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

November 30, 2016
Los Angeles


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.)


“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.


More 1930s Films (The Mystery of Mr. X and Red Dust) As George Hodel’s Signature M.O.?

November 3, 2016
Los Angeles, California
(This blog originally posted 12.16.2009, but have updated with photos and more-1930s-films which was cut from Most Evil I. Click on link for that PDF.)

Murder As a Fine Art Continues….

(SKH Note- Below section was included in final draft of MOST EVIL , but edited out due to space limitations. However, to my mind, it remains an important part of “the big picture” (pun intended) providing increased weight to my theory that part of George Hodel’s bizarre signature -M.O. (Murder as a Fine Art) was to include and edit scenes from 1930s films into his real life serial killings.)  

John Huston, Peter Viertel: White Hunter Black Heart (On Friendship and Cold Blooded, Premeditated Murder)

Los Angeles, California
October 29, 2016
(Updated from FAQ 42 originally published June 4, 2007)

Q: I recently saw the movie, WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART which is supposedly based on the life of the director, John Huston and the making of the film, AFRICAN QUEEN. Did you see the movie? What did you think of it?

Black Dahlia/Most Evil II Author Talk Whittier Public Library Whittwood Branch, Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:30 PM

October 1, 2016
Los Angeles, California
















Hollywood Black Dahlia Sowden House Featured In Veranda Magazine: Back on the Market For 4.8M

Los Angeles, California
October 9, 2016

Below article by journalist Brie Dyas, featuring the Sowden/Franklin appeared in Veranda Magazine’s October 7, 2016 edition.

Peek Inside The “Mayan” Home Where Old Hollywood Loved To Party
The unusual house also played a part in a real-life mystery.



Black Dahlia Update: New Clue Further Links Dr. George Hill Hodel to 1947 Jeanne French “Red Lipstick” LA Lone Woman Murder

September 26, 2016
Los Angeles, California

Yesterday I discovered a new “taunting clue” left by my father in his commission of the 1947 murder of former actress and aviatrix, Jeanne French.
Though it was in plain sight all along and readily discoverable, I had simply missed it for the past fifteen years.

George Hodel’s 1925 Review of Ben Hecht’s Fantazius Mallare Killing: Ben Hecht’s 1947 Review of George Hodel’s Black Dahlia Killing

September 13, 2016
Los Angeles, California

Chief William H. Parker: LAPD’s Black and White Knight: A Fifty Year Restrospective

September 6, 2016
Los Angeles, California

…Bosch had an idea what was coming. The fixer was here now. The investigation was about to go through the spin cycle where decisions and public pronouncements would be made based on what best served the department, not the truth.”
From Angels Flight by Michael Connelly