In 1958, Johnny Stompanato, a reputed mobster, died in a homicide. What the authorities hadn’t managed to figure out was if the mobster was stabbed by his girlfriend and film star Lara Turner, or her 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl Crane.
Stompanato was allegedly physically abusing Turner. That’s why there are some folks who believe that Lana, the star of “Peyton Place” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice” might have murdered the mobster and arranged for her daughter to take the blame.
This way, she would have avoided prison time, saved her career, and gained sympathy. Even so, there are others, including the jury, who acquitted Crane on the grounds of self-defense, and believed the stabbing was done by the protective teenage daughter.