October 18, 2015
Los Angeles, California
REST IN PEACE
Two weeks ago today, my half-sister, Tamar Nais Hodel, passed away in her sleep. She was eighty years old.
She bore, five children. Two daughters, Fauna and Fauna II (Deborah Elizabeth), and three sons, Peace, Love and Joy. My heart felt condolences go out to each one of them.
I have written much about my half-sister’s life, and through my writings she has come to be known as, “the daughter of Dr. George Hill Hodel, the Black Dahlia serial killer, and the victim of his incest and sexual molestation.”
Sadly, from early childhood, Tamar suffered major physical, sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of her (our) father. Sexualized at an early age, her life continued out of control (sex, drugs, etc.) for decades. The cycle continued. The abused, became the abuser, creating more pain and suffering for her own five children. Each child’s suffering unique to him or her.
Much could be said about Tamar. She had hoped to tell her own story, in her own words, but that was not to be.
I am not going to attempt to expand on her life, most of which I know little about. I do know that she had a natural ability to accept all people of all races and will let her close friend, Singer Josh White, speak for her.
One of my favorite songs exemplifies my sister’s spirit. The song made popular by Josh White in the Forties is “Free and Equal Blues.” Listen carefully to the lyrics and you will better understand a part of Tamar that sought for Goodness and Fairness.