3 July 2021
Los Angeles, California
The 1944 LA Lone Woman Murder Investigation of 20-year-old Hollywood victim, Georgette Bauerdorf was originally presented in BDA (Arcade 2003) as one of the suspected serially connected murders committed by Dr. George Hill Hodel, some 2 1/2 years before the 1947 Black Dahlia murder.
For those wishing a 2003 summary on the Georgette Bauerdorf (October 14, 1944) murder investigation see BDA Chapter 23 “More 1940s L.A. Murdered Women Cases”- pages 301-308.
In prior blogs (see below links) I have examined and presented linkage of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office Bauerdorf MO/Crime Signatures to GHH’s Chicago Bathtub/Red Lipstick Murders, and to a typed letter, the killer mailed to the press and police one year after the Bauerdorf LASD (West Hollywood) murder. (Sheriff’s Detectives in 1945 investigated the possible LA/Lipstick/Chicago Bathtub Murders connections.)
The following updated information will focus specifically on the unique murder weapon used in the Bauerdorf crime and how it potentially connects to Dr. George Hill Hodel.
After beating, physically raping, and then asphyxiating Miss Bauerdorf, her killer then placed her body in the apartment bathtub, turned on the water, and fled the scene.
The Coroner determined the cause of death was asphyxiation caused by a 9″x 9″ elastic bandage forced 4″ down her throat, and only discovered during the autopsy. The coroner also established she had been physically raped. (Based on the statement, we can assume this was established by male semen found inside her vagina, so slides should exist and would provide the potential for positive DNA identification to George Hodel if they still exist. I currently have my father’s full DNA profile in my possession.)
The Murder Weapon- A Rare Type of Elastic Bandage
Rare 9″x 9″ elastic bandage important clue