3 Years After This Hollywood Actor Was Murdered, A Series Of Strange Events Led Police To The Killer

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It’s February 12, 1976, and actor Sal Mineo is heading back to his Hollywood home after rehearsing his latest play. A former teen heartthrob, his career has taken a strange trajectory since earning an Oscar nomination for a performance alongside James Dean. But his bright future is about to be cut short by a gruesome murder – and the crime will baffle authorities for the next three years.

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Born in January of 1939, Mineo grew up in the New York borough of the Bronx. One of four children of Sal Sr. – a coffin maker – and Josephine, he had two brothers, Victor and Michael, and a sister, Sarina. And although Mineo’s mother was American-born, both of his parents were of Italian descent.

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