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JOHNNY STOMPANATO 1958 - Who killed him - Lana or Cheryl? ⋆ Historian Alan Royle
Johnny Stompanato & Lana Turner 1957 Hoodlum Johnny Stompanato was intimately involved with actress Lana Turner at the time of his death on April 4, 1958 in Los Angeles. There has been argument and speculation about how he met his end since that day. One school of thought has Lana’s 14 year-old daughter Cheryl Crane killing him (justifiable homicide). The other has Lana herself doing the deed and arranging for Cheryl to take the rap in order to avoid prison time and to save her dwindling career. Lana & her daughter Cheryl Crane The official court ruling was ‘justifiable homicide’. A jury of 12 souls took just a few hours to unanimously accept Lana’s story that Cheryl more or less accidentally killed the guy. Lana took the stand and many say it was the finest acting performance of her life. Maybe it was. Or was it the truth? She had recently been up for an Oscar for Peyton Place. She had not won but her enemies felt her performance at the inquest was far superior. It was certainly more important. Cheryl at the inquest Lana took the stand and claimed that she had attempted to [...]