Michael Hodel Visits his father, Dr. George Hill Hodel – Manila 1964

In 1964, brother Mike took our dad up on an invitation to visit him in the Far East with the prospect of possibly coming to work for him at his company, INRA-ASIA. (International Research Associates-Asia). Mike visited dad for several weeks and toured the offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Manila. (Mike passed on the offer and returned to L.A. to spend the next twenty-years on radio (KPFK) dedicating his short life to “causes.”  

Mike died unexpectedly in May,1986 at the relatively young age of 47. His death from lung cancer, followed hard upon the death of our mother, just a few years prior.  The loss of my brother was THE determining factor for me to cut my LAPD career short and “retire” early with 23 1/2 years. (Though you can retire at 20-years, most career cops stay 25-30 years due to the advantages of a higher pension.)

Below is a photo from the Manila Chronicle, dated,  Jan. 2, 1964. Unfortunately, the Xerox is of poor quality, but one can still see that though dad was age 57, he remained in excellent health and could still easily pass for a much younger man, a man say in his “Mid Forties.”  (Especially, if the witnesses were viewing him  in the dark of night from the second floor of a building a hundred feet away, or if they were police officers giving him a quick “once over” on the sidewalk as they drove-by enroute to their shooting call. Think SFPD, Paul Stine shooting, 10.11.69.)

George Hodel age, 57; brother, Mike, age, 24

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Here is an article briefly describing one of dad’s major research projects that appeared in the Armed Forces, Pacific Stars & Stripes newspaper in November, 1962, two years before Mike’s above referenced visit to the P.I.

Pacific Stars & Stripes article, November, 1962, Manila, Philippines

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 Photo George Hodel, Philippines, circa 1962

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Comments

  1. Boss Angeles says:

    It is ironic that the last line from GHH in the article has to do with not tarnishing the American image with your own conduct.

  2. JOHN TORRES says:

    I am curious about the old gang. First and foremost, where is Dr. George Hill Hodel today, assuming he may still be alive?
    Then, “June”, Naoko Ishida, Leo Murray, Daphne Ko?????
    Thank You.
    jOHN

  3. JT:
    My father, George Hodel died in 1999 at age 91 of a heart attack in his penthouse suite in San Francisco. June was at his side. Leo Murray remains living in Asia and I have no knowledge of the current whereabouts of: June, Naoko Ishidea, or Daphne Ko.
    Regards, Steve H.

  4. I have an idea about the shooting of Paul Stine. When the suspect ran towards the Presidio it was because he probably had planned on going there on some business anyway. George Hodel was a psychiatrist and a businessman. Had they searched him they may have found a swatch of Paul Stine’s bloody clothing in his adequate size attache case, and not just anybody talks like that! We felt like sitting ducks at Ft. Ord because we heard the Zodiac Killer was back in San Francisco 1990. Either we knew through Asia (my husband’s family’s land leasing to a Japanese company) or the general really had it in for the staff sergeant. Anyway, even if the Zodiac killer was taunting women on the phone who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters? Nobody would believe us.

  5. Margene: Yes,they most certainly would have found him in possession of the bloody cutout section of the shirt. They may also have been shot. He was certainly armed and no question that he was “dangerous.”

  6. Margene: Yes,they most certainly would have found him in possession of the bloody cutout section of the shirt. They may also have been shot. He was certainly armed and no question that he was “dangerous.”

  7. joanne blanke says:

    I HAVE FOUND YOUR FIRST BOOK EXTREMELY INTERESTING. HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO YOUR FATHERS RELATIVES AND FOUND ANY INSANITY THERE. DID HIS MOTHER LOVE HIM FROM BIRTH. IT SEEMS SO SAD THAT A MAN BORN A CHILD PRODIGY AND AN IQ OF NEARLY 200 COULD HAVE WASTED HIS LIFE ON DESTROYING SO MANY LIVES. DEPRAVITY AND CUNNING RULED HIS LIFE. DID YOU NOTICE OR FEEL THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIM WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP AND LIVING WITH HIM. DID HE EVER SHOW REMORSE AND SEEK TREATMENT. HE WAS DOMINATED BY EVIL. JUST THINK OF THE GOOD HE COULD HAVE DONE AND HAPPINESS HE COULD HAVE GIVEN TO OTHERS IF HE HAD OF BEEN NORMAL. YOU SEEM THE TOTAL OPPOSITE TO YOUR FATHER. CARING AND RESPONSIBLE. PLEASE NEVER GIVE UP. THE TRUTH MUST COM OUT.

    • Steve Hodel says:

      Hi Joanne: Thanks for the kind words. The full story and investigation has been greatly added to with my subsequents books: Most Evil, BDA II and just published Most Evil II. Yes, a terrible shame that he went to the Dark Side. As you say, he could have done so much for humankind. Cured cancer or??? But, it was not to be. He hated his mother with a passion. I suspect he was also a victim of incest. Lot of other triggers that I attempt to examine in my follow up books. Best, Steve

  8. Tim Getchell says:

    I was friends with Ken Hodel, who lived in Daly City. He is Duncan’s son. Ken and I were childhood friends. It has been a long time, but I seem to recall meeting Ken’s grandfather. Not sure if was your dad or Ken’s maternal grandfather. Would have been in the early 70’s. Did he come back to the states for visits during that time? I remember that Ken had perfect pitch and was somewhat of a musical prodigy himself. Thx!

    • Tim G: Yes, very likely it was my father, Dr. George Hill Hodel. He regularly returned to the U.S. every year for short 3-7 day trips to SF, LA and NY. Regularly visited Duncan at his home in Daly City, so probably was passing through town. He often stayed in SF for a few days on his regular visits from Asia. Regards, Steve

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