Steve Hodel was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He served four years as a medic in the U.S. Navy, and then joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1963. After six years in uniform patrol, he transferred to Hollywood Division Detectives where he worked all of the “tables”: Burglary, Robbery, Auto-Theft, Juvenile, Crimes against Persons and was then permanently assigned to the Homicide Detail.
ABOUT STEVE'S BOOKS
Steve’s first book, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder published in 2003 with new updated investigative chapters added to the HarperCollins paperback edition in 2004 and 2006. Black Dahlia Avenger is a New York Times Bestseller, a NYT Most Notable Book and was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category.
Steve’s sequel, MOST EVIL: The Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel, is scheduled to be published by DUTTON – PENGUIN GROUP on September 21, 2009.
Remembering an Old Partner-Homicide Detective III Kirk Mellecker – LAPD’s Longest Assigned Investigator on the Black Dahlia Murder, Dies at Age 77.
Sunday, October 2, 2023 Birch Bay, California Kirk Mellecker 1945-2022 R.I.P. Det.III Kirk Mellecker circa 1979 Detective III Kirk Mellecker, the longest assigned homicide case investigator on the Black Dahlia Murder (sixteen years, 1975-1991) passed away on September 31, 2022 at…
“Los Angeles is the construct of its mythologies good and bad, fact and fiction. The legend of Elizabeth Short is one of the most enduring. Hodel's investigation is thoroughly and completely convincing. So too is this book. As far as I am concerned, this case is closed.”
—MICHAEL CONNELLY, Bestselling author of The Lincoln Lawyer
“From this distance, there is no doubt that George Hodel committed/performed theatrical murders… That a mad doctor’s son grew up to be a detective and solved a master criminal’s surrealist crimes—and it was his father—is mind-blowing.”