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BIZARRE: New York Parolee Accused of Killing His ‘General Hospital’ Pen-Pal


This one’s just as bizarre as it is tragic: according to an article today by the LA Times, a New York parolee is accused of murdering an 82-year-old man after developing a friendship with him over their shared love of “.”

According to the article, was a member of a “General Hospital” fan club and wrote with “GH” fans while imprisoned at the Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, New York. Kratlian was there after being convicted of a gruesome and violent murder in 1992, in which he beat and burned his victim. He spent two decades behind bars but was released this past November under New York’s conditional release program. Within three months, Kratlian traveled to Los Angeles and began asking his “GH” pen-pals for help with money and for a place to stay. It is during this time that he allegedly strangled his 82-year-old pen-pal, , to death.

The police were called after Major failed to show up to a brunch the next day. Major had told his friends about Kratlian and they relayed that information to the police after Major’s body was found. According to the police, Kratlian and Major had been seen together shortly before his death and Kratlian had apparently used Major’s credit cards after his death.

Kratlian was arrested by an LAPD and FBI fugitive task force after he was found at a Pasadena mental health and substance abuse center on February 18.

Now Kratlian’s other “GH” pen-pals are considering themselves lucky. “I don’t know why I started writing him; it was a really dumb decision,” said fellow pen-pal to the LA Times. “I only wrote to him a handful of times because he got really weird.” Ward had been introduced to Kratlian through his former employer, an elderly Los Angeles woman. She had connected with Kratlian (who also went by the name ) through a “General Hospital” newsletter as well and had been communicating with him for years. In early February, Kratlian shocked the woman by showing up at her doorstep and asking for a place to stay. The frightened woman told Kratlian to leave. The next day, Major had been murdered.

“I was assuming he was writing to a whole network of people,” Ward told the LA Times. “I didn’t think he was going to get out.”

Kratlian has pleaded not guilty to murder and is being held without bail. If Kratlian is convicted, he could face up to 56 years to life in prison.

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  • sands of time

    His sentence should equal the age of GH. Additional punishment should be that he is no longer allowed to watch GH. He should be forced to view B&B!! That will be torture, but he is a murderer!!!

  • Timmy Lee Roberts

    How very sad?

  • Andrew Hass

    That is very sad and people should be more careful now.

  • Harlee

    WTH was he even given this type of parole is my question? His violent tendencies speaks for themselves and this never should had been an option. NY needs to take responsibility for this senseless act. His family should sue the state of NY.

    I deepest symptom goes out to his family….may he rest in peace and be reunited with all his GH’s favorites….

  • Bexx

    Why are they allowing criminals to watch a show with that much violence on a daily basis? Dinner time must be a crazy with all the fights over the last muffin.

  • hupto

    I knew Harry for many years. As the cliche goes, he wouldn’t have hurt a fly. I’m opposed to torture, but I might make an exception for this low-life.