Dr. Oz To Air New “Black Dahlia True Crime “Science, Medicine and Mystery” on May 14- New Show Completes Spring Trifecta as “Root of Evil” Ranked No. 1 Podcast in Nation

April 24, 2019
Los Angeles

DR. OZ SHOW  To Feature No. 1 Ranked “Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and Black Dahlia”
New show scheduled to air  TUESDAY, MAY 14TH 

Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia Ranked No. 1 in Nation this week

Cadence 13 Executive producer Zak Levitt’s eight-part podcast reached the top of the mountain this week, as NO. 1 in the nation.

The program consisting of in-depth interviews with many HODEL family members as well as experts in the fields of art and psychology tells the TRUE STORY of Dr. George Hill Hodel and the investigation that linked and identified him as the killer of LA’s most infamous murder, The Black Dahlia.

The podcast presents riveting in-person interviews with the sons and daughters of Tamar Hodel (my half-sister, same father) who in 1949 at age fourteen, testified to being the victim of sexual molestation and incest at the hands of our father, Dr. George Hill Hodel, then Head of L.A. County Health Department as “V.D. Czar.”

Dr. Hodel, arrested by LAPD in October, 1949, was “held to answer” in a Preliminary Hearing and bound over for trial in Superior Court.

In a three-week high publicity jury trial, Dr. Hodel defended by attorney Jerry “Get Me” Giesler (the Johnny Cochran of his day) and his partner, Robert Neeb was found “not guilty.” (This despite testimony from three adults present during the sex acts who testified against him.  The discovery of police reports in 2003 indicated possible payoffs to the DA’s Office to gain the acquittal.)

We hear the after effects of  Tamar’s sexual abuse as presented through in-person interviews with her five children. We hear from each child (my nieces and nephews)  their separate victimization.  As is so common in INCEST, Tamar the abused becomes the abuser.

Until this Root of Evil podcast, though uncle to all five of Tamar’s children, I had never heard the individual and horrific trauma each son and daughter had suffered.  Hearing how the House of Hodel dysfunction unfolded was truly heartbreaking.

But, in the end, comes LIGHT.

Truly, sunshine is a disinfectant and thanks to the presentation of the TRUE STORY, as presented in ROOT OF EVIL, the listening public, who unquestioningly has an EAR FOR TRUTH, has heard our story and responded with thousands of “comments” showing much love and respect.

With sincere appreciation,

Steve Hodel
Los Angeles, California











  1. Steve Palmer on April 25, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Can’t wait Steve!

  2. Janet Marze on May 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Steve – I was really looking forward to seeing this today but they aired a Natalie Wood segment. Do you know when your show will air? Also, do you have an idea when your next book will be out about GHH’s early years? Thank you! Janet

    • Steve Hodel on May 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      Janet M:
      Hi Janet. No, last I heard it was to air today? No further on it?
      “The Early Years” book/investigation is kind of on “hold” for now due to trying to put together a new project.
      A miniseries/documentary on BDA and Zodiac, so focused on that now. Be at least a year or more for that book/investigation. steve

    • Betty Garrison on August 15, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Where can I order Root of all evil book? Betty Garrison. garrisonbetty1949@gmail.com

  3. Janet Marze on May 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you Steve. That’s great news about the BDA and Zodiac miniseries/documentary – looking forward to it! Glad to hear Netflix/HBO/etc realize how riveting these cases are, as well as appreciate
    the extensive investigative work you have done piecing all these cases together. Your detective and penmanship skills are incredible and I’ve really enjoyed all your books.

  4. Janet Marze on May 14, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    My apologies! Dr Oz did air it today – it was the second half of the show and it was very well done!

    • Steve Hodel on May 14, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      Janet M: Great. I’ll check it out. I recorded it.

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