Man Charged in Hollywood High School Teacher's Strangulation Death

Harry Major was found dead under suspicious circumstances in his Hollywood apartment on Feb. 12.

By Jason Kandel
|  Thursday, Feb 20, 2014  |  Updated 3:39 PM PDT
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Mysterious Death of Former Hollywood Teacher

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Mysterious Death of Former Hollywood Teacher

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of an 82-year-old former Hollywood High School teacher whose body was found in his apartment. Robert Kovacik reports from Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
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A 44-year-old man has been charged with murder in the strangulation of a retired Hollywood High School teacher, authorities said on Thursday.

Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged in the death of Harry Major whose body was found in his apartment on Feb. 12, prosecutors said.

An FBI/LAPD Fugitive Task Force arrested Kratlian on Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged him with murder on Thursday.

Police found the body of Major, 82, on Feb. 12 in his apartment south of the famed Sunset Boulevard, police said.

Major taught in Tinseltown after Hollywood's "Golden Era."

Former students remembered him as a legendary educator who was pivotal in helping shape the lives of celebrities and non-celebrities alike.

"Mr. Majors (sic) (was) one of my favorite teachers," wrote Twitter user Wendy Shear. "RIP Harry."

Twitter user @MRBIGGEAR wrote that Major was a beloved member of the Hollywood High School community.

"Majors (sic) was legendary at Hollywood High," he wrote. "A tragic loss."

Major taught English at Hollywood for nearly 30 years.

Major retired in the mid-1980s.

He told People in an article published in 1982 he was disillusioned by the influx of immigrants into Hollywood who he said didn't appear interested in what he was teaching.

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