A Twenty-Year (2003-2023) Thank You to Readers and Reviewers of Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder Series

July 18, 2023
Birch Bay, Washington
With the upcoming anticipated publication (late summer/early fall 2023) of Black Dahlia Avenger IV, I wanted to take time out to give a big THANK YOU to my many readers and reviewers of my BDA series.
As of this date, the Amazon reviews are just six shy of 1400 with an overall ranking of 4.5 out of a possible 5.0. I could not be happier with the response from readers and the fact that so many of you have taken the time to provide your personal reviews.

Here are just a few of the many reviews from individuals and newspapers through the years:


“The hardcover book was pretty compelling. Then when all the transcripts and stuff
came out from the D.A.’s Office that took it over the top for me. That would have been
enough for me to bring a case against Dr. Hodel. I have told my detectives unless they can
find some major holes in Hodel’s investigation–to go ahead and clear the Black Dahlia murder.”
James McMurray, LAPD Chief of Detectives
“In 1962 I was a detective and was the driver for Undersheriff James Downey who was the
sheriff department’s number two man. One day, he was going to lunch with his good friend,
Gordy Bowers, chief of detectives. Somehow, the Black Dahlia murder came up in the
conversation. I heard Jimmy say, “Oh, that had been solved, but it will never come out. It was
some doctor they (LAPD) all knew out in Hollywood.” In my own professional opinion, Hodel
has put the pieces together and solved the case.”
LA Sheriff’s Commander Thomas Vetter/Lt. Col. USMC (ret.)
And here’s the first full review from film critic David Thomson in the NY Times, just after my original publication in April 2003, which I am particularly fond and proud of. Thank you, David. (Click on the link below for PDF)


Bellingham Herald April 12, 2003




  1. Brian W on July 18, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you, Steve, for all your hard work, dogged determination, and for having the determination and fortitude to shine a necessarily bright light on this heinous crime.

  2. Brian W on July 18, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    And a third determination to ensure total redundancy….😁

    • Steve Hodel on July 18, 2023 at 10:44 pm

      Brian W:
      Thanks Brian. Much appreciated. Best regards to you and yours.

      • Yolie💎 on July 22, 2023 at 10:09 am

        Kristel and I send you a cleansing, centering breath and powerful VIBRATIONS for ancestral healing. Ancestral healing is a powerful practice that connects us to our forefathers and foremothers. It dispels the negative energy of past generations and replaces it with PURE LOVE! The practice of Ancestral healing is ageless. It is timeless. The message of ancestral healing never grows old.
        Peace to you!
        Peace to Brother Kel!
        Peace to FaunaElizabeth!
        Peace to powerful Dorero, whose sacred WombSpace gave birth to you!
        Peace always!
        Yolie 💎 and Kristel 💎💎

      • Josefina on July 29, 2023 at 2:02 am

        Can u hold a book signing meeting please

        • Steve Hodel on July 29, 2023 at 10:05 pm

          All the way up in Birch Bay, Washington now. I can send you a print copy of whichever book you chose to you if you want to contact me via my email: steve@stevehodel.com Paperbacks depending which one I generally charge $20 plus $5.00 postage. Best, Steve

  3. Luigi Warren on July 26, 2023 at 12:02 pm


    Z340 codebreaker David Oranchak just ID-ed an original version of the Zodiac Halloween Card on Ebay:


    For some reason the card’s background appears green rather than black and the Gibson branding is visible on the back of the card where Zodiac’s crossed H calligramme was added, but it is the same design. The imagery makes it clearer what was added to the card. The raised, gesturing hand of the skeleton on the front, annotated with “14” by the Zodiac, is clearer, showing a gap between index finger and thumb. The eyes of the skeleton were modified asymmetrically by the Zodiac for some reason. IMO, looked at through the lens of “Alphabet for Adults,” it is easy to get ‘h,’ ‘E’ and ‘L’ from the hand. It’s easy to get an O and, more ambiguously, a D, from the altered eyes. The hand in particular looks like a “gimme” for someone with GHH’s mentality.

    Best regards,


    • Steve Hodel on July 29, 2023 at 10:08 pm

      LW: You’re probably correct. Have to ponder it. Hard to imagine GHH not “signing” his messages with a hidden clue in some way. A wink and a nod back to his fellow Surrealists. He just could not resist showing how “very clever” he was to his insider friends.

      • Luigi Warren on July 29, 2023 at 10:27 pm

        Steve: Or, maybe the skull’s grinning mouth is the “D” and the pupil-less eye the “O.” But I think there has to be a reason one eye has a “pupil” and the other doesn’t. The name you ache to know is in my bones… Forever ambiguous, of course. -LW

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