Dave Navarro Talks About His Mother's Murder In New Documentary
Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro talks about coping with his mother's death in a new documentary, Mourning Son. In 1983, model Constance 'Connie' Navarro was shot and killed in her Westwood home by her ex-boyfriend, bodybuilder John Riccardi. He also murdered her friend, Sue Jory. After the killings, Riccardi spent eight years evading capture before he was arrested in 1991 in Houston after he was featured in an episode of America's Most Wanted.
Navarro's parents had gotten a divorce when he was 7, and he was 15 at the time of the murders. That night, he was at his father's home, but had said he believed Riccardi would have also killed him had he been at his mother's. He said that Riccardi had been violent with him in the past, once handcuffing him to a toilet.
Riccardi was found guilty of the murders in 1993 and sentenced to death. That sentence was overturned in 2012 because one of the jurors suggested in her questionnaire that she did not support the death penalty.
Navarro has attributed later issues with drugs and alcohol to depression he faced when dealing with his mother's death. One of the musician's many tattoos is of his mother. It was done by Kat Von D, and appears on his left side, over his ribs.
Mourning Son was executive produced by Navarro with director Todd Newman. It comes out on VOD and Cable on Demand on December 1, according to Rolling Stone.