Jane’s Addiction guitarist/songwriter Dave Navarro has announced the release of a documentary concerning the murder of his mother Constance Navarro and everything else that came to his life as a result. It is due out December 1st on certain outlets. His mother Constance Navarro and his aunt were murdered by Constance’s boyfriend John Ricardi along with on March 3rd, 1983. He escaped justice for 8 years until he was caught thanks to a tip provided by a caller after America’s Most Wanted aired an episode on the case. Ricardi was caught January 4th, 1991 in Houston, Texas, as Jane’s Addiction was between legs for the Ritual de lo Habitual tour. In the years that followed his mother’s murder, he struggled with different addictions to cope with his feelings, including heroin. After Jane’s Addiction broke up in late 1991, Navarro went clean, cut his dreads and started a one-off project with ex-bandmate Eric Avery named Deconstruction, who released one (excellent) self titled album in 1994. His tenure with the Red Hot Chili Peppers lastled from late 1993 to 1998. Ricardi faced court in 1993 and was sentenced to death and without a doubt guilty. He currently resides at San Quentin Prison, though his death sentenced has been annulled and instead he now is just to serve a life sentence for as long as he lives.
The death of Navarro’s mother became a defining moment in his life, but it would not be the last. Despite his battles with addiction (of which is he now four years sober) and subsequent trauma, he has become one of the most varied, accomplished and weird musicians of the last 30 years. His work with Jane’s Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette and Nine Inch Nails, not to mention his solo work, always carries with itself an incredibly distinctive tone between heavenly choirs and hellish screams. He is also known for his roles in Sons of Anarchy and Ink Master. I’m sure his mother is very proud of him. Watch the trailer below: