Correction to today’s article in The Messenger, “Unsolved Hollywood Mystery: The 1949 Disappearance of an Aspiring Actress”

December 30, 2024
Birch Bay, Washington
Just read the below, well-written article in The Messernger by Eboni Boykin-Patterson : “Unsolved Hollywood Mystery: The 1949 Disappearance of an Aspiring Actress” (December 30, 2023).
I want to make corrections to references attributed to me in the below article just posted on The Messenger today.  1) Our former residence, known as The Sowden House, or The Franklin House, 5121 Franklin Avenue, was never owned by actress Laura Prepon. Her residence was north of the property uphill and directly behind. In my previous writings Black Dahlia Avenger II, III I suggested that one or more of the Lone Woman Murder victims (which included Jean Spangler) could have been buried on that uphill property, which at the time of my investigation, was owned by Ms. Prepon. Much additional potential linkage of Dr. George Hodel to Jean Spangler is presented in both my follow-up books. A detailed timeline of Jean Spangler’s movements can be seen at the following blog:…/forensic-expert-reports-test…/ The possibility exists that any one of three known LWM victims could be buried in the basement of the Sowden/Hodel residence as soil samples proved positive “for human remains”; cadaver dog Buster alerted to human remains in the basement; and the original DA investigators documented on paper the possibility that bodies might be buried in the Hodel basement in their 1950 reports.

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  1. George A. on January 1, 2024 at 10:21 am

    Detective Hodel, Sir:
    Happy New Year!
    Will you write Black Dahlia Avenger V this year?
    George A.

    • Steve Hodel on January 1, 2024 at 3:58 pm

      George A:
      Happy New Year and soon-to-be “Year of the Dragon” to you too.
      Not sure there is a BDA V. After publishing three books in 2023 need to catch my breath and see.
      If there is a major new development like DNA linkage or another door opens may go through but for
      now enjoying the beauty and peace of rural NW Washington with my new partner, “Rima”.

  2. Ted Tatosian on January 1, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    Steve-Amazing work! I have read all of your books except the new one which I just got for Christmas. I am re-reading the entire series again and will read IV at the end! Can’t wait!

    Ted Tatosian

    • Steve Hodel on January 1, 2024 at 4:02 pm

      Ted T.
      Well, thank you. “Read all the books” means you certainly are dedicated. Much appreciated.
      And, as a personal “thank you” if you want to email me your snail mail address I would be happy to send you as a “thank you” a gratis flash drive with the audiobook files read by Malcolm Hillgartner. He adds a whole new dimension to BDA IV. Best, Steve Email:

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