Hogan's Homicide: The Strange Life And Death Of Bob Crane

Left: Bob Crane with Sigrid Valdis, a fellow 'Hogan's Heroes' cast member and Crane's second wife, 1969. Right: Crane demonstrating his enthusiasm as an amateur photographer in 1965. Sources: Wikimedia Commons; CBS via Getty Images

As Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes, Bob Crane played an American prisoner of war held by Nazi Germans during World War II. It was a strange premise for a sitcom, but American viewers suspended their disbelief and the show was a hit. Bob Crane's private life and untimely 1978 death were another matter -- the nation had a hard time reconciling the jovial TV personality with debauchery and murder.

Hogan’s Heroes aired from 1965 to 1971. Colonel Hogan and his men had the ability to escape but remained captive in German POW camp, Stalag 13, in an effort to advance the American cause. In short, Colonel Hogan and his men made fools of the German officers who were in charge of them.