Above, the Mirror brings out an extra on the Johnny Stompanato
Beverly Hills Police Officer Joe Head examines the knife that killed
Note that the knife handle has been retouched in white to make it
stand out against the
background. It's not visible in the scan, but yes, that is Cheryl
Crane's fingerprint card.
Photograph by Delmar Watson / Los Angeles Times
after Johnny's death someone broke into his apartment. Letters which
were published in the
Herald Examiner five days after Johnny's death were among the items
stolen. This telegram was
found folded inside one of the letters to Stompanato. The postal mark
apparently is Danish,
but the message is romance in any language.
Lana's love letters to Johnny were published in the Herald Examiner
five days after his death.
The letters were damaging to Cheryl's defense and to Lana's
reputation. She wrote to Johnny
about her deep love for him, how she ached to be with him, referring
as "My Darling" in this letter.
Another one of the love letters released by the Herald Examiner. There
were twelve love letters
in all which were printed in the newspapers from coast to coast for
Publication of the letters coincided with Stompanato's funeral on
the letters released by the Herald Examiner, there were letters to
Johnny from Cheryl. This
letter ended with, "Love ya and miss ya loads". The letters were
damaging to Cheryl's defense.
Lana's signature on back of one of the envelopes. This envelope, like
others, contained a love letter
to Stompanato. It has postmark October 3,
Hollywood, CA: Cheryl Crane (Left) talks with her mother, Lana
Turner, in the office of attorney
William Pollack where depositions are being taken by Pollack in the
$705,000 damage suit
being brought in behalf of John Stompanato III. The suit is the result
of the stabbing of
Johnny Stompanato in April. Defendants are Miss Turner, her daughter,
and stephen Crane,
Cheryl's father. In background is attorney Jerry Giesler, who is
acting for Miss Turner.
June 23, 1958.
Evelyn Marcocchio tests knife in dummy of Johnny Stompanato, attorney,
Pollack looks on. Pollack is trying suit against Cheryl Crane,
daughter of Lana Turner.
Grieving actress Lana Turner is accompanied by her attorney, Jerry
Giesler, on November 23, 1958.
All Together. Hollywood, California: Actress Lana Turner (right) and
daughter Cheryl Crane (left) are shown
on arrival for the premiere of the movie, Imitation of Life, in which
Miss Turner stars, here. Also on hand
are novelist Fannie Hurst, upon whose life the film is based, and
producer Ross Hunter.
February 19, 1959.
February 26, 1988.