Chicago Journalist Michael Lenehan’s 2009 Book Review of MOST EVIL: Avenger, Zodiac and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel

May 7, 2015
Los Angeles, California


In November, 2009, journalist Michael Lenehan wrote an extensive review of my book, MOST EVIL: Avenger, Zodiac and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel (Dutton) 

I found it to be not only exceedingly well written, but it was one of the most accurate, intelligent and concise summaries of my overall investigation ever published. After reviewing his background I can see why:

About Michael Lenehan  (from his webpage)

Michael Lenehan is a Chicago-based writer and editor who for many years was the chief editorial executive at the Chicago Reader. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly, where he was a contributing editor in the 1980s and 90s, and for Chicago Magazine and the New York Times Book Review,among others. His Atlantic article “Four Ways to Walk a Dog” was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. His Reader article “The Essence of Beeing,” which won the Westinghouse Science Writing Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was made into a fine hand-printed book by Sherwin Beach PressRamblers is his first book with a print run of more than 200.

Clearly, we need more old-school five-W journalists like Mike who actually read the material, and conduct extensive background investigations and in-person interviews before presenting their material to the public.
Kudos to you Mike.

Click on below link to read Lenehan’s complete article as it appeared in the CHICAGO READER on November 5, 2009.

MostEvil book review by Michael Lenehan


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  1. John Ayers on May 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Outstanding article. What I don’t get, even though it has been explained to me, is how shame or embarrassment is brought to a police department if one of today’s detectives uses evidence gathered by a concerned citizen and clears a cold case.

    • Steve Hodel on May 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Hi John A: Yes, I’ve covered it in BDA, MOST EVIL and BDA II. Ego, Territoriality, and a multitude of other reasons. Sadly, this occurred even when I was on the job, not just me, but it was/is common throughout LE. Not sharing information and even hiding “leads” within the same Department. (Robbery/Homicide Division vs. Divisional Homicide Units.) Sad statement on what the public thinks/expects that LE is “working together.” Very little change over the decades. Best, Steve

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