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Wikipedia Update DNA Comparison Reveals Dr. George Hill Hodel Not Father of His Grandaughter: “I Am The Night” and “One Day She’ll Darken” Suggestions of “Chinatown” Parentage Disproven

June 2, 2019
Los Angeles, California

(Today is the 279th birthday of the Marquis De Sade and the 20th anniversary of the day George Hodel’s ashes were scattered by his wife June, into San Francisco Bay directly off Point Bonita.)

Dr. George Hill Hodel circa 1952

Below section excerpted from “Dr. George Hill Hodel” Wikipedia Page:

Is George Hodel, the Biological father of his Granddaughter, Fauna Hodel?

In both Hodel’s granddaughter’s autobiography, “One Day She’ll Darken” (Outskirts Press 2008) written by Fauna Hodel and J.R. Briamonte and the “based on, inspired by” 2019 TNT six-part fictional miniseries, “I Am The Night” it is suggested that George Hodel may have been the biological father of Fauna.  Readers and viewers are informed of the real-life incestuous relationship between Hodel and his then fourteen-year-old daughter, Tamar and the subsequent trial. Despite the fact that George Hodel had fled the country prior to Fauna’s conception date in November 1950 (born August 1, 1951) and her mother’s identifying the father as, “A White, Italian American in San Francisco”, the book and miniseries more dramatic narrative that “George Hodel was likely Fauna’s father” prevailed. (This perception was likely fueled by the fictional account in the classic film,  Chinatown (1962) in which George Hodel’s longtime friend, actor/director John Huston plays the role of Noah Cross, a politically powerful Los Angeles millionaire whose granddaughter was born as a result of his incestuous affair with his daughter. Many believe the earlier 1949 Hodel Incest Trial (George and Tamar) coupled with the close Huston/Hodel friendship was the source of this being included in the “She’s my daughter, she’s my sister” screenplay dialogue.)
In 2019 the question of parentage was finally answered by SCIENCE.  It was revealed in the final episode of the No. 1 ranked eight-part podcast, “Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia.” In a dramatic sit down with Hodel Family members, the shows executive producer, Zak Levitt presented the results from DNA testing.  Those results “proved to a scientific certainty that George Hodel was NOT THE BIOLOGICAL FATHER OF FAUNA HODEL.” (Unfortunately, TNT, the sponsor of the Root of Evil: True Story, requested that portion and those findings be removed from the final Episode No. 8. Consequently, hundreds of thousands of listeners were deprived of hearing the truth as Tamar Hodel had always maintained, “Fauna Hodel’s father was not George Hodel, her father was a White Italian Male in San Francisco.”


Click on the link below for full bio on GHH:



I have been asked the same question (below) by a number of readers.

“Why did TNT remove the DNA results from the final episode of the podcast, “Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia?”

The most recent query was today from Kim Shinabery on Facebook.  My answer below:


  1. Fauna Elizabeth Hodel-Wilson on June 2, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you, again for the truth.

    • Steve Hodel on June 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      Fauna Elizabeth Wilson: You’re welcome, but it’s really you and your half brothers, Peace, Love, and Joy’s TRUTH. Important that the world knows that your older half-sister (Fauna Hodel, born in San Francisco in 1951) was not fathered by my father, your grandfather. Much love to all, Uncle Steve.

  2. Peggy Codella on October 4, 2019 at 2:39 am

    One of my questions about Fauna has now been answered. Too bad that wasn’t in the podcast. Knowledge is powerful. Thanks for posting.

    • Steve Hodel on October 4, 2019 at 2:42 am

      Peggy C: Agreed. TNT should have allowed the recorded truth to remain and not remove it from the last episode. The RofE producer/writer Zak Levitt fought hard to try and keep it in, but sadly got overuled by the suits at TNT.

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