LAPD Arrests Burglar Caught Breaking Into Sowden/Franklin House–Original Crime Scene where Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short was Murdered

Hollywood, California
Here’s a short clip from the nightly news reporting the arrest of a burglar who broke into the former residence (Sowden/Franklin house) of Dr. George Hill Hodel at 5121 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood.

ABC NEWS (Click below to view)

Man arrested for burglary at historic Sowden House in Los Feliz




  1. Steven Uanna on March 3, 2022 at 11:54 am

    I can’t find any follow up to this story. Who was it.? Had they got inside? Was it a curiosity seeker or were they after something? The story has stalled!
    It reminds me of the attempted theft in May 2010 of a safe from the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas (Texas School Book Depository) The 2 thieves were discovered driving away outside the Museum with the safe hanging off the back of a tow truck hook. They fled on foot. The story died.

    • Steve Hodel on March 3, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      Steven U:
      Don’t know anything more on it. The owners make and distribute pet cannabis so maybe he thought he might score some grass inside the place? Or, maybe just a Black Dahlia fanatic that want to get/see inside the “crime scene.”? Hard to know. If they caught him inside then they might have a burglary case if they could prove intent to commit a theft or crime. Otherwise, just a prowler/trespass misdemeanor?

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