New Cold Case True Crime Book by Steve Hodel To Publish August 27, 2019 – Author Claims “Cold Case Solved”

August 6, 2019
Los Angeles, California

Looking forward to the release/publication of my newest true-crime book in just twenty-one days. All systems are “Go” so embargo and publication should occur on August 27, 2019.  Here’s a hint. See clue to title above my name on above book.



  1. Brian C Weatherby on August 6, 2019 at 9:07 am

    “By the Mesquite”

    • Steve Hodel on August 6, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Brian W: *S*

    • linda on August 6, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      too small! i can’t read it!

  2. Luigi Warren on August 6, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Another inspiration for those Zodiac crosses, perhaps…

    • Steve Hodel on August 6, 2019 at 11:44 am

      LW: *S* – Emphasis on NEW True Crime.

      • Luigi Warren on August 7, 2019 at 9:07 pm

        Steve: Mesquite implies Southwestern desert or Mexico. GHH had jobs in New Mexico and Arizona in the late 30s, and we know he frequented Arizona and Mexico from time to time in the 40s and early 50s (bugging transcript conversations + two marriages in Sonora, Mexico). The cover photo shows desert and a car that looks to be of 1930s or 1940s vintage, so we’re probably not in the 20s. The body of Cricket Coogler — probably the most notorious cold case in the history of New Mexico — was found in the mesquite outside a village named Mesquite located near Las Cruces in 1949. I can see the word “Kidnap” above the book’s title. The Coogler case might have involved a kidnapping, although it isn’t usually characterized that way. Still wondering if this could have been a case from GHH’s late 30s medical residencies, but otherwise my guess is the Cricket Coogler murder. -LW

        • Steve Hodel on August 7, 2019 at 9:39 pm

          LW: I have always respected your super-sleuth abilities. You don’t miss much for sure. Better button up my embargo before you totally solve it before LAUNCH DATE.

        • Lucas Pickford on August 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm

          You are good Luigi.

        • Bryan D Reeves on August 9, 2019 at 8:16 pm

          You are good. Wow!

  3. Brian C Weatherby on August 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Or “In” instead of “by” ?

  4. Lucas Pickford on August 8, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Can’t wait brother.

  5. Dan Lackey on August 16, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Hi. Steve,
    I was reading about the logging camps in New Mexico. There was a general strike in March 1938. GHH may have had a little time on his hands and made a little trip to Texas. It’s sounds like his MO. Stomping & burning with cigarettes.
    Best Regards,

    • Steve Hodel on August 16, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Hi Dan:
      Actually, the “surgeon at the logging camp” came early in his time in the SouthWest. His first job in 1936-37, then the District Health officer came later. He was transferred to Santa Fe, NM and likely working there when the crime occurred. (About 4oo miles from El Paso.) You will see how it all plays out. Best, Steve

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