Los Angeles, California
Here is an updated map showing the approximate locations of the nine (9) “L.A. Lone Woman Murders” in chronological order, covering the years 1943-1949 prior to George Hodel fleeing the country in 1950. In BDA I and II I have catagorized these murders as “Category I- Definites” as opposed to the additional crimes which I list as: Category II (Probables) and III (Possibles).
1940s Lone Woman Murders Category I (Definites) Victim Map Update -2014
“L.A. Lone Woman Murders” Chronological
- Ora Murray 1943
- Georgette Bauerdorf 1944
- Elizabeth Short 1947
- Jeanne French 1947
- Lillian Dominguez 1947
- Gladys Kern 1948
- Mimi Boomhower 1948
- Jean Spangler 1948
- Louise Springer 1949
By the Numbers
As I pointed out in my original 2003 investigation, if one takes the position that none of these 1940s Lone Woman murders were connected then, statistically, at least half should have been solved. None were.
It’s now obvious these murders were not committed by nine different sadistic sexual psychopaths all operating within the same locales and tripping over each other’s bodies. The reason none were cleared was because all were committed by the same killer.
Despite the fact that sixty-years ago law enforcement did not really think in terms of “serial killings,” LAPD (with a lot of help from the press) still managed to go public with their belief that many or most of these killings were serial crimes.
With the June 13, 1949, murder of Louise Springer, police reaffirmed, as they had from the very beginning, their suspicions that many if not all of the crimes were connected.
“Police are not overlooking the possibility that a single slayer committed all [nine] of the Los Angeles ‘Horror Murders’”
Long Beach Press Telegram June 17, 1949