- 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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The Black Dahlia murder went unsolved for decades but it was solved. This ghastly crime had the victim's remains in half and her lips sewed shut. The killer's work here was no amateur but a prominent Hollywood doctor and surgeon who socialized with photographer, Man Ray; director, John Huston; and other prominent powerful people.
This book displays the evidence to its readers with photographs; maps; documents; interviews; and reports.
This book is must for anybody who wants to know about the Black Dahlia murder and other crimes. I believe Dr Hodel got away with murder his entire life and I look forward to reading more in his son's next book.
Dr Hodel performed abortions long before it was legal in 1973. He had clout in Los Angeles and in Hollywood. I believe that he had information about performing abortions on well known actresses at the time. It is well known that many actresses had abortions long before it was legal. If that information was ever released to the public, it would have been a huge scandal for the studio system. That's just my unproven theory.
As this book suggests, he was a lifelong serial killer. He was unable to connect emotionally with anybody even his wives and children. In the City of Angels known as Los Angeles, he got away because of his connections.
Sadly, we will never know the true total of human lives lost at the hands of Dr George Hill Hodel.
Having said that, I would recommend this book only if the reader has read and enjoyed Steve Hodel's other two books concerning his father.
Mr. Hodel has spent years researching George Hodel's history and possible involvement in a number of grisly murders, including the Zodiac killings in the San Francisco area. While I find this claim a bit far-fetched, I do agree with Steve Hodel that the police should make the attempt to collect DNA from some of the evidence and at least rule out George Hodel as a suspect.
This book is very good but badly needs an editor to fix the typographical errors and change the lay-out on some of the pages.
I have one more point I want to take issue with. This point was discussed by another reviewer, and I agree. This is the tendency of Steve Hodel to comment on a piece of evidence as conclusive PROOF that his father is guilty, whereas the item may only strongly suggest that his father is the murderer, and certainly does not rule the man out. As an example, there is a discussion of the thick paper used to carry the Black Dahlia's body parts from the car to the vacant lot. This material has been identified as belonging to 50-pound bags of cement and fertilizer. Since both types of items were on the premises at Dr. Hodel's residence, Steve seems to feel that these "prove" his dad was the murderer. Well, they're certainly intriguing, but they don't actually prove anything.
For the record, I believe Steve Hodel is correct about his father in many respects, but I fear that his emotionalism has gotten in the way of his objectivity a little bit.
However, kudos to Mr. Hodel and I hope that he continues his investigation and gets some cooperation from law enforcement in other jurisdictions where there are unsolved murders. Either rule out Dr. George Hodel, or identify him as the perpetrator!