Dave Navarro, whose mother was murdered by her ex-boyfriend when he was only 15 years old, says in the emotional trailer of “Mourning Son” that his mother’s murder “changed everything forever” and turned his life into one of loss, pain, depression and addiction. By making the documentary “Mourning Son,” Navarro hopes that he can reach out to others and let them know – you are not alone.
As reported by Rolling Stone on October 28, “Mourning Son” chronicles the feelings of loss and fear that the Jane’s Addiction guitarist felt after his mother’s murder on March 3, 1983. As depicted in the emotional trailer, Navarro’s mom, Constance Navarro, and her friend Sue Jory were murdered by Constance’s ex-boyfriend John Riccardi. “He takes the pillow, sticks it over her face, and snuffs out the last breathe of life.”
“My mother was in a relationship, the relationship ended, she wanted to go a different way, and her then-ex-boyfriend murdered her and my aunt,” says Navarro. “Sometimes it’s hard to link domestic violence with murder because it’s such a broad jump. Except it is a domestically violent situation and probably the worst-case scenario in a domestically violent world.”
Dave Navarro says in the “Mourning Son” that “it feels unreal to tell the story.” Now, at the age of 48, the famous artist shares that “it’s the most profound moment of my life and I don’t think I should just sweep it under the rug anymore. It was the darkest and most horrible moment of my life.”
“Sometimes the only way around fear – is to walk right through it,” describes the trailer while images of Dave’s mom appear in the background. But when to face that fear – is a different challenge.
Despite being a famous artist, Navarro reveals in the trailer that he feared for his life because his mother’s killer was still on the loose years after the murder. John Riccardi was eventually arrested for the double murder in 1991 after having been featured on “American’s Most Wanted.” Originally sentenced to death, the verdict was overturned by the California Supreme Court. In 2013, Riccardi was re-sentenced to life without parole.
Dave Navarro is the executive producer of “Mourning Son,” which was directed by “Married…With Children” writer Todd Newman. The documentary is scheduled to be released on December 1 via VOD and cable On Demand.
Dave Navarro said in a press release that “sharing my experiences could serve as a tool to help those who have survived the trauma of losing a family member to murder, or loss of any kind for that matter. Many of us invent our own coping skills. ‘Mourning Son’ is my journey of discovering which of these mechanisms might send me further into suffering and which would help me recover and heal.”