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Blog - Steve Hodel

Another Wink and a Nod from Surrealist Artist William Copley to Surreal Serial Killer Dr. George Hill Hodel? A Reader from DownUnder Presents Us With a Not So Over-The-Top Startling New “Clew”

September 9, 2019
Los Angeles, California

“It is Midnight Dr. _____. ” (Oil on canvas) by William Copley (1961) 
Reproduced from the Mark Nelson/Sarah Bayliss book, Exquisite Corpse: Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder.
On page 145, regarding the Copley painting, the authors write:
“Copley was living in France and in frequent contact with Man Ray and Duchamp when he created this work. The painting shows a doctor surrounded by a scalpel, saws, and other tools. A reclining nude fills in the lower part of the canvas.”


Update on Police Informant W. Glenn Martin Letter – Los Angeles Times Article Suggests Letter Written on October 26, 1949 – Lucille Bowen in Martin Letter a New Murder Victim or Natural Death? – Judge for Yourself

November 2, 2018
Los Angeles, California

I originally reported the LAPD police informant W. Glenn Martin Letter appeared to be written on October 25th (written over Oct 26) but I have located the article he referenced in the newspaper and it is apparently from the Los Angeles Times, dated October 26, 1949.

Black Dahlia Avenger III: The New Evidence Well Received by Attendees to the South Pasadena Library Author Talk/PowerPoint


November 3, 2018
Los Angeles, California

BLACK DAHLIA MURDER- Breaking News New Evidence from 1949 Letter Written by LAPD Paid Informant Confirms Prime Suspect Dr. George Hill Hodel as Killer

October 29, 2018
Los Angeles, California

The following major “Breaking News” article written by Daniel Vasquez and Anne Vasquez as a Special to the South Pasadenan has just posted online. Click on photo to link to full article.

Author Steve Hodel To Reveal Historic Black Dahlia Related “Breaking News” New Evidence At South Pasadena Library Talk- November 1, 2018 7:00 P.M.

Los October 24, 2018
Angeles, California

Thanks to a most welcome invitation from my good friend and South Pasadena Librarian, STEVE FJELSTED, I will be presenting a PowerPoint Talk next week at the beautifully designed (1907) South Pasadena Library Community Room.  See below poster for details. Hope to see you there.  As indicated below, I will be making a dramatic “News Breaking” Black Dahlia related historic discovery, which is included in my new book, Black Dahlia Avenger III as the AFTERWORD chapter.  Hope to see you there.

On the Scent of Dahlia Noir: Givenchy Presents Perfume as “A Fatal Flower of Unreal and Imaginative Compositon for Mysterious and Fascinating Women.”

October 23, 2018
Los Angeles, California

Back in 2011 I wrote a short blog on the advertisement by Givenchy for their just-released perfume, Dahlia Noir. (Link Here)











On the High Seas with “Baron Ernst Harringa” Crime Accomplice to George Hodel as told by then 11-year-old Gil Osgood

October 8, 2018
Los Angeles, California












On Sunday Oct 7, 2018 I received the below Message from Gil Osgood, a retired computer programmer at the University of Oregon. It read:

1949 Article in NY Daily News Provides Additional Details and Testimony on George Hodel Incest Trial

September 30, 2018
Los Angeles, California




Tamar’s mother, Dorothy Barbe testifies at 1949 trial.
(This is the first time I’ve seen a photo of Tamar’s mother from that time period.)


Author/UCLA Professor Lawrence Grobel “The Mozart of Celebrity Interviewers” Speaks and Shares Taped Interviews at South Pasadena Library

September 1, 2018
Los Angeles, California














1949-50 Black Dahlia Witness Lillian Lenorak Hamilton Slain in Unrelated 1959 Palm Springs Murder –Her Killer Tord O. Zeppenfield Arrested

August 18, 2018
Los Angeles, California
November 12, 1959 UPI Photo

Those familiar with my investigation will recognize the name Lillian Lenorak Hamilton, who played a key role as a defense witness in both Dr. George Hodel’s 1949 Incest Trial and again in the January 1950 Abortion trial of Dr. Francis Ballard and his “assistant” Charles Smith.