Just a quick update on Bob Crane's new biography. I continue to make great progress with writing and reviewing page proofs, and my colleagues and I are still on target for a summer 2015 publication release date.
People remember Bob Crane for his work on Hogan's Heroes, for his murder, and for the sex scandal that erupted immediately following his death. There is no denying that Bob had an addiction. And that is exactly what it was. An addiction.
Regardless of how he appeared on the outside during his sexual prowess and conquests, inside, he was feeling something much different. Pages and pages and pages of testimony from the pastor and addiction counselor who was counseling Bob at the time of his murder in June 1978 reveal a man who was terribly ashamed of his behavior and who wanted desperately to change. His was a powerful addiction, with its grasp reaching as far back as the early 1950s in Connecticut.
Bob knew he was addicted. He was suffering personally and professionally because of it. He wanted to change. He confided these deep, innermost thoughts and feelings to only two addiction counselors. He did not share these things with his family or his friends. It was his own private battle, and he did not want the people he cared about to know. He was ashamed.
In addition to a rich and detailed accounting of Bob's entire life, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography will provide a thorough and deep understanding of his recognition of his addiction and his strong desire to break free of it and overcome it.