July 29, 2020
Los Angeles, California
Elizabeth Short’s Birthday
Today would have been murder victim Elizabeth Short’s 96th Birthday.
In another bizarre synchronicity, the below photograph of Dr. George Hill Hodel was taken by the press photographer during his lecture at the Los Angeles Police Department Police Academy where Dr. Hodel, then Head of L.A. County Health Department (V.D. Czar) was lecturing police officers on the newly established “May Act” making prostitution a Federal offense during WWII.  The date of the lecture when this photograph was taken was  JULY 29, 1942, which would have been Elizabeth Short’s 18th birthday.  Investigation indicates that it appears that Dr. Hodel first met Elizabeth in Los Angeles that either that same year, or possibly in 1943.
As supported by the LA DA secret Hodel/Black Dahlia Files, they would date off and on for the next four years and after Dr. Hodel returned from China in 1946 Elizabeth would flee for her life, hideout and then be kidnapped off the streets of Los Angeles by Dr. Hodel and after extended torture be slain at his Franklin/Sowden residence on January 15, 1947.
1943 Photo of Elizabeth Short

   Rest in Peace

 

5 Comments

  1. Jess Waid on July 30, 2020 at 11:53 am

    All I can say is “Wow”!

    • Kris on July 30, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      What does this prove, exactly? How about a photo of them together? Any evidence at all that they actually knew each other, spent time together and had any interaction leading up to her death.

      • Steve Hodel on July 30, 2020 at 10:20 pm

        Kris:
        Yes there is. LAPD and LADA both confirm (and document in written reports) they were boyfriend/girlfriend and dated in the years before her murder. It’s all there, but you have to read the books to see how it all fits together.

  2. David Cole on September 5, 2020 at 5:57 am

    I can’t recall if you’ve said you ever found connections between your father and Dr. Walter Bayley? Or Knowlton’s father.?

    I keep wondering about your father’s celebrity/well known clients?

    • Steve Hodel on September 5, 2020 at 10:45 am

      David C:
      No, no specific connections to Dr. Walter Bayley though the likelihood that they would have known each other at least by name/professionally is fairly strong. Both worked for L.A. County Health Dept in DTLA.
      Janice Knowlton’s father is a red herring and no indications he was ever connected to the Black Dahlia crime in any way, so no connection to GHH.

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