Lana Turner’s Daughter Killed Turner’s Mafioso Boyfriend
The blonde bombshell Lana Turner, best known for her femme fatale roles in Hollywood, had an extremely stormy love life. Not only was she married eight times and had short flings with Hollywood’s rich and famous such as Rex Harrison, Clark Gable and supposedly even Frank Sinatra, but she was also caught up in film noir-esque situation in real life.
In 1958, in one of the biggest Hollywood scandals ever, Turner was accused of killing her Mafioso boyfriend Johnny Stompanato, who had ties to Mickey Cohen. He was discovered stabbed to death in Turner’s home.
A court hearing followed during which Turner’s 14-year-old daughter Cheryl Crane confessed to killing her mother’s boyfriend. She had only killed him, however, because she was protecting her mother. According to Turner, that fateful night she had argued with Stompanato, and he had threatened to cripple her and kill her daughter.
The coroner’s jury ruled the death a justifiable homicide. While Turner’s career was unharmed, she could not escape rumors which that claimed that she’d killed Stompanato and forced her daughter to take the blame. Since Crane was a minor, Turner allegedly thought she’d get off easier.