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New reward offered in decades-old case

March 11, 2009 10:10:19 PM PDT
The LAPD is re-opening a 32-year-old "cold case." Howard Steindler was well-known as a boxing manager and trainer. In 1977 he was kidnapped and was later found dead. The L.A. City council is offering a new reward in the case.Howard Steindler was 72 years old back on March 9, 1977, the day he was killed. According to police, he was approached by two African American men at the intersection of Lindley Ave. and Killion St., in Encino, just a block from his home. The three got into some kind of confrontation.

After 32 years, Steindler's family and the LAPD are asking for your help in solving his murder.

"My father, his personality was wonderful, and he was a very feisty, feisty man," said Carol Steindler-Ferris, Steindler's daughter. "And I know for a fact that he's looking down on me and saying 'get those guys,' because he's not resting."

Steindler was confronted by the two men at around 7 p.m. A composite sketch of one of the suspects has been released. From there the suspects forced Steindler into his own car and they drove off, getting onto the 101 Freeway. Steindler's car was found with him inside, dead, a short distance away.

"Cause of death was determined to be suffocation, and he appeared to be a victim of a robbery at that time," said LAPD Capt. Denis Cremins.

Steindler is a member of boxing's hall of fame. He managed fighters and owned the famed Main Street Gym.

Burgess Meredith's character "Mickey" in the "Rocky" movies was inspired by Steindler.

There's no final bell or statute of limitations on murder. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to arrests and convictions.

"It's so heart-wrenching to me," said Carol Steindler-Ferris. "We want closure so badly and as I get older I worry that I won't get that closure and I want it desperately. And I want my father to become the victor in this and not the victim anymore."


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