Prominent L.A. Attorney Confirms Identity of Killer in Black Dahlia Torture Murder


March 25, 2014
Los Angeles, California

A reader has just forwarded me the news that Ms. Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law, and a highly respected L.A. attorney, in a one-on-one conversation with the ghost of Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short—confirmed   that Dr. George Hill Hodel was her killer.

The happenstance meeting of the two women reportedly took place, while Ms. Caine was having drinks inside the bar at the downtown L.A. Biltmore Hotel.  According to Zombie Caine, “She (Beth Short) seemingly appeared out of nowhere.” Though technically this could be considered a client/attorney privileged conversation, still, it was revealed in author K. Bennett’s novel, I ATE THE SHERIFF (Pinnacle Urban Fantasy, Kensington Publishers, 2012)

I will leave the full details of the Caine/Short dramatic exchange for my readers to discover for themselves in the author’s novel—I ATE THE SHERIFF (spoiler alert, but, as the song goes, “she didn’t eat the deputy.”)

K. Bennett, pseudonym for James Scott Bell is a bestselling suspense author and was a former fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest Magazine.

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I Ate the Sheriff








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  1. Marie Tsikopoulou on March 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

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  2. Shana on June 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I would love to have a drink with Elizabeth Short….or any of the ghosts wandering The Biltmore. It has always been one of my favorite LA haunts….just never had the pleasure of meeting the “right one” yet.

    • Steve Hodel on June 11, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Shana: The Biltmore’s historical role in L.A. as a meeting place for the rich and powerful since it’s construction in the mid-Twenties cannot be overstated. Many prominent citizen’s (including Chief William H. Parker) had permanent suites at the hotel where they conducted both business and pleasure. Giving a spirited party and inviting all the past players could be a real haunted hoot. Regards, Steve.

  3. Bob Schulenberg on June 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Unless I’m mistaken, Cleo Short, Elizabeth’s father, lived at 1020 South Kingsley just west of Normandie which would make him, although some distance, directly south of the Sowden House. What are the chances that in an area as vast as that of Los Angeles, his estranged daughter might have ventured so close to him!

    • Steve Hodel on June 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Bob, Actually, Cleo and Elizabeth initially lived together briefly in Los Angeles before going north to Vallejo.
      I forget the L.A. address. As I recall, it was just for a month or so. steve

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