Roles as a cold-blooded femme fatale made Lana Turner famous, but new evidence suggests they weren't merely roles. A new book says Lana Turner murdered her lover, and let her teenage daughter take the blame.
Is it another case of the truth being stranger than fiction, or is it just a ploy to sell books? You be the judge.
Turner was renown for her good looks and sultry personality, she was also no stranger to controversy. The Hollywood starlet was married 8 times, and took numerous lovers including Clark Gable, Rex Harrison and even Frank Sinatra. One of those lovers was Johnny Stompanato, a mobster with ties to the infamous LA Crime Lord Mickey Cohen.
In April of 1958 Stompanato was found dead in the apartment that he shared with Turner and her 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl Crane.
The official story was that Stompanato "ran into a knife" that was held by Crane when she got in between her mother and the abusive gangster. The police ruled it was a justifiable homicide and released Crane to the custody of her grandmother.