NYT Book Review Finds New British Author’s “Black Dahlia, Red Rose” Book “Salacious..and Less than Convincing,” but Contains “Camera Ready Period Detail”

October 27, 2017
Los Angeles, California

“For all its salacious content, Eatwell’s historical crime study is an expansive work that delves into the broader culture of postwar Los Angeles… Her zealous efforts to solve the case and name the killer are less than convincing, but her immersive style is filled with camera-ready period detail.”

In the past several weeks I have received numerous inquiries from my readers asking, “Is it true? Has a new British author really solved the Black Dahlia Murder?

Short answer (pun intended) is NO.   But, I must give Ms. Eatwell’s London publishers total credit for their excellent choice of publishing dates–October 10th–which is the 110th Birthday of- Dr. George Hill Hodel.

As most of my readers know, I do not get into debates with other authors on “dueling theories.” I let my investigation speak for itself and for me. Also, I let the LA DA’s Office (Head DDA Steve Kay) and the LAPD (Deputy Chief of Detectives James McMurray) speak for me. Both of whom have independently, after a thorough review of my evidence along with the tape-recorded admissions and confessions from my father, concluded, “The Black Dahlia case is solved and Dr. George Hill Hodel committed the murder.”  (These modern day lawmen confirm the original top cops (Chief Bill Parker, Chief Thad Brown, Undersheriff James Downey and DA Lt. Frank Jemison’s) independent statements that they “identified the killer who was a doctor that lived on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood” and went on to name him in the secret DA Files as, Dr. George Hill Hodel.”

That said, I here refer you to my blog from September 24, 2017, “The Black Dahlia Leslie Dillon/Dr. Paul De River Fiasco-A Week of LAPD Fubar* (Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition). 

Both of Ms. Eatwell’s “suspects”, Leslie Dillon and Mark Hansen were independently and separately investigated by both the LAPD and the LADA Bureau of Investigation and ELIMINATED.  Leslie Dillon could not have killed Elizabeth Short as detectives in their follow-up investigation went to San Francisco and personally verified his alibi that he was in that city on the date of the Dahlia murder. (Apparently, in her book, which I haven’t read, Ms. Eatwell claims that Dillon was “a pimp and killed Short under orders from her former acquaintance and Florentine Gardens  nightclub owner, Mark Hansen.”)

Fact is Dillon was never a “pimp” nor had he ever met Mark Hansen. (I assume that this is part of what the NYT reviewer refer’s to as “Ms. Eatwell’s salacious content”?) At the time of Short’s murder, Mark Hansen and his girlfriend, Ann Toth, came forward to LAPD to provide background information on Elizabeth Short who had been a sometime resident at the Hansen’s home in Hollywood. During her short stay with the couple Short had taken (stolen) a blank address book belonging to Hansen which had his name engraved on the leather binding, and was later found in her personal luggage, and contained names of many of her personal acquaintances.





  1. Steve,

    I think, in your first book (Black Dahlia Avenger) you touched ever-so-briefly on what I would call “the mystique of the unsolved/unsolvable case”, in this case the Black Dahlia Case.
    Since my first read of BDA I’ve gotten interested in the Jack the Ripper Case and it seems to me that novelist Patricia Cornwell, circa 2003, really did solve it, at least logically: It was painter Walter Sickert who committed those 5 canonical J the R murders as well as a number of others in
    both London and other parts of England. But there’s no sign of a broad acceptance of that solution either by ‘Ripperologists’ or by the media.

    Any thoughts on that?

    • steve hodel says:

      Been a long time since I read the Cornwell book on Walter Sickert, but I do recall I was far from coming to a “beyond all reasonable doubt” verdict based on her findings. There is a massive amount of evidence that GHH was a Ripperologist in his own right and I will be presenting “new evidence” on that score in my upcoming revision of BDA II. No question he was a serious student of Saucy Jack. Best, steve

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