COPS: DYLAN McDERMOTT MOM MURDERED

Published on: June 26, 2012
Photography by: FX
NationalEnquirer.com

Police reopen investigation 45 years later into the death of actor DYLAN McDERMOTT’s mother, determining she was slain by mob lover and did not kill herself.

The American Horror Story actor was only five-years-old when his mother, Diane McDermott, was shot in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1967.

After reopening the case last year authorities were able find the evidence needed to finger her gangster boyfriend, John Sponza, as the shooter.

Her death was originally ruled an accident and John told police at the time that Diane accidentally shot herself with the gun he had been cleaning.

"What troubled me was that there was very little follow up other than the statement Sponza had given to police," Police Superintendent Michael 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."