According to the book description of
Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel, “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.”
According to the book description of Black
Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder, “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.”
One reader of Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius
for Murder said, “Quoting from AP reporter Linda Deutsch's review of this book as published in Denver's
Rocky Mountain News on April 15, 2003: "When District Attorney Steven Cooley decided recently to release the long-secret
files on the [Black Dahlia] case, Steve Hodel's theory gained substance. His father's photograph was in the file,
along with transcripts of electronic surveillance on his home for three weeks in 1950.
The reports on onionskin paper that is yellowed make
clear that Dr. Hodel was a prime suspect in the investigation of Short's murder. . . . The transcripts of overheard conversations
include a statement in Hodel's voice saying, 'Supposin' I did kill the Black Dahlia. They couldn't prove it
now. They can't talk to my secretary anymore because she's dead.'"
This may not be conclusive (and may well be to obscure
for anyone who has not read the book) but it does prove that Dr. Hodel was the wealthy and influential Hollywood resident
referred to by the grand jury and it proves that the LAPD or the DA's investigators zeroed in on Dr. Hodel without benefit
of the two pictures that may or may not be Short that began the author's investigation.
I, of course, do not know whether the
author's theory is wrong or right. I found this book to be highly entertaining and I think that it may have lit a fuse
that may solve the case once and for all. At the very least, it has caused previously secret files to be released. I see a
film all right, but not an Oliver Stone film, this should be a film by somebody who cares whether a story is true or false.
This theory deserves to be taken seriousl
Another reader of Black Dahlia Avenger:
A Genius for Murder said, “I knew nothing about The Black Dahlia murder when I picked this book up. I
made the mistake of reading the first chapter when I got home, and ended up compelled to read this cover to cover over the
next 36 hours. As Hodel peels back the many layers of this tale of mid-century LAPD corruption, Hollywood lust and glamour,
personal family drama and serial murder, he balances the explication of rigorous detective and forensic work with a true storyteller's
sense of drama. This expose sheds light on the many dark corners of our justice system, the underside of Los Angeles and indeed
the human psyche - and makes the stuff of Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy nearly pale by comparison. Like
a true crime cross between Silence of the Lambs and L.A. Confidential. Strongly recommend. Be warned however - the material
here is gruesome at times, and not for the faint of heart.”