A Beverly Hills tennis coach disappears after befriending an eccentric homeless man.

Adam Hecht

Missing:

Gender: Male
DOB: 1965
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 160 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Black
Defining Characteristics: Has burn scars on his right hand
Remarks: Last seen 6/7/89

CASE DETAILS

Beverly Hills, California, is one of the nation’s wealthiest communities, filled with glamorous people living a life of luxury. But there’s another side to Beverly Hills, a growing population of homeless people that live on its affluent streets. In the winter of 1989, one of those homeless found a surprising friend in 24-year-old Adam Hecht.

Adam befriended a homeless man

Adam, the son of a successful Hollywood producer, was born into Beverly Hills luxury in 1965. He spent his childhood surrounded by movie stars, mansions, and privilege. After graduating from Beverly Hills High, Adam made his living as a tennis instructor. All who knew him recalled a bright, independent, and friendly young man. But on the morning of January 10, 1989, Adam’s brother noticed he seemed different. Outside a restaurant where they went to eat breakfast, they met a street person who was apparently blind in one eye. A few minutes later, Adam left their table and went back outside. Harold Hecht is Adam’s brother:

“Adam said, ‘Excuse me.’  Then he went outside and started talking to this person. And I could see him through the blinds, and I couldn’t understand it. I was quite surprised. I didn’t understand his reason for being out there.”

Police evicted Tony, but Adam was gone

When Adam returned to the table, Harold asked him what they were talking about. Adam said it was nothing, so they continued having their breakfast. After the meal, they left the restaurant and headed towards Harold’s car. But according to Harold, Adam’s encounter with the street person continued:

“Just before I got in my car, I looked back. He was talking to this person. I was very surprised.” 

The young man from the street said his name was Tony. Within a few weeks, Adam had invited Tony to move into his apartment. Why? His brother says that Adam was disillusioned with his pampered life. But what started out as a gesture of kindness may have had unexpected consequences. Today, Adam Hecht is missing.

Adam’s wallet was in his car

Soon after Tony moved in, Adam brought his new roommate to his mother, Martine’s, house for dinner. She said she was surprised that her son would give shelter to a street person:

“I thought, ‘My goodness, that’s strange.’ But knowing Adam, the way he is, I really understood it.  I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s so nice that he wants to help him.’  When I saw Tony and how he talked, and, my God, the smell, it was unbelievable. And, wow, it was scary.  It was really scary.”

During the meal, Tony began to wave his hands over his food as if he were blessing it.  Still, Martine thought her son and Tony had a good relationship:

“Adam was very, very much wanting to talk about Tony. Adam seemed to understand Tony, and I was led to believe that Tony was really being very kind to Adam as far as helping him grow up as a person and mature. That’s what he said to me, ‘He’s helping me mature as a person.’”

Rebecca Hecht is Adam’s sister:

“At the beginning, Adam was an elite, preppy businessman. He drove a great car and taught tennis. And then he met Tony, and it just all changed. And he became a mystical person, and I just didn’t know him anymore.”

Adam was not in his apartment

With Tony by his side, Adam began to visit a homeless area of Los Angeles and often stayed out on the streets at night. Harold said he wasn’t surprised:

“I know that when Adam sets his mind to something, he really goes whole-heartedly into any type of project. His involvement with street people increased when he met Tony and he started to understand their problems.”

Tony and Adam also shared in strange mystical rites invented by Tony.  In one of these rituals, Adam burned his hand severely. According to Adam’s mother, Martine:

“All I know is I saw it, and I said, ‘My God, Adam. What happened to you?’  He said, ‘Oh, I was doing a test of endurance.’”

And then, on June 10, 1989, Harold realized he hadn’t heard from his brother for several days. Concerned, he went to Adam’s apartment. He said that when he arrived, Tony answered the door:

“My brother was not there. His car was not there. And I tried to get in. I said, ‘Where’s Adam? Where’s he gone?’  And in his strange way he didn’t answer the question or seem to really know.”

Adam’s mother said she also went to his apartment and encountered Tony a few days later:

“As I’m walking back down the corridor, he’s following me and he says, ‘Give us a kiss.’  He starts to put his arms around me and it was the most scary thing.”

The family contacted the Beverly Hills Police to file a missing person report and arranged to have Tony evicted. On July 9th, Tony was evicted from the apartment.  He made no effort to avoid the police. Local detectives interviewed him and came to the conclusion that he had nothing to do with Adam’s disappearance.

One month later, Adam’s car was found abandoned on a Beverly Hills side street. There were several parking tickets on the windshield. Inside, the keys were still in the ignition.  Police also found Adam’s wallet, credit cards, and hundreds of dollars in cash and checks. There were no other clues. Lieutenant Robert Curtis of the Beverly Hills Police Department:

“We wish we knew specifically what happened to Adam Hecht. Apparently, he in the past occasionally had gone away for a few days at a time but always had returned.  And whether he did this time and just decided not to return, we don’t know.”

Adam’s brother Harold doesn’t believe he would do that:

“He had a very solid business. He was very active with a number of different people on a number of different levels. For him just to disappear does not fit his character.”

But according to Lt. Curtis:

“We have no real evidence of any foul play or any criminal involvement.  So we’re not handling it as a crime, but strictly as a missing person’s case.”

Does Tony know more about Adam’s disappearance than he is telling?  Or did Adam reject his former life of luxury and choose to lose himself among the homeless?  Martine said she just wants her son back:

“What can I say? I just love him, and I just want him to come home. I miss him with all my heart. It’s not a complete family without him. And I would try and understand whatever he was thinking, and I would not be mad at him in any way. I just want him to just come home because he’s truly loved by all of us and many other people too.”


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season three with Robert Stack and in season eight with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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35 Comments

  1. Lou

    You race baiters are clueless. How do you know if the Hecht family was racist? The father was a successful producer who likely worked with all races. There is nothing wrong with the family suspecting Tony. Common sense would lead one to believe that the turning point in Adams life was when he met Tony. If everything that was covered in the story is true, especially the part about Tony saying stay in the streets long enough for your answer, then there’s no doubt something is there. Anyone that thinks otherwise are the same people that think OJ is innocent. Ignorant racist.

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  2. thinkingoutloud

    Such a strange case. I think Adam’s abandoned car was a fake set-up, to make it seem like he walked away from everything. It is suspicious why Tony sparked up this friendship with Tony, but maybe he did have some sort of spiritual seasoning for it. I agree too maybe Tony accidentally killed Adam and disposed of the body. It’s sad the family looked down upon Tony like they did, just because he is homeless doesn’t mean he’s any less of a person.Sad there are no clues. And i also find it odd his wealthy family didn’t do more to investigate it. They just had Tony evicted. Seems like there was no other follow ups after Tony left, no other details of research for clues/evidence, very strange. Like did they ask the apartment landlord anything? Or any of his friends? Coworkers. Seems like for a very successful person this family would have done more than the minimal to locate him. Hey, maybe the family was involved….

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  3. Bill Blaski

    Any updates regarding Tony or Adam?

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  4. BookWorm

    Just saw this episode on Unsolved Mysteries. The racist family of Adam Hecht was sickening to watch. I do not believe Tony approached the mother calming to “Give me a kiss”. Without any proof except the fact he was homeless and black the family basically looked down their long filthy noses. The ignorant brother was so dramatic (clearly he was acting the part of a sorrowful brother). What homeless person you know would kill someone- yet not take the $600.00 dollars inside Adam’s wallet. If the police had no reason to suspect Tony-then who appointed the racist Hecht family judge & jury? If I were Adam I would be disgusted with my family and leave as well.

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    • Tyler S

      It’s a tv reenactment and you’re saying it was racist? C’mon..

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    • Shay

      You are really pathetic clearing ignorant. Go back to the rock you crawled under book WORM

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    • Donavan S.Delvecchio

      Very well said BookWorm! I’m glad someone spoke up it’s about time.

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    • Aaron Asher

      Bookworm:
      Couldn’t agree more! Anyone who disagrees either hasn’t seen the episode or is simply an idiot.
      Of course they are racist scum, it was late 80’s-early 90’s in Beverly Hills. 99% white people lived there. To them, black people were the parasites of life.
      Of course they blame Tony! He’s the perfect person to blame. Poor, black, homeless.
      Plus, it’s a fact that loved ones of a missing person or a murder victim have to have someone to blame. Even if the real culprit hasn’t been caught. It just makes it easier to cope.
      And the brother, omg, I’m shocked that others didn’t recognize how fake he was being. How awful his melodramatic acting was. All I wanted to do was punch him in the throat.

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  5. RR

    Adam is probably dead and the cause of death can be attributed to acute liberalitis. The leftist establishment has brainwashed the minds of many White people and caused them to champion the principles of self-hatred, diversity, and the multicult. Afflicted individuals sometimes travel to Africa and are later found to have been murdered by the natives they were trying to help. The college professors and the Hollywood movie producers along with all the rest that preach White guilt propaganda played the biggest role in this man’s disappearance/death, and they all need to be locked up for all of the death, destruction, and misery they have caused. Diversity is not our strength and that is no unsolved mystery.

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  6. Beccaboo

    Can anyone tell me which episode the Adam Hecht segment is? On season 8 with Dennis Farina.

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  7. dj

    too many holes in this entire story….. parents had money. so did they hire a private investigator? tony who was the last to see adam should have been kept in the apartment at all costs to monitor him…….this story makes no sense

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  8. Anonymous

    I could have ended up like this myself, I was depressed and suicidal and in an institution yet on the outside had an apartment and job while in there I took pity on a fellow whack job and would have let him move in with me if I could have. Luckily it didn’t end that way the point is to keep your sanity and wits about you, don’t allow pity and insecurity to ruin your life.

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  9. Chanita

    That baffles Me How Did Adam Go Missing I Think Tony Knows A Whole Lot More Then He Saying!

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  10. Owen O'Kane

    in the nineteen nineties i was sleeping rough in slough berkshire uk and i met a man with American accent he told he came from Calf he first name was Adam but he spelt his surname Hight not Hecht his was aprox 5 foot ten heavy stuble on the face a scar on left hand side his face poss a scar on his hand i last seen him in a area of slough called chalvey
    i left for ireland in Oct 1995 this is true Statement

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  11. Something is wrong

    Their family had money and put in barley any effort.. they seemed resentful of their less materialistic and open minded son,

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  12. Craig

    Tony killed him

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  13. callie

    my theory is that he joined a cult and fell away from society, moved off grid.

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  14. bhcp

    He’s been dead for a very long time.

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  15. Anonymous

    Seems like Tony has a few screws missing.. Some reason Adam befriended this Tony dude. Who knows what their relationship consisted of. However the burn on Adam’ s hand rises a red flag. Some sort of weird ritual and test for endurance. Sounds like Tony is a crack pot and he took advantage of Adam’s generiosty. Something happens to Adam and Tony knows. My theory is Tony killed him maybe accidentally. Sense no one knows anymore about this Tony guy. Then its easier for things to slip through the cracks. Adam didn’t walk away from is life. If he did then someone would seen him or there would be sightings. The fact that his car is left abandoned is suspicious. The cops should have checked the apartment thoroughly. I am sure if they looked hard enough back then something would have come up.That tony guy knows more then he let on.

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    • Joi Graham

      Idk Tony doesn’t seem to be intelligent enough to be able to cover up the crime I would think if he did it would have happened at the apartment and there would have been some kind of evidence of foul play idk just sayin

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    • BookWorm

      You do not know what kind search was conducted in Adam’s apartment. Just saw this episode on Unsolved Mysteries. The racist family of Adam Hecht was sickening to watch. I do not believe Tony approached the mother calming to “Give me a kiss”. Without any proof except the fact he was homeless and black the family basically looked down their long filthy noses. The ignorant brother was so dramatic (clearly he was acting the part of a sorrowful brother). What homeless person you know would kill someone- yet not take the $600.00 dollars inside Adam’s wallet. If the police had no reason to suspect Tony-then who appointed the racist Hecht family judge & jury. If I were Adam I would be disgusted with my family and leave as well.

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      • Ryan

        I could not agree more. The way Adam’s brother frowned down upon him for speaking with Tony, a homeless person, as if he was not deserving of some sort of dignity and decency is gross. Also, I believe his mother greatly exaggerated Tony’s actions. This may be anecdotal, but lots of black people I know will give me a hug when they see me; it’s a cultural difference between white and black communities. That being said, it seems like Tony wanted to give Adam’s mom an innocent hug, possibly even a peck on the cheek, and she over-exaggerated because she was revolted by the thought of a homeless black man, much less one sharing an apartment with her son, showing affection toward her.

        Did Adam have some sort of mental illness? It’s hard to say. Is it possible he wanted to get away from his nut bag family? I can’t speak for Adam, but I know I would want to get away if I had a family like his. One thing is for certain: none of his family members’ accounts of events can be trusted. They have such negative biases about the poor, the homeless, and black people, I do not believe their version of events is credible. Even the way the eviction process was portrayed, with the family and police scoffing at Tony for being poor, was sickening to watch. This episode epitomizes how the elite treat everyday, common peasants.

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      • Not always a race issue

        Not everything is about race Bookworm. Many people born with a silver spoon in their mouth act exactly like the brother did when people of a lesser financial status comes around them. Even worse when it involves a homeless person. Get over yourself and stop perpetuating the race war.

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  16. Reality

    He’s been missing for almost 30 years? Don’t you think he’d be dead?

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  17. Nydata

    What is Tony’s full name. His real name?????

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  18. Art

    Why all the pictures here are from people dont showing their face?

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  19. Anonymous

    Doesn’t this look like Adam Hetch now?

    http://www-chne.unm.edu/faculty/hecht/hecht.htm

    Idk they look so similar

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  20. Kandie

    That’s very strange but I hope you will find him.

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