John "Johnny" Stompanato (October 10, 1925 - April 4, 1958), also known as "Handsome Harry", "Johnny Stomp", "John Steele", and "Oscar", was a former United States Marine who became a bodyguard and enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen. In the mid-1950s he began an abusive relationship with actress Lana Turner. He was stabbed to death by Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane, in 1958. She was acquitted in a subsequent trial after stating she did it because she was defending her mother who was being…
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.
Helen Gilbert was an accomplished cellist. Performing at the Hollywood Bowl, she was discovered & became a member of the MGM orchestra & in the 40's, she worked for RKO. In1949, she married Johnny Stompanato, bodyguard of infamous mobster Mickey Cohen. Stompanato later died at the hands of Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane.
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.