Jim Sulanowski’s “MURDER MOST FOUL-Solving the Black Dahlia Murder”

August 8, 2021
Los Angeles, California
Here’s an hour interview I recently did with Jim Sulanowski for his podcast, MURDER MOST FOUL. The interview with Jim ran a little long and thanks to his editing skills he got it down to a “Just The Facts” talk. Great job of editing Jim! Enjoyed our time together.

Jim Sulanowski’s MURDER MOST FOUL podcast on “Solving the Black Dahlia Murder.”  (1 hour)
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From Jim’s website:
My name is James Sulanowski and I am your host for MURDER MOST FOUL.
I am a transplant to Rhode Island from Upstate New York. Podcasting is a new endeavor for me which I have been forced into pursuing by my wife unless I’d like to strip the wallpaper in the bedroom, which I do not.
In the weeks to come, join me as I explore some of the better-known murder cases, and some not so known. I promise they are all fascinating.





  1. Patricia ONeill on August 10, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Oh my! Just listened to your podcast, Steve! Many “synchronicities” revealed here! For instance, Tamar living in SF, the Hungry I, entertainers, police chiefs (LA & SF….yes, quite the brotherhood!). Also, as I listened, a line from a young medical professional said to me about 2 years ago about your writings came back to me & think you would find it very interesting too. Have to have time to organize my thoughts (you’re going to find things slow down a bit hitting #80😱)! Will do so in an email hopefully during a very busy (not fun busy!) month(s) ahead…but I do have more to say!! It sounds like its good sailing for your “The Early Years” & the docu/miniseries and looking forward to both! Stay well, stay safe! 😎🌵

    • Steve Hodel on August 10, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Patricia O:

      Yes, as the clock ticks closer and closer to 80, I’m noticing some definite changes. Especially when it comes to MEMORY. In the above interview, I blanked on of all names, LAPD Chief William H. Parker, who was a Yellow cabbie back with GHH in the Twenties.
      But, overall the interviewer was happy with the hour talk as was able to get in a lot of facts and linkage, thanks to host Jim Sulanowski’s letting me non-stop narrate for the most part.

      • Patricia ONeill on August 10, 2021 at 5:41 pm

        Don’t feel badly about that memory lapse, Steve, even with a major player like Parker!! The podcast sounded quite smooth, informative! That relates to my reference above to the “young medical professional”…..a speech therapist. Yep, my lapses & hesitant speech on certain subjects became so noticeable 2 years ago my regular doctor referred me to a speech therapist. Learned a lot in those sessions & found out earlier mental stresses along with age can also be a major factor here! My kids joke, “this certainly wasn’t a problem for mom when we were kids…….& still talkin”!😆.

    • Luigi Warren on August 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm

      You sound in fine fettle, Steve. Looking forward to the documentary series. This is a story that must be told!


      • Steve Hodel on August 10, 2021 at 8:06 pm

        Thanks Luigi. Overall feeling good. With you’re extensive knowledge of the time period I think you especially are going to enjoy the links to the Wayback Machine of the 20s and 30s. Anxious to get TEY out and about. Leaning towards publishing simultaneous to the miniseries project, but depending might get it out earlier? Best, Steve

  2. Scott Coblio on August 13, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Hi Steve! I don’t want to take too much of your time but I just read 2 of your books (BDA Parts 1 & 2) and I have to say after reading them, it’s hard to imagine anyone else did it but your Dad. It must be so weird to have such a fractured connection to one’s father—as you say in the ending, you still love him because he was many people and the one you knew as “Dad” was nothing like the person he must have been when he was transacting his terrible deeds. So first of all, my heart goes out to you for that place in the heart that can never be reconciled whenever someone we love is “more than one person”.
    I do have a couple of quick questions:
    1) Do you really think he planned to surrender, as he intimates in one of the early letters to police? If so, why do you think he would have wanted to do that? Surely he’d have had to be willing to trade a future of freedom for a moment’s fame (if fame was what he wanted). What do you think would have motivated him to want to surrender? And why do you think he changed his mind?

    2) It boggles my mind that he did such shocking things at the “Fathers Day Party”–how could he be so open about this debauchery and not expect anyone to contact authorities about what happened to Tamar? Even if the guests were inclined to be sympathetic to the perverse? I’m in no way challenging you—I believe it happened. I just can’t believe he could do that stuff so publicly without worrying every second that the jig would be up because somebody ran to the authorities. Then again, he was powerful, so maybe he felt “untouchable”…..

    3) This all happened before many personality disorders were even recognized yet. If he could be studied today, how do you think he would be diagnosed?

    That’s it for now. I don’t want to overwhelm you but I think of so many questions as I’m reading….I live in West Hollywood and have seen the Franklin house. I used to visit people who lived 3 homes away and they said they were invited over once for cocktails (he didn’t say when) and he asked to see the “secret room” off the study (I think he said) and that it was more of a closet? I’m just repeating what he said. I also watched the “I Am The Night” mini series on Amazon Prime–it was well made, but they did change a lot. Well, thanks in advance for your consideration. I look forward to reading more of your books.
    Scott Coblio

  3. Scott Coblio on August 13, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    I forgot one question: What do you think motivated the Armand Robles attack?

    • Steve Hodel on August 13, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      Scott C:
      Hard to know? Could have been something the teen said to him? Any offhand remark could have caused it.

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