Sal Mineo was an actor, director, and singer who was murdered near his home in West Hollywood in 1976 at the young age of 37. Mineo was born in 1939 into a family of Italian immigrants living in the Bronx. His breakthrough role, which also garnered him an Academy Award nomination, came in 1955 when he played Plato Crawford in Rebel Without a Cause, opposite to James Dean. On February 12, 1976, Mineo was found with fatally stabbed in an alleyway by neighbors who had heard his cries for help. Detectives found money still left in Mineo’s jacket, hypothesizing that the evidence pointed to a personal motive rather than a random robbery. For years his murder remained a mystery, with some speculating that his homosexuality being the motive behind the crime.
North Wilcox Avenue
Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA 90038
Date of Death – January 29, 1980Vinicio Burgos, age 45, a bartender at the Bonaventure Hotel, was found nude and strangled at his apartment in Hollywood on his bed.
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Murders – GLBT Related --1980 – 1989, ONE Subject File collection, Coll2012-001, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California