Handwriting Analysis- Newly discovered handwriting by Dr. George Hodel with Unique Letter “D” as in Duh: LAPD Captain Jack Donahoe Confirms 1947 Elizabeth Short “Black Dahlia” and Jeanne French “Red Lipstick Murder” Crimes Committed By Same Suspect”

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 findings?
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.
Author’s Note:

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.




  1. Jackie Fritz on November 19, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    So interesting about the hand writing analysis.

  2. Patricia ONeill on November 20, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Why didn’t the LAPD follow up on Capt. Jack Donahoe’s statements on Black Dahlia & Jeanne French murders/handwriting clues? Where was further investigation? Could it be the close association, mutual admiration between the then Los Angeles mafia ties and future LAPD chief, William Parker that formed a silent bond of silence when anything spotlighting George Hill Hodel loomed on the LAPD horizon? So many questions with NO answers! Now that’s the real mystery here!!

    • Steve Hodel on November 20, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      Patricia O:
      Actually, we now have most of the answers. They can be found in “The Early Years: The Further Serial Crimes of George Hill Hodel M.D.” Part I (1920s) and Part II (1930s) that I published in 2022.
      As I’ve always said, “George Hodel’s past reveals his future and his future reveals his past.”
      In “The Early Years” I have connected GHH to/with the two main players in the coverup. LAPDs Thad Brown and the DA’s William Simpson. Both were involved in investigating, convicting, and executing an innocent man for three child murders committed by GHH and Sexton. That innocent man was a crossing guard with an IQ of 65 and the mental age of an eight-year-old. This crime occurred in Los Angeles ten years before the Elizabeth Short “Black Dahlia” murder. At that time Thad Brown was an LAPD lieutenant and William Simpson was a DDA prosecuting the case. In the next ten years, Thad Brown promotes to Chief of Detectives. and William Simpson becomes LA’s “Mr. DA”. Talk about having something on them to keep them quiet, how’s that for GHH “ammunition” for a “get out of jail free card.”


      • Patricia ONeill on November 20, 2022 at 8:33 pm

        Do remember now the crossing guard conviction….TEY I & II need rereading! As I remember in my later teen years after my dad died (‘55)& my Uncle Jim’s Chief of D’s debacle in early 60’s put a dark cloud over the feelings I had for police life. Was there any good resulting from all the police careers I was involved in? Well yes, good pensions, grandchildren prospering in good careers….but at what cost in the lives sacrificed by the men who lied their way to the top. So many facades and in many ways still so revered by more cheaters & liars. And that’s the way it goes😞.

        • Steve Hodel on November 20, 2022 at 8:56 pm

          Patricia O:
          Yes, all true.
          BUT, my experience (with LAPD from 1963-1986) showed me that those “bad cops” I would guesstimate made up about 5% of the Department. So, 95% were honest and “protected and served” LA citizens. I think our total police force back then was around 8,000 (hard to remember) so 400 “bad cops” spread out over 18 Divisions comes to about 22.2 of them in each Division. That can certainly play havoc, and of course, it was much worse in the 20s-50s. But, by then I think the hardcore corruption (ie. “organized”) was about all gone and it became more individualistic in nature. (Excessive force, wrongful arrests, bribery, payoffs for protection etc.) Most cops in my day tried and did a lot of good and really believed the mantra, “The New Breed”. There will always be “Good and Evil” the trick is to overpower and try to reduce the Evil as best we can.

          • Patricia ONeill on November 21, 2022 at 11:25 am

            Steve, it’s all in making the right “cherces” ( that’s “choices” hearing it in g’ father’s thick Irish brogue) AND “tryin yer best ta admit & learn from yer bad cherces”! Well, I think you & I have done a pretty good job of doing just that & now seeing some good results in our progeny! Thankful too for a long & healthy lifespan! 👍😎🌵

      • Barry Guerrero on November 20, 2022 at 10:32 pm

        I read this with a high level of awe. It’s just incredible – in all the wrong ways. It’s yet another smoking gun in those whole affair. Thank you for digging so hard.

  3. Karen Stratton on November 20, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    The letter D looks like an the stucture of the eye. Like a drawing of the white of the eye and the other part like a I in the middle, looks like he is there looking. I have a wild imagination but maybe it is part of the character All the investigation is interesting and I hope there will be justice for both women.

  4. Emily on November 21, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    Dear Sir;
    When I was younger I remember hearing about Elizabeth Short.. I just watched a YouTube documentary on the genealogy of the H family with focus on the BD investigation…your dedication to truth. My heart feels for you in the sense it must have been challenging & hurtful at times. Im sorry for that.
    The documentary ended with your attempt to get the DNA tests performed on the stamp. Lapd was not able due to resource issues.
    Did you get a chance to get the DNA test done?
    Thank you. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. God bless.

    • Steve Hodel on November 21, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.
      No, LAPD and other LE agencies claim they are “too busy with active crimes.”
      Don’t really see any change in their positions in the near future.
      Best, Steve

      • Yolanda Camacho on November 24, 2022 at 10:46 am

        Our Healing Circle sends powerful VIBRATIONS of ancestral HEALING to you and all the lines of HODELS on this special Thanksgiving DAY. For all your Forefathers and Foremothers, have a day of ancestral connections!

        Peace always!

  5. Kathy Hsu on November 24, 2022 at 3:19 am

    Hi, Steve,

    Second publication date should be November 19 2022 (not 2023).

    Happy Thanksgiving,

    • Steve Hodel on November 24, 2022 at 10:31 am

      Kathy H:
      Right you are, thanks. Guess I am anxious to start the new year a bit ahead of time. Corrected.

      • Kathy Hsu on November 24, 2022 at 12:49 pm

        Great, Steve, Happy Thanksgiving.

        Did you see that they “walled” off the alleyway that used to be behind your house? They put a mis-matched house the width of the alley. It doesn’t fit in with the rest of the homes…they can’t even rent it out.


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