Lou Ferrigno, the legendary first HULK, is breaking his silence in response to the news of the capture of alleged murderer Edwin Jerry Hiatt. The man is accused of killing Barry Crane, who directed episodes of the iconic TV show.
The arrest of Hiatt, follows the break in a cold-case murder from over 3 decades ago, where Barry Crane was found murdered in his Los Angeles home.
A housekeeper found Crane dead in his garage on July 5, 1985. He was naked and had been wrapped in multiple bedsheets. It is believed Crane had bludgeoned with a large ceramic statue. The director was then strangled with a telephone cord.
Crane directed dozens of episodes of The Incredible Hulk, Hawaii 5-O and The Six Million Dollar Man.
“Glad they caught him! Barry was a fine director and directed many wonderful episodes on Hulk and Bionic man. He will be missed. Glad I had him to bring the best out of me, Ferrigno told The Blast.
Hiatt, 53, was arraigned this week in an LA County courtroom on a charge of murder with a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon.
Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina after investigators say DNA connected him to the murder.
According to reports, investigators with the FBI with help from the LAPD tailed Hiatt, and collected discarded cigarette butts and a coffee cup in 2018. They were able to located Hiatt at a North Carolina auto repair shop where he worked.
A local station in North Carolina, WSOC-TV, captured video of Hiatt being arrested.
Hiatt told the reporters on scene that he didn’t remember Crane’s name until it was told to him and did not remember what occurred in 1985 except for ‘bits and pieces that were brought back to me just by suggestion.’
The FBI claims in an interview he admitted to the killing.