The man who viciously murdered Bob Crane (above), star of the iconic TV show Hogan’s Heroes, may be exposed on TV after a 38-year unsolved mystery. Crane was bludgeoned to death with a camera tripod in his Scottsdale apartment June 29, 1978. He and his good friend, John Carpenter, were deep into kinky sex ... secretly filming various sexual configurations involving numerous women.
Carpenter's rent-a-car was seized by police just days after Crane’s murder and blood was found inside. Carpenter was tried for murder. Because there was DNA testing at that time, the blood could not positively be identified as that of Crane and Carpenter was acquitted.
Enter Phoenix Fox 10 anchor John Hook. More than a year ago, Hook began working with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and convinced prosecutors to release enough of the blood so that it could be DNA-tested.
The DNA results are in and Hook is mum. However, he will reveal the results Monday (Nov. 14, 2016) on the 9 p.m. news. If the blood is that of Crane, then it’s a slam dunk he was the killer. Nevertheless, he cannot be prosecuted for two reasons: (1) he has already been acquitted and trying him again would constitute double jeopardy, and (2) he’s dead.
The death of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane has been one of Hollywood's biggest unsolved mysteries for almost 40 years ... and counting. Phoenix Fox 10 anchor John Hook had hoped to finally crack the case after he reinvestigated Crane’s murder and persuaded authorities to allow DNA testing of blood samples found on a suspect’s car.
The big reveal came in a live segment Monday night before a panel of that included Crane’s son, Robert, the prosecutor in the case, the jury foreman and the defense attorney for John Henry Carpenter, the man who was eventually acquitted of murder in the case.
“I'm shocked right now,” Robert Crane admitted. “There were always two people in my mind: John Carpenter and my stepmother, for different reasons. But it was on John's car.”
Crane, who played the beloved Col. Hogan in the popular television series, was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment July 29, 1978. The case captured headlines as it included revelations concerning Crane’s sex life, which included videotaping and photographing his sexual encounters with various women.
His friend, Carpenter, was pegged early on as a person of interest and in 1994 was tried for murder after the case was reopened. He was eventually acquitted and died in 1998. The case was dramatized in the 2002 film Auto Focus starring Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe.
With improved DNA testing methods, Hook had hoped that blood found on Carpenter’s rental car would offer some answers.
However, Steve Avilla, Carpenter's defense attorney, had always maintained his client's innocence. “This is wonderful news for his family,” Avilla said Monday. “This is wonderful news for John who has passed away to know that he has finally been vindicated. Not only in a court of law, but in a court of public opinion.”
Source: Lisa Respers France, CNN, November 15, 2016.