June 15, 2010- Begin Writing Book III


June 15, 2010,  Los Angeles

Today I “officially” start work and writing on BOOK III.

noah cross

John Huston as Noah Cross in Chinatown

Thought for the Day:



  1. Jean on June 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    What is the topic for book 3? Since you have a display of John Huston, I suspect he has something to do with the book. Will look forward to it.

  2. Steve Hodel on June 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Book III will be the further crimes of GHH, but not specifically anything to do with his long time friendship with John Huston. I just put that up as a “thought of the day” because of the thought expressed by Noah Cross. All of GHH’s life followed that theme, NOTHING WAS AS IT APPEARED.

  3. Katie D. Gardner on June 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Mr. Hodel,
    I look forward to your next book. Your discoveries are of huge interest to your readers.
    You are the consumate professional detective, and I imagine that solving the crimes is gratifying and riveting for you as a retired LAPD detective. The profound irony of the policeman son/father criminal juxtaposition makes yours one of the all-time great true crime stories.
    However, surely no one could blame you if you decided to “retire” from the publicity and the spotlight to pursue more up-beat activities. I’m sure that the terrible discoveries that you made have caused more anguish for you and your family than most other people experience in an entire lifetime.
    I hope that someday you’ll decide to stop researching and writing, enjoy retirement, and attain peace of mind. Know that your readers appreciate the fact that you have made a significant contribution to the historical record. If you chose to return to “civilian” life, you have my blessing and that of many of your other readers.
    Katie Gardner

  4. Bud White on June 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Very interested. It must mean you have material that you’re now verifying. Can’t wait.

  5. Steve Hodel on June 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Dear Katie:
    Thank you for your generous and kind words. Very much appreciated.
    The past ten-years have certainly taught me the difference between the intellectual and actual understanding of the term- “Obsession.” All I can say is that it sneaks up on you and before you know it, you’re no longer the driver, rather you’re being driven.
    Book III will be the final chapter and after that is complete I very much look forward to getting back to some recreational reading and thinking and even doing a little sport fishing, if I can still hold a rod and reel.
    And, as to the cop in me, you are correct, it never goes away. Seeking and finding the truth in the cold case, any cold case, is as you say, “gratifying and riveting.”
    All my best,

  6. Steve Hodel on June 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Bud.
    Yes, actually I’ve had a lot of the information almost from the “get-go”. But, I’m only about 30% into the investigations, so expect to find a lot more answers as well as a lot more questions. This is one of the reasons that I have always been a little ahead of my readers. Knowing investigative connections that I was unable to share at the time or even in the same book. By example, I had the handwriting and much of the evidence on the RED LIPSTICK MUDERS as early as late 2003, but it took another six-years before I could make them public with all the other connections in MOST EVIL. And, by following the evidence I find the past is continually being linked to the future. Such is the case with Book III.

  7. Robert Sadler on June 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Great news that book “III” will be forthcoming. Novels are a breeze compared to writing ‘true-crime’. I know they don’t come easily… all the research/investigation, the collating, organizing, annotating, and then the writing. Few understand the mammoth task, wishing you well with book “III”! I, like your fan-readers, will be looking forward to its release.

  8. Steve Hodel on June 20, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Hi Robert:
    THANKS. Long road ahead, but time to take those first steps.
    For all of my readers I highly recommend you check out Robert Sadler’s website and novels.
    As an ex-cop and P.I. he’s “been there and done that” and along with being a consumate professional he is an outstanding novelist.
    Check him out at: http://robertjsadler.com/

  9. Greenway7x on October 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Saw your superb presentation at Whittier Library – a WOW: Thanks and honors!!!
    The Navajo connection made me think of a case told me by a (came on the force a few years post-WWII) LAPD officer: Rape of a very old lady who was further brutalized by a ‘Glasgow smile’. It was this officer’s belief (he was NOT a bigot – except for the usual sentiment of BLUE supremacism!) that this particular mutilation with rape had a ‘traditional’ aspect in the perp’s American Indian ethnicity. He did not mention the nation, but ‘Navajo’ is usually related to Spanish words relating to ‘razor’ or “jackknife’, though Wikipedia says ‘The name “Navajo” comes from the late 18th century via the Spanish (Apaches de) Navajó “(Apaches of) Navajó”, which was derived from the Tewa navahū “fields adjoining a ravine”. The Navajo call themselves Diné, which means “the people”.’
    -This may have NO relevance to GH’s history. I hope, however (as that library Q&A guy did), that there will be more information -if pertinent- forthcoming on GH ‘on the res’, and in Asia, especially if he might have has some connection to the alleged monstrous UFO-related human experimentation in an excavated mountain on the Jicarilla Res, and to the post-WWII welcoming of sadistic experimenters by the US (& other Allied) govs from Germany & Japan.

  10. Steve Hodel on October 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Thks for the kind words. Nice turnout in Whittier. I always enjoy the Q&A participation.
    Yes, I’m convinced there have to be some crimes in AZ/NV from the “early days”, but will have to see where it takes us as I get further into the investigation.
    Bst Rgds,

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