March 26, 2021
Los Angeles, California
I want to introduce you to a real-life hero. Author/Journalist Dolores Kennedy.
Dolores convinced that seventeen-year-old, William “Bill” Heirens was wrongfully convicted in 1946, began fighting for justice decades ago. After compiling the many facts pointing to his innocence she published them in her book, William Heirens: His Day In Court (Bonus Books Inc. 1991)
“This book represents the long-overdue defense of Bill Heirens. You shall be the jury he never had. I think it’s time Bill Heirens had his day in court.”
(From Prologue, William Heirens: His Day In Court Bonus Books 1991)
My own separate Black Dahlia and LA Lone Woman Murders investigations back in 2003 pointed to a potential connection to my own father having possibly committed the three 1945-6 “Chicago Lipstick Murders.” But, initially, I discovered their killer had been arrested and “confessed” to all three crimes. End of story, or so I thought until discovering Dolores Kennedy’s book. I read it in two days and based on her evidence was convinced that a “wrongful conviction” was a very real possibility and that seventeen-year-old Bill Heirens could have been innocent. At that time Heirens was in prison serving his 57th year for three crimes he very well may have not committed.
In 2003, I contacted Dolores Kennedy, flew East, and met with her and the Innocence Team defending Bill Heirens. Then Dolores and I together traveled to the prison and I had an opportunity to meet and speak with Bill in person.
My own separate investigation and linkage of my father to the Chicago Lipstick Murders is summarized in my second book, Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac and The Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel (Dutton 2009).
My own discoveries added to Dolores’s already strong compelling case leaves no doubt that Bill Heiren’s did not and could not have committed the three “Lipstick Murders” and that Dr. George Hill Hodel very likely was the actual killer. (An hour Documentary, MOST EVIL was made and aired in 2008 in which Dr. Michael Stone of Columbia University, that independently supported our findings and likelihood that Heiren’s may have been wrongfully convicted and that Dr. George Hill Hodel fit the profile of the killer.)
While Dolores Kennedy never stopped fighting to “Free Bill” sadly, he passed away on March 5, 2012, while serving his 66th year in prison.
Dolores is the true unsung hero in the telling of the Bill Heirens Story. She fought for him for over nearly thirty years and was still petitioning for his release when he passed.
Thank you Dolores for your Strength, Service, Love, and Sacrifice in the name of Truth.
See details on Bill Heiren’s passing in 2012 post JUSTICE DENIED.
Photos from Dolores book: William Heirens His Day In Court:
Below page from my book, Most Evil describing my initial involvement and a photo of Bill taken when Dolores and I met with him in 2003.
UPDATE: March 28 Below is a link to the “Most Evil” documentary where Dr. Michael Stone of Columbia University interviews and profiles Bill Heirens and examines my follow-up investigation.