November 15, 2023
Birch Bay, Washington
Even in death my half-sister, Tamar Hodel’s documented statements of sexual abuse continue not to be believed. And not just by “outsiders,” but by her own family members.
First, there was her own mother, Dorothy Anthony who in 1946 after Tamar (then just age 11) informed her of having oral sex with her father, George Hodel, her mother confronted him about their daughter’s allegation and George responded, “She made the same allegations about you and your mother (Tamar’s grandmother) having had sex with her. She’s a disturbed child.”
Three years later, in 1949, Tamar (age 14) after being picked up as a “runaway”, told the juvenile detectives about having sex with her father and some of his adult friends. George was arrested and an incest trial occurred. During the trial, three of George’s adult friends were both witnesses to and testified to having participated in these sex acts.
In spite of Tamar’s and the participating witnesses’ testimony Tamar was labeled “a pathological liar” by defense attorneys. The defaming characterization of Tamar was supported by her mother, Dorothy Anthony, who claimed on the stand that Tamar “is not to be believed”. Tamar’s half-brother, Duncan, claimed she “made up stories”. This character assassination was continued by her father when George Hodel took the stand in his own defense and testified that Tamar “is a pathological liar and needs mental health”.
Once again Tamar was not believed by the jury who then found her father, Dr. George Hodel not guilty.
Today, even in death, despite Tamar’s decades-old documented revelations of her sexual assaults, she is again, disbelieved, once again- BY HER OWN GRANDCHILDREN.
A little Hodel history:
Tamar in 2001- age 66
Tamar ages 15 and 21
In 2004 Tamar Hodel provided me with both a videotaped interview as well as her own typewritten statements. In recounting the story of the birth of her first child, whom she named Fauna Hodel and whom her mother gave away at birth, Tamar related the following. (Tamar typed and emailed the letter to me on January 12, 2004, nearly twenty years ago.) Pertinent extracts below:
*Author Note- In a separate interview Tamar described the “friend of David that raped me was an Italian American, Male, White Mid-Twenteis.”
2023 Tamar’s granddaughters, Rasha and Yvette, (born to Fauna Hodel by separate fathers) reveal true paternity.
In a two-part interview with producer Zak Levitt, the award-winning creator of Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia, Tamar’s granddaughters revealed that through DNA linkage they had identified their mother, Fauna’s biological father. Those DNA results contradicted what Rasha, Yvette, and Fauna claimed they had always believed. They said they believed that my father, George Hill Hodel was indeed Fauna’s biological father. Unfortunately, this was also what viewers of the fictional television series, I Am The Night were led to believe.
It should be understood that I made public, in April 2019 the results of DNA testing that proved George HillHodel was not the father of Fauna Hodel.
The DNA evidence was known as early as 2019, but the TNT producers, Patty Jenkins and Sam Sheridan ordered Zak Levitt to not disclose it (as he had planned in his separate podcast, Root of Evil.)
Zak argued against this intentional omission and insisted that the truth should be told. In the end, he complied with the TNT producer’s demands. Sadly, the viewers/listeners were led to believe falsely that George Hodel was likely Fauna’s father. (In the view of TNT producers of I Am The Night, the decision to not disclose Fauna’s true paternity, “made for better theatre.”
What is new? Rasha and Yvette have known for more than a year now that DNA had subsequently identified their mother’s (Fauna) actual biological father which they kept from the public until June of this year.
In Part II of their “Root of Evil Update” June 11, 2023, podcast interview with Zak Levitt, the granddaughters name their biological grandfather and confirm that he lived and had sex with Tamar in San Francisco in 1950.
Further, Tamar’s description of the rapist, as an “Italian in his mid-twenties” was accurate as to age and his last name while sounding Italian is apparently, as the granddaughters describe him, “he is South American/Ecuadorian.”
I won’t reveal the man’s last name here, but it could easily be mistaken for being Italian.
In the Zak Levitt interview Rasha and Yvette go on to discuss how excited they are “to tell the world” that they have discovered and identified their grandfather (the 23-year-old man who raped their then 15-year-old grandmother) and that they “have spoken with his relatives who live in Canada, and report, “how happy they are to discover what a wonderful, kind, and loving man he was.”
But, they don’t stop there. I quote from their interview with Zak.
Rasha and Yvette:
“So, now we know who he is (grandfather/rapist) and we have real closure. We have passports, census, and photos we can share.
We had a video talk with Aunt Judy, their grandfather’s daughter, “Aunt Judy was talking about the Dr. Phil show where she saw that Uncle Steve (I’m thier great half-uncle) was trying to say our dad raped your grandmother. Judy says, “No way.
One of the girls responds with this incredible reply to the public:
“I just want to put out there that this was a one-night encounter. None of us know what really happened. We are sorry about the Dr. Phil.
That’s what she told us. That was the information we had at the time. Now we have new information.”
Tamar, a fifteen-year-old teen had gone to meet a teen friend “David” and waited for his return at an adult male’s residence. This ” adult male Italian in his mid-twenties” gave her fruit drinks, laced with sloe-gin, got her drunk until she passed out, and then forcibly raped her. …and from this one-time encounter, Tamar got pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Fauna. This is what occurred according to Tamar’s own statements.
(But, according to Tamar’s granddaughters, “None of us know what really happened.” (Inference, she could be lying.)
And so it goes, in death as in life. The stigma of a “lying Tamar”, comes once again from her own family, this time her granddaughters: “Yes, she (Tamar) said she was raped, but none of us know what really happened.”
We can now add two more family members who question Tamar’s being sexually assaulted. (This time no one can deny the sex occurred since a child was conceived, born, and linked by DNA. They can only question consent, which is immaterial since even if she had given consent, in California then and now a fifteen-year-old is legally incapable of giving consent to intercourse. Such an act, forced or voluntary, is statutory rape. One further exacerbation, she was also impaired by alcohol.
Read for yourself this sad excerpt from my half-sister, Tamar’s videotaped interview in 2004, where she relates how she was literally crying out for help to her own mother when just a teen:
“Even when I was eleven and he (father, George Hodel) gave me the erotica, and he attempted to teach me how to give him oral sex. I failed miserably on this adventure. I was embarrassed because I failed HIM. So, I told my mother about it when I went back to visit, and I said what had happened, and she said, “I will have to talk with your father.” I never heard anything from her. …When I was eighteen, I said to her, “Why didn’t you help me? Why didn’t you speak up for me? Why? Why?” She said she had gone to him and said what had happened, what I said, and he told her that I was a pathological liar and that I had said the same thing about her and her mother.” That so turned her off and frightened her that she assumed he was telling the truth.”
In closing, I will make one additional point that has become totally misinterpreted through the decades.
Let me set the record straight. as relates to my half-sister, Tamar Hodel’s testimony at the 1949 incest trial.
For The record:
Tamar never claimed, “Our father was the Black Dahlia Killer and he was insane and was going to kill all of the family members”. That was a claim made and invented by Defense Attorney Robert Neeb during his cross-examination of Tamar…his words not Tamar’s.
In front of the jury, Neeb states:
“Isn’t it true Tamar that you told Joe Barrett that your father was the Black Dahlia killer……..etc.”
Tamar’s response: “No, I never said that.”
Neeb’s words, not hers. (As we now know, it was the LAPD and DA detectives who told Tamar when taking her to court from Juvenile Hall detention, “We believe your father, George Hodel is the Black Dahlia killer and killed other women too.”
Bottom Line- Tamar never testified to or made such a comment to anyone during the court trial in 1949–it only came from the defense attorneys to shock and influence the jury.