Black Dahlia Avenger Talk/Powerpoint at BEYOND BAROQUE LITERARY/ARTS CENTER in Venice, California, Sat, OCT 27th

I will be presenting a PowerPoint presentation on my Black Dahlia investigation at BEYOND BAROQUE Literary/Arts Center on Oct. 27th. in Venice, CA.
My talk will be followed by co-speaker and Los Angeles attorney, Ms. Marina Borawick who will read from her just completed memoir which “deals with the mind-bending dualities of growing up in a town where several esteemed pillars of the community should have been behind bars for life.”

There is a modest charge for the talks ($10 adults and $7 for Seniors/Students) which goes to support the Literary/Arts Center.) Hope you can join us. Here are the details.

October, Saturday – 7:00 PM

BEYOND BAROQUE  Literary/Arts Center
681 N. Venice Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90291
(Refreshments at 6:00. Event starts at 7:00 PM)

Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center
Admission $10 for adults $7 for seniors/students


When Justice Fails But the Pen Prevails II:
Join us for
our second evening of true stories stranger-than-fiction and well-heeled felons
who were never charged with their crimes.

Followed by a Q & A

STEVE HODEL is a NYT bestselling author and a retired LAPD
homicide detective. During his 24-year career he investigated over 300 Hollywood
murders and had one of the highest “solve rates” in the department. He is the
author of three true-crime books and his first, Black Dahlia Avenger was
nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and became
an international bestseller. His Black Dahlia investigation led to a medical
doctor with an above-genius IQ and plenty of connections at City Hall–Steve’s
father. Steve’s work has been featured on Dateline, 48-Hours, Bill
Kurtis-A&E Cold Case Files, Court TV, The Discovery Channel, and NBC
France). Steve will update his Black Dahlia findings with a
presentation (that includes material from the DA’s secret file on Dr. George
Steve Hodel

MARINA BORAWICK is a Los Angeles attorney who has practiced
entertainment law for over 20 years. She is also an alumnus of Beyond Baroque’s
creative nonfiction and poetry workshops. Hear Marina read from her just
completed memoir about the mind-bending dualities of growing up in a town where
several esteemed pillars of the community should have been behind bars for
Marina Borawick

*General Admission Policy applies :
Admission $10,
Students/Seniors/Children $7,
Members FREE



  1. Lilian M. on October 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Dear Mr. Hodel:
    Dayum, I would have liked to attend this event! I have now read “Black Dahlia Avenger” 2002 edition, unfortunately! I will remark that the reason I would have been unlikely to read this book was because I once encountered a crime scene shot of this case, showing Elizabeth’s Short’s slashed face close up…it was unquestionably the most ghastly, horrifying sight I had seen to date (and I’ve seen a few things in my day!)
    I have no desire whatever to encounter that picture again and so I would not have been inclined towards this book (Black Dahlia Avenger)as reading material, simply because the cover resembles the ‘Weekly World News” too much for comfort and so appears like it might be catering to the “sensationalist” market and thereby prominently feature that photo and numerous others like it!
    The cover of “Most Evil” is much more “low-key”; I didn’t even know it had anything to do with the “Black Dahlia’ until I picked it up for a closer look. However, I now wish I had known that it would have been OK to read BDA first; I was very impressed with the fact that you chose to respect Elizabeth Short and NOT feature those awful photos to “draw in” the ghouls!
    That simple gesture I saw as showing sincere respect for the victims of these horrid crimes, rather than the all-too-common tactic of showcasing their suffering and death for “entertainment value”, and lent considerable weight to your professed desire to “see justice done” despite the tremendous cost this investigation has no doubt had on your personal and family life!

  2. Steve Hodel on October 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated.

    • Taylor Berry on November 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      I’ve never met you Steve Hodel but I think you are a passionate brilliant man who’s smart, funny and totally cute!

      • Steve Hodel on November 13, 2016 at 8:50 pm

        Taylor: Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.

  3. Donna Weiger on November 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I am so disappointed that I missed this. Hopefully I will be aware of the next event and will be able to attend.
    All the best –

  4. Ryan on November 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Steve,
    I just had an interesting thought with regard to the Dahlia murders:
    If I recall correctly, all of the Dahlia-related victims had dark/brunette hair–just like George Hodel’s mother Esther. Furthermore, the 2nd Dahlia victim, Jeanne French, was a native French speaker, as was George’s mother. As an aside, you mentioned in Most Evil how Dorothy Hodel remarked that “George hated his mother” and why you believe he was a probable victim of incest.
    Was George Hodel targeting women who resembled or reminded him of his mother? If that’s the case, there’s an interesting parallel with the Ted Bundy murders, where Bundy targeted women who resembled his ex-girlfriend whom he hated.
    What do you think?
    Best Regards,

  5. Steve Hodel on November 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Ryan: May be a partial factor, but many of his victims simply did not “fit the profile.” I think his crimes were based more on his absolute hatred of ALL WOMEN. If GHH was Zodiac we have the added motive as revealed in the Riverside Cheri Jo Bates murder where he tells us of his hatred of “the blue-eyed brownett who rejected me in high-school.” Then up north in the Bay Area he kills or attempts to kill young couples, in isolated areas, which fits with his stated motive in the Bates murder. Then, we get what seems to be a totally unrelated murder of cab-driver, Paul Stine, which has no apparent to the other crimes with the exception of his need to terrorize a city. His victimology is all over the map. (Pun intended.) Best, Steve

  6. Ryan on November 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Steve, I agree, though I was thinking just of the Dahlia murders in 1940s L.A.

  7. Taylor Berry on November 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Steve Hodel i’m so sorry that your father died I feel so bad about it and i’m a big fan of yours your dad’s and Elizabeth Short a.k.a. (The Black Dahlia).

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