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
(click photo to view 2-minute video)

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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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Published on Dec 1, 2016
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.)

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“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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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

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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.

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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.