Actor Dennis Cole’s son is gunned down for $50.
Actor Dennis Cole has appeared in dozens of television shows like “The Young and The Restless” and “The Fall Guy.” His son, Joe, might have followed in his father’s footsteps. But on December 19, 1991, at the age on 29, Joe Cole was murdered, and his killer is still unknown.
To this day, Dennis Cole is still haunted by the crime:
The beachfront community of Venice, California, is the scene of a year-round street party. For decades, the area has been home to writers, artists and musicians. Joe Cole, an actor and a photographer, fit right in.
In Venice, Joe was documenting the lives of homeless Vietnam veterans. Joe’s long-time friend Henry Rollins – a writer and lead singer of the Rollins Band—helped with the project:
Rollins and Cole often shopped at an all-night market just a block from their house. On December 19, 1991, they were returning home, as usual, with their bags of groceries when two men suddenly shoved guns in their faces. One robber pushed Rollins to his knees. The other forced Joe to the ground. Henry Rollins recalls:
When the robbers found that the men had only $50 between them, they said they wanted to be taken to their house. Rollins says that he thought that he and Cole were going to be executed while the men robbed their home. As they walked in the front door, Rollins heard gun shots behind him. He ran through the house, out the back door, and down an ally. He found a phone and called police.
The police arrived within minutes, but Joe Cole was dead. The killers had vanished into the night.
Detective Bill Cox of Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division, is lead investigator on the case and hopes someone will come forward with information: