Delores (Dee Dee) Jackson’s Murder First Family Tradegy
With the passing of Michael Jackson this year, it brings back memories of other tragedies felt by the Jackson family. The murder of Delores (Dee Dee) Jackson in 1994 was the first time the family had to rally together to support each other.
It was not that long ago that MJ’s family came together to mourn the passing of the death of another. Delores (Dee Dee) Jackson, ex-wife of Tito and mother of 3 sons, now known as 3T, was found murdered.
Los Angeles businessman Donald Bohana was convicted to 15 years to life for the 1994 murder of Delores Jackson, former wife of Tito Jackson.
Bohana, 60, had told police that Ms. Jackson, known as Dee Dee, accidentally drowned in the pool of his home in the upscale Ladera Heights section of Los Angeles. He pleaded not guilty when arraigned in L.A. Superior Court.
The three children of Dee Dee filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bohana in 1995. The coroner’s report indicated that Ms. Jackson died as a result of “asphyxia due to drowning, alcohol intake and blunt force traumatic injuries.” Ms. Jackson had been dating Bohana about a month when the incident occurred.
Initially, the death was ruled accidental. However, late in 1994 the District Attorney’s office reopened the case.
It was reported that Bohana was a businessman who had debts that totaled more than $4 million. In the wrongful death suit filed by Ms. Jackson’s three children–Tariano, 22, Taryll, 20 and Tito Joe, 17–they alleged Bohana was upset because Dee Dee would not help bail him out of his financial difficulties. The suit stated that he beat and held her underwater until she died.
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