Author Shout Out to Retired Dallas PD Detective and Fellow Writer Robert J. Sadler

October 30, 2020
Los Angeles, California
Author and P.I. Robert J. Sadler and Friend

(Photo by Bill Crump, also a friend who you will be hearing from and about in my yet to publish “The Early Years”)
I wanted to take the time to publicly thank my good friend and fellow author, Robert J. Sadler, of Dallas, Texas for his collaboration and help in formatting, editing, along with creating the cover design (see below) on my most recent book, “In The Mesquite,” 

Cover design by R.J. Sadler-How cool is that?
My friendship with Robert goes back more than a decade when we first met and connected by Email, then in person when he came out further West to visit with his son and daughter-in-law and a new granddaughter.
Robert Sadler is not your average retired cop.  After his career with Dallas PD, he put on many new hats: Licensed P.I., Mystery Writer, Photographer, Poet, Grandfather, and long-distance friend/collaborator currently helping me edit and proof my yet to publish, “The Early Years” which will cover suspected crimes from my father’s distant past. (In The Mesquite so far is the oldest crime presented in print  which occurred in 1938.)
Up until I connected with Robert some tens years ago, my work and investigations into my father’s criminal past was pretty much a one-man job. What in my old LAPD days we used to call “working an L car.”
So, it has been great to have Robert as my “partner” on the recent investigations. Someone to bounce things off of who has “been there/done that” so to speak. I jokingly think of him as my own “Dr. Watson” but don’t tell him that. Let’s keep it secret.
He is highly intelligent and as well as being creatively gifted. Some of Robert’s photographs in his on-line collection are really amazing! (Second only, to my son Matt’s and definitely on a par with our mutual friend, Photographer, Bill Crump.)
Below is a link to Robert’s Author Website. Check it out.
In 2012 we had a chance to meet in person here in Hollywood and the below photos capture us having lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, MUSSO & FRANK GRILL. It was a mutual admiration luncheon where we signed and exchanged each other’s books.

Again, HUGE THANKS ROBERT, for all the past, present, and future help you have, are and will be providing me as pardner (Texas spelling) on this very dusty trail to Truth.


  1. Patricia O’Neill on October 30, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Only you guys know the “down & dirty truth” situations that we live with as a “civilized” society. Thank you for your service gentlemen! Enjoy your well earned friendship & success as true crime authors! So looking forward to “The Early Years” Steve! 👍🌵

    • Steve Hodel on October 30, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Patricia O:
      Thanks for the kind words, Patricia. Appreciate your ongoing loyalty. It means a lot and
      I know Robert S. greatly admires your support. Stay safe.

  2. Luigi Warren on October 31, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Happy Halloween to you, Steve. Hoping all will soon be revealed in The Early Years. Have some theories as to the dots you might be connecting, but no doubt there will be more surprises. GHH is always gonna keep us guessing. -LW

    • Steve Hodel on October 31, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Luigi. Yes, “keep us guessing” is right on. I shudder to think just how many I’m missing and that will never be KNOWN. Take care.

  3. Robert J Sadler on November 2, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Thank you, Steve, for the ‘shout-out’! It is indeed a pleasure to be your friend and to offer what ever assistance I can to aid in your astounding investigations.

  4. Joakim on November 13, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Some Scorpio psychics see death as an active, background system. Something that can interfere, something powerful enough to arrange reality(!) & use people as puppets(!) to leave messages. Such folks speculate that it seems TO CARE for “living death”, the zodiac Scorpio. Motivation? Perhaps the humanoid is seen as its walking property.. What would be the most terrifying type of serial killer? One with awareness (& protection) of the thing mentioned above., one that hunts humans and is not driven/ruled by crazed fantasy but instead acts with the excitement of a destructive hunter. I wonder if any top detective would consider such theory.

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