Edwin Hiatt Biography
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.
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.
#RTA Resuelven 30 años después el asesinato del director de series como ‘Misión imposible’ y ‘El Increíble Hulk’. Edwin Hiatt fue capturado en Carolina del Norte, luego de haber sido identificado como el autor de la muerte de Barry Crane tras un… https://t.co/7PnS4GKIqB pic.twitter.com/54u6Mr6AWN
— Nica Noticias (@NicaNws) May 10, 2019
Hiatt Has Also Faced Charges of Domestic Violence After He Allegedly Beat & Strangled His Ex-Wife
Even before his arrest for the 34-year-old murder of Barry Crane, Edwin Hiatt had a criminal record stretching back decades. In 1985, he was caught with a stolen car in Utah. (The car did not belong to Barry Crane, who was killed in the same year.) Then in 1997, Hiatt was charged with domestic violence. A witness in that case told the court that Hiatt had beaten and choked his wife until she vomited. The couple later divorced. Hiatt apparently also threatened to burn down the house where his wife lived.
‘ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE’: Edwin Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina Thursday for the 1985 murder of prominent Hollywood TV director and producer Barry Crane after investigators linked DNA from Crane’s stolen car to Hiatt using a discarded cigarette butt, w… https://t.co/bcxO4m9hb8 pic.twitter.com/eCH8DkD6EI
— Splifdtv.com (@SplifdTv) May 10, 2019
Police say that DNA evidence and a fingerprint link Hiatt to the 1985 murder of Hollywood director Barry Crane. LAPD detectives also said that when they questioned him, Hiatt confessed to the crime. He has been arrested and charged with murder
Hiatt Used a Wheelchair & Spoke in a Mumble When He Appeared in Court
Hiatt, 52, had his first court appearance on Friday, May 9. He was using a wheelchair and speaking in a mumble, according to reporters present at the court. Detectives with the LAPD say that Hiatt has confessed to the 1985 murder of Hollywood director Barry Crane. Hiatt was 18 years old at the time.
Authorities make an arrest in the 1985 killing of Hollywood TV director Barry Crane; 52-year-old Edwin Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina Thursday after police said DNA and a confession linked him to the crime https://t.co/0JZTcBh8V6 pic.twitter.com/warIdPICJ7
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 10, 2019
Crane was reportedly bludgeoned with a statue and strangled. His naked body was found wrapped in bedding in his garage. His car and wallet were stolen, although later recovered. The crime went unsolved for decades before police found fingerprint and DNA evidence which they said connected Hiatt to the brutal crime.
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Edwin Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina for 1985 death of Barry Crane in LA
- He has been charged with murder in California and will be returned there
- The housekeeper found Crane, 57, dead in his garage in his Studio City townhouse
- He had been beaten with a ceramic statue and strangled with a telephone cord
- Crane directed episodes Incredible Hulk and Hawaii 5-O and produced Mission: Impossible in 70s and 80s
- Death went unsolved until police said they matched fingerprint from his stolen car to Hiatt last year
- Then DNA from items this year matched that from cigarette butts found in Crane’s stolen car
- Asked if he could have killed Crane, he replied: ‘Anything’s possible back then … I was big into drugs’
- Police Say DNA from Cigarette Butts & a Coffee Cup Helped Connect Hiatt to the Crime
- Hiatt Has Also Faced Charges of Domestic Violence After He Allegedly Beat & Strangled His Ex-Wife
- Hiatt Told Reporters He Was ‘Big Into Drugs’ at the Time When Crane Was Killed & Said ‘Anything Was Possible’ Back Then