A GENIUS FOR MURDER: A Play In Three Acts, By Steve Hodel – New Publication March 11, 2013

PUBLISHED March 11, 2013
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FROM THE PUBLISHER (Thoughtprint Press 3.11.2013)

A Genius for Murder: A
Play in Three Acts
is a dramatization of 1940s Hollywood Noir.

The play is
a Hollywood Confidential, based on
real people and real events taken from the actual newspapers, secret police
files, recorded transcripts and courtroom documents of that day.

It centers
on a five-year timeline (1945-1950) in the life of Dr. George Hill Hodel, then
Head Venereal Disease Control Officer for the Los Angeles Health Department and
a “prime suspect” in a series of LA Lone Woman Murders  the most infamous being the 1947
torture-surgical-murder of twenty-two-year-old, Elizabeth “Black Dahlia”

Did George
Hodel actually commit these sadistic murders? 
Or, because of his skill as a surgeon, was he just rounded up as “one of
the usual suspects?” 

As a member
of the seated jury, you will be asked to weigh the evidence, and then vote your
mind at the close of Act III.

Hodel, an LA born native, was a sophisticate and bon vivant extraordinaire.
Possessed of a high-genius IQ he was a member of Hollywood’s inner-circle of
the rich and famous.

His personal
friends were an eclectic group of actors, artists, and writers who make up the
play’s cast.

We meet and
party with George’s beautiful wife, Dorero, a screenwriter, recently divorced
from George’s longtime friend, famed film-director John Huston. 

We are
introduced to George’s inner-circle of avant garde intimates such as the
surreal photographer, Man Ray and his wife and muse, Juliet.  We drink and philosophize with writer and fellow
Dadaist, Henry Miller, along with George’s confidant, the mysterious German
Baron, Ernst von Harringa.

In the
1940s, George Hodel was the A-List doctor to Hollywood’s A-List stars as well
as LA’s downtown politicos and high-ranking officers on both the Los Angeles
Police and Sheriff’s Departments.

As owner of
the First Street VD Clinic, Dr. Hodel was the go-to-guy for “a girl with a
problem” and was known and recognized inside the police department as a “High
Jingo,” one who is well connected, and a man not to be messed with. 

The play, as
a historical drama, takes us back to relive and rediscover the noir-underbelly
of Los Angeles, as a–City of Angles. Corrupt police and politics ruled the day.
City Hall was surrounded by Machiavellian princes all with their long knives
drawn. Nothing was as it appeared.

it all, one highly intelligent and powerful man knew the city’s secrets and
“how everything fit together” and that knowledge made him extremely dangerous.
It also made him UNTOUCHABLE. 

This Play in
Three Acts is based on that time and that man. A man who unquestionably had–A

The play was
written by Steve Hodel, the son of Dr. George Hill Hodel. Steve is a retired
LAPD homicide detective and the New York Times bestselling author of Black
Dahlia Avenger. (HarperCollins 2006-Skyhorse e-book 2012) His true-crime book
became an international bestseller as well as being nominated for an Edgar
Award by the Mystery Writers of America in the Best Fact category.

The author
and his story have been featured extensively both in television and in the
print media in interviews on: Dateline,
48 Hours, Court TV, CNN Anderson Cooper, The View, NBC Universal, Newsweek,
People Magazine, GQ France, the New York Times
as well as dozens of local
and national newspapers.   Below from NYT  Book Review on Black Dahlia Avenger:

“George Hodel, I think, is fit company for some of Noir’s most
civilized villains–like Waldo Lydecker in “Laura,” Harry Lime in
“The Third Man” or even Noah Cross in “Chinatown,” the man
who (thanks to the screenwriter, Robert Towne) warned us, “Most people
never have to face the fact that at the right time and right place, they’re
capable of, anything.” And what had Cross done? Rape his daughter, and his
city, and lived into old age.”

New York Times Book Review
 Excerpt on Black Dahlia Avenger

Author Website:  www.stevehodel.com
Author Email:      steve@stevehodel.com


  1. Greg Chandler on March 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Congratulations on the play. I just ordered it, and can’t wait to read it. I’d been wondering if you were writing something new. Now I know. Good luck with everything. I’m a huge fan of your work.

  2. Robert Sadler on March 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    My heartiest congratulations for conceiving, writing and publishing your play, “A Genius For Murder: A Play In Three Acts”. It was a wonderful read with additional thought-provoking revelations. You continued to inspire. Would love to set it performed!

  3. Steve Hodel on March 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Robert: Thanks so much. Special thanks for your review/proof/edit of the play while it was “in progress.” Your suggestions were invaluable. Huge help to have your second set of eyes on it to point out when I wandered “off stage.” Kudos back at you. Maybe we will see it performed one day? If nothing else, this version as a dramatic presentation will allow readers to see those five years without having to row through 3 books and fifteen hundred pages of investigation. Again, my sincere THANKS. steve

  4. Steve Hodel on March 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Greg: Thanks so much. Very much enjoyed the dramatic challenge of doing dialogue. Hope you like it. Best, steve

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