New York Times Bestselling True Crime Author Steve Hodel (“Black Dahlia Avenger”) to Speak at Village Books-Lynden July 13, 2024 2pm

May 16, 2024
(25th Anniversary of Dr. George Hill Hodel’s Death)
Suicide OD(Seconal)
Birch Bay, Washington
A little humor!
Not everyone is aware of Los Angeles’ most infamous cold case. Click below:
I will be presenting an hour-long PowerPoint followed by an audience Q&A and book signing at Village Books/Lynden on July 13, 2024 2:00PM.
Now that I have made my permanent return to beautiful Whatcom County, I am looking forward to meeting local Lynden, Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer and Bellingham residents.
You can reserve a seat for the event at the below link.
Sat, 07/13/2024 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Event address:
Village Books in Lynden
430 Front St.
LyndenWA 98264

Village Books- 430 Front St., Lynden, Washington
Join local author, former homicide detective, and son of the alleged Black Dahlia murderer Steve Hodel as he shares his decades-long investigative work into the case.
In 1947, the sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman led to the largest manhunt in LA history. The killer taunted the police and the public, but his identity remained a mystery. Until now… A spellbinding tour de force of true-crime writing, this newly revised edition includes never-before-published forensic evidence and photographs, definitively closing the case that has often been called “the most notorious unsolved murder of the twentieth century.”
Steve Hodel is a New York Times bestselling author. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he spent twenty-four years with the LAPD, where, as a homicide detective, he worked on more than three hundred murder cases and achieved one of the highest “solve rates” on the force. He is a licensed PI and author, and his first book, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder, was a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for an MWA Edgar Award in the Best Fact category. His investigations, spanning over two decades, have been featured on NBC Dateline, CBS 48 Hours, Court TV, A&E Bill Kurtis, Cold Case Files, CNN Anderson Cooper, and the Discovery Channel. In March 2019, Steve appeared on the Today Show and Dr. Phil, where he, with other family members, discussed the making of the hit podcast Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia Murder. Steve in November 2021 relocated back to Whatcom County and now resides in Birch Bay, Washington.


  1. Yolie💎 on May 18, 2024 at 10:30 am

    Kristel, Rap’cha and I gather in the Sisterhood of the Sacred WombSpace to send you a centering, cleansing breath and powerful VIBRATIONS for ancestral HEALING! Ancestral healing is the ancient practice that connects us with our forefathers and FOREMOTHERS to dispel the dark energy of past generations and replace it with purest LOVE 💖 💖💖💖 The healing message of ancestral healing is ageless. It is timeless. Ancestral healing HEALS!
    Peace to you🙏
    Peace to Brother Kel 🙏
    Peace to FaunaElizabeth 🙏
    Peace to powerful Dorero of the Sacred WombSpace 🙏
    Peace to noble Rima, earthly Guardian of Steve 🙏
    Peace always!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
    Kristel 💎 (Boogers the rescue cat is taking Lantus and that is helping!)

  2. Paolo on May 22, 2024 at 7:58 am

    Hi Steve, I have a question. In 1961 Tamar and Michelle moved to San Francisco as it is known. Tamar had no money since she left her husband and I read that she started to prostitute herself to pay the bills. So is it likely that this happened under the eyes of his daughter and also of Michelle? At the bottom they lived in the same apartment. Thank you

  3. Steve Hodel on May 22, 2024 at 9:44 am

    I have no hard information on that time period. But, there is no question that Tamar was a major influence on Michelle at that time, and sex and drugs were certainly a part of Tamar’s life then. I don’t know if she was prostituting in the legal sense, but she certainly would have been asking her “dates” for financial assistance “to help pay the rent, etc.” My understanding is that Tamar seduced Michelle’s father at one point, and then he was dating a teen whom I think he went on to marry; at least, that’s the story I heard. So, her dad was “compromised” and could hardly say anything about Michelle’s chosen “free” lifestyle to be with Tamar. Michelle gives a reference to those years in her 1986 book, “California Dreaming: The True Story of the Mamas and Papas…

    • Paolo on May 22, 2024 at 4:29 pm

      Steve first of all thank you for reply to me. I just finished reading that book and I’m just getting closer to yours now. I think I fell in love with Michelle. She was really beautiful. In the book Michelle says that Tamar had enrolled her in modeling school, but she absolutely doesn’t talk about how she and Tamar found the money to live. Drugs, alcohol, rent etc. really required a lot of money. And it was San Francisco, not Mexico. I read that Tamar was a prostitute and that her daughter Fauna also started sex when she was only 10 years old, Tamar making her a prostitute too. All of this was happening in 1961 exactly when all three moved to San Francisco. Michelle has had a free love style for all her life. Why? What did that open-ended view of sex depend on? So I put the pieces together. And my idea is that Michelle also had to do her part. So I wonder how she brought the money home? The question is clear: Is it possible that Michelle was also a prostitute? There is no evidence of course, but I believe it is an answer that fits into this framework on its own. If I’m a drug dealer and I live at home with someone who isn’t working, I would definitely tell them to help me deal. No? But repeat it’s just my idea even if really very possible. There is also a possibility that Tamar wanted to protect her from this. But this is not credible if a mother does not protect her own daughter from all this why would she do it for a friend?
      Michelle drank with her, smoked with her, used drugs with her. Why wouldn’t she also have to be a prostitute then?
      My words do not want to offend anyone’s image, mine are just absolutely baseless assumptions.
      I’d like to know what you think. You can find something about it here.,Elizabeth%20tended%20her%20little%20brothers.

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