Black Dahlia Myth Begins As A “Laugh Line” in 1950 Film Noir Classic “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)

April 15, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Rare WWII VJ Day Film Footage Believed To Be Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short on Hollywood Blvd

April 6, 2017
Los Angeles, California

In recent weeks I have received numerous inquiries asking if the film footage that aired back in 2003 on Dateline and again in 2005 on 48 Hours CBS “Black Dahlia Confidential” (an hour show covering my investigation) was in fact that of the victim, Elizabeth  Short?

YouTube Elizabeth Short VJ Day Footage HERE.

38th Anniversary of Veteran Actor Charles Wagenheim Hollywood Murder: A Bizarre “Zodiac” Connection That Spanned 27 Years

March 31, 2017
Los Angeles
This month marks the 38th anniversary of the murder of veteran actor, Charles Wagenheim, who was beaten to death in his Hollywood apartment on March 6, 1979.










Using 21st Century Geographic Profiling Software To Investigate the Black Dahlia and Other 1940s “LA Lone Woman Murders”

March 20, 2017
Los Angeles, California


“In conclusion, Dragnet (Geographic profiling software) successfully identified both the Hodel residence and the Hodel medical practice as being in areas considered highest probability for the base of the killer(s).
Dr. Evan R. Harrington
Professor of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
August 2003
                                                                  Red areas on street map (below) mark location of Dr. Hodel home and medical practice which Geographic Profiling showed to be as locations of “highest probability” for the base of the killer(s).

Former Metropolitan Opera Singer Paul Veglia Details His Two Month Personal Contact With LA’s Most Infamous Murder Victim, Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short

February 28, 2017
Los Angeles, California




Looking Back Fifty-Years-1968-69 Rookie Big City Detective Clewless In LA

February 10, 2017
Los Angeles, California








Rookie LAPD Detective Steve Hodel circa 1969 

Sleepless in Seattle?  How about Clewless in LA.

Was Zodiac’s 1990 “Secret Pal Christmas Card” a Rayograph? Another Coded Message from Dr. George Hodel Announcing His Return to the U.S. and the SF Bay Area by Way of Another Taunting Man Ray “Clew”?

February 3, 2007
Los Angeles, California









70th Anniversary Black Dahlia Retrospective: Summary of New Evidence 2004-2017 Further Linking Dr. George Hill Hodel as Her Killer


January 15, 2017
Los Angeles, California


New Evidence Timeline (Graphic prepared by, Robert “Dr. Watson” Sadler (Click below to open and enlarge)
Black Dahlia Murder Inv Timeline 1.13.17 [2] merged w sig
Dr. George Hill Hodel and Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short

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
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.