October 29, 2021
In reviewing some books on my bookshelf that had been gather dust for over the past twenty years I came across the book, “On Listening” by UCLA Professor Carl Faber. I opened it and out fell a note from my father, Dr. George Hill Hodel.
Apparently, I had loaned him the book back in the Nineties, and he was returning it with a note to me and signed it “Love! Dad”.
Fast forward to 2001 and I’m in full investigative mode on my Black Dahlia and other Lone Woman investigations and had by then had multiple handwriting samples of my father compared by a Questioned Document Expert, Hannah McFarland. Hannah as presented in my book, Black Dahlia Avenger, had positively ID’d multiple writings by my father to known notes/letters written by the “Black Dahlia Avenger” which he had sent to the press.
Included in these handwriting comparisons was the crime scene photograph of 1947 victim Jeanne French. Her nude body posed on a vacant LA lot showing that her killer had written in lipstick, “Fuck You, B.D. (Black Dahlia)
As published in BDA in 2003, her forensics identified the writing on the body as that of Dr. George Hill Hodel. (To date, no expert has contradicted her analysis saying it IS NOT his writing.) This newly found sample is the best one I’ve seen showing his “D” in comparison with the “D” on her body.
Judge for yourself.