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Man arrested in 1985 cold case murder of TV director in North Hollywood

Los Angeles police say they’ve solved a cold case dating back to 1985 in the murder of a prominent television director and champion bridge player.

Barry Crane was found wrapped in bedding on the garage floor of his North Hollywood home in July 1985. He had been bludgeoned and strangled and his vehicle was stolen.

Crane was a director and producer involved in such shows from the 1970s and ’80s as “Mission: Impossible,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “CHiPs

He was also known as an expert bridge master who won multiple North American championships in the card game.

The murder went unsolved for years.

Police say they revisited the case in 2006 to ask for more evidence testing.

Then in 2018, a detective from Robbery Homicide asked that evidence be tested again.