Burke County man arrested in 1985 killing of Hollywood TV director

Police have arrested a North Carolina man charged with bludgeoning and strangling to death a Hollywood TV director more than three decades ago.

Authorities say the FBI arrested Edwin Hiatt Thursday in Burke County, North Carolina, after DNA evidence linked him to the 1985 death of Barry Crane in Los Angeles.

"I was just shocked when I seen it on the news about him possibly murdering somebody,” a woman who worked with Hiatt told FOX 46. "He would tell me about his past and drugs and drinking and how he was so thankful that God delivered him from all that."

The LAPD says Hiatt acknowledged to investigators that he killed Crane, who directed or produced such 1970s and 1980s hits as "Mannix," "Mission: Impossible" and "The Incredible Hulk."

Crane was 57 when his naked body was found wrapped in bedsheets in the garage of his luxury home.

The case went unsolved until police got a DNA match to Crane's suspected killer last year.
Hiatt will be sent to California to face a murder charge.

"Any time something like this happened you just hope that the truth comes out and people get what they deserve if they done it," she said.

It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.