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General Hospital Pen-Pals Turn Deadly In Connection With Brutal Murder!

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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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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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)

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… Read more »

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k/kay

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.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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!!!

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k/kay

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.

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Elite Advisors

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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wolfsmistress

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… Read more »

bearzy
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bearzy

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!

Johnny
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Johnny

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.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

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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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… Read more »

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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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