SF man convicted of raping, murdering woman in SRO

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Thirteen years ago, Amy Mustain, 37, was raped and murdered inside a single-room-occupancy hotel room in San Franciso. 

The murderer, Henry “Mickey” Hall, is now facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Hall, 72, of San Francisco, was convicted of murder, rape by force, and sodomy following a jury trial this week.

Prosecutors said that in September 2010, Mustain was inside Hall’s SRO room when fellow hotel residents heard her scream. 

According to trial testimony, Mustain went to stay with Hall after an argument with her husband. Mustain and Hall were friends. 

DA’s Office said Hall gave the victim heroin and cocaine before he violently sexually assaulted her. 

“She was yelling for him to stop and he was telling her to shut up. If I had known he was killing her I might have tried to help, but I know Mickey would have done something to me too if I had gone over there,” the victim’s friend said to the press. 

After an anonymous call to the police about an “accidental murder” on Mission Street, officers found the victim’s dead body in Hall’s unit. 

The jury’s verdict brought “justice to the victim and her family after 13 long years,” said Assistant District Attorney Charly Weissenbach. “While there is nothing we can do to bring the victim back, this verdict condemns Mr. Hall for the brutal, violent sexual assault and murder of a particularly vulnerable victim who misplaced her trust and paid the ultimate cost.”

Prosecutors said they were able to develop a strong case against Hall based on the careful investigative work of SFPD’s Homicide Unit, Mission Station, and Tenderloin Station.

Hall has been in custody since his arrest by the San Francisco Police Department on September 16, 2020. He faces life in state prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on October 10.

If you or a loved one needs support, the following groups have resources, the District Attorney’s Office said:

• San Francisco Women Against Rape 415-647-7273

• Rape Trauma Services 650-692-7276

• Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 800.656.4673

• A Women’s Place 415-487-2140

• Mission Neighborhood Resource Center 415-869-7977


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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