April 7, 1958


Above, the quarrel between Lana Turner and Johnny Stompanato that led to his death may have begun over whether he was going to accompany her to the Academy Awards! Below, some of the type is missing from the jump of the Lana Turner story, presumably because the layout changed between editions … Frank Bristow paints a telling portrait of Stompanato’s older brother, Carmine, a weary, grieving barber who is thrust into the limelight by the death of his flamboyant younger sibling.  A story like this adds all the humanity that’s usually missing from  the glitzy tale of the Hollywood mobster. Speaking of humanity, someone e-mailed me as to whether I would publish the photos of Johnny Stompanato’s autopsy. The answer is: I don’t have them, and even if I did, I certainly would not publish them. P.S.: Get a life.

Quote of the Day: "Don’t call him a hoodlum." –Carmine Stompanato, on his slain brother, Johnny


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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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