- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Thoughtprint Press; 2 edition (May 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983074437
- ISBN-13: 978-0983074434
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
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Black Dahlia Avenger II 2014: 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 2nd Edition
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Black Dahlia Avenger II is my six-year follow-up investigation [2006-2012] into the Black Dahlia and Lone Woman Murders from the 1940s. In addition to new witness interviews and crime exhibits it includes hard physical evidence connecting the killer to his home and to the vacant lot at 3815 S. Norton, where he posed the bisected body of Elizabeth "Black Dahlia" Short. I have also included as an addendum to this book, the never-before-published, unabridged LADA Hodel-Black Dahlia Bugging Transcripts.[146 pages] --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Nonfiction writers, due to the research nature of their work, open a lot of doors. After the work is completed most of those doors close.
Luckily this is not the case with Steve Hodel’s Black Dahlia series, and his groundbreaking work Most Evil in which he examines his father’s Zodiac crimes decades after the Dahlia. Black Dahlia Avenger II the 2014 revised edition shows that the doors on this case did not close!
The reader is reintroduced to the cast of characters from the original 2003 Arcade edition with insightful information, updates, corrections, and new mind blowing discoveries.
Hodel takes the reader on a tour of the real world of Los Angeles and Hollywood from the mid Forties to the early Fifties, where his father Dr. George Hill Hodel poses a more deadly threat than Sherlock Holmes’ fictional arch enemy Professor Moriarty. Dr. George hobnobbed with a group of bohemians which included artist-photographer Man Ray, actor Walter Huston, his son writer-director-actor John Huston, Van Heflin, and Vincent Price, to name just a few; all the while plotting his heinous crimes on the city of Los Angeles’s unsuspecting females. His Hippocratic oath was hypocrisy, and he had the city in the palm of his hand with his ties to the shakers and movers in the hierarchy of L.A.’s city government.
Steve Hodel’s reevaluation of his three previous works is startling, to say the least; and this makes the new volume a page-turning thriller that shows the inner workings of a bona fide professional crime investigator.
Rich in atmosphere and palatable for a wide variety of literary tastes, this book is a must for fans of this genre. The case was solved in 2003, and BDAII the 2014 Revised Edition proves it in so many more ways.
Jan Alan Henderson, author of Speeding Bullet, Behind the Crimson Cape, The Legendary Lydecker Brothers, Rocky Jones Space Ranger, and Forgotten Horrors V and VI (co-authored with Michael H. Price and John Wooley.)
I'm adding a spoiler alert for this paragraph if you'd prefer to wait to read the book before reading anything about the surveillance transcripts. One fault I do attribute to Mr. Hodel is that some things he states as fact, when studied, are not as definitive as he says they are. One example is in his judgment about some things said by Dr. Hodel in the surveillance recording transcripts. Specifically, the transcript quotes Dr. Hodel as saying, "Supposin' I did kill the Black Dahlia. They couldn't prove it now. They can't talk to my secretary anymore, because she's dead." Mr. Hodel states in his notes on this conversation: "On this very first day of recorded conversations we have George Hodel admitting to the murder of Elizabeth Short... ". I'm not an attorney, but if this were brought up in trial, I would point out that Dr. Hodel only posed a hypothetical question when he used the word "Supposin". Neither does he admit to killing his secretary. He simply states the fact that she is dead. I would agree that, in the context of the conversation, both of these utterances certainly point toward Dr. Hodel's guilt, but they fall short of his actually admitting it. Despite this, Mr. Hodel repeats his assertion several times in the book.
In fact the book is rife with repetition and that is one area where better editing would have helped. Many quotes and salient points are made over and over as if Mr. Hodel has no faith that the reader can remember what has already been said.
A good editor would have eliminated Mr. Hodel's unprofessional and annoying use of ALL CAPS for emphasis. People familiar with good typography know that the use of all caps makes text harder to read. It renders all the letters more uniformly rectangular and thus harder to distinguish. Using all caps for emphasis defeats the purpose.
The editor should also have eliminated the letters between Dorothy and John Huston that aren't germane to the Dahlia case, and pruned unnecessarily long bios of various minor characters.
One of the prerequisites for a book is that it be readable. Throughout there are maps, charts, newspaper clippings, and reproductions of the killer's notes which are simply too small to read without having a magnifying glass at hand.
There are other technical issues such as inconsistent leading between paragraphs, unnecessary and incorrect punctuation, and misspellings such as CLEW for clue (all caps courtesy of Mr. Hodel).
In summary, I think Mr. Hodel proves his case and the book will be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by this sort of thing. As such I can recommend it. I only wish that Mr. Hodel had been better served by his publishers in their production of his work.