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Sal Mineo Murder 1976 Sal Mineo had an up-and-down acting career. His chief fame remains from playing opposite James Dean as a 17-year-old in Rebel Without A Cause (1956). By the 1960s Mineo could no longer be cast in youthful roles, and he was deemed wrong for adult lead roles. However, by 1976, Mineo's career had begun to turn around. Playing the role of a gay burglar in a San Francisco run of the stage comedy 'P.S. Your Cat Is Dead,' he received substantial publicity from many positive reviews and moved on to Los Angeles with the play. Arriving home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, Mineo was stabbed to death in the alley behind his West Hollywood apartment building. He was stabbed just once, but the blade struck his heart leading to immediate and massive internal bleeding. For years Mineo's murder was unsolved. However, a pizza deliveryman, Lionel Ray Williams, was sentenced to 57 years in prison for killing Mineo and committing 10 robberies in the same vicinity. Although there was considerable confusion relating to what witnesses had seen in the darkness the night Mineo was murdered, it was later revealed that prison guards reportedly overheard Williams admitting to the crime. Williams claimed he had no idea who Mineo was. Williams was paroled in the early 1990s, but was soon jailed again for criminal activity. Many of Mineo's friends believed that Williams was not the murderer, especially since a blond white man was seen running from the incident.
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Added: 19th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Electricland on 2009-11-19 
West Hollywood is not the right area to be walking in anyway.

I was truly surprised by all that.
Never again.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-11-19 
The three main players in Rebel Without A Cause all met untimely deaths: Mineo, James Dean, and Natalie Wood.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-11-19 
Any neighborhood with an unsavory reputation isn't the right neighborhood to be walking in. Neighborhoods that aren't unsavory can be crime ridden but you don't hear about it.
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