In a Mocking Taunt to Humanity Zodiac Killer Names and Registers a Star After Himself in Constellation Aquila

Los Angeles
April 1, 2016

“I have a reserved place in constellation Aquila”

Included in George Hill Hodel intended 1998 Suicide Note to wife June

ghh aquila star photo FNL








“It’s another manifestation of his enormous ego, an immortal mocking of humanity fixed and registered in the Zodiac’s constellation, Aquila.Even after its namesake’s death, star “George Hill Hodel” shines its sardonic, dark light on us, and will forever.”

Full Excerpt from Most Evil (Dutton 2009) Chapter 23 pgs 257-8:

A Star Called “Dr. George Hill Hodel”

In our many talks during the final decade of his life (1990-1999), my father dismissed astrology as quackery. In his opinion its only useful purpose was to pick the pockets of the gullible. The field that interested him was astronomy, especially as it related to Zuni and Hopi cultures.
In October 1998, seven months before his death, he diagnosed his own congestive heart disease. Shortly after his ninety-first birthday, knowing that his health was failing and fearing the real possibility of a major stroke that could leave him an invalid, he prepared to take his own life.
Still in possession of a valid medical license, he wrote out several prescriptions in his wife, June’s, name for sleeping pills (barbiturates). After he’d accumulated enough pills to ensure a lethal dose, he wrote (in his block printing) “June Hodel conference notes.” which were to be his final instructions.
But over the next several months, his strength rebounded. So he stashed the notes away in his desk, where they were found by June after his death.

Fig. 23.7

23.7 (2015_06_06 10_28_41 UTC)

Figure 23.7 is a copy of that note. Several of his cryptic notations are relevant to this investigation. For example, the eighth line from the bottom reads:


Here my father is reminding himself to tell June that as a last act of love he wants her to dispose of all his personal effects. In what can be considered the most fateful ironies of all, she didn’t carry this out. June didn’t find my father’s note until after she had given me his photo album of loved ones that contained the photograph of Elizabeth Short, which was one of the catalysts for my Black Dahia Avenger investigation. What other “personal effects” did June also find and not show me?
The third line from the bottom reads:


In a previous entry, my father had used “L” as an abbreviation for the word “life.” In light of that, the phrase can be translated as, “Life is nothing but a concentration of excreta” Or, to be more profane, “Life is shit.”
The most relevant notation is ten lines from the bottom:


After my father’s death, June explained that shortly after deciding to permanently relocate from Hong Kong to San Francisco in 1990, he had purchased a permanent memorial to himself in the heavens located in the 8-degree belt on the ecliptic known as Zodiac. In other words, he had bought a star and had it registered in his name.
The star- known as Dr. George Hill Hodel- can be found by pointing a telescope at the Zodiacal constellation Aquila (the eagle) and aligning the sight to RA (right ascension) 19hrs 56mins 53secs at declination 8’16mins. The registration is placed in a vault in Switzerland and “is recorded in a book which will be registered in the copyright office of the United States of America.” This practice is not recognized in the scientific community, but is more like buying a plot of land on the moon. Nevertheless, my father must have chuckled to himself at his private, heavenly memorial to his crimes.
It’s another manifestation of his enormous ego, an immortal mocking of humanity fixed and registerd in the Zodiac’s constellation, Aquila.
Even after its namesake’s death, star George Hill Hodel shines its sardonic, dark light on us, and will forever.

ghh star cluster

Below is an article written for Failure Magazine by Jason Zasky shortly after the publication of Most Evil in 2009.

 Failure Magazine Article on George Hill Hodel

Zodiac killer named a star for himself in Zodiacal constellation Aquila?

Written by Jason Zasky as part of Failure Analysis

Published 12/17/09

I trust you’ve heard of the International Star Registry, which offers customers the chance to name a star after someone for as little as $54? Never mind that the registrations aren’t recognized by the scientific community. That’s irrelevant for the purposes of this column, as is the fact that the founders of International Star Registry (est. 1979) have created an enviable business, selling an inexhaustible supply of real estate that no one can visit—or complain about.

I mention the Star Registry because one of the most curious tidbits revealed in Steve Hodel’s new book “Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel” (Dutton), is that in 1990 the author’s father, George Hill, registered a star in his own name in the Zodiacal constellation Aquila [pictured above]. What makes this notable is that in the book, Steve alleges that his father was the Zodiac killer, which would make the registration a “heavenly memorial to his crimes,” about which “my father must have chuckled to himself,” writes his son.

In comparison to all the other evidence that Steve presents supporting his argument, the star registration is a mere footnote—more symbolic than anything else. But if George Hill was in fact Zodiac, the star—known as Dr. George Hill Hodel, and found by pointing a telescope at constellation Aquila and aligning the sight to RA 19hrs 56mins 53secs at delineation 8’16 mins—serves as “an immortal mocking of humanity” … “shining its sardonic, dark light on us” forever, writes Steve.

As to whether George Hill was Zodiac—as well as the Lipstick Killer (Chicago) and the Jigsaw Murderer (Manila), not to mention the Black Dahlia Killer—as his son asserts, that’s for the reader to decide. At the very least, “Most Evil” is a “bizarre … and surreal story,” teases the author in the introduction, “one that if true, would alter criminal history, exonerate the innocent, and change the way we think about the motives and signatures of serial killers.”


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