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Lana Turner fetches her thirteen-year-old daughter Cheryl Crane from a downtown police station after the girl was found wandering on Skid Row. A year later Cheryl interceded in a heated row between her mother and Johnny Stompanato, stabbing the mobster in the stomach with a kitchen knife. A coroner's jury ruled the death a justifiable homicide. April, 1957. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.

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Lana Turner with her daughter Cheryl Crane and attorney Jerry Giesler at the Johnny Stompanato murder trial

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.

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