Police Cadaver Dog "Alerts" to Human Decomposition at Historic Hollywood Black Dahlia Crime Scene Residence





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  1. Kimberly on February 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Congratulations Steve! I just read the article in the daily mail! Great that all your hard work will hopefully make believers out of everyone.
    I have been following your journey for years. Hope you can make the same waves with the Zodiac case. You can singlehandedly clear up a lot of cold cases and mysteries with your efforts.

  2. Steve Hodel on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Hi Kimberly: Thanks. But, BUSTER is the real hero here. Amazing dog. Stay tuned, more to come. Steve

  3. Bud White on February 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Hi Steve, I am in shock at the news. I guess I shouldn’t be; I too have been following your investigation since the original publication of BDA and I’ve always believed you cracked the case. Great work.
    For those who aren’t aware, cadaver dogs are no joke: it’s not as if it’s a dead mouse Buster smelled. He’s trained for the nuance of human decomposition, and Buster can differentiate 100s if not 1,000s of smells of decomposition. Steve, am I right?

  4. John Ayers on February 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Buster 1, LAPD 0

  5. Steve Hodel on February 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    *s* steve

  6. Steve Hodel on February 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    BW: Your are RIGHT. They can detect it in parts per trillion. That’s with a T.

  7. Robert Nicewander on February 5, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Hello Steve,
    To me, your work on this case seems to be the most accurate of the several accounts I have read.
    I would like to conduct my own look at the events of Jan 14 and 15, 1947, using a certified, recorded, time of birth for George Hodel if you can provide such.
    To go into what I propose would take too long to explain here. It is a technique I discovered and used for nearly 40 years in looking at thousands of events. I will never make any claims regarding my findings but will gladly share them with you privately.
    The only data I have at present is:
    George Hodel, October 10, 1907.

  8. Steve Hodel on February 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    George Hill Hodel was born at Clara Barton Hospital in downtown Los Angeles on October 10, 1907 The birth certificate say’s, “2 p.m.” If you like send me your email and I will send you a copy from my files. My email is: steve@stevehodel.com

  9. Amy on February 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Just finished both BDA/BDAII. Though I admit to some initial skepticism, your work and conclusions seem very solid. One thing strikes me though and it’s something I’d like to hear more about: What could/did June have known about your father’s character and activities during her 30 year marriage to him? It seems unlikely that she could have lived with him for so many years without having at least some inkling that something was very, very “off.” I would be interested to hear more about her life with your father, her perceptions of his character and her reaction to your investigation and conclusions.

  10. Steve Hodel on February 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Amy: I am sure June did become aware of many of his psychological problems over the three decades they were together. I did mention her informing me of her removing all the knives from their apartment, claiming she “had a phobia of knives.” I suspect the reason for her phobia was because of GEORGE. I suspect there was an incident, or he may have made the direct request to her out of his fear for her safety? Their life together was closed and totally secret. They didn’t inform me or others of their marriage until twenty-five years afterwards. Their life was totally cloaked in secrecy. I informed her of my findings about four months prior to publication (Jan 2003)and after a three hour phone call she would not/could not believe it and has chosen not to speak to me since. We have not spoken since. She loved GHH very much (as I did) and like many close loved ones of serial killers, cannot comprehend he could commit such crimes. I’m sure she will go to her grave believing him innocent. That’s simply the what is. Steve

  11. Belinda on February 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Hiya Steve,
    Just a quick question: has no one dug up any of the areas seen here to see what’s down there since these revelations? Dr. Hodel performed abortions, correct? I’m wondering how much of that might’ve been done in the home in secrecy and just buried down below.
    SUPER site, BTW!

  12. Steve Hodel on February 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Belinda: No, no digging. We are still awaiting the results of the soil samples we recovered from the basement. As far as abortions, my father on the DA Bugging Tapes informed a woman that he performed abotions “lots of them”, but at his First Street Clinic, which was located about five miles away in downtown LA. Steve

  13. Steve Hodel on February 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Belinda: No, no digging. We are still awaiting the results of the soil samples we recovered from the basement. As far as abortions, my father on the DA Bugging Tapes informed a woman that he performed abotions “lots of them”, but at his First Street Clinic, which was located about five miles away in downtown LA. Steve

  14. Jose A. Galeano on June 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Any news, Steve?

  15. Steve Hodel on June 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Jose- Nothing back yet. Very frustrating delays, but I’m told the active court cases take priority and they are super backlogged. Keep hearing “a few more weeks” so nothing to do but wait. Will post forensic results as soon as I receive it. Best, Steve

  16. Jason Paul on August 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Will the soil samples contain any usable DNA? Does the LAPD have DNA samples from the Dahlia?

  17. Steve Hodel on August 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Jason: Awaiting the official word on the soil results, but I doubt it is possible they will contain any specific individual DNA. More likely if the collected samples were recovered from the actual location where human bodily fluids bled out, then at best I would expect that the spectrographic analysis would point to that, but we are still awaiting analysis. Brian Carr the LAPD detective and self professed “Gate Keeper” to the Dahlia Files claims all the physical evidence went missing on the case so “there is nothing to compare any DNA to.” I have obtained my father’s full DNA profile, if and when LAPD or other agencies ever decide to try and obtain DNA from any of the other 1940 “Lone Woman Murders.” LAPD’s Robb/Homicide detectives current position remains the same as that of a decade ago. “Due to a heavy workload and active cases, they don’t have time to look at or examine my investigation to prove or disprove my findings.” They are still stuck back in 2004 and are unaware of the linkage of physical evidence at the crime scene to the Hodel residence and much more. LAPD’s Chief of Detectives, James McMurray and Head DDA Steve Kay both opined the case was solved along with most of the senior brass from the 1940s who all confirmed that George Hodel was identified as the Dahlia killer. Then active Chief McMurray ordered his detectives to “go ahead and clear the case, but apparently they’ve been too busy to get to it. And, no, Elizabeth Short’s DNA is not in police custody. Regards, Steve

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