Original Top LAPD, LASO and DA Investigators Then and Now Confirm that the "Black Dahlia Murder was Solved"

May 19, 2016
Los Angeles, California

Basically, all of the original top law enforcement officers involved in the original 1947 investigation as well as the top brass from today all confirm independently and collectively that the Black Dahlia case was and is solved. All identify the same man, Dr. George Hill Hodel as her killer. (Specifically named in the secret 1950 Hodel/DA Files, prior to his fleeing the country to avoid arrest.)  See the above 5-minute video that provides their individual statements.

Solve – to find the reason or explanation for something; to solve a case/crime/murder(=find out who committed a crime)


  1. Kelly Hodel on May 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Bravo Bro, you solved some of the most infamous murders of this century!

    • John Ayers on May 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Boy, you’re not kidding!

  2. John Wade on May 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Very interesting… and bravo!

  3. Neil Murphy on May 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    The greatest true crime story never told.
    I Pray that before I die they release the Film based solely on your material Mr. Hodel.
    All the Best from Manchester, England.

    • Steve Hodel on May 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Hi Neil. Thanks for the kind words of support. Much appreciated. Am trying to put together either a documentary or scripted mini-series to tell the full story. Just too much material in the four books to try and communicate in a single film, but maybe??? I’d like to see something made while I’m still vertical too. Best Regards, Steve

      • JJHunsecker on July 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm

        Fincher’s still the one to do this. He’s tough to lasso though…

        • Steve Hodel on July 14, 2016 at 10:35 am

          JJ: Not sure Fincher would give us the sweet smell of success as he just attached his name to James Ellroy’s newly published, “Black Dahlia” Graphic Novel. As you may know, Fincher was going to do an early screenplay on Ellroy’s book, but it never happened, then De Palma did it. SKH

  4. richard rowley on June 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Hello, Steve!

    I was wondering: Did you or anyone else search for possible crimes committed by George Hodel
    before the July, 1943 murder of Ora Murray?

    The reason I ask is that, from what I’ve read of serial murderers, the 20s or even the teen years are not uncommon ages to begin. Naturally, George Hodel lived in the Bay Area for several years and then for a time in the Southwest, so there wouldn’t be the LA newspaper accounts to guide a would-be investigator for much of the pre-1943 years, but is such a possibility out of the question?

    And second question, assuming there were no prior crimes: Why would a successful doctor suddenly start killing women at age 35? Do you have speculation as to a triggering mechanism?


    • Steve Hodel on June 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Yes, you are correct on prior crimes to Ora Murray. I am currently working on the investigation for Book 5,the “The Early Years” and will present my father’s crimes from the 20s and 30s. I am about halfway through my investigation, so “stay tuned.” Regards, Steve

  5. luigi warren on June 29, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Steve – Do you think your father reported the sensational Marion Parker abduction-murder in Los Angeles in December 1927? I believe this is around the time GHH transitioned from working the crime beat to running a bookstore, per “Most Evil.” No doubt they got the true culprit, 19-year old William Hickman, but the crime seems almost a template for the Degnan murder. -LW

    • Steve Hodel on June 29, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Yes, GHH had finished with the L.A. Record crime reporting and was about to head north to Berkeley for Pre-Med and his first son, Duncan was born in the spring of ’28.

  6. Anne Grogan on June 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    A friend of mine told me that Elizabeth Short had a child. Is that so? I’ve never heard of that before.

    • Steve Hodel on June 5, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Anne G:
      No, it is not true. Elizabeth Short told several people/friends in San Diego that she was married to an AirForce pilot and they had a child and her husband died in WW II. All fantasy and lies on her part. She did have a short-lived romance with a pilot during WWII, and he did die coming home in 1945. But, no marriage and no child. All made up by her.

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