Most Evil

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Published by: Dutton Adult
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Pages: 352


A headline-making new book from the bestselling author of Black Dahlia Avenger.

When veteran LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel discovered that his own late father, Dr. George Hill Hodel, had known the victim in the infamous Black Dahlia murder case of 1947 Los Angeles, the ensuing three-year investigation became the New York Times bestseller, Black Dahlia Avenger.  Publication led directly to the discovery of a cache of hidden documents, covered up for decades, that confirm George Hodel had long been law enforcement’s number one suspect in Elizabeth Short’s grisly death.

But for Steve Hodel, that revelation was only the beginning. With twenty-four years of experience investigating homicides as an LAPD detective he instinctively knew that if his father was capable of that level of cruelty, it probably didn’t begin or end with the Black Dahlia.
Steve Hodel has devoted the last decade to examining the evidence of his father’s fascinating and mysterious life, and the shocking new revelations that have come to light in the last five years are the subject of Most Evil.  His findings indicate that Dr. George Hill Hodel was among the most prolific serial killers in history, beginning as a young man and continuing to kill throughout his long life of ninety-one years. Among his crimes are dozens of unsolved murder cases stretching back sixty years.

Most Evil compiles an astonishing amount of never-before-seen visual, circumstantial, and forensic evidence to prove Hodel’s case. This relentless, compelling, and persuasive investigation will revolutionize the way we think about some of the most intriguing, brutal, unsolved, and previously unconnected murders in American history—and it may change our understanding of serial killers altogether.