November 19, 2022
Birch Bay, Washington
Newly discovered George Hodel HW link
“D” written by the killer of Jeanne French 1947-compare to-“D” written by Dr. G. Hodel to me in 1995
The above-signed note to me from my father was just discovered today (11/19/22) therefore
was not used by QDE (Questioned Document Expert) Hanna McFarland when she positively identified
Dr. George Hill Hodel as the killer/writer of notes in both the Black Dahlia and Red Lipstick murders in her original analysis back in 2000.
“We believe the postcard is from the killer and is legitimate and is the “letter to follow.” The fact that the postcard was printed rather than lettered with words cut out of newspapers also supports the theory that the killer intends to turn himself in to the police and no longer needs to take pains to conceal his identity.”
…We believe the Elizabeth Short and Jeanne French murders were committed by the same suspect.”
Captain Jack Donahoe, LAPD Homicide Division
As many of my readers know, I’m NOT a big fan of handwriting analysis. In most analyses, especially in criminal prosecutions, you wind up with “dueling experts.” One says, “The defendant definitely wrote the note.” And, a second testifies, “The note was not written by Mr. Jones, it can be excluded.” Who to believe? The jury is left with a coin toss.
Well, not quite. While not definitive by itself, handwriting can contribute and qualify as “circumstantial evidence” when considered along with additional independent evidence.
As in my own investigations, linking George Hodel to the Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short and three weeks later, to the Jeanne French, “Red Lipstick Murder.”
In those investigations, initialed back in 2000, I hired a Questioned Document Expert, Ms. Hannah McFarland, and provided her with more than a dozen known samples of my father, Dr. Geroge Hill Hodel’s handwriting.
I had her conduct a “blind” analysis, by removing any identification to either crime victim and provided her with handwriting samples written by the killer in both the Short and French murders. (Exhibit 50 below.)
The above HW samples were compared to the dozen HW samples of Dr. George Hill Hodel.
Her complete detailed analysis can be found in BDA (Arcade Pub. 2003) in the chapter “Handwriting Analysis” but in brief, Ms. McFarland found that in her expert opinion, Dr. George Hill Hodel wrote at least four of the postcards mailed in by the “Black Dahlia Avenger” as well as the handwriting in lipstick on the body of Jeanne French.
SKH NOTE- As of this date there has been NO QDE that has contradicted Hanna McFarland’s finding of “Highly Probable” (which corresponds to a finding of “virtually certain the HW is the same.”) In a documentary, CBS 48 Hours did hire a QDE and his opinion was “inconclusive” meaning he could not rule Dr. Hodel’s HW “in” or “out”. Unlike McFarland, his was a rush analysis using only several (two or three) of Hodel’s known HW samples. Hanna had more than a dozen samples.)
As I have indicated, I consider this additional finding to be “circumstantial evidence” but highly relevant when taken with the mountain of evidence presented in my eight additional books, with their separate linkage of my father to these and other serial crimes.
To the critics and naysays, I would challenge them to show/send me a preexisting HW “D” identical to that one written on the French body. I have never seen one with the same unique characteristics with one exception: that being my father’s HW.