New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Hodel

Dr. George Hill Hodel Lineage: Who’s Who in “Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and The Black Dahlia?

March 1, 2019
Los Angeles, California

Here is a Hodel Lineage graphic put together by my good friend, mystery writer and retired Dallas P.D. police officer, Robert J. Sadler. This helps us (including myself) understand at a glance who’s who in the Hodel Family lineage. The following family members contributed by providing interviews in the Cadence 13 Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia eight-episode podcast currently airing on a station near you: Rasha, Yvette, Tamar, Fauna, Deborah (Fauna II), Peace, Love, Joy, Kelvin, and Steve.

 

 

66 Comments

  1. Jayne on March 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Do you not believe that the first Fauna Hodel is the offspring of Tamar and your respective father George Hodel?

    • Steve Hodel on March 3, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Jayne: No, not possible. My father was in Hawaii when Tamar became pregnant. Tamar was clear that Fauna’s father was an “Italian Male in San Francisco.”

      • KChap on March 27, 2019 at 8:01 pm

        Would you say more about why it’s not possible? We just heard on the podcast today that Fauna told her daughters that she felt like George was her father. I also remember hearing that Tamar told Fauna 1 that George was her father on the night she reunited with her in Hawaii.
        Then again, Tamar’s credibility was described as colorful.
        I’m interested if you know more.

        • Steve Hodel on March 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm

          KChap: Not only did Tamar remain clear and consistent that Fauna’s father was “A White Italian Male in San Francisco that gave her booze and took advantage of her” but our father was in Hawaii in November 1950 which would have been the time that Fauna was conceived so he would have been physically impossible of being the father with Tamar in Hawaii. Stay tuned. Steve

        • CrimeJunky on April 5, 2019 at 5:40 pm

          Have any of you done DNA testing just for kicks? I think the outcome would be very interesting.

          • Steve Hodel on April 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm

            CrimeJunky: New information out soon. Best, steve



  2. Julie on March 4, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Hi, Steve,

    I am just now learning about Fauna, but had heard about the Black Dahlia murder awhile back. I know as retired law enforcement, you have to be objective and logical. But I cannot imagine what this must be doing to you on an emotional level. I intend to read your books and learn more. My heart just goes out to you and I feel you are very strong to not just know this information, but explaining it as well as you do so others can see what really happened.

    I hope that wasn’t too off topic, if so, I apologize. I am inspired by your work and strength.

    • Steve Hodel on March 4, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Julie: Thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated. Best suggested reading order for books is: BDA (SkyHorse/Arcade 2015ed), then Most Evil I (Dutton 2009); then BDA II (Thoughtprint Press 2014 ed.); Most Evil II (2015 Rare Bird Books and finally BDA III (2018 Rare Bird Books). Best, Steve

    • Judy on March 5, 2019 at 5:43 am

      I’ve been reading about your family tree but haven’t seen anything about June Hodel. I believe she was your dad’s last wife & is she still living? Where did they meet & live? Also, were you in contact with your dad growing up & what did he think about you being a detective? I found your story about being married to Kiyo quite strange & how you must have felt finding out about her affair with your dad in earlier years. I don’t understand why someone didn’t tell you about her. So many questions! GOD bless you for bringing so much information to all of us & please continue.

      • Steve Hodel on March 5, 2019 at 10:36 am

        Judy: Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated. Yes, Kiyo has her own chapter in my book, Black Dahlia Avenger. No word from June since I called and disclosed my findings to her way back in 2003 before the first book was published. Don’t know where she’s living? San Francisco? Japan? They met when she was just 22 he hired her to work in his Tokyo office, then they traveled and married in the Eighties.

  3. Jeffrey Smith on March 4, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Reading your first book. Very interesting. What do you think of the new mini series ‘I Am the Night’ although obviously fictionalized, how much is actually accurate?

    • Steve Hodel on March 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      Jeffrey. About 95% fiction the podcast root of evil however is about 95% fact so I do recommend the cadence 13 show

      • Randy on March 28, 2019 at 9:06 pm

        Steve,
        I have listened to the podcast and appreciate the work that you have done as well as your great nieces… I do have one question that was not really addressed in the podcast… I understand your father was a physician. I have listened to the podcast and appreciate the work that you have done as well as your great nieces… I do have one question that was not really addressed in the podcast. If it’s not too personal could you explain how your father made his money? I know he was a physician for Los Angeles County but it seems that he had much more wealth than that position would have compensated. Thank you in advance. Best, Randy

        • Steve Hodel on March 28, 2019 at 9:26 pm

          Randy: Well, actually his “wealth” has been much exaggerated, mainly by family members speculations and myths told them by both my half-sister, Tamar and my niece, Fauna. The fact is that my father never had any great sums of money and while certainly very comfortable and enjoying the finer things in life, good food, good lodgings was never really “RICH.” He spent it as soon as he made it so never accumulated any real fortune. (I know, as I saw all the numbers as assistant executor of his property at his death.) In fact, back in the late Forties and during the incest trial he was basically “broke” and fled the country with almost no money in his pocket. Of course, he married a very wealthy Filipina in 1952 which got him started so to speak in Hawaii, then in 1953 they moved and lived in Manila, which became the Home Office for his venture into Market Research.

  4. Bernadette on March 5, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I just finished watching I Am the Night and was left wondering if George really is the father of Fauna. My first thought was DNA. Have they both been DNA tested to verify this? How much DNA testing has been done in relation to this case?

    I was left with so many questions after watching. I look forward to reading your book and listening to the podcast to learn more.

    • Steve Hodel on March 5, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Bernadette: The I Am The Night is a fictional dramatization, which is about 95% invented. No, George Hodel was NOT Fauna’s father. My half sister Tamar, Fauna’s mother was very clear that the father was a Male White Italian American living in San Francisco. My father had left the country to Hawaii so could not have been the father. I haven’t seen the IATN miniseries, but if that is what they are saying that George fathered Fauna it’s an abolute NO. Best, Steve

      • Jen on May 4, 2019 at 6:02 pm

        Is it possible that Fauna is the product of the incestuous relationship between Tamar and her brother?

        • Steve Hodel on May 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm

          Jen: No. He had just turned eights-year of age when Fauna was conceived and still eight at her birth. The father was as Tamar informed everyone, “An older White Male Italian in San Franciso.”

  5. Jean E Atwood on March 7, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I have not seen anything mentioned about Duncan lately. Is he still alive. How does he feel about all this focus on George of late?

  6. ShaLonte Danielle Jordan on March 8, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I recently found out about George Hodel. I did know of the Black Dahlia Murder but didn’t know anything about him. He seems like a very interesting character but what was he like in real life. Was he anything like how they betrayed him in the TV Show I am the Night

    • Steve Hodel on March 9, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      ShaLonte D Jordan: I didn’t see the miniseries episodes, just the trailer. But, from what I saw and from what friends have told me, NO, the actor did NOT capture my father’s character/personality/or mannerisms.

  7. Olivia on March 8, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Steve, did you ever find out how Tamar knew that her father was the Black Dahlia murderer? What did she see/hear to lead her to make that announcement during the incest trial? Thanks very much.

    • Steve Hodel on March 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Olivia: No, but I suspect she heard it at the house prior to the 1949 arrest for incest. Possibly from my mother, “Dorero” who after learning of the sex crimes/molestation in October 1949 told Tamar to “runaway, your life is in danger.” Tamar didn’t bring it up during the trial, the defense attorney Robert Neeb did to discredit her to the jury as making up outrageous stories.

      • Ted Sheridan on March 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

        The irony of this is rich – the ‘preposterous’ notion of George Hodel being the Black Dahlia killer helped get him acquitted in the incest trial. Can’t imagine what was going through his head when this came up in the trial.

        • Steve Hodel on March 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm

          Ted S: Exactly so. I’m sure that the defense attorney, Robert Neeb brought it up because it was so preposterous without dad knowing he was going to ask it. Dad must have almost peed his pants when he heard it, or maybe he did ?

  8. Gabi Y. on March 13, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Just listened to episode 5 of Root of Evil podcast. It is terrible the cycle of abuse that George initiated. But despite this, it seems that hopefully it has stopped with Tamar’s children? Anyway, no need to answer that question. However, in regards to your younger half-siblings by Hortencia, I’m going to assume they’re half-Filipino? Also, have you met them? And what was their upbringing like?

    • Steve Hodel on March 14, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      Gabi Y. Hi Gabi. Yes, I met my four half-brothers and sisters when they were small children living in Manila when I was stationed in the Navy at Subic Bay, P.I. Saw them on weekend leaves when they were small, 4,5,6,7 ish. Yes, they are half Filipino/Filipina. My father was married to their mother for a short time, maybe four or five years? Two of my half brothers have passed away and the two half-sisters are still living. The children grew up in lives of wealth and privilege. None of them believe their father was a serial killer, though I doubt they have read my books. Best, Steve

  9. Savvy Dora on March 14, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Hello, Mr. Hodel. I’ve long been riveted by the tragic story of Elizabeth Short, have watched documentaries and read articles and blogs about her, and visited her forlorn little grave in Oakland. I have read your first book about the case, and seen you on various shows and podcasts, and more recently watched I Am the Nignt and am now listening to The Root of Evil.

    I’m haunted by the additional tragedies I now know your family has experienced, and am amazed by the astonishing bravery so many Hodels have mustered up to share their stories.

    What is your opinion of the book Severed and John Gilmore’s completely different explanation of the Black Dahlia murder and the culprit? In his book, it seemed like he got a confession from some else.

    Thank you.

    • Steve Hodel on March 14, 2019 at 11:38 pm

      Savvy Dora: Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the read. Gilmore like the “I Am The Night” is mostly fictional. The evidence against Dr. George Hill Hodel is way beyond a reasonable doubt now. Suggest you read the follow-up books which add a massive amount of linkage and evidence. Regards, Steve

  10. Shannon on March 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I’m currently listening to Root of Evil. I can remember reading about the Black Dahlia almost 2o years ago & seeing the name Hodel. Never knew of your book. Can’t wait to read it. What a journey you’ve had! I’m sure I will come to it eventually, but was there ever a warrant for George’s arrest??

  11. Teresa on March 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I just watched the Dr. Phil show and I’m kinder confused. How could Rasha and Yvette be blood line if Tamar was adopted. Unless I missed something.

    • Steve Hodel on March 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      Teresa: Not Tamar adopted. Fauna her daughter was adopted by a Black family and she was raised thinking she was half Black, but in fact her father was White. Tamar her mother was White.
      Fauna would not discover this until adulthood and meeting Tamar her biological mother in the Early Seventies. Fauna had two children, Yvette who is half Black and Rasha who is all White. Half sisters.

      Best,

      Steve

  12. Janel McGuire on March 27, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    I watched the Dr. Phil program today. I am curious as to why he married so many times and did he initiate the divorces or did the wives? Having lived with a narcissist I know how abusive they are after the initial charm and they think they have you hooked.

    • Steve Hodel on March 27, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      Janel M: Not really sure on the Why other than difficult to imagine living with a man with such complex mental problems for too long? At least in his “early years.” I think its mostly a “spider and fly” thing. Captures the victim, stings her to death (emotionally speaking) and moves on to the next unsuspecting fly. ???

  13. Karla on March 28, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Steve, when George was talking to someone about his secretary’s death, etc. on the police tapes from the home, who do you think that second man was?

    • Steve Hodel on March 28, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      I was able to identify him. His name was Baron Ernst Harringa. He was a longtime friend of my father’s going back to the 1920s. He is literally an accomplice in the assault and or murder of the unknown woman in the basement and possibly to other crimes. He left the country to India and didn’t return for many years. Police never took action on him? All detailed in BDA II.

  14. Cam on April 2, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Hi there. Thanks for sharing your story with the world. I’m wondering what George’s (the monster) other families, children, wives think about everything and if there are any publications where we can see pictures of everyone in the family tree?
    In other news, it’s really gross how much incest and rape apology occurs…in my reading came across Mackenzie Phillips and her rape by her father John Phillips and her step mom Michelle Phillips (Tamar’s best friend) dismissal of Mackenzies claims. And this drug addled destructive behavior was glamorized as hippie dippy rock n roll new age lifestyle. The same gross stuff that occurred at George’s house with rape, incest and probably the psychological abuse of your mother. PSwhere were you guys when the cops wire tapped the house?

    • Steve Hodel on April 3, 2019 at 1:25 am

      CAM: Yes definitely dysfunction city for sure. As you say, incest/child molestation is a much LARGER PROBLEM than the public can imagine.
      Ditto rape. Just a small portion are reported. I’d guess 40%? Lot of dark dark stories in many families that never come to light.
      At the time of the electronic surveillance (Feb 1950) we were out of Page Military Academy (placed there about Oct 1949-Feb 50) by mom to avoid the scandal of the trial etc. Then by Feb 1950 we were living with our mom on Santa Monica pier and totally loving it. Fishing until late at night, swimming, climbing under the pier exploring, KID HEAVEN. Lt. Jemison in March 1950 conducted his interview with mom at our apt at the pier. Obviously, we were not presnt. Probably in school or out fishing and playing in the surf. skh

  15. Patricia Stefanelli on April 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Mr. Hodel, do you have anything in the works that can explain Dr. Hodel’s monstrous behavior. When coming out?

    Also, how do you pronounceyour last name?

    Lastly, are your brothers behind you on all of this?

    • Steve Hodel on April 3, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Patricia S: Yes, I go into many of the potential “triggers” that I believe led to his reasons for becoming a serial killer. My name is pronounced HO DEL. Like Hotel with a D. My older brother Michael died at the young age, 47 in 1986, so long before I ever began investigation my father which did not start until after his death in 1999. My younger brother, Kelvin (Kelly) is totally behind it as was my half-sister Tamar. The Philippino side of the family is NOT. They can not/will not believe that their father could have been a serial killer. I do not believe they have read my five books on the subject. Best, Steve

  16. CrimeJunky on April 5, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Steve,
    I’m on the last two episodes of Root of Evil. I’d read about Black Dahlia over the years and found your evidence to be compelling. The connection with Man Ray seemed especially telling. After what I’ve learned about GH I think you’re right. He wanted to be a famous Artist and what better way than to pose a dead woman? The fact he must have had so much dirt on people kept him out of jail.
    I’ve done research on the Missing Kenneth Martin family here in Portland, OR. This case is 60 years and like yours its circumstantial and word of mouth. It will never be solved. My friend is writing the non-fiction version to be published in Aug. My fictional version will be out any time now.
    I get that some people will not think you’re telling the truth. That’s what’s tough. When you KNOW what happened but can’t get the powers that be to actually process it. The police today aren’t much different than they were all those years ago. Money and power talks. Still the podcast, your books (on my reading list) as well as the movies (95% fiction) open the public’s eye to what real life is like behind closed doors..
    Thank you for sharing your story. I’d love to thank all your family for their part in this. Note: I doubt they read this. I found listening to Fauna2/Deborah, that she’s the most like Tamar. Not just in the voice, but in her personality. Her responses the the beginning of the segment on the family gave me the shivers. She responded to the siblings much the way her mother would have in that situation. She was truthful, but it was the WAY she responded that freaked me out.
    I hope you post more.
    TW

    • Steve Hodel on April 5, 2019 at 6:57 pm

      CrimeJunky: Thanks for the kind words. Best Regards, Steve

    • KathrynB on April 17, 2019 at 11:31 pm

      Dear CrimeJunky, “circumstantial and word of mouth”???!!? If you are on the last two episodes you have definitely missed something. Steve, after watching IATN I wanted to know more and just finished the podcast. Listening to Episode 8 was heart wrenching – if my family were to come together like that I can’t imagine that they would be so civilized and we didn’t have a minutiae of the issues these people have experienced. Also can not imagine the range of emotions you have experienced going through this experience. Just wondering – why did you and Kelly not attend the session with the children? PS Thank you for your service!

      • Steve Hodel on April 17, 2019 at 11:54 pm

        KathrynB:

        Yes, heart-wrenching for me too. That was about 90% “new information” for me listening to my nieces and nephews describe “growing up” with my half-sister, Tamar.
        As I’ve said here in other responses, my brothers and I had it rough growing up in the “Gypsy Years” with an alcoholic mother, and placed in multiple times in Juvenile Hall for “Child Neglect/Unfit Home” but at least our mother loved us and kept getting us back until we were old enough to go it alone. Tamar’s children suffered so much more than us. I’d never heard it detailed until the episode. It wouldn’t have really been appropriate for my brother and I to have been in that interview really. Separate household, etc. Also, they shared the DNA results which was supposed to be the BIG FINALE and was included and recorded at that sitting. Totally unexpected that TNT would have Exec. Producer Zak Levitt remove it and that discussion which was all in place. Very disappointing. Regards, Steve

  17. Carl Bowman on April 7, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Steve, I’ve been incredibly moved by the story of you and your family. I’ve been aware of your investigation for quite a while, but only superficially. After listening to the root of evil podcast I’m now amazed and horrified that everything was handled the way it was. What’s your belief of the resistance that the current LAPD regime seems to have regarding looking into the Black Dahlia homicide? Do they really think it’s a waste of time or do you think they’re afraid to turn those stones over?

    • Steve Hodel on April 8, 2019 at 12:33 am

      Carl B: Thanks Carl. Yes, exactly so. “Afraid to turn over any rocks.” But, those rocks were turned over long long ago then the material found underneath them was taken and locked in the DA vault for fifty-three years until first journalist Steve Lopez, then I found them as the DA Black Dahlia Hodel Files. Today’s LAPD has no investigation to conduct, the case according to their own Chief of Detectives, James McMurray “Is Solved” along with four commanders from back then. They know they can’t defeat the evidence so all they can do is what they are doing now, “We don’t have time to prove or disprove Hodel’s investigation. We are too busy with ongoing investigations that are solvable.” That’s the party line for the past twenty-years and doubt they will change it. I think once a different LE agency comes up with DNA and it matches GHH then it will basically force them to conduct their own DNA, but who knows? As far as I’m concerned, the Public Gets It and that’s good enough for me. (Well, almost. *s*) Best, Steve

  18. Connie Bublitz on April 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Just finished Root of Evil podcast. I feel like I want to thank the Hodel Family for sharing. It was so touching to hear the conversations at the end. If I were around them, I would hug them all. Bless their hearts. I pray for each one to have peace. I simply cannot imagine coming up as they did. Thank you for sharing.

    • Steve Hodel on April 11, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Connie B: Thank you Connie. We, as family appreciate your kind words. Steve

  19. Anah Marks on April 18, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Hello, Steve. I was fascinated by the podcast and the story of the Hodel family. Next, I plan to read your book. I was wondering if you have done any digging into your father’s time overseas and what he may have done there re: his other children or other crimes?

  20. Willie Ruiz on April 22, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Hello Steve, I hope you are living a peaceful and happy life throughout this chaotic journey you have been blessed with. It is an experience to be apart of it through your words and family sharings.

    • Steve Hodel on April 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      Willie R: Thanks for the kind words and thoughts. Much appreciated.

  21. Kris Bunting on May 8, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Steve! I feel like i know you! My Grandmother was a dispatcher for the LAPD in the 40’s i remember her speaking of black dahlia.. I listened to the Pod Cast and Can’t wait to read your book! I watched the show and as a Location Manager myself i figured that 95% of the project was fiction it usually is.. I worked on the movie gangster squad and same thing… If they turn your book into a film let me know 3rd generation native here… LA is in our blood! BIG Fan of your work!

    • Steve Hodel on May 9, 2019 at 12:34 am

      Hi Kris: Wow, your grandmother dispatching for LAPD in the Forties, what an exciting time for her. Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated. Working on trying to get an eight-part miniseries together on the REAL INVESTIGATION and try and capture the true history of LA, LAPD, and my father’s dramatic role as a city mover-and-shaker as a sideline of his serial killings. Whole lot of history there and as you say, “in the blood.” Best, Steve

  22. Antoinette on May 11, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Hello Steve,

    I listened to the Root of Evil podcast Steve and am amazed at the strength of yourself and subsequent members of George’s & Tamars’ family, people can choose to change their path, and their past does not have to define them- you are all insprirational!

    My question is, what alerted you to 50 odd other potential murders committed by your father?
    I am guessing you address these in one of your books, if so which one?
    Have you been able to definitively say that he was the murderer in any of these 50+ cases?

    • Steve Hodel on May 11, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Antoinette: Thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated.
      As to your question. Yes, in the Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short murder we are way beyond “a reasonable doubt” and far beyond what would be required to convict him in front of a jury. Ditto on many of the other “LA Lone Woman Murders” that occurred during the 1940s. As far as the other crimes, in Chicago, Manila and in the San Francisco Bay Area the evidence is extremely compelling and the thirty-one separate unique “crime signatures” make a powerful and compelling case. I have written five books on the now twenty-five murders, which is a lot of reading. Would suggest you start with the Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder (Skyhorse 2015 ed.) which is available in print, or ebook or audible book. If you get “hooked” then would suggest the following reading order: Most Evil (Dutton 2009); BDA II (Thoughtprint Press 2014); Most Evil II (Rare Bird Books 2015); Most Evil III (Rare Bird Books 2018). Best Wishes to you and yours, Steve

      • Antoinette on May 13, 2019 at 5:45 am

        Thanks for taking the time to reply & for your information Steve.
        Best wishes and all the best also to your supportive (and very tolerant) family 🙂
        Antoinette , Australia!

  23. Kelli Kilanski on May 16, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Steve,
    As has been said numerous times here, you all are quite brave and I applaude you for sharing this with the world and bringing to light the injustice for Elizabeth Short and many others. It is completely heartbreaking, the horror and trauma George brought to so many. As said in Root of Evil, the hope is that now the cycle has been broken.
    All my best.

    • Steve Hodel on May 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      Kelli K: Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated. steve

  24. Lisa K on May 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Steve, your investigative work is incredible, especially under such challenging emotional circumstances.
    1. How did George H. come to know Elizabeth Short?
    2. What were the screams and sobbing in the recording from George H’s home? Was there actually a woman there in distress or was your father listening to a recording that he made?
    3. Why didn’t the police enter his home when they heard the screams?
    Thank you,
    Lisa

    • Steve Hodel on May 17, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Lisa K: Thanks for the kind words Lisa. Much appreciated. As to your questions.
      1) Either as a patient as his First Street Clinic circa 1943 or through his good friend surrealist Man Ray who painted her picture in 1943. GHH either introduced her to Man Ray or Man Ray introduced her to George?
      2) Live realtime assault and probable murder of an unknown female victim by George Hodel and Baron Ernst Harringa as recorded by DA/LAPD detectives on real time stakeout. They took no action. Victim’s body never found.
      3) Good question. Don’t have an answer as they were only five minutes away listening to the assault/and or murder in the basement of Hollywood Police Station. But, this no response was the reason for the “coverup” and allowing GHH to flee the country. They could not allow the public to KNOW they were listening in to a realtime murder and took no action. Best, Steve

      • Lisa K on May 17, 2019 at 6:03 pm

        That’s terrifying. Do you have a theory as to who that person may have been on the tape? I imagine that missing person reports were examined to try and make a possible connection, but that would be an uphill battle without anything but the tape to work from.

        I believe that you have written about GHH possibly having an accomplice for one or more of his killings. Do you believe that Baron EH assisted your father in his , their, crimes, other than the one recorded on the tape? I apologize if that wasn’t a theory of yours. I’m purchasing your books so that I have more information and a better understanding of events.

        I don’t mean to sound insensitive, but all this is fascinating, How does a person become a George H Hodel. I think that there is an organic misfire in brain chemistry that causes anyone to murder without provocation. Your father looked paranoid, suspicious and even sad in the photos posted. He reeked hell in the world. I believe he had a hell inside of him.

        Thank you for your bravery and strength, Lisa

  25. Wendy PC on May 21, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Mr. Steve-
    Just finishing up on your podcast. I have questions. Regarding the ‘Franklin House ‘ parties in which depravity reigned, were there no hired help(i.e. housekeepers, cook, groundsmen,etc) to corroborate some of these events? Curious…
    Has it been possible to go back further, into the personal lives of Dr. Hodels’ father and, more importantly, his mother Esther. Monsters are rarely born, they are more often ‘made’ and I feel certain a very dark connection goes even further back, where “gifts” were given and special “comforting” may have been passed on.

    • Steve Hodel on May 21, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      Wendy PC: We had just a single maid in service at our home during this period. The public’s imagination re. these “parties” is much exaggerated and overactive. There was no overt, blatant sex it was discrete and private. These were mainly cocktail parties as was common to the Forties which included a lot of intellectual exchanges on film, art etc. And yes, I have examined my father’s early years in a number of my books and am confident he too was the victim of either incest with his mother, or possibly another close family friend along with other triggers (rejected my peers and an older woman whom he had a teenage sexual liaison with, so a lot of factors at play. Clearly, his psychopathology was a combination of both Nature and Nuture. Regards, Steve

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