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New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Hodel

Surrealist Artist William Copley’s New “Hat Trick” – A Third Drawing and Clue to Black Dahlia Whodunit?

October 10, 2019
Los Angeles, California
Today would be Dr. George Hill Hodel’s 112th Birthday

“There are no coincidences.”

                                                           Detective III Harry Bosch
LAPD Hollywood Homicide Division

Another William Copley Alphabet For Adults Clue?

Here we see a photograph of artist William Copley (undated). He is supine hands above his head in what surrealist recognize to be “The Minotaur” position.  He is laying in front of two of his paintings, both created in 1971.  On the right is a Glove, and on the left is a Hat. (Original acrylic paintings below.)

Is this another Copley “Alphabet for Adults” Letter Clue?
G for Glove and H for Hat? G.H. George Hodel?

And WHY does Copley assume the Minotaur position? Is he reminding us of his 1961 painting “It is Midnight Dr. ___” with his surgeon’s tools spelling out HODEL M.D.? His acknowledgment that he knew that George Hodel as the Minotaur slew Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short and posed her body on the vacant lot in Liemert Park, just as he has here posed his own?
Is this photograph another Copley SURREALIST MIND FU#K?
Another WORD GAME?
A ten year reminder that, “I know a secret”?
Copley’s “It is Midnight Dr. _____.” (1961)

Man Ray and William Copley’s “Alphabet For Adults” (1948)
Q for Quarrel showing interior of Hodel/Sowden House with couple quarreling. The L’Oculiste Man Ray Sculpture witness to the courtyard quarrel. (Man Ray gifted sculpture to George Hodel in 1948.)

Man Ray/Copley Alphabet for Adult Letters in original 1948 publication.

Left to Right: Man Ray, Juliet Man Ray, William Copley and Marcel Duchamp preparing to depart for France on ship in 1951. (Duchamp did not sail with them, just aboard to say “Goodbye.”)


  1. Lucas Pickford on October 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Wow. They just don’t stop do they Steve? The George Hill Hodel Mutual Admiration Society’s most unabashedly agregious member, Mr. William Copley. That POS got the biggest god damn kick out of his dirty little “secret knowledge” didn’t he? And he just couldn’t stop flaunting it in front of everyone’s face either.. Talk about a smug, arrogant lowlife. I’d really like to know just how and when Copley met GHH because those two obviously really hit it off. Unbelievable.

    • Steve Hodel on October 10, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Lucas P: I’m sure they met and Copley was a regular at the Franklin House all through the Forties. Man Ray and Copley were the closest of friends from the early Forties forward during Man Ray’s “Hollywood Years” and Copley exhibited Man Ray’s works at his Beverly Hills Gallery, then hit the seas with Man Ray and Juliet in 1951 and went to France with them and were neighbors there. So, I’m sure he knew GHH well just by being in association with Man Ray.

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