It’s summer in Arizona, and an actress arrives at the apartment of television star Bob Crane. Currently appearing in dinner theater, Crane has been hoping for his next big break – but now his career has been tragically cut short. His lifeless body is discovered in the blood-soaked room, with the star himself the victim of a murder that will haunt Hollywood for the next 40 years.
Crane was born in 1928 and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut – located some 40 miles northeast of New York City. At just 11 years of age, he became a drummer, ultimately becoming a part of jazz and marching bands in high school. And Crane would also join two youth music programs to perform with both the Norwalk and Connecticut Symphony Orchestras.
Then, after graduating, Crane spent a couple of years in the Connecticut Army National Guard before receiving an honorable discharge. During that time, he also married Anne, his teenage sweetheart, with the couple going on to have three kids. However, in 1950 Crane started on the career path that would come to define him.