It’s summer in Arizona, and an actress arrives at the apartment of television star Bob Crane. Currently appearing in dinner theater, he’s been hoping for his next big break – but now his career has been tragically cut short. Crane’s lifeless body is discovered in the blood-soaked room, the victim of a murder that will haunt Hollywood for the next 40 years.
Crane was born on July 13, 1928, and grew up in Stamford, a Connecticut city located some 40 miles northeast of New York City. At just 11 years of age, he became a drummer, and by the time that he was in high school he was performing in the jazz and marching bands. He also joined two youth music programs, playing with both the Norwalk and Connecticut Symphony Orchestras.
After graduating, Crane spent a couple of years in the Connecticut Army National Guard before receiving an honorable discharge. During that time, he married Anne, his teenage sweetheart, and the couple would go on the have three kids. Then, in 1950, he started on the career path that would come to define him.