The xx- I Dare You (Official Music Video) Filmed at the Sowden/Hodel 1947 Black Dahlia Crime Scene

June 29, 2017
Los Angeles, California

The British Rock band, The xx just released and posted a new music video, “I Dare You” which they describe as their “Love Letter to Los Angeles.” Posted six hours ago on YouTube, it already shows 63,000 views.

Former South Pasadena High School Spelling Champion George Hodel Feigns Illiteracy as Part of his Black Dahlia Avenger, Lipstick, Zodiac Crime Signatures

June 21, 2017
Los Angeles, California



George Hodel 1923 South Pasadena Year Book

LAPD Chief Thad Brown, The Black Dahlia, and “Thoughtprints”- Modus Operandi (M.O.) in the 21st Century

June 8, 2017
Los Angeles, California
Thoughtprint:  The motive within a thought.  The ridges, loops, and whorls of the mind, which like the “points” found in a fingerprint, contain the potential to link an individual to a specific time, place, crime, or victim.
                                                                       Steve Hodel
(Term originally coined by author in his first book, Black Dahlia Avenger (2003)
Photo was taken in 1966 in front of LAPD Parker Center “The Glass House.”

Dr. George Hill Hodel: A New Life and a New Wife in the Territory: Hawaii 1950-1953

June 4, 2017
Los Angeles, California
George Hodel, immediately after his October 6, 1949 arrest for Incest and Child Molestation retained nationally renowned criminal defense attorneys Jerry “Get Me” Giesler and his partner, Robert Neeb to represent him. GHH secured their services by signing over his Sowden House as a $10,000 retainer. ($102,000 in today’s dollars)
Post-trial in 1950, he then prepared his own Sales Brochure “For Sale, SHANGRI-LA in Los Angeles” and put the house on the market asking “$44,500 Liquidation Price.” (Roughly a half million in 2017 dollars)

New Black Dahlia Podcast Video Interview with Dash Finley Dark Times

May 16, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Below is a link to a recent Black Dahlia interview I did with Dash Finley of Dark Times: Unsolved Horrors and Mysteries, who [email protected] The video runs about one hour. Excellent questions and presentation by Dash, and the rest of the crew at @MoviePilot.

On True Crime Writing and the Black Dahlia Murder: LAPD Homicide Detective III Steve Hodel (ret.)

April 30, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Here’s a short four-minute clip from an interview I did a few years back on the responsibilities of being a True Crime writer.

LAPD Det. III Steve Hodel (ret.) on True Crime Writing  Link  HERE.

Black Dahlia Myth Begins As A “Laugh Line” in 1950 Film Noir Classic “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)

April 15, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Rare WWII VJ Day Film Footage Believed To Be Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short on Hollywood Blvd

April 6, 2017
Los Angeles, California

In recent weeks I have received numerous inquiries asking if the film footage that aired back in 2003 on Dateline and again in 2005 on 48 Hours CBS “Black Dahlia Confidential” (an hour show covering my investigation) was in fact that of the victim, Elizabeth  Short?

YouTube Elizabeth Short VJ Day Footage HERE.

38th Anniversary of Veteran Actor Charles Wagenheim Hollywood Murder: A Bizarre “Zodiac” Connection That Spanned 27 Years

March 31, 2017
Los Angeles
This month marks the 38th anniversary of the murder of veteran actor, Charles Wagenheim, who was beaten to death in his Hollywood apartment on March 6, 1979.










Using 21st Century Geographic Profiling Software To Investigate the Black Dahlia and Other 1940s “LA Lone Woman Murders”

March 20, 2017
Los Angeles, California


“In conclusion, Dragnet (Geographic profiling software) successfully identified both the Hodel residence and the Hodel medical practice as being in areas considered highest probability for the base of the killer(s).
Dr. Evan R. Harrington
Professor of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
August 2003
                                                                  Red areas on street map (below) mark location of Dr. Hodel home and medical practice which Geographic Profiling showed to be as locations of “highest probability” for the base of the killer(s).