January 15, 2020
Los Angeles, California
73rd Anniversary of the Elizabeth Short, “BLACK DAHLIA” MURDER
Photo Credit Robert J. Sadler, true crime author/photographer
BLACK DAHLIA MURDER LOCATION
George Hill Hodel inside his residence office—January 15, 1947, Black Dahlia Crime Scene Location
DA/LAPD transcripts of secret tape recorded electronic surveillance of Dr. George Hill Hodel in a bugging stakeout conducted by eighteen (18) detectives in a joint DA/LAPD task force that worked in three shifts 24/7. Surveillance last six weeks (Feb 15-Mar 27, 1950) Dr. Hodel tipped off and fled residence leaving LE with their microphones in the walls.
Below are some of Dr. Hodel’s incriminating/confessions and admissions obtained and recorded at the Sowden/Hodel house, 5121 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood by DA Chief investigator and taskforce during the six-week surveillance.
CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FIVE MINUTE “CASE SOLVED” VIDEO
Black Dahlia and serially connected additional murders committed by Dr. George Hill Hodel summarized in below series of six true crime books. The updated editions and suggested series reading order are shown below.
Recommended Reading Order for Series
- Black Dahlia Avenger (updated ed.) (Skyhorse/Arcade 2015)
- Most Evil (Dutton 2008)
- Black Dahlia Avenger II (Thoughtprint Press 2014)
- Most Evil II (Rare Bird Books 2015)
- Black Dahlia Avenger III (Rare Bird Books (2019)
- In The Mesquite (Thoughtprint Press 2019)
- The China Letter (Thoughtprint Press 2020)
Dr. George Hill Hodel wrote a journal (“The China Letter”) describing his year (1946) of UNRRA service in post-war China just months before returning to the U.S. and committing the Black Dahlia Murder. That murder was followed by nine additional LA Lone Woman Murders (1947-1950) and his arrest for Incest and Child Molestation in 1949 by LAPD.
THE CHINA LETTER
My Journal Chief Regional Medical Officer Assigned to UNRRA-HANKOW 1946
PUBLISHED TODAY JANUARY 15. 2020 on the 73rd Anniversary of his murder of Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short
The evidence compiled in my six-book series collected over the past twenty-years confirms LAPD, LASD, and LADA police commanders assertions that they “solved the Black Dahlia Murder and her killer was Dr. George Hill Hodel, the former L.A. County Chief Medical Officer for the Social Hygiene Division.”
Here is a partial list of some of the evidence and findings as presented in the six-book, twenty-year investigation that supports Law Enforcement’s claims “to have solved the murder in 1950.”
Copies of law enforcement reports documenting that Dr. George Hodel was acquainted with and dating victim Elizabeth Short prior to her murder.
Interviews with both civilian and police witnesses confirm “George Hodel killed her.”
Official Coroner’s report show crime committed by a skilled surgeon and documentation that George Hodel was the sole surgeon at a logging camp and medical records and transcripts showing he performed in excess of 750 hours of surgery in medical school along with numerous autopsies during his internship.
Handwriting analysis of known “Black Dahlia Avenger” notes sent to police and press to known handwriting of Dr. George Hodel confirming he authored Dahlia notes. Analysis performed by a Court Certified Expert. (No handwriting expert in past twenty-years as contradicted the expert by saying, “George Hodel was not the author of the Black Dahlia notes.”)
Physical Evidence (Cement and Fertilizer sacks) found next to body at dumpsite connected as being at the Hodel residence just days prior to the body being discovered. UCLA Library’s original receipts link items to work done at the residence three days prior to the crime.
LAPD/LADA six-week electronic stakeout of Hodel residence in 1950 as summarized in 146-page transcripts provide verbatim confessions and admissions by Dr. Hodel as to “murdering Elizabeth Short and his personal secretary, Ruth Spaulding as well as performing abortions “lots of them” and admissions to police payoffs, and tax evasion and insurance fraud.
Tape recorded assault/probable murder at Hodel residence on February 18, 1950 (third day of electronic stakeout) Police record woman being assaulted and beaten with a pipe in the basement and though only five minutes away they TAKE NO ACTION to respond and rescue. Stakeout continues for five more weeks and Dr. Hodel tipped off to stakeout flees the country prior to arrest by DA Lt. Jemison for Dahlia murder.
More than ten “Murder as a Fine Art” crime signatures discovered connecting trauma and cuttings to victim Elizabeth Short’s body to known surrealist photographs and painting/artworks. In decades following crime famed surrealists Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Bill Copley and GHH’s accomplice/artist Fred Sexton acknowledge Hodel as the killer of Black Dahlia crime and represent and pay homage to him in their separate artworks.
2019 discovery of original “In Case of Death Declaration” letter written in 1949. Author, Glenn Martin was an LAPD paid undercover informant and acquaintance of Dr. George Hodel names Hodel as killer of Black Dahlia and second Lone Woman Murder victim, Louise Springer. (1949 murder) Letter secreted for 78 years found by Martin’s granddaughter, Sandi Nichol.
Original LAPD, LASD, LADA top Law Enforcement officials involved in original 1947-1950 Black Dahlia and LA Lone Woman Murder investigations INDEPENDENTLY confirm “Case Solved and serial killer identified as former L.A. County Chief of Hygiene Divison, Dr. George Hill Hodel.