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Murder of television producer, bridge legend Barry Crane, was arrested in 1985

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By Alex Johnson

LOS ANGELES – The FBI arrested a North American man on Thursday in the 1985 murder of Barry Crane, a veteran television producer who was one of the world's largest contract bridge player, police said.

Edwin Hiatt was arrested in Burke County, North Carolina, by the FBI's volatile workforce two months after the Los Angeles death officer who was dealing with new evidence traveled across the country to question Hiatt, police said. Hiatt admitted the interview on March 8 and waiting for extradition to Los Angeles.

Barry Crane in May 1973. Denver Post via Getty Images file

News Herald newspaper by Morganton in Burke County, reported that Hiatt is 52 years old and lives in the town of Connellys Springs, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte .

A housekeeper discovered Kranens 57, wrapped in bedding on the garage floor of his home in North Hollywood. He had been bludgeoned and strictly, and his car had been stolen, police said.

The police said on Thursday that they had a forensic match to Hiatt last year, causing them to send detectives to North Carolina in March. It was when Hiatt admitted, police said.

Hiatt was a prolonged television producer and director, with director, producer and assistant producer credits at exhibitions such as "Mission: Impossible", "Mannix", "Trapper John, MD" CHiPs, "The Incredible Hulk", "Hawaii Five-O" and many other series.

But he was better known as a contract bridge player and is generally described in his death as among the best players in the world. He was last seen live the day before his body was found at a regional team bridge tournament in Pasadena, California.

His team won the tournament the day after his body was discovered, the Los Angeles Times reported at that time. [19659006] Crane and his partner won the World Championship Championship in 1978, according to the World Bridge Federation, and he began in the Hall of Fame of the American Contract Bridge League, or ACBL, as a major winger in 1995. [19659006] Crane won 16 North American championships over 30 years and At the time of his death, he had accumulated the greatest points in tournament play in history, according to ACBL, who mentioned one of his most prestigious awards Barry Crane Trophy. He had won the prize six times himself.

"In many respects, Crane was an A-1 ambassador and publisher of bridge across North America," according to Crane ACBL's biography. "No one gave so many interviews with the media in so many different cities and cities." ACBL biography cited British bridge writer S.J. Simon describes Crane as "a natural".

"We shall not see his like again", quoted Simon.

Andrew Blankstein contributed.

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