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Bob Crane's star had faded when the "Hogan's Heroes" actor was found brutally beaten to death in a Scottsdale, Ariz., apartment on June 29, 1978. The former radio deejay topped the ratings as U.S. Army Col. Robert Hogan, a wisecracking World War II POW running a secret combat outfit. But he was reduced to dinner-theater gigs at the end of the '70s, with his murder also exposing an extensive collection of Polaroids and videos documenting his swinging sex life. Now the upcoming book "Who Killed Bob Crane?" adds a shocking new twist to the crime, implicating future "Family Feud" host Richard Dawson! [GRAPHIC IMAGES FOLLOW...]
Crane's obsession with videotaping sexual acts began when he met tech wizard John Carpenter, who was originally a pal of Dawson's. Investigative reporter John Hook makes a strong case for Carpenter as Crane's murderer, revealing how the star was also an amateur photographer who had always taken photographs of his sexual conquests. Carpenter introduced Crane to the idea of videotaping sexual encounters, and the two were soon indulging in videotaped orgies together!
“John Carpenter and Bob Crane were two of the greatest p--sy hounds in history,” recalled Richard Dawson's son, Mark — but "Who Killed Bob Crane?" also drags his father into a possible criminal cover-up! It's been widely believed that Carpenter and Dawson's friendship broke up over Crane, with the British actor already resenting his costar's popularity. Instead, "Who Killed Bob Crane?" exposes that Dawson and Carpenter were close enough to make police suspicious!
In fact, Hook reveals that cops investigating Crane's death found Carpenter staying at Dawson's house just two days after the murder! "This is a curious move," wrote Hook. "It’s no secret Dawson and Crane did not like each other. Carpenter stayed at Dawson’s house for two days. It provided him a refuge, a safe haven to hide out and make it harder for police to locate him." The author also asks: "Did Carpenter ever tell Dawson that he killed Crane?"
Hook believes that it's possible — and adds: "Detective Jim Raines believes he did. Raines remembers Dawson throwing him out of his home in Beverly Hills in 1993, when he tried to interview him about the murder when the investigation was reopened. Curiously, as you will recall, Dawson did not attend Crane’s funeral."
"Who Killed Bob Crane?" also considers never-released transcripts of police interviews with Carpenter, which also reveals how he had secretly stayed close to Dawson while indulging his bizarre sexual obsessions with Crane. And while Hook believes "the evidence, though largely circumstantial, still strongly suggests that John Carpenter killed Bob Crane," he also offers shocking new DNA evidence that keeps Crane's murder a mystery!
The National ENQUIRER revealed how some insiders claim that a porn kingpin killed Crane after the sex addict backed out of making an adult movie. Crane's son, meanwhile, has accused his stepmother — another "Hogan Heroes" star — of being involved in the murder. Richard Dawson passed away in 2012 at the age of 79, taking any secrets he knew of Bob Crane's murder to the grave.