Remembering Mike Hodel: May 6th, 35th Anniversary of his Death

May 6, 2021
Los Angeles, California
Thirty-five years ago today, my brother Mike Hodel passed away at age 47. Cause of death: Melanoma that metastisized to the brain.  One month from diagnosis to death. Rest in Peace brother.  You are missed!

                                                          Steve             Mike           Kelvin
“Three Musketeers” at Sowden/Franklin House

Mike interviewing Ray Bradbury on Hour 25

Mike’s novel “Enter The Lion”                                     Tribute to Mike by Harlan Ellison

                                                                 GOOD NIGHT MIKE!

4 Comments

  1. Patricia ONeill on May 7, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Beautiful tribute to your brother, Steve. Although long gone, please know Mike Hodel has been with you in all your family history / murder investigations of GHH! And, I am sure, he has been a “silent mentor-editor” as you authored your many true crime books on these murders. That’s what big brothers do😉. I Look forward to meeting him at the planned “cocktails & dinner” event in the great beyond
    too👍!! 😎🌵

    • Steve Hodel on May 7, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Patricia O:
      Thanks, Patricia. I’ll save you a seat up front, or you save one for me however, Fate decides it.

  2. catcophony on June 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I just saw this post and want to send you a big hug, Steve (if I may call you by your first name). Today is the anniversary of my losing my mother one year ago, also to cancer that metastasized and took her much quicker than anyone, even the doctors, expected. (Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic was not the hardest part of this past year for me.) I was Mom’s daily caregiver, so her absence is felt by me in a way that her other children can’t seem to fathom.

    The loss is always felt. But nothing can ever make the love go away, and I’m grateful for that. I hope you feel solace in that, too. The photo of you with your brothers and kittens is so precious. I’m unsure of how many of your siblings remain, but surely your brother Mike would be so proud of you for tirelessly and bravely bringing truth to light as you’ve done.

    Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed for any of us (that’s what I have to remind myself when all that happened with Mom seems so unfair). I have a disconnected family, so I don’t really have anyone to talk to today, but thankfully, my cat is my great comfort. He and I are sending warmth and big hugs to you through the ether.

    • Steve Hodel on June 4, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      Catcopho:

      I am so sorry at the loss of your mother. Very difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one. But, you have so many warm memories to hold on to.
      Yes, brother Mike would have loved the story and he is greatly missed too.
      Very best to you and to your cat buddy. Great you have each other. Steve

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