Thursday, July 28, 2011

Peggy Dianovsky: "Last Plea"

by Susan Murphy Milano

The heavy burden a missing person’s family lives with when their loved one has yet to be found in unimaginable. And in cases where law enforcement is outwitted by a psychopathic narcissist in a case of intimate partner violence leading to homicide, they're outmatched by with type of dangerous predator.

Publicly disarming, in every way because this type of predator is able to disguise any hint of being capable of carrying out a murder. The way a psychopathic narcissist presents themselves in dress, and discussion can fool the most skilled team of investigators working on a missing persons or possible homicide case. In my expert opinion, law enforcement is not trained to deal with these types of killers. And this is evidenced by cases in the news from the dismembering of Laura Ackerson from North Carolina, her body was discovered over the weekend to the recent case of missing mom Jacque Waller or Susan Powell missing since December 6, 2009, both women wanted out of the marriage. And their intimate partner predators granted their wish, by in my opinion, taking their lives.

An example of this type of predator is Robert Dianovsky whom maintained that his wife Peggy left their home voluntarily and took a bag of clothing with her when she vanished in September of 1982. Peggy Dianovsky left her yellow Chevrolet Nova behind and never picked up her last paycheck from her employer, Dominick's. Blood was found spattered at the top of the stairway in the Dianovsky home, but none of it was ever collected for analysis.

Robert took the boys and moved to Arizona sometime after 1982, he also filed for divorce claiming Peggy abandoned both he and the children. He was charged with Peggy's murder in 2003. Their three sons went to the police in 2002 after tape-recording a conversation with Robert where he made suspicious statement about Peggy's disappearance. One of the Dianovsky children claims he witnessed his mother's murder, and all three of them say they saw Robert abuse and threaten Peggy. They claim they repressed the memories of the incidents but recovered them in therapy sessions as adults. One of Robert's friends also testified that Robert asked him for a gun in 1982 to "get rid of" Peggy. And Robert claimed his wife was having an affair.

In all, six hours of audio were taped when Dianovsky's three sons confronted him and accused him of their mother's murder. The sons contend their father killed Peggy Dianovsky on Sept. 12, 1982, in their Schaumburg, Ill., home during a brutal beating.

On the tapes, the accused man says, "I hit her pretty good." He also admits to previously saying his wife would never get out of the marriage alive. Dianovsky also said that he cut off his wife's tennis clothes in a jealous rage, and that his grown sons can tell their kids, "Your dad did something to her."

The trial took place in Cook County, Illinois before a judge rather than a jury. Judge Robert Porter acquitted Robert after an eight-day trial in November 2004. He stated that Peggy probably had in fact been murdered after her disappearance, but there was insufficient evidence to prove that Robert did it.

I would have never heard about this case if it were not written about in the blog Mothers Are Vanishing. You see the world had all but forgotten Peggy Dianovsky with the exception of her sons, 2 brothers, Gus and sister Ann Peterson whom up until recently was a regular contributor now on hiatus here at Time’s Up. They kept hope alive in their hearts praying to God that she would be recovered from where she is hidden.

Now, sadly one light of hope is about to go dim as Peggy’s brother Gus has only a few weeks of life left. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, he will leave without having the one wish granted to him while still alive, to find his sister.

I surmise that once he is called home to be united with God, he will finally be reunited with his sister Peggy. I wish there was a way from him to send word on earth to the others holding the light of hope so that they each many finally have peace.

The only way for this to happen is for the only person with the answers to be a man and somehow get word to where Peggy Dianovsky can be found. Or perhaps the woman to whom he is currently married that is in my opinion, also the keeper of this dark secret.

I am making a plea to them both. Robert cannot be re-tried in the murder of Peggy. Perhaps God will take heed and show mercy on him when it is his time if he provides the information to the family.

Robert or his wife (also named Peggy) can call in a tip that cannot be traced back to them. All they have to do is contact the Schaumburg police department at 1-847-882-3586. Or they can email me at and we can pass along the information.

Being cold and cowardly is one thing not honoring the wish of a dying man is as criminal as the life you took away.


If you are in a relationship that has a history of abuse or violence, simply mustering up the courage to confront the person and say it is over, without the proper tools, can cost you, your life!

The book "Time's Up A Guide on How To Survive and Abusive and Stalking Relationship" is the prescription that every person must obtain before they announce they are leaving. Below is an example from Chapter 4, one of many unique tools provided in the book. It is available, or you can purchase via e-book or on a CD. If you have questions, the email address is:

Susan Murphy Milano is a staff member of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is a specialist with intimate partner violence prevention strategies and high risk cases and available for personal consultations through the Institute.

Susan is the author of "Time's Up: A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships," Moving out, Moving on, and Defending Out Lives. Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" . She is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated "The Roth Show" with Dr Laurie Roth and a co-host on Crime Wire. And she is a homicide survivor, the daughter of a Chicago violent crimes detective who killed her mother before committing suicide.

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