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Saturday, April 12, 1958
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ft SAT., APRIH2, 1956 angtltfl 'fciltltg 2 ir Cheryl's Release Still Undecided Belief Is That Girl Will Stay in Juvenile Hall Pending Hearing The big question on everyone's lips after the verdict yesterday of justifiable homicide in the death of hood- - released now : , j 1 II "M Actually, no one could say positively although the consensus was that in all prob ability she would remain in Juvenile Hall until after her formal hearing April 24 in Santa Monica Juvenile Court. Atty. Jerry Giesler, speaking on behalf of Miss Turner. said he has no plans at pres ent for applying for Cheryl's " release to her mother but win nrooan v awa i tne court ' npannp Ann! 24. Meanwhile, it was learned that Miss Turner plans to . nav a visit to her dauehter .in Juvenile Hall, probably this afternoon. Position Cited Atty. Arthur J. Crowley, representing Cheryl on behalf of her father. Stephen Crane, told The Times: "Our position is that we 'Simply wish to co-operate With the Juvenile Court. If tney want ner to remain in Juvenile Hall, we wish to co- Operate to the fullest. Actu ally, we haven t even ens- IGNORED Steve Trusso, who identified himself os a friend of Johnny Stompanato, stands at rail and demands a chance to testify. He was ignored. Transcript of Testimony at Stompanato Inquest HAPPY MOMENT SteDhen Crane. Chervl's fa hears jury return verdict At the table beside him of justifiable homicide. is Atty. Arthur Crowley. Times photo ther, murmurs "Thank God!" into microphone as he Q. What is your occupation? A. Police officer,' Beverly cussea tne possinimy 0i:ce.,r Coroner's Jury Clears Lana Turner's Daughter McGinley, she stared down at her twisting hands or out ;been too busy getting ready for this inquest matter." Crowley added that he hadn't yet discussed such a possibility either with Attys. .'Giesler or Louis Blau, who represent Lana Turner. Other opinions as to the "possibility of Cheryl's release before her court appearance follow: Superior Judge Allen T. Lynch of the Santa Monica Juvenile Court "I have re-1 ceived no request for HOW CORONER'S JURY IS SELECTED FOR DUTY Here is how a Coroner's jury similar to the one that heard testimony yesterday in the death of Johnny Stompanato is selected: Dep. Coroner Peter Goldberg arms himself with blank subpoenas. He tours the Civic Center or downtown area seeking out citizens able to serve. Legally he must serve not less than nine persons and not more than 15. Size of the jury can run from a minimum of six to a maximum of 15. : Coroner's juries receive no pay for their work. If you fail to answer a summons to serve on a Coroner's jury you are liable to a fine. This clause, however, is seldom invoked. Ldiid uiiidii, Stompanato Kin Charges She Failed to Tell Whole Truth, He Says of Testimony WOODSTOCK, 111., April 11 (U.E) Johnny Stompana-to's brother charged today that Lana Turner's testi mony in Hollywood and an inquest jury's verdict of "justifiable homicide" did not tell the "whole truth." The brother. Carmine Stompanato, said, "All 1 ,vant is the whole truth to mv brother's name. and I'm not getting it." Stompanato, a Woodstock barber who buried his brother here Wednesday, said he despaired of ever finding the real truth of how Johnny was knifed to death in Miss Turner's mansion. Can't Afford It "I'm at a dead end and I can't afford to fight these people," he said. "She (Miss! Turner) has got more mon- e'' one o the greatest law yers in the world, and the Chief of Police of Beverly Hills, Cal., working for her. "How am I going to fight Giesler (Jerry Giesler, Miss Turner's lawver) and the movie colony?" Stompanato charged that the Beverly Hills police, despite their promises to him of a full investigation, "made up their mind right trom tie start that Johnny deserved to die." Threat Held Lie He said "you'll never con vince me" of Miss Turner's testimony- that Johnny Stompanato shook her and threatened to' mutilate her face if she tried to leave him. "She lied right from the beginning that he was chas ing her to England and to Mexico, because she sen! him the money to join her,'1 Stompanato. said. "How the hell can ' you believe herl when she's on the stand?" Stompanato revealed he sent a telegram to the Beverly Hills police last night demanding a lie test for Miss Turner. He has received no acknowledgment, he said. Continued from First Page mortem examination per formed? A The examination was performed at the Los Ange les County Coroner s Mortuary on April 5, 1958. Langhauser: Thank you. That will be all this time. Chief Clinton Anderson Having been first duly sworn, Anderson testified as follows: (Examination by Dep. Langhauser): Q. State your name. A. Clinton H. Anderson. Q. What is your occupa tion? A. Chief of Police, Bever ly Hills. o. Did you identify the deceased person, John Stom panato Jr.? A. I can and I did so. Q. Where was the identi fication made? A. In the bedroom at 730: N Bedford Drive in the City: ot Beverly mils. o. I will .read the infor mation from the proposed death certificate and you tell me if this information is cor rect. The deceased per son's! name is John Stomnanato Jr, He was divorced. He was 32 years of age. Born in Illinois, At the time of his death he was living at 806 S Robertson1 Place, Los Angeles. Is that; correct.' A. I can . only state I know his name and his ap proximate age and that I nave information he lived on Robertson Blvd. Langhauser: That is all at this time. Joseph B. Payne Having first been duly sworn, Payne testified as fol lows: (Examination by Langhauser:) Q- P lease state your name. A. Joseph B. Payne. Hills Police Department. Q. -Did you receive a call in regard to "thismatter? A. Yes, on April '4 at approximately 9:40 1 received a call to go to 730 N-Bedford Drive, Beverly. Hills. T was met outside by a man who identified himself as Stephen Crane. 1 asked Mr. : Crane the nature of this call. Mr. Crane stated that something terrible has happened. l asked Mr. Crane if this was suicide. He said no, it was something worse than that. I directly entered the resi dence and called the station for assistance. Following this, 1 went upstairs to the right and walked into the bedroom. Body oh Floor- On the floor I saw this body lying on its back with a knife wound in the upper part of the abdomen. ' There- were two men later identified to me. as Dr.; Weber and Dr. McDonald. I turned to Miss Turner and. asked who the victim was:- She-stated it was John Stompanato. I then called to the station to hav the detective and identification bureau men come up. Shortly after,- Sgt. Down-ard took over the investigation. I was then stationed at the front door. Possibly two minutes after beinR stationed at the front door, (inaudible) and an identification bureau clerk arrived. Mr. Crane was in the living room. Giesler Arrived About five minutes after the identification man arrived, Mr. GTesler arrived. He rang the bell 'and identified himself as JerryQifesler and, that he had been called to this address. Shbrtly, approximately five minutes after that. Chief Anderson and Capt. Smith arrived. Prior to this, I informed Mr. Giesler and Mr. Crana that there would be no talk- Turn to Pajfe C, Column 1 not to comment 'in detail at this time. When the case comes before me, I shall try : to. treat it like any other case involving a juvenile." ; Harry Simons, director of ,the Santa Monica division of. the juvenile probation department "It's possible that the child could be released, but not too likely. You must remember there is still the, question of whether she has1 Been getting proper ann aae-qUate parental supervision.' " Home Life Issue .'Simons added that, "It is my understanding that the inquest verdict would have no real bearing on the pending matter anyway." Thus, it appears that pro bation officers investigating the background of the case m a y be as interested in learning about the home life influence as the killing itself. i- n,lr,-iv- tka I v. HI r. ft I broke again. "I can't go through any more." She said Stompanato went to a closet to get a jacket and shirt hanging there. "He walked back to me and was holding the jacket - on tne nanger in a way tnat he was going to strike me with it." She added, "And I said, 'Don't . . . don't ever touch me again. I am ... I am absolutely finished. This is the end. And 1 want you to get out.'" Instant of Tragedy Then, remembered the shaken actress, came the instant of tragedy: I was walking toward the bedroom door and he- was! right behind me, and I opened it, and my daughter came in. 1 swear it was so fast, I ... I truthfully! thought she had hit him in! the stomach. The best I can. remember, they came togeth er and they parted. I still never saw a blade. Putting her hands to her! own abdomen, Miss Turner related, "Mr. Stompanato: grabbed himself here . . , and he started to move for ward, and he made almost a half turn, and then dropped on his back, and when he; dropped,. his arms1 went out,. so that I still did nnf. .CPA tliaf tliora wae Mnnii or a wound until I ran over! to him,.andl saw his sweater was put. anri T liftoH tVia sweater up, and I saw this wouna. Ran for Towel "I remember only ' barely hearing, my daughter, sobbing and I ran. into-my bath room ... and I grabbed a towel. I didn't know what to do. "And then I put the towel there, and Mr. Stompanato! was making verv dreadful sounds, in his throat of gasp ing .. . terrible sounds, and I went to Jhe telephone and called my 'mother because I had been out of the country for so long, and I could not remember my doctor's num ber. The actress, barely managing to keep . her voice audible, said she kept trying to taiK to stompanato, slap ping his cheeks, calling his Turn to Page B, Column 1 '.,".: "It appears to me. that ;.t!heryl never has had a real home either with her mother ,or father. "I think it's about time a 'proper home was found for . ner. Continued from First Page her down and held a razor blade at her face, shrieking that he would cut you lust a little now to give you a taste of it." Final Quarrel And she recalled the final, savage quarrel last Friday night in her Beverly Hills home when she told a ter rified Cheryl: "I'm going to end it with him tonight, Baby. It's going to he a rough night. Are you prepared for it.' Cheryl, further testimony disclosed, said she was. And she went to the kitchen, got a j knife, then stood outside the door of her mother's pink -carpeted bedroom lis tening to the appalling Cat tle. Finally she rushed through the door to end the violent; life of Johnny Stompanato: with a single knife thrust, Verbal Pyrotechnics The Coroner'3 inquest - which may or may not have any effect on the ruling of a Santa Monica Juvenile Court judge April 24 began and ended with verbal pyrotech nics. Mickey Cohen, the cele brated onetime mobster, was called as an identifica tion witness. He arrived minutes late, rushed to the witness stand with a busi nesslike air and was asked whether he had identified the body of "the deceased.' Refused to Identify I refused to identify the body, snapped Cohcn-to In quest Dep. Langhauser. I refuse to identifv him as John Stompanato Jr. on the; grounds that I may be ac-J cused of this murder. You may be excused," Langhauser said evenly. And, at the conclusion of i the inquest, as the Coroner's jury was being charged, a spectator who later identi-; ned himself as Stephen1 Trusso, a mend of stompa nato, charged to the rail through the crush of photographers and demanded loudly: I want to testify. It's all a lie! The girl was in love I with him. There was jealousy Between her and her mother! He was a gentleman. That's more than the rest of you nonywooa people are! Demand Ignored He was ignored. Following Beverly Hills' roiice Chief Clinton Ander- :on, a police officer and an autopsy surgeon to the stand was the ashen star of the dramatic hearing Lana liirner. She had arrived with Attys Giesler and Louis C. Blau and her moth er, Mrs. Mildred Turner. Her short blond hair was combed back. She wore a gray coat and gray silk, tweed-type dress. She took one white glove off to expose silvered r-ngernails. She trembled, .put ner hands to ner face from time to time and fought to control tears that threatened to overcome her. As she answered the ques-, tlons of Langhauser' and uep. uist. Atty. William over the heads of the specta tors as though mumbling the details of an incredible; nightmare. The climactic verbal brawl with Stompanato, she recalled, began as "a sort of teasing thing about his age. She said -she had just discovered he was only 32 in stead of 41 as he claimed. The 38-year-old actress; murmured: ."I was just finding out too many lies . . . and this one more that I had found out was just not the worst lie. But it was one .that no matter what . . . made me say to him that T can't go on like this.' Had Great Fear ' 'You know that I have begged, I have pleaded for! you to leave me alone, even with all the -threats, which I admit I had great" fear of; him. The actress closed her eyes, touched at her face, and continued: "Mr. Stompanato and I went back upstairs to my, bedroom, both of us talking at once, he more violently All I kept, saying was, 'There's no use discussing it any further'; that 'I can't on like this and I -want you to leave me alone. Grabbed by Arms "He grabbed me by the arms and started shaking me and cursing me very badly, and saying that, as he' had told me before, no mat ter what I. did, how I tried to get away, he would never leave me, that if he said jump, I would jump; if he said hop, I would hop, and I would have to do anything and everything he told me or he'd cut my face or crip ple me . . . Miss Turner closed her eyes again for a moment, blinking the tears forming there. "And if . . . when it went beyond that, he would kill me and my daughter and my mother. He said no matter what, he would get me where it would hurt the most ana tnat wouia oe my daughter and my moth er. Sees Cheryl at Door . The actress went on, "I broke away from his holding my . . . holding me . .-. ana 1 turned around to face the door, and my daughter was standing there, and I salfl 'Please, Cheryl, please don't listen to any of this. Please go back to your own room. At this point, recalling the sight of her terrified Baby, Lana hadjo pause a moment before continuing: "She looked at me, and I think that ... as if to say, 'Are you sure, Mother?' Be cause l Know tnat l repeatea it and I begged her. I said, 'Please, Cheryl, don't listen to this ... Fights for Control Lana, fighting to maintain her self-control, said she then closed the door and turned to Stompanato and told him sharply, "That's just great! My child had to hear all of that, tne norm- ble . . . and . . ." Her voice I 3 J NOT PRESENT Cheryl Crane, 14, shown here as she entered police station in Beverly Hills on the morning following Johnny Stompanato's death, was spared an appearance at emotion-packed inquest. RECESS -Lana attempts to curb her tears as Atty. Jerry Giesler answers the questions of reporters crowding around them during recess in the inquest that ended with a verdict of justifiable, homicide. Times photo V

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