Black Dahlia 70th Anniversary Interview with Journalist/True Crime Author Michael Fleeman

January 13, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Here’s an interview I did with author/true-crime writer Michael Fleeman for the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Black Dahlia Murder.

LA Weekly Newspaper Author/Historian Hadley Meares Feature Article: “In 1947, a Month After the Black Dahlia, the “Lipstick Murder” Shocked L.A.”

Los Angeles, California
January 4, 2017
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Historian, author and tour guide, Ms. Hadley Meares in today’s L.A. WEEKLY, writes a retrospective on LA’s 1947 “Red Lipstick Murder.”  This is the L.A. Lone Woman Murder, in which a court certified Questioned Document Examiner identified Dr. George Hill Hodel as the killer from handwriting written on the victim’s body. In 2002, after reviewing the evidence, LA Head Deputy DA Steve Kay provided a legal review and stated he would file it as a companion case to the Elizabeth Short “Black Dahlia” Murder and stated he believed, “I could convince a jury that Dr. Hodel committed both of these crimes.”

See Ms. Meares excellent reportage here.

Newly Discovered Man Ray 1969 Lithograph “Les Invendables” (The Unsaleables) Includes the Surrealist’s Minotaur Homage to His Personal Friend and Black Dahlia Killer, Dr. George Hill Hodel

Los Angeles, California
December 29, 2016
1969 MAN RAY MINOTAUR HOMAGE TO HIS GOOD FRIEND, DR. GEORGE HILL HODEL

George Hodel Thoughtprint: Part II, Was the “Dead Again” 1940s Noir Thriller Used as a Taunt by a Real Life Killer?

 

December 20, 2016
Los Angeles, California
Below is a follow-up to my earlier post, “Another George Hodel “Thoughtprint”: Seeing Things As they Are, Not As They Appear to Be.”

 

 

 

 

Another George Hodel “Thoughtprint”: Seeing Things As they Are, Not As They Appear to Be

December 16, 2016
Los Angeles, California

Another Family Anecdote 

Most Evil II Audible Book “Introduction” Read by Actor, Screenwriter and Master Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner

December 12, 2016
Los Angeles, California
Most Evil II  “Introduction Chapter” read by Malcolm Hillgartner
(9 minutes)

KPFK Radio Host Mike Hodel’s 1983 Lost Video Promo for Hour 25 SFTV Found

December 2, 2016
Los Angeles
1983 Mike Hodel Hour 25 SFTV Video Promo Found
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I was recently contacted by email from a reader “Gothling 1955” who provided me with a link to a promo video “Hour 25 SFTV” that was made back in 1983. It featured my brother KFPK radio host of the popular radio show- Hour 25.   Below is Gothling55’s description of how and when the promo came into being.
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Here’s a real Throwback Thursday item for your kind consideration… A vintage promo clip for a Sci-Fi oriented talk show (what amounted to a mini-series of sorts), entitled “Hour 25: SFTV”. The project featured quite an amazing progression of special guests (as you’ll no doubt notice), and was produced for and exhibited at EZTV — which was a West Hollywood Video Gallery, where a handful of us (once upon a time) entered into several highly intriguing creative projects together, circa 1983.
Clearly, it was a trail-blazing endeavor for its time, having been the shared brain-child of old friend and budding filmmaker, Mark Shepard, in an indispensable partnership with respected Los Angeles public radio personality, Mike Hodel (who had created and hosted the long-running KPFK radio program, likewise entitled “Hour 25”).
In the case of this project, I was asked to design several logos for the series, including a whimsical illustration of a peculiar little TV critter, which evolved into a series mascot, ultimately portrayed on-camera by a tiny “Walking TV” wind-up toy of a strikingly similar appearance to my two dimensional concept — as seen during the course of the trailer.
While I’m here, shamelessly blowing my own horn, I also designed a series of one-of-a-kind stained glass art pieces, formally rendered by my sweet / vastly talented artisan friends, Catherine Riley & Tina Burnight, predicated upon various Sci-Fi & Horror visual themes… Ray Bradbury’s episode featured a design (Catherine’s handywork) inspired by “The Martian Chronicles”, which showed a rocketship nearing the planet Mars… Robert Bloch’s episode featured a design (Tina’s handywork), inspired by Poe, which showed a raven standing proudly atop a skull — a piece which Mr. Bloch jokingly referred to as: “One of my old baby pictures!”, and so on. (Given the actual trajectory of Bloch’s own formative history, I now see that it should’ve been something inspired by Lovecraft. “Duh, Steve!” But back then, I was just a young fool.)
Production assistance (for “Hour 25” & “Beastie”) was provided by the eminently resourceful Patricia Miller, and the music was composed / performed by our fine friend (and resident Wagner fanatic), G.F. Watkins.
Please forgive the somewhat dodgy video quality, but it’s something of a miracle that this piece of ancient video still exists in any viable state.
https://www.youtube.com/user/gothling1955
 Mucho Gras to Gothling55 for locating and passing this on to us. Very cool to have some “on air” visual video footage of my brother and his beloved pipe to compliment the hundreds of hours of KPFK HOUR 25 radio programs he shared with the Sci-Fi community of yesteryear. (Brother Mike died in 1986, at the young age of 47, from brain cancer, just three short years after this video was made.)
 

Los Angeles in the 70s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine No.1 Bestseller at Book Soup Bookstore

November 30, 2016
Los Angeles

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Big-time kudos to my twenty-eight fellow LA-contributors, and our editor, David Kukoff as Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine, (Rare Bird Books 2016) this week is ranked as the #1 bestseller at Hollywood’s Book Soup Books.

See named authors contributors and titles.

Los Angeles in the 1970s Book Launch: A Conversation with Authors Chip Jacobs and Steve Hodel

November 19, 2016
Los Angeles, California
Click on the ink below to hear a forty-minute conversation with authors Chip Jacobs and Steve Hodel talking about their separate essay contributions to the just published book, Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine (Rare Bird Books 2016). Edited by David Kukoff  (Book Launch Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Standard Hotel, “On the Strip”, 8300 Sunset Blvd 7:00 PM.)

RARE BIRD RADIO

“LOS ANGELES IN THE 1970S” Book Launch on “The Strip”, Friday, November 18th at the STANDARD HOTEL 8300 Sunset Blvd 7PM

November 13, 2016
Los Angeles, California
Author/Screenwriter David Kukoff will launch his Los Angeles in the 1970s anthology at the Standard Hotel, 8300 Sunset Blvd on November 18, 2016, at 7:00 PM. If you are an Angeleno history buff or just simply enjoy reading “the way things were” this book is for YOU. More than two dozen contributors have offered their unique insights into this fifty-year plus retrospective. A few of their subjects include 1970s LA in Art, Music, Sports, Theatre, Crime, and Politics. My own contribution to the book is a chapter entitled, “The Snake and Bake Murder,” a true-crime whodunit that I investigated in 1974 when I was assigned and working Hollywood Homicide. Hope to see you at the Standard Hotel (“on the Strip”) this Friday. Opens at 7:00 PM and Free to the Public.

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