The Serial Crimes of Dr. George Hill Hodel: Ten True Crime Books by author Steve Hodel

March 14, 2022
Birch Bay, Washington
I have had numerous requests from readers asking for a full list of all my authored books.
Happy to comply. The graphic below created by my good friend, author, and retired Dallas police officer Robert J. Sadler lists all ten published books.

As I’ve indicated in prior blogs, the books can be read chronologically (as I investigated and wrote them) or in the order of their related crime/victim investigations.  Dr. George Hill Hodel’s known and suspected crimes span forty-eight years (48) from 1921 to 1969 and include forty-nine (49) victims.  I will list the books in both chronological and subject/victims order.
BDA I (2003), Most Evil I (2009), A Genius For Murder (2013), BDA II (2014), Most Evil II (2015), BDA III (2018), In The Mesquite (2019), The Snake and Bake Murder (2020), The Early Years-Part I (2021), The Early Years-Part II (2021)
Victim/Subject: (As shown in the above graphic)
BDA I, II, II; Most Evil I, II; A Genius For Murder, In The Mesquite, The Snake and Bake Murder, The Early Years Part I, The Early Years Part II.  
Author Note/ Update:
I recently received notification from the Production Company that filming is expected to resume in mid-April on the television miniseries adaptation of five of the above books. Stay tuned and advise when I obtain further information.


  1. Kelly Hodel on March 15, 2022 at 3:51 am

    Amazing Steve, you are my hero!

    • Steve Hodel on March 15, 2022 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Bro. We knew early on that dad was “different” but had no clue just how different he really was. He pretty much ignored both you and Mike through the decades and now that we know the full truth of it, I expect his only real interest in keeping in touch with me as his alleged, ” favorite son” had nothing to do with his real feelings. Rather, it was simply so he could try and keep in touch in order to determine and gauge what I might know or have discovered from being a member and inside LAPD. Strictly business on his part. From keeping in close touch with me after his return in 1990 until his death in 1999 he realized that I literally knew NOTHING about his relationship and connections with LAPD brass in the Forties and earlier. Just another cat and mouse game for him. (“squeak”) Much Love, Steve

      • Kathy Hsu on March 26, 2022 at 4:02 pm


        Excellent interview this morning on Sisters in Crime Atlanta.

        Did you ever run across any evidence that Elizabeth Short ever met Howard Hughes (maybe at the soda shop in Long Beach)?


        • Steve Hodel on April 7, 2022 at 11:36 am

          Kathy H:
          Thanks. No, no known HH connections ever hinted at.

  2. Patricia ONeill on March 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Sad commentary, Steve, for for any son to write about his father and I’m sure for you and your brothers to live through!😓 But you did survive & produce quite a body of work which I am sure still has many men squirming in their seats! While you say GHH “realized I literally knew NOTHING about his relationship & connections with LAPD brass…………”, GHH perceived, with his abilities as a predator to see (or sense), in you the “ability to know” ! Persistence is the key here Steve! The upcoming miniseries is another much needed step toward “seeing the light” in so many murders! Unfortunately as so much of our present day crimes against humanity abound we still fail to see the bottom line. Or if we do see it, we refuse to acknowledge it. Over the years reading your books, communicating through blogs, emails etc. a saying comes to mind: “ IN LIKE A LAMB, OUT LIKE A LION”! So keep on roaring, Steve!👍
    Again, May the Road Rise Up to Meet You!! 🍀🍀🍀🍀

    • Steve Hodel on March 15, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      Patricia O:
      Thanks as always Pat. It is very rewarding for me to see how many readers like you really GET IT.
      I’ve had so much help through the decades from John and Jane Doe Citizens who have been my “partners” in a very real sense on this twenty-year ride-along. Best, Steve

  3. Dan Lackey on March 26, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Hi, Steve,
    I imagine that GHH’s attempt to lure you to work with/for him, in Asia, had a double purpose. While I would think that he would want you there, he really wanted you to leave the LAPD. He likely had some concerns that, being in a high position in the homicide division, you would come across something or someone that would lead back to him. He probably rested easier once you retired & moved to Washington.
    Best Regards,

    • Steve Hodel on March 26, 2022 at 10:39 pm

      Dan L:
      Hi Dan, always good to hear from you.
      Yes, you are absolutely right. Of course, back then I had no clue (pun intended) but now, looking back with the current knowledge, I am sure that was exactly his intent. It was tempting for sure. I was single and no children and the offer of “living large” in Asia was a strong appeal to this thirty-one-year-old. But, after giving it a six-week look, I realized that dad was all about CONTROL and knew that would not work for me. Also, I only had another ten years with LAPD and I could retire at twenty years if I wanted. The other point that raises is my claim to “being his favorite offspring.” Now, I realize that he was incapable of love and what appeared to be “his favorite” actually was likely the same. To keep me close from fear that I might learn of his past connections with LAPD etc. Well, he suceeded and went to his grave knowing I had no knowledge or suspicions. Best, Steve

  4. Dan Lackey on March 28, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Steve,
    In his own way, your Dad may have favored you since you had spent more time with him,—-during your time in the Navy, that shared experience with Kiyo, and you had fonder memories of him, riding in the Jeep. Kelly was there too, but he didn’t look back at that experience as fondly as you did. He also had a better relationship with June, that with his earlier wives., perhaps just mellowed out some with age. Sure, he wanted to keep you close to be sure that his secret was secure, but I wouldn’t rule out some hint of fondness. I may be giving him more credit than he deserves. I don’t know for sure. He was a real puzzle, that’s for sure.
    I hope you are enjoying being back in Washington, and away from L.A. You won’t have to be concerned with Summer wildfires, high price of living, etc…,
    Best Regards,

  5. Kimberly on April 7, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations on the upcoming miniseries! I have been waiting for a movie version of your story since your first version of BDA came out all those years ago! Can’t wait to see it come to life. Best regards.

    • Steve Hodel on April 7, 2022 at 11:34 am

      Thanks. Yes, excited to get it moving forward. Steve

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