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Prison inmate kills 82-year-old pen pal after being released

By Mason White 12:07 PM November 20, 2015
Harry Major 

By: Chan Yuan
A prison inmate from New York, was arrested on a charge of murder after killing his pen pal following his release from prison, police in California said.

Now, 46-year-old Scott Kratlian, faces up to life in prison after being found guilty of murder following the killing of 82-year-old Harry Major of Hollywood.

According to the police investigation, the relationship between Major and Kratlian, began when the defendant was incarcerated at the Marcy Correctional Facility.

Kratlian met Major through a pen pal network. In 1992, Kratlian used a belt to kill a man. He tied his hands and feet of the victim before burning him.

After being released from prison, Kratlian moved to Los Angeles. He went to stay with Major, with whom he exchanged letters for many years.

However, Major was found dead in his apartment. Kratlian used Major’s credit cards after the murder.