Special Report: Black Dahlia “Voices from the Past”: Top City and County Law Enforcement Officers Declare “Case Solved”: LAPD Denies Request for DNA Testing, “Too Busy with Current Cases”

June 21, 2019
Los Angeles, California

Greetings from Los Angeles and welcome to the first day of summer!

Please click below for my audio INTRODUCTION (five minutes) to this Special Report before proceeding, or alternatively click on readable text. (I have also included the full “Case Closed-Special Report” as a downloadable PDF containing full twenty-seven pages and photos.)

Special Report (Introduction only- two pages)  PDF text

Case Closed Special Summary PDF (twenty-seven pages photos and text)






  1. Steven Roll on June 21, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Validation, not that you ever needed it IMO I downloaded and printed it up. This is really cool.
    Thank you for sharing this
    Oh happy solstice

    • Steve Hodel on June 21, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Steven R: Thanks. Yes, the information/statements are spread through several editions, so thought if I put all the law enforcement together and chronological (mostly) it would be easier to see how it unfolded with the passage of time. What was really an “ah ha moment” for me was to see how Det. Carr’s “plea for the missing letter in 2006” jived with Det. Mitzi Robert’s 2012 KMEX interview statement that “they tested it, he [Hodel] should know that.” Has to be [well, most likely anyway] the “missing letter” referenced by Carr six years earlier. Steve

      • Steve Hodel on June 22, 2019 at 2:27 am

        Steven R:
        P.S. You might want to download it again. I updated it just now (6/21/19 11:15pm) as I had mistakenly duplicated page 3 so replaced it with “page 2). Best, Steve

  2. Patricia O’Neill on June 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    So many professional validations, Steve…….for your part a job well done! LASD Commander Tom Vetter’s statement nailed it! Sadly, I can only add the Irish quote by Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” 😔

    • Steve Hodel on June 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Patricia O: Thanks, Patricia. Exactly so. The tragedy in this (and I suspect the primary reason that today’s LAPD knowing they cannot defeat the evidence, simply, “Too busy with current cases to take a look.” Ie. “good men doing nothing” is that by confirming what their brother officers from decades past (the Old School Good Men Doing Nothing) knew, they are confirming the Department’s blood on their hands. Had the original investigatiors “done something” (obtain the warrant for George Hodel’s arrest and pursued him through Interpol) there would have been no Lucila Lalu murder in Manila. No Riverside murder of Cheri Jo Bates. No Zodiac murders and attempt murders in the San Francisco Bay Area.
      Today’s Department KNOWS THIS and rather than turning over “them rocks” they reason, better to just “do nothing.” Best, Steve

  3. Jess Waid on June 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I was twelve years old and resided in Hollywood not far from the “Franklin House” when the several Los Angeles newspapers headlined the gruesome murder of Elizabeth Short, tagging it The Black Dahlia. Her nude and severed body was found lying in an open field not that far from where I lived. It gave me a chill that I still feel. I have read your books, the latest one, The Black Dahlia Avenger III, which was graciously autographed by you. Thank you, Steve. Having been an LAPD officer for over twenty years, the last several as a Detective Lieutenant in Robbery-Homicide Division, Officer-in-Charge of Sex Crimes/Domestic Violence, I feel your frustration in not accomplishing a “case solved/closed” decision by the command staff. I simply cannot comprehend the Department’s position in not putting the infamous homicide case to “bed.”

  4. Steve Hodel on June 22, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Detective Lt. Jess Waid, LAPD Robbery/Homicide Division OIC (ret.)

    Thank you for the kind words Jess. Much appreciated. Especially coming from a man who literally had “been there, done that” who actually held the rank and position that could have effected a “Cleared Other” decision. Means a lot to me. You may find it interesting that another man in your position, a former Lt. at Robb/Homicide Div was called in to listen to our presentation. (Blanking on his name right now, but I think he was retired from LAPD, highly respected for his work at Robb/Homicide OIC, and maybe became Chief of an Orange County city?) He came up after our presentation at Parker Center and was “on board” with our findings. Very friendly and convinced, but as you know, the powers that be basically claimed to be “too busy with other solvable crimes” and the assigned Cold Case Detective (Brian Carr) would take another seven months to even go and obtain the DA Hodel/Black Dahlia Files, despite his Chief of Detectives order to “Clear the Black Dahlia case.”
    Thanks mucho for your support. Means a lot coming from YOU.

  5. Lucas Pickford on June 24, 2019 at 12:03 am

    You said it, Steve. Elizabeth Short was murdered by GHH and that is without any shadow of a doubt. NONE. ZERO. But as I’ve said to you personally many, many times these “don’t mess with my myth” artists (LAPD, SFPD, Travel Channel Documentaries, Podcasts, Armchair Zodiac/Black Dahlia sleuths, James Ellroy, et al.) are so egomaniacal, zealous and corrupt that even though they know themselves everything you’ve presented on BDA is true and factual they still continue to deny it and play their insidious little games.

    It’s appalling really. That insipid “Mission Declassified” TV host feigning to call up all the “Hodels” in the LA phone book and magically finding your grandnieces but mysteriously not finding you (until the episode was shot and filmed and in post-production. Uh huh…) Well, Steve, that’s them and how they operate, dirty, underhanded, and deceitful. Your readers, the world, and Elizabeth Short herself up in heaven know that you were the only person who could tell the story of what really happened to her and all the other poor souls who lost their life at the hands of that monster Dr. George Hill Hodel. And every word of it was true.
    Your friend, Lucas

  6. Steve Hodel on June 24, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Lucas P: Appreciated your passion and support as always. Steve

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