It’s a day much like any other in October 1982, and actors Dominique Dunne and David Packer are reading lines in Dominique’s home in West Hollywood, California. But after an angry visitor arrives on the doorstep, what had been a regular rehearsal quickly turns into a nightmare when David discovers Dominique’s lifeless body in the yard. And days later, the starlet dies in hospital – a tragedy that marks the start of one of showbiz’s most infamous murder cases.
Born in October 1925 in Hartford, Connecticut, Dominique’s father, Dominick, came from a wealthy Irish Catholic background. And among his five siblings was John Gregory, who would grow up to become a successful novelist and critic. Dominick’s younger brother also ultimately married and started a family with the American journalist Joan Didion – herself a noted writer known for her work on the decline of the American dream.