Mysterious Celebrity Deaths Johnny Stompanato On April 4, 1958, underworld bodyguard Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death outside the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend actress Lana Turner. While Cheryl Craine, Turner's then teenage daughter, claimed that she stabbed "Handsome Harry" while defending her mother, skeptics have argued that it was in fact Turner who killed Stompanato, only to place the blame on her daughter who she knew would face minimal consequences.
Lana Turner testifying at the murder trial of her daughter, Cheryl Crane, who she watched knife Johnny Stompanato to death. Although she testified for 62 minutes, when the Deputy District Attorney showed her the knife she could not look at it.
Beverly Hills, California: Cheryl Crane (left), daughter of Steve Crane and actress Lana Turner, is escorted from the jail here to juvenile hall in Los Angeles by policewoman Margaret Weissberg, April 5th. Cheryl says she knifed Johnny Stompanato, Miss Turner's gangland boyfriend, to death when he threatened to disfigure the actress. (April 5, 1958)