Murder of actor Bob Crane remains unsolved 37 years later

In the 1960's he was one of the hottest stars and most beloved characters on television. Bob Crane played the role of the sarcastic and hilarious Colonel Robert Hogan on the comedy "Hogan's Heroes."

But behind the on-screen persona Crane had a dark side, and it likely led to his 1978 murder in Scottsdale.

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Hogan's Heroes, starring Bob Crane, aired for six seasons on CBS from 1965 to 1971. It was set in a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany during World War Two.

Hogan and his band of Allied captives outwitted the Germans at every turn.

The role propelled Crane, a former disk jockey to stardom, and it provided him an endless stream of women eager to meet the star. It fueled his other passion -- pornography -- homemade pornography.

Crane videotaped hundreds of sexual encounters through the years. After Hogan's Heroes had gone off the air, Crane took to the dinner theater circuit.

During a run of shows at the Windmill Dinner Theater in Scottsdale in June of 1978, Crane was murdered. A friend found him in his Scottsdale apartment with his head bashed in.

The man who introduced him to early video-cameras to record his sexual escapades, John Carpenter, was eventually charged with Crane's murder, but a lack of DNA and poor evidence collection resulted in a jury finding Carpenter not guilty.

Bob Crane's murder officially remains unsolved.

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