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New podcast examines the unsolved murder of Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane

New podcast examines the unsolved murder of Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane
New podcast examines the unsolved murder of Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane


Who killed Col. Hogan? A new true crime podcast examines the brutal murder of TV legend Bob Crane, whose road to fame began in Hornell.

A new true crime podcast investigates the brutal murder of a legendary television actor whose path to fame began in Maple City.

The APB Cold Case audio podcast “Unscripted: Who Killed Bob Crane?” seeks answers to the death of “Hogan’s Heroes” star Bob Crane in June 1978 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Hogan’s Heroes,” a sitcom set in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, ran for six seasons on CBS from 1965 to 1971. Crane’s portrayal of the witty American Colonel Robert E. Hogan made the actor a household name.

But Crane’s gruesome murder on June 29, 1978, in a Scottsdale condominium shocked fans and shattered the image of the seemingly all-American actor whose time in Hornell was brief but memorable.

Bob Crane got the “chance of a lifetime” in Hornell

Crane spent nine months, from March to December 1950, at WLEA in Hornell. Originally hired as a janitor at the radio station, he quickly became a favorite of the announcers and within weeks was promoted to WLEA’s program director.

“He was very keen to learn radio, and Hornell helped him get started,” Carol M. Ford, author of “Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography,” told the Evening Tribune in 2015.

“Without WLEA, he would never have progressed in his career. WLEA was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

According to Ford’s book, Crane played drums at the Elks Club three nights a week. He was also a regular at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

From WLEA, Crane made stops in Bristol, Connecticut, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, before landing in Los Angeles and hosting a show on KNX Radio, where he became known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices” due to his ability to imitate.

New podcast examines Crane’s murder, a “major crime”

Hosted by Mark Spawn, a retired police chief from upstate New York, “Who Killed Bob Crane” chronicles Crane’s chaotic personal life and apparently insatiable sex drive, the events leading up to his death, the bloody crime scene and the aftermath.

Crane’s friend John Henry Carpenter was tried for murder in 1994, but was acquitted, and the case remains unsolved to this day.

Unscripted calls Crane’s murder a “major murder mystery.” According to promotional materials, the podcast explores theories about the motive that range from “jealousy to revenge to the discovery of a ‘black bag’ (Crane) was allegedly carrying that contained compromising photos allegedly featuring prominent people.”

The podcast features interviews with Ford and another Crane biographer, Linda Groundwater.

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“Unscripted: Who Killed Bob Crane” is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and other major podcast platforms.

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