On April 4, 1958, underworld bodyguard Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death outside the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend actress Lana Turner. While Cheryl Craine, Turner's then teenage daughter, claimed that she stabbed "Handsome Harry" while defending her mother, skeptics have argued that it was in fact Turner who killed Stompanato, only to place the blame on her daughter who she knew would face minimal consequences.

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On April 4, 1958, underworld bodyguard Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death outside the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend actress Lana Turner. While Cheryl Craine, Turner's then teenage daughter, claimed that she stabbed "Handsome Harry" while defending her mother, skeptics have argued that it was in fact Turner who killed Stompanato, only to place the blame on her daughter who she knew would face minimal consequences.

Johnny Stompanato, husband of Lana Turner and stabbed by her daughter Cheryl Crane.

Johnny Stompanato, husband of Lana Turner and stabbed by her daughter Cheryl Crane.

Former home of movie star Lana Turner, where her mob affiliated boyfriend Johnny Stompanato was murdered....by her daughter, supposedly

Former home of movie star Lana Turner, where her mob affiliated boyfriend Johnny Stompanato was murdered....by her daughter, supposedly

John "Johnny" Stompanato (October 10, 1925 - April 4, 1958), also known as "Handsome Harry", "Johnny Stomp", "John Steele", and "Oscar", was a former United States Marine who became a bodyguard and enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen.  In the mid-1950s he began an abusive relationship with actress Lana Turner. He was stabbed to death by Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane, in 1958. She was acquitted in a subsequent trial after stating she did it because she was defending her mother who was being…

John "Johnny" Stompanato (October 10, 1925 - April 4, 1958), also known as "Handsome Harry", "Johnny Stomp", "John Steele", and "Oscar", was a former United States Marine who became a bodyguard and enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen. In the mid-1950s he began an abusive relationship with actress Lana Turner. He was stabbed to death by Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane, in 1958. She was acquitted in a subsequent trial after stating she did it because she was defending her mother who was being…

Lana Turner Daughter Cheryl Crane Murders Johnny Stompanato 1958 Old ...

Lana Turner Daughter Cheryl Crane Murders Johnny Stompanato 1958 Old ...

My late father-in-law, Frank Bristow, who was the media spokesman for Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA for 24 years (he was the guy who announced to the press the successes and failures of NASA's unmanned lunar landings and the searches for life on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, etc.) was also an LA Times reporter from 1950 -1960. Among his many assignments was this one,  the Lana Turner / Cheryl Crane / Johnny Stompanato murder scandal.

My late father-in-law, Frank Bristow, who was the media spokesman for Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA for 24 years (he was the guy who announced to the press the successes and failures of NASA's unmanned lunar landings and the searches for life on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, etc.) was also an LA Times reporter from 1950 -1960. Among his many assignments was this one, the Lana Turner / Cheryl Crane / Johnny Stompanato murder scandal.

Cheryl Crane - daughter of Lana Turner who murdered Johnny Stompanato, her mother's lover.

Cheryl Crane - daughter of Lana Turner who murdered Johnny Stompanato, her mother's lover.

Mickey Cohen views the body of Johnny Stompanato at the funeral home 1958

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An LAPD officer inspects Johnny Stompanato's body in Lana Turner's pink bedroom on Bedford Drive.  The house was later owned by Mary Tyler Moore & Grant Tinker & still stands with virtually no modifications.

An LAPD officer inspects Johnny Stompanato's body in Lana Turner's pink bedroom on Bedford Drive. The house was later owned by Mary Tyler Moore & Grant Tinker & still stands with virtually no modifications.

Lana Turner, her gangster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato, and her daughter and his future killer Cheryl Crane.

Lana Turner, her gangster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato, and her daughter and his future killer Cheryl Crane.

Actress Helene Stanley hams it up with LA gangster Johnny Stompanato at Ciro's nightclub on May 24 1954 in Los Angeles, California.

Actress Helene Stanley hams it up with LA gangster Johnny Stompanato at Ciro's nightclub on May 24 1954 in Los Angeles, California.

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