May 30, 2015
Los Angeles, California
“Solving Hollywood’s Greatest Mystery”
The article’s cover page (shown above) contains a photo of my half-sister Tamar Hodel and reads:
THE SINS OF THE FATHER
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER HORRIFIED HOLLYWOOD AND NEVER LOST ITS GRIP ON OUR IMAGINATION. HERE, THE STORY OF THE SUSPECT WHO GOT AWAY, THE POLICEMAN SON WHO PROVED HIS GUILT AND THE HIDDEN LEGACY OF HIS DAUGHTER, THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
WRITTEN BY SHEILA WELLER
To read complete article click below.
Ms. Weller’s, excellent article in Dujour Magazine primarily focuses on the personal devastation of a family, the root cause of which was the father’s incest and sexual molestation of his 11-year-old daughter.
I found Sheila Weller’s piece well balanced and that it gave a fair and even-handed look at what was a very dysfunctional family. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.
I was especially pleased to see how she did not sugar-coat what is most common in generational incest. That being that the victim, having been sexualized by the parent, then frequently inflicts the same or similar crimes upon their own children. (I strongly believe that our father, George Hill Hodel, was also a victim of incest, either from his mother, Esther, or another close family member.)
Many thanks to Sheila Weller for helping to “tell the story” and underscoring just how historically important it is to the public in general and particularly to us hardcore–Angelenos.
(SKH Note- Sheila Weller grew-up in Hollywood and her uncle was the owner of the famous Hollywood Strip restaurant, CIRO’s. She wrote an excellent book, a family memoir, telling that story, Dancing at Ciro’s. Recommended reading.
Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five previous books, most recently her 2003 family memoir, Dancing at Ciro’s, which The Washington Post called “a substantial contribution to American social history.” She is the senior contributing editor at Glamour, a contributor to Vanity Fair, and a former contributing editor of New York.
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