Jury Finds Heather Specyalski Not Guilty in Her Son's Overdose Death

The woman acquitted in the 1999 death of Rocky Hill businessman Neil Esposito had again faced a manslaughter charge, this time in the death of her 15-year-old son, Brandon Specyalski.


Heather Specyalski has again avoided conviction of a manslaughter charge after a jury on Thursday, March 21, found her not guilty in the 2008 overdose death of her 15-year-old son, Brandon Specyalski.

The state had accused Specyalski of negligent homicide, second-degree manslaughter and three counts of risk of injury to minor but a jury in Danielson Superior Court today acquitted her of all charges, according to the Hartford Courant.

Specyalski now lives in Killingly and her trial, in Danielson Superior Court, went to the jury on Wednesday.

About 10 years ago Specyalski was acquitted of manslaughter in the death of prominent Rocky Hill businessman Neil Esposito, who was killed in a car accident on Route 9 that nearly took Specyalski’s life as well.

Her 2004 trial riveted those in the Hartford region and beyond, in part because Esposito, who was 42 at the time, was a member of a powerful and politically well-connected family. Some critics believed the family used its connections with then-governor John Rowland to get the state to bring charges against Specyalski, a former model who lived in Vernon at the time.

Specyalski cried when the verdict was read, the Courant reported. The trial, which centered around the state's accusations that Specyalski allowed her son to party in her home with friends and even bought alcohol for them, lasted more than a week.

P. Thibodeau March 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM
So we are NOT resposable for our 15yr olds lives anymore ? The news will be gatting a lot more stories like that and as many aquittals . What a system .
Tolland Parent March 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM
It's a sad day when a jury of our peers decides that parents have no responsibility for their children, even under their own roof. From first hand knowledge, I can say that the parties at 179 Seckar Road in Ashford were a regular occurrence. They were not only condoned by Ms. Specyalski, they were enabled by her as she purchased the alcohol for them. She was present for them, flirting with the high school boys and occassionally taking one of them to her bedroom, as she did with one young man that was in her poor son's class. My persoanl experience with this party house comes from having to chase my own child down at one of these parties. I did not find out where my kid was until roughly 3am the morning of April 5, 2008. When I arrived, the party was still in full swing. There were kids bumbling around the yard drunk. I pounded on the front door and demanded that my child be sent out along with another child that had attended the party with another kid. While standing at the door, I had a perfect view of a large round coffe table that couldn't have accomodated one more empty beer can be placed on it. i have great regret that I did not call the police that early morning in April, 2008, as had I, maybe young Brandon would still be alive. Maybe the courts would have removed him from his Mother's home, and he could have gotten the help that he needed. Maybe he would have graduated high school and gone onto college, as many of his classmates have done. To be continued
Tolland Parent March 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Not to be a Monday morning quarterback, but I feel the prosecution missed an opportunity to ask two questions. 1) What did Mr. Whitehouse and Mr. Neborsky have to gain by testifying against Ms. Specyalski? Answer: Nothing but the satisfaction that Brandon be represented by his best friends. 2) What did Ms. Specyalski and her family have to gain by trashing the reputations of these two fine young men? Answer: Her freedom from any legal responsibility in the death of her son. As a classic narcissist, she is incapable of introspection. Otherwise, she would be tormented by how her actions and inactions contributed to the death of her child. She obviously feels her conscience clear as displayed by the numerous pictures of her smiling face. She should be disgusted by the way she, her family, and her attorney attacked Brandon's best friends, when all they wanted was for the truth to come out. Young Mr. Whitehouse was far more the parent in Brandon's last hours than his own mother was, yet she attacked him and accused him of lying. She is a pathlogical, sociopathic narcissist. Brandon's death combines the worst circumstances imagineable: A young man with substance abuse issues; A parent that has condoned and enabled this problem: A parent that now refuses to take any responsibility in her own son's death, when she is clearly culpable for it. This is a truly scary society we live in when a jury of our peers condones this type behavior on the part of a parent.


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