“A man charged with bludgeoning and strangling to death a Hollywood television director more than three decades ago was arrested Thursday in North Carolina after police said DNA and a confession linked him to the crime,” the AP reports. “Edwin Hiatt was arrested in Burke County for the 1985 death of Barry Crane in Los Angeles. He has been charged with murder in California and will be returned there, Los Angeles police announced.”
The report adds: “A housekeeper found Crane, 57, dead in his garage in his Studio City townhouse on July 5, 1985. He was naked and had been wrapped in bedsheets. He had been beaten with a large ceramic statue and strangled with a telephone cord, the News Herald of Morgantown, North Carolina, reported, citing court documents.”
Crane directed dozens of episodes of TV shows in the ’70s and ’80s, including “The Incredible Hulk, “Hawaii 5-0” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.” He also produced the series “The Magician” and was associate producer on “Mannix” and “Mission: Impossible.”
The AP notes that there’s no word on a motive for the killing.
The report adds: “Crane’s death went unsolved until police said they matched a fingerprint from Crane’s stolen car to Hiatt last year. FBI investigators then obtained discarded cigarette butts and a coffee cup from the parking lot of the auto repair shop in Burke County where Hiatt worked.
“DNA from some items matched that from cigarette butts found in Crane’s stolen car, which was discovered shortly after his death on a mountain road, investigators said.”