Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder

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Arcade Publishing, 2003 - True Crime - 481 pages
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More than fifty years after what has been called the most notorious unsolved murder of the 20th century, the case has finally been solved.

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 in her hair was discovered on a vacant lot in downtown Los Angeles, her body surgically bisected, horribly mutilated, and posed as if for display. Even the most hardened homicide detectives were shocked and sickened by the sadistic murder. Thus began the largest manhunt in LA history. For weeks the killer taunted the police and public much as his infamous English counterpart Jack the Ripper had done in London 60 years before, sending tantalizing notes, urging them to catch me if you can. And for weeks and months the LAPD came up empty. Charges of police ineptitude soon gave way to rumors of corruption and cover-up at the highest levels. Meanwhile, a rash of lone women in LA were brutally murdered, and their cases also remained mysteriously unsolved. Could the Black Dahlia Avenger be, in fact, a serial killer stalking the city streets?

 

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User Review  - andrearules - LibraryThing

This was a book that someone left in the hallway of an apartment bldg I lived in, when I first moved to Philadelphia. It is so addicting and very fascinating. A quick read and makes a good case for the writers claim that his father was the killer. Read full review

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User Review  - jlbattis - LibraryThing

This is so much more than a solution to a sixty-year-old mystery. Yes, the crime has, in my estimation, been solved. Even James Ellroy, whose mother may have been one of the perpetrator's victims ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Biltmore
7
Jane Doe Number 1
10
A Death in the Family
22
A Voice from Beyond the Grave
44
Dr George Hill Hodel Jr 19071999
56
George and Dorero
69
The Hollywood Scandal
90
Elizabeth Shorts Missing Week
232
The Franklin House Revisited
257
The Watch the ProofSheet Papers
265
Handwriting Analysis
273
More 1940s L A Murdered Women Cases
293
The BoomhowerSpangler KidnapMurders
319
Sergeant Stoker LAPDs Gangster Squad
333
Underworld Roots
348

Gypsies
103
SubicBay
110
Kiyo
115
The Dahlia Witnesses
128
The Red Lipstick Murder
189
Tamar Joe Barrett and Duncan Hodel
200
Suspect Number 2
216
LAPD Secrets and the Marquis de Sade
226
The Double Coverup
359
The Grand Jury
373
The Dahlia Myths
381
The Dahlia Investigation 20012002
390
The Probables
416
Filing My Case with the District
437
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About the author (2003)

Steve Hodel spent nearly twenty-five years with the LAPD, where, as a homicide detective, he worked on more than three hundred murder cases and achieved one of the highest "solve rates" in the force. He lives in Los Angeles.

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