|Born||Cheryl Christina Crane
July 25, 1943
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, real estate broker|
|Partner(s)||Jocelyn "Josh" LeRoy|
On April 4, 1958, at age 14, Cheryl Crane stabbed her mother's boyfriend Johnny Stompanato to death. The killing was ruled a justifiable homicide: Crane was deemed to have been protecting her mother. Stompanato was well-known to have been abusive, extremely jealous of Turner and had previously pointed a gun at actor Sean Connery, her co-star in Another Time, Another Place, only to have Connery take the gun from him, beat him and force him from the movie set.
Following Stompanato's death, Crane was made a ward of the State of California and sent to an all-girls boarding school, from which she escaped in 1960. She was captured and then released in 1961. In 1969, Crane was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department when three half-grown marijuana plants were discovered in the back seat of her car.
In her autobiography, Detour: a Hollywood Tragedy - My Life With Lana Turner, My Mother (1988), Crane discussed the Stompanato killing publicly for the first time and admitted to the stabbing. She further alleged that she was subject to a series of sexual assaults at the hands of her stepfather and her mother's fourth husband, actor Lex Barker.
Crane currently lives in the Palm Springs, California, area, where she works as a real-estate agent with LeRoy, her partner of 37 years. Crane has written a mystery novel titled The Bad Always Die Twice, published in 2011. Her detective is a Hollywood "realtor to the stars" whose mother is a legendary Hollywood star.
- Lamparski, R. (1970) Whatever Became Of...?, Ace Books, New York.
- Detour: A Hollywood Story by Cheryl Crane with Cliff Jahr (Arbor House/William Morrow, 1988)
- The Death of Johnny Stompanato at Crime Library website