January 15, 2019
Los Angeles, California
Today, January 15, 2019, marks the 72nd Anniversary of “LA’s most infamous murder.”
In life, her name was Elizabeth Short, an attractive, and rather naïve twenty-two -year old woman from Medford, Massachusetts. In death, she became known as “The Black Dahlia.”
Even today if you speak her given name, few would recognize it. However, mention, her pseudonym, “The Black Dahlia” and almost everyone knows it. “Oh Yes, The Black Dahlia. That was a famous unsolved murder in Los Angeles from the 1940s.”
Bill Kurtis 2018 “Through The Decades” Video Crime Summary on the Black Dahlia (5 minutes) Click Here
In two weeks (January 28th), the viewing public will be presented with a highly promoted TNT six-part miniseries, “I AM THE NIGHT.” Starring actors Chris Pine, India Eisley, as my niece, Fauna Hodel, and Jefferson Mays playing the role of my father, Dr. George Hill Hodel.
Click on below graphic to view TNT trailer
Actor Jefferson Mays as Dr. George Hill Hodel in “I Am The Night” Dr. George Hill Hodel circa 1952
Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia
“As it turns out, even the eight-episode TNT series could not cover it all, which is when TNT, in coordination with filmmaker Zak Levitt, decided to work on the companion podcast to ‘I am the Night’ called ‘Root of Evil’, which will premiere via Cadence 13 on February 13 on Apple Podcasts and other podcasting platforms.”
Journalist, Mangala Dilip
(See his full article below)
Click on above graphic for the full article, by Mangala Dilip, ‘I am the Night’ finds perfect podcast companion in ‘Root of Evil’, where the Hodel family discusses the curse of the Black Dahlia legacy.”
Zak Levitt excerpts from the above ‘Root of Evil’ interview:
“It is going to be a much more sprawling, expansive story containing the stories of most of the living family members who have been affected by the legacy of carrying the Hodel name,” Levitt tells MEAWW, adding, “‘I am the Night’ is primarily focused on Fauna Hodel’s story, this is going to be the story of many of the Hodels, and kind of intertwining all of them into this one narrative about their family.”
“One of the most unique voices in this story is that of Steve Hodel, who during his tenure as an LAPD Homicide Detective gathered enough information to confirm that his father, George, murdered Elizabeth Short, more popularly known as Black Dahlia. “
Steve’s side of the events, along with that of the rest of his family made for a really unique story. “I really think it was a catharsis for every single one of them. I think that they have been carrying this story and their pain for their entire lives — since they were children and they have all had uniquely shocking stories about what they have been through — really heartbreaking,” says Levitt.
2018 New Dramatic Linkage Connecting Dr. George Hodel to Dahlia and Red Lipstick Murders
The newest evidential linkage to Dr. George Hodel—The W. Glenn Martin Letter, written in 1949 by an LAPD paid police (Internal Affairs Division) undercover informant, W. Glenn Martin was discovered and presented to the public in BLACK DAHLIA AVENGER III (Rare Bird Books November 2018).
(Graphic by Steve Lawrence, SouthPasadenan.com)
As revealed in the Afterword Chapter of BDA III, Martin’s Letter was in effect a “Dying Declaration” naming George Hodel as the killer of Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short and identifying him to the police as the probable suspect in a second 1949 LA Lone Woman Murder victim, Mrs. Louise Springer who lived in Hollywood, just three directly west of Hodel’s Sowden/Franklin House.
Martin in his letter informed detectives that both he [Martin] and George Hodel were acquaintances and they both knew that victim, Mrs. Louise Springer, prior to her abduction and murder.
Springer was kidnaped on June 13, 1949, sexually tortured and then strangled to death. Her abduction occurred just two blocks from where Elizabeth Short’s body had been posed on the vacant lot some two years earlier in January 1947.
This new evidence confirms separate police documents establishing that Dr. George Hodel was “grilled by LAPD detectives” on three separate LA murders over a four-year period. Those being: 1) Ruth Spaulding (his personal secretary) in 1945 for suspected forced overdose, 2) Louise Springer in 1949, who he also knew and may have dated prior (?) and 3) Elizabeth Short whom he knew, dated and was questioned by both FBI and the LADA detectives in the weeks prior to his taped confessions and admissions at his home in Feb/March 1950.
BLACK DAHLIA MURDER/ Retired LAPD Detective Reveals New Evidence Pointing To Prime Suspect– His Father Major article summarizing new evidence by journalists Daniel and Anne Vasquez CLICK HERE.
“We do have information that he [Dr. Hodel] did associate with Elizabeth Short.”
Lt. Frank Jemison, March 22, 1950 Page 5, LADA Secret Hodel Black Dahlia Official Transcript
On this, the 72nd Anniversary of my father’s horrific murder of Elizabeth Short I can do little more than say to Elizabeth and to all the other LA Lone Woman Murder victims, may you all REST IN PEACE.
I can offer little more than my sincere solace to each of you and to your living relatives.
I am deeply grieved by the sins of my father and the only reparation I can provide you is some slight degree of closure found in the knowing and solving of my father’s many crimes.
Photo Credit Robert J. Sadler, true crime author/photographer
To the following additional Los Angeles victims, know that you were not forgotten and the truth of his terrible crimes and his name, Dr. George Hill Hodel will live in infamy, and may that knowledge and the solution of his crimes provide you and your families with some small degree of closure.
MAY THE FOLLOWING LOS ANGELES LONE WOMAN MURDER VICTIMS, ALL SLAIN AT THE HAND OF DR. GEORGE HODEL, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1943-1950–REST IN PEACE:
- Mrs. Ora Murray, slain by George Hodel on July 26, 1943
- Miss Georgette Bauerdorf, slain by George Hodel on October 11, 1944
3. Miss Ruth Spaulding, slain by George Hodel on May 9, 1945
4. Miss Elizabeth Short, slain by George Hodel on January 15, 1947
5. Mrs. Jeanne Axford French, slain by George Hodel on February 10, 1947
6. Mrs. Laura Trelstad, slain by George Hodel on May 11, 1947
7. Mrs. Marian Davidson Newton, slain by George Hodel on July 16, 1947
8. Miss Lillian Dominguez, slain by George Hodel on October 2, 1947
9. Mrs. Gladys Eugenia Kern, slain by George Hodel on February 14, 1948
10. Mrs. Louise Margaret Springer, slain by George Hodel on June 13, 1949
11. Ms. Mimi Boomhower, slain by George Hodel on August 18, 1949
12. Ms. Jean Elizabeth Spangler, slain by George Hodel on October 7, 1949
13,Ms. Jane Doe, slain by George Hodel on February 18, 1950 (crime tape-recorded by DA)