August 17, 2022
Birch Bay, Washington
Greetings from Birch Bay!
I woke up this morning with three thoughts on my mind that I want to clarify and communicate to you, my readers.
Some naysayers and critics of my investigation claim that my books are “Daddy issues.” That, Steve, was mad because his father left him and his mother and brothers and this is his way of striking back at him.”
Absolutely FALSE. I loved my father and we were never closer than in the final decade of his life when I spoke and visited him in San Francisco on a regular basis. As I’ve often stated in my writings–THIS INVESTIGATION CAME TO ME.
I was long retired (14 years) with no thought or knowledge that there existed any linkage of my father to the 1947 Black Dahlia Murder until my phone conversation with my half-sister, Tamar after our father’s death. It was then that she for the first time in her life said to me, “You know our father was a suspect in the Black Dahlia murder. The police officers who took me to court in the incest trial told me that believed he killed her.”
George, Steve, and June Hodel on a balloon ride in San Francisco circa 1980s
Steve and George Bellingham WA circa 1993
This point generally comes from the print or television media and goes something like this: “Steve Hodel say’s his father killed Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short, or “Steve Hodel’s theory is that his father is…” or “According to Steve Hodel he solved the Black Dahlia murder…”
NO! The reality, the truth of my investigation as related to the Black Dahlia is that I DISCOVERED THAT THE DA AND LAPD IDENTIFIED DR. GEORGE HILL HODEL AS HER KILLER AND SOLVED THE CASE BACK IN 1950. Steve Hodel didn’t solve it–Law Enforcement DID. All Steve Hodel did was DISCOVER AND UNCOVER THEIR SOLUTION and add more meat to the bone.
I would like to take this opportunity to PERSONALLY THANK all my readers for their long-standing support of my investigations as reflected in the hundreds of positive reviews they have given my books by taking the time to write their thoughts on AMAZON. I am proud to say that Black Dahlia Avenger series has over nine hundred separate reviews with a total rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. And my follow-up Most Evil two-book series also are rated 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
My sincere gratitude to each one of you that has taken the time to offer your kind words and thoughts in the reviews as well as the dozens of “armchair detectives” who have contributed and continue to provide additional important linkage here on my blog site.