Bob Crane played Colonel Hogan in the 1960s comedy series, Hogan’s Heroes. Crane lived the life of a faithful family man. He was married and had five children.
But there was more to Crane’s life than his fans, friends, and family knew. He was living the compartmentalized life of a sex addict. On June 29, 1978, Crane was beaten to death in Scottsdale, Arizona. While the killer was never identified, Crane’s stash of sexual video tapes was.
I offer three lessons for any of us who are disappointed by the fall of someone we admire.
Lesson #1: All have sinned.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Lesson #2: Our heroes disappoint.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Lesson #3: Focus on your own issues.
“Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, to work with your own hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
Recovery Step: Every person you know is frail. Focus on your own daily walk and sobriety.