Bob Crane was a man conflicted. He was a devoted father and family man when he was at home. But, at the same time, he was harboring a deep obsession. Bob Crane was a sex addict before the condition was given a name. Family photographs taken with his three children, Robert Jr.
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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Robert Scott Crane insists he had no idea that people would be so fascinated with his famous father's penis or is that his father's famous penis? Though it's impossible to verify such statistics, Crane's youngest son says some 5. That means there are some 5. The site went live June 1, the day after Scotty Crane--whose mother is Sigrid Valdis, Crane's second wife and Colonel Klink's saucy secretary--went on Howard Stern's syndicated radio show touting his venture that would set the record straight about his father, who was murdered June 29, , in a Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment, where he had been staying during a dinner-theater production of a play titled Beginner's Luck. Crane's head had been bashed in once, possibly twice, while he slept; part of his face was left nearly unrecognizable from the beating, which police estimate took place in the wee hours of the morning. The murder weapon was never found, though it's long been believed to have been a tripod--the very kind used by Crane to help film his countless sexual escapades, which Scotty Crane insists had been going on for more than three decades. No one has been convicted in the slaying, though one man--Crane's friend John Henry Carpenter, a like-minded videophile and porno fetishist introduced to Crane by his Hogan's co-star Richard Dawson--was brought to trial and acquitted in because of flimsy photographic evidence. As far as the Scottsdale police are concerned, the case is closed: They had their man, and he got away.
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That means there are some 5. As far as the Scottsdale police are concerned, the case is closed: They had their man, and he got away. But there was so much demand for the book that he was forced to seek an outside publisher, which has delayed publication. He says only that he is close to reaching a deal for the tome and that the book will begin shipping after that.
Had Bob Crane not been a sex addict, had he not been bludgeoned to death with his own tripod in an Arizona condo surrounded by an elaborate array of video equipment, had he not photographed hundreds of women naked in twosomes and threesomes and orgies and had his murder not gone unsolved, he would not be the subject of a new feature film. He would be remembered, if he was remembered at all, as the star of ''Hogan's Heroes,'' a hit CBS comedy that ran from to and was set in a P. As the star of ''Hogan's Heroes,'' Crane enjoyed the same kind of fame as Gilligan or Greg Brady -- his character became part of America's collective pop-culture nostalgia. Embalmed by syndication, Crane would have been the wisecracking Hogan forever. But in the years since his death in , when the porno pictures started surfacing in the tabloids and his secrets began to unravel, Crane became infamous.