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Joe Cole (left) and his father Dennis (right)

Real Name: Joseph Cole
Nicknames: Joe Cole
Location: Venice Beach, California
Date: December 19, 1991


Details: Joseph Cole is the son of television actor Dennis Cole and the best friend of actor/musician Henry Rollins. The two lived in a home in the Oakwood section of Venice, California, and planned on documenting the plight of homeless Vietnam veterans in the area. On December 19, 1991, Joe and Henry stopped at an all-night grocery store after attending a Hole and Smashing Pumpkins concert at the Whisky A Go Go club in West Hollywood. When the two arrived home, they were confronted by two armed men. One robber shoved Henry to his knees, while the other forced Joe to face down on the ground. The gunmen told the two to not scream or they would be killed. As they layed on the ground, the robbers took what little money that had, less than $50.


A composite of the killer

Angered, the two gunmen then demanded to go up to the house and Henry told them that there were others in the house, hoping that the gunmen would leave, but they did not. As they entered the house, Henry heard feet scuffling on the porch and then gunshots. Henry then ran out of the house and out the back door and the police from a pay phone. When the police arrived, the gunmen had vanished and Joe had died as a result of the shooting. Despite interviews with hundreds of people in the area, the killers have never been found. However, investigators believe that the killers live in the Oakwood area and may have bragged about their crime before. A $25,000 reward is being offered in this case.
Suspects: One of the suspects is an African-american male approximately 5'11" and 165 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and today would be in his 40s or 50s. The other suspect is also and African-american male. They have never been identified.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the May 17, 1996 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, Dennis Cole passed away in November 2009 at the age of 69 without learning of any new details to the case. However, a man resembling Joe's killer has been spotted but never identified.
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