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H2H 4. 163. Lana Turner and Johnny Stompanado. The Gangster, the Daughter and the Knife.

April 4, 1958, Oscar nominated actress Lana Turner is fighting with her boyfriend—a man with known connections to the mob. In the house, listening to this escalating argument is Lana’s daughter. When the fight is over, the boyfriend is dead and a fourteen-year-old is named the killer. What happened that night in the pink bedroom of the Beverly Hills home is nothing short of a Hollywood screenplay, where only the three of them will ever know the truth, and movie star Lana Turner would need to take center stage in her most dramatic role ever—defending her daughter against a murder charge. This is Johnny Stompando. The Star. The Gangster and The Knife.


Sources used for this podcast:

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George Pallas | Cheryl Crane: Sensational Murder or Something Else? | 1.30.2022

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The Santa Cruz Sentinel | 4.14.1958 | Erskine Johnson NEA

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Jaquo | Eric Root Claimed that Lana Turner Murdered Her Lover

All that's Interesting | The Tumultuous Life of Cheryl Crane | 2.22.2022 | Edited Lea Silverman

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Eureka Humboldt Standard | 4.9.1958 | Staff

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The Los Angeles Times | 8.10.2015 | Doug Smith

The Chicago Tribune | 1.21.1988 | Kathy O'Malley and a Tribune Columnist

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Detour: A Hollywood Story by Cheryl Crane

The Private Diary of my Life with Lana by Eric Root

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