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11 March 6th, 2014 General Hospital Pen-Pals Turn Deadly In Connection With Brutal Murder!

In one of the most disturbing stories we have read, which also reminds everyone when corresponding with people you have never met before, think twice, as this is a frightening cautionary tale!

The L.A. Times reported yesterday that, “A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera General Hospital.  Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major.”

The Times also revealed, “The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian’s pen pals.”

Kratlian was part of a General Hospital fan club whose enthusiasts wrote to one another, Jason Ward said in an interview.  “I don’t know why I started writing him; it was a really dumb decision,” said Ward, who connected with Kratlian through a mutual friend who received a General Hospital newsletter that went out to fans.  “I only wrote to him a handful of times because he got really weird,” Ward said.

A free man after two decades behind bars, Kratlian was in Los Angeles by Feb. 1, authorities say.   After months and possibly years of exchanging letters, detectives say, Kratlian went to Major’s Hollywood apartment February 10th and strangled him.  Kratlian may have been looking for other former pen pals as well when he arrived in Los Angeles, said Ward.

New York officially listed Kratlian as a fugitive February 14 after police identified him as their suspect. He was arrested by an LAPD and FBI fugitive task force at a Pasadena mental health and substance abuse treatment center on February 18th.

This story is even more horrific, if you read the entire piece from the L.A Times.  So, what do you think about how these two people connected and it led to murder?  Does it make you think twice before corresponding with people you don’t know?  Share your thoughts!

 

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  1. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Horrible, tragic news…i always believed in the death penality…had this maniac never got out of prison in the first place and given the death penality this never wouldve happened…my condolances to the victims family!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    You got to be cautious on facebook, twitter and everywhere else! This old friend of my niece showed up at my house the other day(4 the 2nd time), obviously on something, asking for her…its been 15 years since she stayed at my house and now lives in another state. Its the 2nd time he was told she hasnt lived here in years and was told to stay off our property! I barely remember him. He asked me if i had 13 cents and if i wanted to come out and smoke a joint.(im NOT that type of person!) I sent him on his way and locked the door. Then this morning i seen him walk by my house to a nearby store. He may not do anything but i still remain cautious and dont trust him!!!

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    k/kay replied

    If you have not read the whole article do so you will not believe how this guy managed to get out of prison. They went around the parole board they had no intention of ever letting him out.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    He shouldve been given the death penality shortly after his conviction…then he never wouldve gotten out to do this…ive seen this happened way too often…in my own town one man murdered his cousin over the last piece of pizza…several years later(he wasnt kept locked up for long) he murder another man by beating him in the head with a blunt object just to steal some tools…these crimes just sicken me!!!

    k/kay replied

    The last time the state of New York executed anyone was in the 60′s now they if I read correctly abolished the death penalty. Even if you get the death penalty you sit years on death row because of all the appeals. Now the state of California will get to feed him and let him watch GH. Very sad indeed.

  2. Elite Advisors says:

    The is where social media is dangerous….poor innocent man, 80 years old killed by some guy that should still be in prison. The tangent we could all jump on but essentially I never understood WHY inmates are allowed computer access, TV, etc. They are in prison! PRISON! For a reason….you should not get access to the Super Bowl….you want new…read a newspaper or a book.

    Anyway, thoughts and prayers to this poor mans loved ones.

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  3. wolfsmistress says:

    This is why, when we had pen-pals and even today with social media, I warn friends and family members that they never know who’s on the other end of their messages, so please be VERY careful at all times! Don’t publicly list your address, phone numbers (I know, texting is done by phone!) or photos you don’t want your parents to see … although last night I found how easy it is for anyone with a computer to find you, even if all you have is a name and an area in which they live. It’s getting to be a very scary world, but we still trust more than we fear (which we really should be able to do)…
    wolfy

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  4. bearzy says:

    This is horrible news, for Fans all over the world. Why? why, would u kill an innocent elderly.. He deserves the death penalty. Prayers go out to victims family!

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  5. Johnny says:

    No other soap features the kind of violence GH does. No doubt that someone who is off kilter would find GH to be an inspiration for how to get away with murder and still be thought of as a good guy. This is a sad and horrible situation and maybe GH could tone down the violence a little. Its not entertaining in any way.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I agree…GH needs to tone down the violence…the stories have slighly improven and could be much better, especially with less violent acts…instead of a stabbing or a shooting id settle for a couple old fashion fist fights!!!

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  6. rachie says:

    The legal system is disgusting I used to advocate for troubled teens and I cant believe how many times I sat in a court room and watched people get sentenced to 25 years or more for stealing and child molesters, murderers less than 10. A really good friend of my families daughter was shot in the head and killed in front of her kids by her husband and he was released after only serving 4 years on top of that the judge ordered he was to get parenting time with the kids. Luckily another judge overruled it and ordered no contact. I send my prayers to the family and loved ones of the poor soul that never should have died that way. Murderers should not have contact with the outside world ever.

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