Famed Boxing Manager’s 25 Year-Old Murder Remains Unsolved

March 6, 2002

"Famed Boxing Manager’s 25 Year-Old Murder Remains Unsolved"

Los Angeles: March 9, 2002 marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of Howard (Howie) Steindler. Howie Steindler was a famed boxing manager and owner of the celebrated Main Street Gym that was located at 318 South Main Street in Los Angeles. Mr. Steindler was a well-known personality in the sport of boxing and was the inspiration for the character portrayed by Burgess Meredith in the Rocky films.
On March 9, 1977, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a witness observed Mr. Steindler at the corner of Lindley Avenue and Killion Street which was only a block from his home. Steindler was involved in a confrontation with two unidentified Black males who began beating Steindler and then forced him into his own vehicle driving him away from the scene. Within an hour, Steindler’s vehicle was discovered abandoned on the Ventura Freeway and Steindler was found dead in the car. The investigation revealed that Steindler had been robbed. No Suspects have been identified in this case.
The Los Angeles Police Department is requesting the assistance of any person who may have information on this kidnapping and robbery. Robbery-Homicide Division detectives assigned to an unsolved case unit believe that people in the community or people within the boxing industry may have information that would lead to the identification of the assailants of Howie Steindler.
Anyone with information should contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery Homicide Division, Detective Kevin Rogers, Dan Jenks or Debra Winter at 213-485-2531 or 213-922-3676. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
Public Information Officer Nadine Hernandez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586, prepared this press release.