
The investigation was then reopened and the evidence uncovered would have been enough to prove that Dylan McDermott’s mom was killed by her gangster beau. Had Sponza been alive, he would have been charged. Sponza met a violent end in 1972 where his body was found in the trunk of a car in a grocery store parking lot in Massachusetts.
Other evidence uncovered would have tied Sponza to at least 2 other unsolved murders.
Dylan McDermott’s sister, Robin Herrera, said she is relieved that the truth has been discovered. “I’m happy to know my mother wasn’t mentally ill or depressed,” she said. “Somebody took her from us; she didn’t leave us.”
Dylan McDermott has not commented on the new findings into his mother’s death.