January 18, 2019
Los Angeles, California
(Updated from 2006 original blog)
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Steve Kay and Steve Hodel 2002
“Steve Hodel has taken this way beyond the pictures. It no longer depends on the pictures. I have no doubt in my mind that George Hodel murdered Elizabeth Short [The Black Dahlia] and Jeanne French [The Red Lipstick Murder, occurred three weeks after the Dahlia murder, her body posed in LA on a vacant lot five miles west of dahlia location.] And, were he alive today, and were the witnesses alive I would have no problem in filing two counts of murder against Dr. George Hodel and I believe that if I took that case in front of a jury, that I would convict him.”
L.A. County Head Deputy District Attorney
November 6, 2006 Documentary, “The Truth about the Black Dahlia”
Stephen Kay on Manson (Dateline 5 min video excerpt 2008)
Excerpt from Black Dahlia Avenger Chapter 34:
Filing My Case with the District Attorney’s Office
It had been almost twenty years since I had last walked into the district attorney’s office to present my investigation and request a murder filing on a suspect. None of the old guard in the DA’s office was around anymore, except one. Fortunately for me and for the public, he was among the best.
In his thirty-fifth year of service in the DA’s office, Head Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay had prosecuted many of Los Angeles’s most notorious murderers. His career convictions read like a Who’s Who of California killers, including the Manson case, where he was co-counsel with the celebrated prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi. He later personally prosecuted the rest of the Manson family members–Tex Watson, Bruce Davis, and Leslie Van Houten. Kay was the first deputy district attorney in California history to attend a lifer parolee’s hearing and argue before the parole board for denial based on the merits of the case. To date, Steve Kay has attended a total of fifty-eight parole hearings arguing against the release of the various Manson family members.
Kay prosecuted serial killers Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, who during the commission of their crimes had actually tape-recorded one of their vicious rape-murders. Bittaker and Norris would kidnap and murder four additional victims, ages thirteen to eighteen, before being apprehended, prosecuted, and convicted by Kay.
In 1996 Kay prosecuted and convicted killer Charles Rathbun for the vicious murder of Raiderette and beauty-queen model Linda Sobek, whose body was found in Angeles National Forest.
During my career I had gone to Steve Kay and presented dozens of murder cases for his review and filing of complaints. I had always found him to be highly intelligent, conscientious, and, most importantly, a man of total integrity. Knowing he could be trusted in all matters requiring confidentiality, and knowing that above all he would give me the benefit of objectivity, I decided to submit the Dahlia investigation to him as if I were asking for a criminal filing.
SKH Note/Update 2019:
Subsequent to the publication of Black Dahlia Avenger in 2003 both then active Head DDA Steve Kay and myself presented a briefing to LAPD’s brass and several detectives from the Major Crimes Unit. ” One of these detectives was Brian Carr who was “assigned to the Black Dahlia case.” In fact, Detective Carr was merely a “gatekeeper” to the case which had had no active investigation conducted for decades. After the Kay/Hodel briefing at Parker Center, Detective Carr, on the defensive about the possibility that someone other than himself may have solved the Dahlia murder in responding to the press queries about Head DDA Kay’s conclusions that the “Case was Solved”, replied:
“The evidence linking Dr. Hodel to the murder of Elizabeth Short is incredibly thin. If I took that evidence to a prosecutor I’d be laughed out of the office.”
Detective Carr in a followup to his statement was asked if he (Carr) had read Hodel’s book and investigation and had reviewed all of the evidence as well as the newly discovered secret DA Hodel Black Dahlia Files? [Files containing Dr. Hodel’s admission to committing the Black Dahlia murder and that of his secretary as well as performing abortions and making payoffs to law enforcement.] Detective Carr’s response was, “No, I have only skimmed through Hodel’s book, but haven’t read it, and I haven’t had time yet to get the DA files review them. ” [Though the files were a five-minute walk from his office at Parker Center, Detective Carr would not obtain the files for another six months.]
Five Years later, in 2009, just prior to his retirement, Brian Carr, in an on-air television interview when asked about Hodel’s Black Dahlia investigation stated, “I don’t have the time to prove or disprove what [Hodel] says. I’m buried in other cases.”