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What a Creep The Killing of Dominique Dunne
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What a Creep

Season 25, Episode 7

The Killing of Dominique Dunne by John Thomas Sweeney

Dominique Dunne, known for her role in the 1982 film “Poltergeist,” had a bright future. Tragically, her life was cut short on October 30, 1982, when her ex-boyfriend strangled her, John Thomas Sweeney, outside her West Hollywood home. She never regained consciousness and died on November 4, 1982, at just 22 years old.

The trial that followed sparked outrage. Sweeney was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, not murder, and served only three years of a six-and-a-half-year sentence. This lenient sentence highlighted severe flaws in the justice system’s handling of domestic violence cases.

Dominique’s death brought attention to domestic abuse, prompting her family, especially her father, Dominick Dunne, to advocate for victims’ rights and legal reforms. Her legacy endures through these efforts and her memorable work in film.

Trigger warning: Domestic/Partner Violence 

The Murder of Dominique Dunne by John Thomas Sweeney & NON-Creep Theresa Saldana “Victims for Victims” – What a Creep

What a Creep Season 25, Episode 7 The Murder of Dominique Dunne by John Thomas Sweeney https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001161/known for her role in the 1982 film “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poltergeist_(1982_film),” had a bright future. Tragically, her life was cut short on October 30, 1982, when her ex-boyfriend strangled her, John Thomas Sweeney, outside her West Hollywood home.

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