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November 6, 2023
The anticipated publishing date of BLACK DAHLIA AVENGER IV.

Black Dahlia Avenger IV published as: Print, Ebook and Audiobook.

November 6, 2021
Published The Early Years: Part I -The 1920s and Part II-The 1930s
(Thoughtprint Press 2021)

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January 10, 2020
Published THE CHINA LETTER by Dr. George Hill Hodel 
(Thoughtprint Press 2020)
(Introduction/Afterword by Steve Hodel)

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September 29, 2019
Coast to Coast Interview with Host George Knapp

Coast to Coast AM Live Radio Interview Sunday SEPTEMBER 29, 2019: Award Winning Journalist George Knapp and Steve Hodel Dicuss “Black Dahlia Investigation 2019”

August 29, 2019

House of Lucie Gallery /Fototeka Author Q&A
LAPD Crime Scene Photos Exhibit/”Murder as a Fine Art” Discussion

August, 2019

The Solving of the 1938 West Texas Kidnap Torture Murders of Hazel and Nancy Frome
(Thoughtprint Press 2019)

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Sunday May 19, 2019, Pasadena Playhouse

Monday May 13, 2019 Whittier  Whittwood Branch Library

South Pasadena Public Library
November 5, 2015  7:00 pm
1100 Oxley St. (Phone 626.403.7340)
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Author talk/PowerPoint on his new book
Most Evil II: Presenting the Follow-up Investigation and Decryption of the 1970 Zodiac Cipher in which the San Francisco Serial Killer Reveals His True Identity

Book Soup Bookstore
November 18, 2015  7:00 pm
8818 Sunset Blvd  (Phone 310.659.3110)
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Author talk on his new book
Most Evil II: Presenting the Follow-up Investigation and Decryption of the 1970 Zodiac Cipher in which the San Francisco Serial Killer Reveals His True Identity


September, 2006– Appeared on CNN Anderson Cooper 360- Eliminated Photo#1 as not being Elizabeth Short. Identified and personally interviewed woman in photo who verified photo taken at the Franklin House in ’47. See FAQ 20 on “Maganda.”

October, 2008– Discover and connect physcial evidence from Black Dahlia crime-scene to physical evidence known to be at the Sowden/Franklin House three days before the murder.
See FAQ links: FAQ 75 and FAQ 76. (Large files allow time to load)

May, 2009- Identify “The Baron” confidant of George Hodel heard talking with him on the DA Black Dahlia SurveillanceTapes as- Ernst Von Harringa. See original blog “Bugging Tapes Baron Identified” and well as follow-up blogs. (Keyword Harringa.)

June, 2009– Discover my maternal grandfather (mother’s father) Charles Harvey, unexpectedly dies on December 23, 1949, the very day of George Hodel’s “acquittal” on incest/molestation charges. Upon ordering a copy Grandfather’s death certificate I discovered the “attending physician who listed his cause of death and ordered immediate cremation of the body was-DR. GEORGE HODEL. See A Death in the Family.

August, 2009- Release of LASD Cmdr Tom Vetter television interview where he conirmed High Comman knew identify of Dahlia Killer, but informed him in 1962, “It will never come out.” See Vetter blog on story here.

September, 2009 Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac, and the further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hodel was published on September 22, 2009.October 25, 2009- MOST EVIL #12 on Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

May, 2010- LAPD Top Cops Speak Out “Case Solved” See 3 minute video Link Here.Discover that in 2004, active LAPD Chief of Detectives orders his Robbery Homicide detectives to, “Go ahead and clear the Black Dahlia case unless you can find some major holes in his investigation.” (Order ignored and Chief retires one year later.)

August, 2010- DA Hodel-Black Dahlia Surveillance Transcripts indicate potential link to Dr. Audrain, Head of LA Abortion Ring Doctors to George Hodel. See FAQ here.

January 15, 2011– Public announcement that George Hill Hodel’s full DNA profile obtained
and now available for law enforcement comparison to unsolved Cold Case investigations.

March 22, 2012- Publication of Black Dahlia Avenger II: Presenting the Follow-Up Investigation and Further Evidence Linking Dr. George Hill Hodel to Los Angeles’s Black Dahlia and other 1940s LONE WOMAN MURDERS.

November 9, 2012- Sowden/Hodel Residence searched by BUSTER, a court-certified police “Cadaver Dog.” Search resulted in Buster “alerting” to Human Decomposition at four separate locations in the basement of the residence. Search corroborated the 1950 DA/LAPD detectives tape recorded evidence indicating an assault or murder occurred in the basement. See article on“The Smell of Death” here:

February 1, 2012-  NBC New Patrick Healy reports Cadaver Dog BUSTER’s search and findings at the Sowden/Hodel residence. See video news piece HERE. (3 mins)

March 11, 2013- Publication of A GENIUS FOR MURDER: A Play In Three Acts

The play focuses on the historical events that occurred in the life of Dr. George Hill Hodel during the five year period from 1945-1950 before he fled the country. See summary link here.

March, 2014- Sowden/Franklin House Soil Samples analysis returns.  Dr. Arpad Vass confirms Cadaver Dog Buster’s “alerts”.  Testing shoes “the soil samples are positive and are human specific. According to Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Vass, “Chemical analysis of the irrigation box soil showed numerous markers for a decompositional event. These markers were human specific and indcates that human remains were, or are, present in the vicinity of where the soil was collected.”  See summary link here.

May, 2014-  Black Dahlia Avenger II 2014 edition published. Five new chapters added to 2012 publication. New Chapters include:
Chapter 23- LAPD Historical Society- The New Evidence, Chapter 24- Odor Mortis-The Smell of Death, Chapter 25- The KMEX-Univision Interviews, Chapter 26- Murder as a Fine Art: The Hodel/Man Ray Nexus, and Chapter 27- Biometrics: New Photo Forensics
See summary link here.

October, 2014  Inquisitor Podcast interview with author/host Chris Cella. Two part interview. See summary here.

November, 2014-  Attended and gave two PowerPoint Talks  (Black Dahlia and Most Evil) at NOIRCON 2014 in Philadelphia,  PA.
See summary here.

February, 2015- Skyhorse/Arcade Publishing publishes updated print edition of NYT bestseller, Black Dahlia Avenger. See summary here. 

February, 2015   Black Dahlia Avenger/Zodiac: Thirty Unique Crime Signatures and M.O. Comparison video posted. See here.

October, 2015   Publication of MOST EVIL II: Presenting the Follow-up Investigation and Decryption of the 1970 Zodiac Cipher in Which the San Francisco Serial Killer Reveals His True Identity (Rare Bird Books 2016)
See Summary link here. 

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