To vandals, he was known by his graffiti name, DASH MDC, but to the rest of New York and the media, James Costello was the notorious young man named as the prime suspect in the murder of his mother, Dr. Teresita Valera-Costello, back in 1994. The Daily News confirmed that the 40-year-old was found dead last week of an apparent suicide. Transit police say he jumped in front of an oncoming train near the LIRR’s Forest Hills station. Costello made headlines when he was formally indicted for the murder of the wealthy doctor, who was found stuffed in the trunk of her car. Police believed her $4.5 million estate was the major motive, but he was later found not guilty of all charges.

According to one source, he was shunned by friends and family alike after the case, and quickly left NYC for South Carolina with his then girlfriend—he happened to be an avid golfer too. He’s survived by his brother Craig Costello aka KR, a graffiti artist and entrepreneur in his own right. An example of DASH’s graffiti below.


Photo of James Costello at his mother’s funeral by Murray/NY Daily News
Photo of DASH graffiti by Graff Flickz