Dionne Elizabeth Chiaravallotti, Former OC Mom, Allegedly Murdered by Soldier Husband

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Sgt. Robert S. Chiaravallotti
The Army has confirmed a solider is being charged with homicide for the fatal stabbing of his wife at a base near Tacoma, Washington, in August.

Adding tragedy to tragedy, Sgt. Robert S. Chiaravallotti, a onetime Irvine resident and longtime musician, is also accused of raping and stabbing the forehead of one of the five children of his wife Dionne Elizabeth Chiaravallotti, a former Newport Beach and Huntington Beach resident who dreamed of becoming a chef.

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The crimes happened Aug. 25 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is about nine miles from Tacoma. The Army's charging document was signed Sept. 7. It is being reported now because the Tacoma News Tribune and other Washington state media outlets just obtained the paperwork confirming what the deceased woman's mother previously told them: The Chiaravallottis were the couple at the center of the tragedy.

Here's what can be pieced together based on the accounts of the Army, Dionne Chiaravallotti's mother Teresa Glowacki, the Tacoma-area media and online sources: Robert Chiaravallotti hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Irvine and Arizona are among the places he later lived. He and Dionne Chiaravallotti had both resided in El Centro and Bremerton, Washington, their last known address. Old clippings from a Naval Air Facility El Centro newspaper show a Robert Chiaravallotti wrote for the publication.

Dionne Chiaravallotti, 39, had five children with Robert and two previous husbands, according to her mother, who reported the youngest just entered kindergarten and the oldest is 18. Dionne spent a year with a relative in Huntington Beach while her husband served in Afghanistan. She reunited with Sgt. Chiaravallotti in June 2011 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and planned to join him on his next assignment in South Korea with the Eighth Army Band.

Three months before the slaying, the Army website's home page featured a story on Heavy Left, a heavy metal band composed of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers that included Sgt. Chiaravallotti on bass. Here is video of the band performing:
 
The story by Sgt. Christopher M. Gaylord of the Army's 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment fills in the details about how Chiaravallotti bounced around between cities and branches of service.
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