November 23, 2023
Birch Bay, Washington
Thanksgiving Day Wishes
I want to take time this Thanksgiving Day, 2023 to express my sincere THANKS to you, my readers.
To all of you who have assisted, supported, and encouraged me through the past two-plus decades.
This coming May 2024, just six months from today, will mark the 25th year of my ongoing criminal investigations into the serial crimes of my father, Dr. George Hill Hodel.
My investigation began with his death in 1999 and my half-sister, Tamar’s startling revelation, “You know Steve, our father was a suspect in the Black Dahlia Murder. The LAPD detectives that transported me to court during the incest trial in 1950, told me they thought he killed her.”
As most of you know, my investigation back then began with my determination to show that our father had nothing to do with the crime and to prove his innocence, and to remove any suspicion.
The above nine books are all really just one ongoing Homicide Progress Report summarizing my findings.
They document his serial crimes starting as a teen in 1921 and present the linkage and evidence connecting him to fifty horrific crimes in fifty years. While most were committed in California I did discover and present strong evidence connecting him to murders I believe he committed in Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Mexico, and Manila, Philippines.
It has been an exceptionally long investigation in which I have passed from middle to old age.
In my previous publications, I have personally acknowledged and thanked the many individuals who have helped me as my very real “partners” along the way. They have collectively, added critical missing puzzle pieces to the now massive amount of evidence that has taken us way beyond the “reasonable doubt” criteria required to find George Hill Hodel guilty.
With the latest publication of Black Dahlia Avenger IV this month, in print, ebook, and audiobook, I believe I can personally acknowledge to myself-“CASE CLOSED.” This final book, while classified as “historical fiction” is really a hybrid. In a Midnight Trial by the Quick and the Dead, it presents most of the factual evidence that existed and was found and presented piecemeal in the eight previous books relating to the Black Dahlia and L.A. Lone Woman Murders, along with new evidence and the testimony and voices of many of the original 1947 -1950 witnesses and victims.
BDA IV, as a work of “fiction” is really my way of removing the “Justice Denied” and presenting it as “Justice Delayed.” It is the criminal trial that should have been but never was.
I will close by once again, giving THANKS to all of you on this Thanksgiving Day, 2023.
May each of you and your family members enjoy this holiday and recognize the personal thankfulness that reaches us on this special day.
Steve Hodel Author BDA IV End Notes (3.5 minutes, read by Malcolm Hillgartner)
Birch Bay, Washington