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Archive for December 2009

LAPD Chief Thad Brown & Steve Hodel- The 1966 Parker Center Photo

Q: I’m confused on how the LAPD Chief Thad Brown photograph taken with you as a rookie police officer connects to the Black Dahlia murder. Can you explain it?                                 1966 In front of—Parker Center “The Glass House”   Steve Hodel        Chief Thad Brown Yes.  The above photograph was taken in 1966, in front…

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ZODIAC-  (n) a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side of the ecliptic; divided into twelve constellations or signs for astrological purposes. From MOST EVIL Chapter 23- Murder as a Fine Art Pages 257-259: In our many talks during the final decade of his life (1990-99), my father dismissed astrology as quackery. In his…

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Today Marks 41st Anniversary of Zodiac's Bay Area Killings

December 20, 2009- Today marks the 41st anniversary of the double-homicide of teenagers, David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen. David and Betty Lou were slain near the town of Vallejo as they sat and talked in their car on their first date.Their killer would later identify himself as “ZODIAC” in mailings sent to the press as he…

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I have had a number of e-mail requests asking if I could give a podcast summary of both books as an overview of my investigation from 1999 to the present. One of my favorite talk-radio interviews was done last month on Kevin Doran’s, “Newsmaker Show” Kevin interviewed me from Hornell in Steuban County, New York. It was done in two parts each running about…

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1947 FBI Files reveal attempt by J. Edgar Hoover to use Black Dahlia Investigation to "set legal precedent"

FBI Director, J. Edgar and partner, Clyde Tolson pull some “G-Strings.” Stay at  Ambassador Hotel and  get box seats at Del Mar Racetrack during their 1947 working vacation to Los Angeles.  In my original 2001 rough draft of Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder, I included what I thought were some very telling communications found buried in the ELIZABETH SHORT…

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Rescan Enhancement- A Crime Scene Rorschach- New Object Found

   The below Email and photos received from E.S. after he examined and rescanned the original crime scene photo using his “new shadow enhancement tools.”  We see with the brain, not the eye, which perforce brings into the mix our individual personal experiences along with our inherent bias, so no two people see the same image. (For television viewers, I…

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Zodiac, Handwriting and DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder)

   Question #1- Did Zodiac suffer from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder)?     The question first came to my attention in the book, “This is the Zodiac Speaking” (Westport, CT: Praeger Publisher, 2002) by Michael Kelleher and Dr. David Van Nuys.  In that book, clinical psychologist, Dr. Van Nuys, to my mind made a very persuasive argument…

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Forensic Rescan of 1947 Dahlia Crime Scene Part II-

Does New Scan Present Additional “Hard Evidence” Linking George Hodel to Dahlia Crime Scene? Readers straw poll leans toward the crime scene object being – “a watchband.” Thanks to all of you that e-mailed me your responses in the past few days.  Here are the results: Watchband- 8 Clasp or hairclip- 3 Handcuff-1 Piece of bicycle tire- 1 Handbag strap- 1…

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Rescan of Black Dahlia Crime Scene – What is it?

Before presenting my follow-up article with a possible answer I am first going to let my readers see if they can provide me with their own analysis and answer. The below photograph is a scan and enlargement of the original 1947 Black Dahia crime scene.   Q:  What in your opinion is the object seen in the grass near the victim’s body…

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