Is John Thomas Sweeney Still Alive? Where Is He Now?

By BhuraPublished on: March 14, 2024 Updated on: March 14, 2024
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Born in 1956, the murderer of Dominique Dunne, John Thomas Sweeney just turned 68 this year. Also known as the “scalp hunter” John is still alive but has been serving a life sentence after being convicted again for multiple murders in 2011.

Just recently, in an investigative documentary by TMZ titled “Killing a Movie Star: Grave Injustice,” the spotlight once again shines on the perplexing case surrounding the tragic death of actress Dominique Dunne. The documentary delves deeper into the events of that fateful night on October 30, 1982, when Dunne’s life was tragically cut short during a heated altercation with her then-boyfriend, John Sweeney, at her West Hollywood residence.

Despite his conviction for voluntary manslaughter, lingering questions remain about the full extent of his actions and the subsequent miscarriage of justice. Through gripping storytelling and compelling evidence, “Killing a Movie Star: Grave Injustice” reopens the investigation, shedding new light on the case and prompting a fresh wave of scrutiny into the aftermath of Dunne’s murder.

Where Is John Thomas Sweeney Imprisoned In 2024?

Initially, he was imprisoned in a medium-security facility in Susanville, California. However, he was released on parole in September 1986, after serving just over three years for a six-and-a-half-year sentence.

John Thomas Sweeney Latest Appearance
John Thomas Sweeney at 66 years of age

However, Sweeney’s criminal actions did not end there. In 2011, he received a whole life tariff for the brutal murders of two girlfriends. One victim was US model Melissa Halstead, whose remains were discovered in a Rotterdam canal in 1990. Despite over 30 years passing since her murder, her head and hands have never been found. Another victim was mum-of-three Paula Fields, aged 31, whom he killed in London a decade later.

He is currently serving a whole life tariff for his gruesome crimes. He is incarcerated in a high-security prison in the United Kingdom, where he serves his sentence for these heinous crimes.

A Former Chef Sweeney Lived In Disguise For Years

After serving just 2½ years for the tragic death of actress Dominique, John Sweeney tried to resume a normal life. Returning to his job as a chef in Santa Monica, California, he hoped to put his past behind him. However, Dunne’s family, deeply upset by the leniency of his sentence, protested his employment, leading to his dismissal.

Dominique Dunne, The Actress Who Was Killed By John
Dominique Dunne, The Actress Who Was Killed By John

In an attempt to evade further scrutiny, Sweeney changed his name to John Maura, taking his mother’s first name as his new last name. He then relocated to the Pacific Northwest and found work as a chef in a restaurant in Seattle.

Dominick Dunne, Dominique’s father, was determined to keep track of Sweeney’s movements. He hired a private investigator, Anthony Pellicano, to monitor his activities. Despite efforts to hide his identity, he could not escape the watchful eye of Dunne’s family and their pursuit of justice.

About Author: Bhura

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