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One of the country’s most spellbinding unsolved homicides is that of Elizabeth Short known as the “Black Dahlia.”
Steve Hodel, a prestigious former LAPD detective turned private investigator, made some surprising discoveries as he was sifting through his deceased father’s belongings after his death in 1999. In the belongings of Dr. George Hodel were pictures of Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia, when she was alive. Immersing himself in an investigation of the evidence found, as well as interviewing other investigators, Steve Hodel realized that the Black Dahlia murder was most likely not the first, nor the last, committed by the number one suspect, Dr. George Hodel, his father, described as a possibly responsible for 7-20 serial murders around Los Angeles.
Steve Hodel has written about his findings in Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder ( Arcade Pub. 2003, HarperCollins updated chapters-2004,2006) which contains previously unreleased documents, forensic evidence and photographs. Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel (Dutton Pub. 2009) compiles even further evidence of possible murders and crimes committed by Dr. George Hodel going back 60 years. Hodel’s third book, Black Dahlia Avenger II: Presenting the Follow-Up Investigation and further Evidence Linking Dr. George Hill Hodel to Los Angeles’s Black Dahlia and other 1940s—LONE WOMAN MURDERS. (Thoughtprint Press 2012) the author’s follow-up investigation provides us with a careful deconstruction of the Dahlia Myth—exposing and correcting the Black Dahlia Murder’s Three Greatest Urban Myths.
In 1947, California’s infamous Black Dahlia murder inspired the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. Despite an unprecedented allocation of money and manpower, police investigators failed to identify the psychopath responsible for the sadistic murder and mutilation of beautiful twenty-two-year old Elizabeth Short. Decades later, former LAPD homicide detective turned private investigator Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the grisly unsolved crime—and it led him to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodel’s own father.
A spellbinding tour de force of true-crime writing, this newly revised edition includes never-before-published forensic evidence, photographs, and previously unreleased documents, definitively closing the case that has often been called “the most notorious unsolved murder of the twentieth century.”
To the above publisher-written overview, I will add what for me was a second and equally shocking discovery. The fact that the Black Dahlia Murder– was not a standalone crime. (Lost in time and perpetuated as myth was the fact that all Southern California law enforcement agencies: LAPD and LASD (police and sheriffs) and the DA’s investigators were aware and actively investigating at least five of the murders as probably being connected.)
I have dubbed, these —The Los Angeles Lone Woman Murders.
Download Steve Hodel complete press kit and bio: SKH June 2013 BIO