On January 15, 1947, the body of beautiful 22-year-old Elizabeth Short--dubbed the Black Dahlia because of her black clothing and the dahlia she wore--was discovered in a lot in downtown Los Angeles. More than 50 years after what has been called the most notorious unsolved murder of the 20th century, the case has finally been solved. 8-page photo insert.
One of the Most Notorious Murders of the Twentieth Century . . . Solved!
Author: Steve Hodel
The New York Times–bestselling reveal of the Black Dahlia killer. “Completely convincing . . . As far as I’m concerned, the case is closed” (Michael Connelly). In 1947, the brutal slaying of twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short resulted in the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. The killer’s identity remained a mystery. Decades later, private investigator and former LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century. It led to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodel’s own father. Next came an equally blindsiding discovery. The Black Dahlia was not a standalone crime. Between 1943 and 1949, the cold-case “Lone Woman” serial murders haunted the Southern California area. All of them, Hodel believes, committed again by a one real-life Jekyll and Hyde: Dr. George Hill Hodel. In Black Dahlia Avenger, Steve Hodel “paints a chilling, detailed, week-by-week, year-by-year portrait of his father as an intellectual giant driven to serial killing by his arrested emotional development, his hatred of women and his obsessions with money, power and sex” (Los Angeles Times). Including never-before-published forensic evidence, photographs, previously unreleased documents, and the author’s own intimate perspective of a terrifying family psychodrama, Hodel “has written one of the most compelling true-crime books of all time . . . the most noir of noir stories” (Seattle Weekly).
In Black Dahlia Avenger II bestselling author and veteran LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel presents his eight-year follow-up investigation [2006-2014] into the Los Angeles Black Dahlia and other serially connected 1940s L.A. Lone Woman Murders. After the 2003 publication of his NYT bestseller and MWA Edgar nominated true-fact crime book, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder, and receiving a "CASE SOLVED" legal opinion from many of LA's top law enforcement officials-which included a then active Head Deputy District Attorney and LAPD's Chief of Detectives-Hodel didn't stop there. In this investigative sequel he presents his careful deconstruction of the Dahlia Myth-exposing and correcting the Black Dahlia Murder's Three Greatest Urban Myths: Myth No. 1 - "It was a standalone murder" Myth No. 2 - "There was a Missing or Lost Week" Myth No. 3 - "The case was never solved. 2006-2014 Investigation Includes: The obtaining of Dr. George Hodel's full DNA PROFILE which can now be made available for law enforcement testing and comparison to multiple cold case unsolved crimes. Discovery of the Hollywood residence where the BLACK DAHLIA MURDER was committed along with physical evidence connecting the killer to the house and to the vacant lot where he later transported and posed the victim's surgically bisected body. Identification of "The Baron," George Hodel's house-guest and accomplice overheard by detectives discussing "crimes and payoffs" on the 1950 DA bugging tapes. New expert medical testimony and evidence photos proving - "A Doctor did it." Complete original and unabridged 1950 DA-Hodel Black Dahlia Bugging Transcripts. [146 pages] THE HUSTON LETTERS - Personal correspondence between famed film director, John Huston and his ex-wife, Dorothy Huston Hodel [the author's mother] covering the years 1948-1957. In these private letters Dorothy shares with John the day to day personal fear and terror she was experiencing living with George Hodel, as the doctor threatened her and the children with physical harm in the months just prior to his fleeing the country. A World Class Surrealist Photographer reveals his firsthand knowledge of the crimes. Over 300 photographs and crime exhibits including the 1969 Sowden House 17-Photo Historical Survey. Five New Investigative Chapters added to this 2014 edition: 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 Chapter 27-Biometrics: New Photo Forensics About the Author: STEVE HODEL is a licensed P.I. and has specialized in criminal investigations for the past 44-years. He spent twenty-four years with LAPD and was assigned to Hollywood Homicide where he worked more than three hundred murder cases and achieved one of the highest "solve rates" on the force. He resides in his hometown of Los Angeles.
In 1947, California's infamous Black Dahlia murder inspired the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. Despite an unprecedented allocation of money and manpower, police investigators failed to identify the psychopath responsible for the sadistic murder and mutilation of beautiful twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short. Decades later, former LAPD homicide detective-turned-private investigator Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the grisly unsolved crime -- and it led him to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodel's own father. A spellbinding tour de force of true-crime writing, this newly revised edition includes never-before-published forensic evidence, photos, and previously unreleased documents, definitively closing the case that has often been called "the most notorious unsolved murder of the twentieth century."
Electronic Distribution Date: October 1999 Printed & Bound Distribution Date: October 1999 This is a unique and compelling account of the Black Dahlia murder - one of Hollywood's most infamous unsolved crimes. Childhood Shadows: The Hidden Story of the Black Dahlia Murder combines the author's personal experience as a close friend of Elizabeth Short with in-depth research, bringing a unique perspective and opening up an intriguing new area of speculation about who the killer might be. Author Mary Pacios sets the stage by recreating the neighborhood she shared with Elizabeth 'Bette' Short during the years of the Great Depression and World War II. The war ends, but instead of peace, the horrendous murder of the young and beautiful Elizabeth Short sends shock waves through the nation. Years later, haunted by the unsolved murder of her childhood friend, Pacios sets out to discover the true circumstances surrounding her friend's brutal death. Because of her personal relationship with the victim, Pacios gains access to officials close to the investigation, who discuss with her unpublicized details of the case and their own privately held theories about who murdered the Black Dahlia. A Network of people sent Pacios information and gave her referrals. The research that Pacios expected to last only a few months, turned into a strange ten-year odyssey, leading her to a well-known celebrity whose name as a suspect is likely to startle millions. Appendices of public documents, an extensive annotated bibliography and photographs are included.
In 1947 the murder of beautiful aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, who became known as the Black Dahlia, horrified the nation. Read all about a notorious case that has fascinated people for more than 60 years.
******* A TIMES 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' ******* ***Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for non-fiction*** 'A magnificent, meticulous and startling re-examination of a crime that haunts the world's imagination' Geoffrey Wansell, author of An Evil Love: The Life of Frederick West 'Eatwell writes brilliantly . . . [she] has finally offered [Elizabeth] Short a type of belated justice. Her book reads like a thriller' Sunday Times 'A compelling read, in both style and substance . . . A must-read for anyone with an interest in the Black Dahlia - or indeed any fan of the true-crime genre' Rod Reynolds, author of The Dark Inside 'Compulsively readable, impeccably researched and heart-rending at times . . . Superb' Sarah Lotz, author of The Three and The White Road ************* On 15th January 1947, the naked, dismembered body of a black-haired beauty, Elizabeth Short, was discovered lying next to a pavement in a Hollywood suburb. She was quickly nicknamed The Black Dahlia. The homicide inquiry that followed consumed Los Angeles for years and the authorities blew millions of dollars of resources on an investigation that threw up dozens of suspects. But it never was solved. Until now. In this ground-breaking book, Piu Eatwell reveals compelling forensic and eye witness evidence for the first time, which finally points to the identity of the murderer. The case was immortalised in James Ellroy's famous novel based on the case, in Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon and Brian de Palma's movie The Black Dahlia. This is a dark tale of sex, manipulation, obsession, psychopathy and one of the biggest police cover ups in history.
On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two. From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22-year-old woman who had become known as "Black Dahlia" because of her striking appearance. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA's notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous "Black Dahlia Avenger" admitting to the crime.
It is one of the most enduringly fascinating crimes in American history. On January 15, 1947, passersby made a grisly discovery in a vacant lot in Los Angeles: the body of a naked young woman, cut in two, and savagely mutilated. The victim was identified as Elizabeth Short, a struggling Hollywood actress. Nicknamed the Black Dahlia by a headline-hungry press, her lurid demise sparked a desperate manhunt. But the mystery of the Black Dahlia murder remained unsolved for nearly half a century -- until now. A victim of incest and brutality from infancy, Janice Knowlton was an old hand at repressing hideous memories by age ten, when she watched her father, George Frederick Knowlton, torture, kill, and dismember Elizabeth Short in the detached garage of their California home. It was not the first of Daddy's murders Jon had witnessed, and it would not be the last -- but she had been so traumatized that it took over four decades for fragments of her memory to resurface. Aided by a family counselor specializing in child abuse, Jan experienced a nightmare flood of childhood memories -- and realized that she had witnessed her father commit up to nine savage and sadistic murders, including that of her own infant son, a child of incest. Using census records, maps, family interviews, police reports, and clippings from a dozen newspapers to document her searing memories, Janice exposes her father's thirty-year rampage of rope and murder in this astonishing survivor's testament -- and provides persuasive evidence that Los Angeles low enforcement authorities always knew the shocking truth...
Release on 2009-09-22 | by Steve Hodel,Ralph Pezzullo
Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel
Author: Steve Hodel,Ralph Pezzullo
Category: True Crime
From the New York Times bestselling author of Black Dahlia Avenger Former LAPD detective Steve Hodel compiles never-before-seen evidence that reveals his father as a serial killer who may have been responsible for some of the most infamous murders of the last century- including the Zodiac killings.