George and Steve Hodel: Father and Son Fifty Years Later

August 25, 2017
Los Angeles, California
            1943                                                              1994


The photo on left was taken on my second birthday in Los Angeles. Photo right was taken with my father in front of my then home in Bellingham, Washington fifty years later. (Note that the photos are bookends. Dad has his right hand on my right shoulder and fifty years later, I have my left hand on his left shoulder.)


  1. Lucas on August 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I don’t know how you do it Steve. I’m very close to my own father and I couldn’t do what you’re doing. No way. I’ve said this before and I’ll reiterate again here. You are the ONLY PERSON who can truly tell the grimoire that is GHH’s life and legacy. I’m positive that you would rather not be that person but you are. I predict that in the future everything that you’ve written (especially the Zodiak material) will be validated with DNA testing. It may not happen in your lifetime (validation rarely does) but it will happen and then all those dreadful “experts/profilers/myth busters/” who scorned you and your work will crawl back to whence they came fade away. Finish the “Early Years”. It’s important. You are appreciated Steve. Of that there is no doubt.

    • Steve Hodel on August 25, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Lucas: Again, thanks for the kind words.
      I’ve been kind of in dry dock for the past several months on “The Early Years.” Have completed family roots/background on it and now have to dive in to the actual crimes.
      You’re right though. Have to finish what I started. (Correction, what HE started.) I see the tetralogy (four previous books) as two large window panes. BDA/BDA II are one. Most Evil/Most Evil II the second. And now, the third and final pane, The Early Years (1920-1940) needs to be put in place which will complete the 180′ view from his birth to his death. Appreciate the motivation. Best, Steve

    • Nicola on December 31, 2017 at 4:19 am

      I couldn’t agree more. Steve, your work is impeccable. I would say it is highly likely that the black dahlia and Zodiac murders are connected as, at the time, from the perspective of the killer, they were just grizzly murders. Most people deny the connection of the BD and Zodiac because they are both so well renowned, but they are, in fact, just two murders that have all the possibility in the world of being connected.
      There will always be people who deny all the evidence you present to them, but denying the truth doesn’t stop the truth from being the truth.
      Good work.

      • Steve Hodel on December 31, 2017 at 10:04 am

        Hi Nicola: Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated. See my new post on this subject which should be up in a few hours. Best Regards and Happy New Year.

        • Viktor on December 23, 2019 at 3:18 pm

          I love your story. <3

  2. Patricia O'Neill on September 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Steve, I can appreciate your being in “dry dock” on “The Early Years”, but I do think the book is an important part of the George Hill Hodel story. I also think it may be important for you to reveal the motivations behind your father’s serial killings. I do believe he may be one of the most prolific murderers in present day history. You have come this far and the final chapter is most important to everyone who has experienced physical and sexual abuse in their lives. There is no excuse or forgiveness for your father’s heinous crimes but it is important for all to see just what “created the monster” George Hodel. Realize that YOU are the only one who can accomplish this goal. Stay focused and “finish the race”, Steve. Best of Luck, Pat O’Neill

    • Steve Hodel on September 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Pat. Thanks again. I will do it. Juggling three investigation related (non-Early Years) balls in the air right now, but you are correct. The fifth and final window into the landscape that was George Hodel does have to be put in place. My goal to complete that investigation and get it out looks like about 9 months to one year. Best, Steve

  3. Jim Cooper on August 31, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Steve. Being a natural born cynic, I read your book with that in mind. The case you made is almost impossible to dispute. Great job!

    The only thing that I would dispute is the picture that you found in your father’s photo book which you believe is the Black Dahlia. I’m not sure about that, although it’s possible that it’s a picture of another woman that he killed

    Thanks for your work.

    • Steve Hodel on August 31, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Jim C: Hi Jim. Thanks for the kind words. CYNICISM is good. I also, try to maintain it throughout my ongoing investigations. As to the picture, I agree there is certainly room for dispute as to whether it is or is not Elizabeth Short? In BDA II (2014 ed.) I had a German state-of-the-art Facial Recognition Expert make comparisons and he came back with a “95% chance it is her.” That said, his software analysis requires a 99.8% match to claim a “positive ID.” But, also considering we know that the Sowden/Franklin House was the crime scene and the matching of the fabric that supports her body in the photo with similar material on the chair in the living room, etc. seemingly supports that it is her. That said, even if it is another similar appearing victim, it really no longer matters as the only purpose of the photo was to show GHH KNEW HER, which we have documented in official police reports from the secret DA Files along with numerous witness statements. Best Regards, Steve.

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