Cold Case: Homicide

Bob Crane

What is Known

- Bob Crane was the star of the 60's sitcom Hogan's Heroes

- He was only 49 years old when he was found dead in his apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 29, 1978

- He had been bashed in the head and had an electrical cord wrapped around his neck

- Was involved in an underground sex scene with his friend John Carpenter where they would film themselves having sex with women

- Police found all of the tapes and pictures

- Blood that matched Crane's blood type was found in Carpenter's car but at the time there was a lack of DNA testing

- The case was reopened in 1992 when technology had improved, Carpenter was arrested for the murder but was then acquitted for a lack of forensic evidence

What is believed to had happened

Suspected Killer:

- John Carpenter


What happened:

- Crane invited Carpenter to his apartment and Carpenter was believed to have been pushed to a murderous rage when Crane told him he did not want to be friends anymore and did not want to be a part of the sex filming

- He murdered Crane with a camera tripod by bashing his head with it and then wrapped an electrical cord around his neck and left him there dead


Carpenter was acquitted for the murder of Crane because of the lack of evidence and it is still unknown who killed Crane.