The Murder of Bob Crane

The Murder of Bob Crane

Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes?

Book - 1993
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Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c1993.
ISBN: 9780517592090
Branch Call Number: 364.1 GRA
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Feb 13, 2017

I just finished reading the Berkley 1994 PB edition, which I got off Amazon.

Contrary to a number of comments I've read in various places, the author does not promote the theory that John Henry Carpenter was the killer of Bob Crane. He merely documents the Scottsdale Police Department's focus on Carpenter as their most likely suspect. Other potential suspects are described, as far as the SPD investigated them.

A summary of Bob Crane's life is given, as well as a detailed examination of his final days in Scottsdale. The book ends at the time of John Carpenter's arrest, 14 years after the murder in 1992, and does not cover his 1994 trial.

A couple of somewhat irritating things about this book are the author's habit of frequently alternating between people's first names, their nicknames (eg, Rick or Ricky instead of Richard) and their surnames, which at times can be a little confusing and made me look back a few pages a couple of times to make sure I knew who was being referred to. Also, there are occasional minor punctuation errors, mostly in the form of missing commas.

It should be noted that at the time of this writing (February 2017) there have been some recent new developments in the case.

Dec 12, 2016

Story of the murder of Bob Crane. Tightly written with a good pace which includes a small part of the history of the show Hogan's Heroes. Due to being published prior to the beginning of a trial this book is incomplete of the whole story, Worth reading if you are interested.


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