Update- 14th Witness Ann Toth Interview found in DA Secret Black Dahlia Files Confirming No “Missing Week”

June 5, 2020
Los Angeles, California

Just two days after interviewing witness Connie Starr regarding her sighting of Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short, DA Lt. Frank Jemison and LAPD homicide detective-sergeant Finis Brown obtained a second interview substantiating Connie’s statements.
As a follow-up to the Starr interview, of January 26, 1950, both detectives met and interviewed actress Ann Toth at her home residence, just two days later, on January 28, 1950. A court reporter, Lily Derderian was present and took down Ms. Toth’s verbatim statement to detectives.  (This recollection by Ann Toth occurred more than three years after the actual meeting with Hansen, Starr, and Short on January 11, 1947.)

Excerpted confirmation of the sighting:
 Lt. Jemison:
Do you recall a time when at Mark Hanson’s house there, when Betty came in after you had had dinner with some young fellow, you had company there and she was dressed in a pink dress and she was cold–it was rather cool and chilly –and Mark got a blanket to put around her and heavy socks for her to put on?
Ann Toth:
I do remember that.
Lt. Jemison:
Do you recall the fellow that was with her?
Ann Toth:
No, I don’t.

Lt. Jemison:
You remember the occasion was there a girlfriend of yours coming over to dinner?
ANN Toth:
Yes.   (Confirms it was Connie Starr.)  Connie Starr yes. As a matter of fact, Mark and I left and drove Connie home.
(SKH Note:  Interview continues for another fifteen pages on unrelated subject matter.)
Below are the first two pages of transcript confirming Betty Short sighting on January 11, 1947 at Hansen residence.

DA Transcript of January 28, 1950 interview of Miss Ann Toth

Updated Witness List of fourteen (14) witnesses establishing the fact


At the same time, DA Lt. Frank Jemison and LAPD Detective Finis Brown are conducting this interview Jemison’s task force of eighteen detectives is surreptitiously conducting the electronic stakeout of Dr. George Hill Hodel.  Jemison/Brown are conducting this Toth interview on February 28, 1950, at 2 PM, which is the thirteenth day of their six week Hodel stakeout.  At the very moment, they are talking to Ann Toth, they have already received Hodel’s on-tape (wire recording) confession to committing two murders: Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short and the forcible overdose of his personal secretary, Ruth Spaulding and have recorded the probable on-scene murder of the “Jane Doe” victim assaulted and beaten by Dr. Hodel and Baron Harringa in the basement of the Hodel residence, 5121 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood. That assault occurred on February 18, 1950, on just the third day of the electronic stakeout.



  1. Tim Tapp on June 10, 2020 at 4:03 am

    I have just discovered your blog, by way of a detective video game that has you solve a variation of the ‘Black Dhalia’ , which peaked my interest in finding out if the case had been solved. I’ve yet to read through your books, but I understand they are quite thorough. Do your books cover possible motive for these crimes?

    • Steve Hodel on June 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Tim T:
      Yes, the probable “triggers” as well as the likely MOs and Crime Signatures are examined throughout the various investigations ranging from 1938-1969 which include the Black Dahlia Murder as well as a dozen “LA Lone Woman Murders” and crimes in Chicago, Manila P.I. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Below is a list of the suggested reading order of the books and investigations. Regards, Steve
      BDA I, Most Evil I, BDA II, Most Evil II, BDA III, In The Mesquite.

      • Timothy Tapp on June 11, 2020 at 2:31 am

        Thank you for your response & the suggested reading list. I’ll definitely make sure to check it out.

    • Lynelle on June 10, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      What detective video game is this? What is it called?

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