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March 12th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Cold case clue in “Rocky” killing

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

"OK, I'm gonna tell ya! You had the talent to become a good fighter, but instead of that, you become a leg-breaker to some cheap, second rate loan shark!"

The line is from the movie Rocky. The character speaking it was Mickey Goldmill, the Italian Stallion's gruff and grizzled trainer. Played by Burgess Meredith, the role was based on a real-life boxing legend named Howard Steindler. Known as Howie, Steindler ran Main Street Gym in Los Angeles.

Steindler was a famous figure in the sport. But for over 30 years, it has been his murder that has attracted all the attention. Decades after the crime, the LAPD is still working this cold case, hoping it will be solved.

The date was March 9, 1977. The time, around 7:00pm. At the corner of Lindley Avenue and Killion Street, an eyewitness observed Steindler argue with two men. The confrontation was unfolding just a block from his home.

The suspects beat Steindler. They then grabbed him and pulled him into his own car before driving off. It was the last time Steindler would ever be seen alive. Within an hour, the vehicle was located. Steindler’s body was inside the car. He was murdered and he was robbed.

Thirty-two years later, detectives have a hunch people in the boxing industry may know who killed him. They’re asking for help. There’s also a $50,000 reward for anyone with information that will lead to an arrest and prosecution. And, the LAPD has released photographs of a ring taken from Steindler.

Have a tip? Call 1-877-LAPD-24-7


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
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  1. Annie Kate

    If the police can find out what happened to this guy, can they find out what finally happened to Jimmy Hoffa? There's a really cold case there.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm |