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!


  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


      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

  3. Frank adkins on July 28, 2021 at 9:30 am

    My condolences on the loss of your brother. I have/had 3 myself unfortunately I lost my older brother Bob to lung cancer some five years ago.he was diagnosed in late September and passed early December.
    From reading you’d books it’s obvious you loved and respected him and I’m sure he’s sorely missed.
    Best wishes and take care.

    • Steve Hodel on July 28, 2021 at 10:28 am

      Frank A: Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.

  4. Elizabeth Allen on October 21, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Words flow in streams of life’s memories engaging together into rivers of friends and families bonded together with each droplet another deposit into life as these words gather their force and power to paint pictures with letters and dreams becoming the life of yesterday catching up to tomorrow carrying us each further along tempests and troubles to rapids gasping for our breaths in words waiting to fill ouungs with yet another breath and sigh and chuckling amber air which reminds us of the words which gather us together to remember who we were and are and seeking sight of who we shall ever becomeone day returning to bring down our droplets of rain into another day of words and dreams and memories to bring us back together forever together in our words stringing is along in the beauty of these precious pearls which are our lives together in the words which remind us we are always together in our words!!! Resting in Peace and Awaiting Our Gatherings Again Together!!! To Mike and Steve Hodel And Family Always Together!!!

    • Steve Hodel on October 21, 2022 at 3:43 pm

      Elizabeth A:
      Thank you for the beautiful words. Much appreciated.

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