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Sal Mineo's apartment

This is the apartment building where actor Sal Mineo was murdered.

It is situated at 8563 Holloway Drive in West Hollywood, California.

Mineo was best known for starring in movies such as Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Exodus (1960), and Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).

He also made appearances on TV shows such as Studio One, Hawaii Five-O, and Columbo.

On the night of February 12th, 1976, Mineo was stabbed in the heart by a mugger shortly after he parked his vehicle in the carport at the back of his apartment building.

It appears as though the actor was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

After getting out of his car, the 37-year-old was approached by a man named Lionel Ray Williams, who had been hanging around the alley looking for a target to rob.

Mineo started calling out for help when he saw Williams charging towards him with a knife. This panicked Williams, who reacted by stabbing the actor in the chest.

Freaked out by what he had just done, Williams fled the crime scene without taking any money or valuables.

Following the killing, Williams admitted to several people (including his wife) that he had murdered Mineo. While he was serving time in a Michigan jail for check fraud, a deputy overheard him bragging about the crime to another inmate.

He was finally charged with Mineo's murder in January 1978.

Although he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 57 years in prison, his sentence was later recomputed to 14 years under California's fixed-sentencing laws.

In 1990, Williams was released on parole after serving only 12 years behind bars.

Sal Mineo death location

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


8563 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, California, CA 90069, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the apartment are:

34.091170, -118.378721


The apartment complex is 0.3 miles east of the intersection between Sunset Boulevard and Holloway Drive. The parking alley where Mineo was found dead is accessible via Alta Loma Road. It is only a five-minute walk from the nightclub where actor River Phoenix died from an overdose.


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Mineo's apartment

Sal Mineo apartment

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Sal Mineo's apartment was located at 8563 Holloway Drive in West Hollywood. He started living here by himself in 1973.

The murder took place in a parking alley at the back of the complex.

Crime scene

Crime scene

This Google Street View image of the parking alley was taken in August 2022. It is accessible via Alta Loma Road. We have circled the crime scene in red.

On the night of February 12th, 1976, Lionel Ray Williams (pictured left) was hanging around the complex with a knife.

It is likely that he chose this location because it was somewhat secluded and he knew that someone would eventually use one of the carports.

When he saw Mineo's car pulling in, he decided to seize the opportunity to rob him. However, he seemingly panicked when the actor began crying out for help.

After being promised immunity, one of Williams' friends confessed that he had witnessed the stabbing.

That night, the pair had been drinking and cruising around Los Angeles looking for women. However, at one point, Williams decided to drive into Hollywood and park near the apartment complex on Holloway Drive.

The friend, who remained in the car, claimed that he saw Williams talking to a man and then stabbing him.



This aerial image highlights the various points of interest.

Mineo's body was found at the back of the complex.

The murder investigation was hindered because the detectives on the case stubbornly clung to the wrong theory.

Four years earlier, the actor had publicly confirmed that he was bisexual. This led investigators to theorize that the stabbing was a sex crime.

At the time, the robbery motive didn't make sense to them, as no money or valuables were missing.

However, the case was turned on its head when Williams' wife, Teresa Collins, came forward and told the police that it was a botched robbery.

Collins was reportedly terrified of her husband. When he was extradited to Michigan for writing bad checks, she saw it as an opportunity to get rid of him for good.

In her statement, she said that Williams came home on the night of February 12th, 1976, and confessed to killing "a dude." She also admitted that she had given him the money to purchase the knife.

Afterwards, Collins was able to pick out the exact type of knife that had been used in the attack.

Another witness named La Sonya Armstrong also told the police that Williams had claimed responsibility for the crime. Shortly after Mineo's murder, he reportedly told her that he had killed a "famous person." When she expressed doubts, he showed her bloodstained clothes and a knife.



This newspaper article appeared in the Miami Herald on February 14th, 1976.

The crime took place at around 9.15 p.m.

A fellow tenant called Ray Evans heard the actor shouting, "Oh, no! Oh, my God! No! Help me, please!"

Evans found Mineo lying on his side. At the time, he appeared to be semi-conscious. When he rolled him over, he could see that his chest was covered in blood.

The 37-year-old died shortly afterwards due to a stab wound that had penetrated his heart and caused massive hemorrhaging.


Mineo murder

Shortly after the murder, newspapers reported that a witness had seen a man with long blond hair running away from the crime scene.

However, witness reports are notoriously unreliable.

For example, a security guard said that he saw a yellow Toyota fleeing the area soon after Mineo was killed.

On the day of the attack, Lionel Williams rented out a yellow Dodge Colt from a dealership on Crenshaw Boulevard. During the investigation, it was determined that the Dodge Colt looked very similar to a Toyota.

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