January 23, 2021
Los Angeles, California
Here’s a link to a well-researched and well-written article by EW columnist, Maureen Lee Lenker updating the Jean Spangler murder investigation.
Kudos to Ms. Lenker on her accurate and objective research that goes a long way in helping dispel the many MYTHS that were initially generated in the 1940s and then continued to be sensationalized through the decades.
Below graphic shows my own Jean Spangler timeline showing her movements on October 8, 1949 in the hours just prior to her kidnap/murder. See my earlier post HERE.
SKH Note: Not included on the below timeline is the fact that prior to the sighting on Spangler at the Cheese Box Restaurant she was seen with possibly the same individual seen with her at the restaurant. Earlier description matched, “a tall dapper man seated in a car at the Hollywood Ranch Market” in the early evening hours. The Hwd Ranch Market location was directly across the street from the VILLA ELAINE, 1245 N. Vine St, which on that date was the residence apartment of Dr. George Hodel’s good friend, MAN RAY and his wife, JULIET, who resided in Apt 10. Could they have just come from visiting them? Very possible. It is also worth noting that George Hodel had just been arrested for INCEST with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Tamar and had bailed out of jail on October 7, 1949, literally the day before the suspect met and kidnapped Jean Spangler. (See my earlier post for full details.) Was Jean Spangler silenced because she knew too much? Again, very possible.
Man Ray’s Villa Elaine Apt directly across street from Hollywood
Ranch Mkt, 1245 N. Vine St., Hollywood
Dr. George Hill Hodel Posted Bail on Incest and Child Molestation Charges and Released Oct 6, 1949 just two days before Spangler date and disappearance.
Below photographs show court docket and LA Times photo of release of Dr. Hodel to his attorney in hallway of DTLA criminal courthouse after booking and posting bail in amount of $5,000. (Equivalent to $55,000 in 2021 dollars.) LAT photo appeared the following day, Oct 7 1949 in morning edition.
As presented in my Spangler investigation it is my belief that Dr. George Hill Hodel was Spangler’s “date” on the late afternoon/evening of Oct. 7th and the man seen arguing with her in the restaurant and just a short time later the same man abducting her in the vehicle (just two blocks from the restaurant) where Spangler yelled out to the gas station attendant, “Get the license plate of this car and call the police.”
GHH booking photo Oct 6, 1949
(Note he is wearing same coat and tie as in hallway w/attorney, indicating he was fully processed and released on same day.)