Six-years after their publication in BDA, two photographs secreted in George Hodel’s private photo album still remain unidentified.. Most certainly they were George Hodel’s girlfriends, but were they more than that? Could they also have been his victims?
George Hodel’s Secret Photo Album-
“Gloria” Possible Filipina girlfriend?
Yesterday, I received an email from a reader asking for higher resolution photos of these two women so that he might pursue their identities. A good suggestion, which also prompted me to make a broader appeal through my blogsite. So, here they are. Here is all I know about the two photographs:
1) “Gloria” – On the back of the photograph “Gloria” inscribed the following:
“George – the teacher
Too little time – No?
(Machine printed number on back of photo appears to read- “9701”)
2) Unidentified Woman. (Possibly Filipina? Photo possibly taken in Manila?)
While I have no “hard information” on this photograph, some years back, I did meet briefly with a Filipino relative of mine and asked if they recognized the photo, who I thought might be a younger version of my ex-step mother, Hortensia Starke (Hodel). My relative claimed it was not Hortensia, but, then seemed to temporarily acknowledge recognition, stating, “Oh, I know this is….” but then immediately stopped mid-sentence and refused to provide any name or information and just shook their head.
From this response, I gathered that the woman may have been a friend/acquaintance of Hortensia and George Hodel in Manila and also known to my relative. Possibly one of dad’s many girlfriends? So, I’m guessing that someone from Manila just might recognize the photograph. By the look (coloring) of it, I think it was taken in the 50s or possibly 60s, but that’s just a guess.
Anyone with any information please email me at [email protected]
“Gloria” back of photo:
Unidentified Woman (Possibly Filipina)