December 10, 2021
Greeting from my new home in Blaine, Washington.
Just within the past four days, I have received some remarkable comments/observations from two “EarlyYears” readers, who have both completed their reads on Parts I and II. The first, posted just two days ago, on December 7th, was from Larry Stevens. Our Q&A can be found HERE.
Ms. Evans website can be found HERE
The second reader, Ms. Viktoria Evans, an artist/writer sent me her comments yesterday, and to my mind, they, like so many other contributors, show some remarkable, “out of the box” thinking that could well be classified as GHH thoughtprints. Again, I’ll let her words and graphics speak for themselves.
Author’s Note- For those of you who have not yet read the two “Early Years” editions, be warned there are “spoilers” as relates to several of the early crimes and you may want to first read the books before reading the below commentaries.
Viktoria’s initial email to me received December 7th. All of the graphics below were prepared by Viktoria Evans:
I hope this email finds you well.
Right to the point: I noticed handwriting in the Big “T” 1924 CalTech yearbook that appears to be that of a young George Hodel, the Editorial Assistant. It is strikingly BDA/Zodiac styled.
It seems likely that he annotated and designed some of the pages. I looked at the 1923 and 1925 yearbooks and the style is nothing like that of 1924.
Style of cut out heads with comical quip, “THESE CAME OUT AHEAD” (p.214)
Hell-hole compared to Hell-en
*Sinclair Smith obtained his Ph.D. that year at CalTech. He was born March of 1899 but on the 24th not the 20th and he died May 18th 1938 in Pasadena. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
This was all very bizarre to come across. Thoughts?
SKH Note- The reference here by GHH to Sinclair Smith’s premature death (he wouldn’t die for another fourteen years) and “Smut” is quite puzzling? Other than demonstrating George’s obvious childlike immaturity it sounds personal, so possibly he may have had a problem sharing the limelight with another “boy genius at Caltech”? “To Be Determined.” See articles on Dr. Smith having lunch with Einstein in 1931 and his Los Angeles Times photo and obit at bottom of the post.
My response to Viktoria on Dec. 8th:
Excellent sleuthing. Very impressive. You are truly underscoring my frequent statement that “George Hodel’s future proves his past and his past proves his future.”
Hope it’s OK with you if I present your findings on a blog, giving you full credit of course.
I have to ponder your linkage for a bit, but it really hits home. We are hearing the same voice and seeing the same ” layout ” in the 40-year-old, Black Dahlia Avenger, as we see in the 14-year-old “Assistant Editor” of the Yearbook. Huge Kudos.
Viktoria’s response back on Dec. 8th:
Present away – I attached the images I was working on, please feel free to use them. Nothin’ like saving time.
I have been looking for other possible connections between the yearbook and his BDA/Zodiac letters, i.e., similar words and phrases.
1. This may be nothing but the way he hyphenated the name Hellen caught my eye (as if to say, she puts the Hell in Hellen).
Hell-hole compared to Hell-en
This one is just weird:
Smut. Sinclair Smith R.I.P MAR.20 ’99 – MAR.20 ’24
*Sinclair Smith obtained his Ph.D. that year at CalTech. He was born March of 1899 but on the 24th not the 20th and he died May 18th 1938 in Pasadena. https://en.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_ Smith_(astronomer) Maybe they were friends?
I’ve finished The Early Years Part I and am nearly through Part II. The books are fascinating – the work you’ve done is phenomenal. Thank you!
(In this email Viktoria attached a PDF with additional graphics. See below.)
Again, huge KUDOS to Viktoria on discovering this apparent linkage. I do consider them to be actual GHH thoughtprints.* The handwriting match is undeniable, as is “the voice” which is that of an immature 14-year-old college boy genius cast in the role as “Editorial Assistant” in writing for Caltech’s 1924 yearbook.
Fast forward some twenty-three years and while “the boy” is now “a man”, a respected physician who recently was the Head of LA County Health Department’s VD Control, having just returned from China, having served in UNRRA with the honorary rank of “Lt. General.”
Still, as the “Black Dahlia Avenger” in his 1947 kidnap/torture-murder of Elizabeth Short, we hear the same arrested immature voice of the 14-year-old student, (the “Assistant Editor of 1924) and see his cutting and pasting out of human heads and writing his childish notes to the police and press. “This is the werewolf killer” etc.
Again, twenty years later, in 1968-69 as “Zodiac,” we see the identical handwriting and hear the same childish taunts, the same words written, “Dear Editor” using his 1924 “copy.” And as Viktoria has noted even down to the same hyphenation, where young George writes “Hell-en” and the aging Zodiac writes, “Hell-hole”.
*Thoughtprints- ” The ridges, loops, whorls of the mind. A collective of our motives, a paradigm constructed from our individual thoughts, these elusive prints construct the signature that will connect or link us to a specific time, place, crime, or victim.”
Articles on Dr. Sinclair Smith’s achievements:
Dr. Sinclair lunches with Einstein in 1931: