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Hodel began working on the case after he retired from the LAPD when he chanced upon an intriguing piece of evidence that led him on a trail that he had no choice but to follow since it pertained directly to him. As he dug deeper, he came to believe that the killer was also responsible for over a dozen other unsolved murders in the Los Angeles area around the same time. He also found copious evidence of corruption at the LAPD, leading him to accuse the department's top brass of covering up the Black Dahlia murder in order to conceal a deeper conspiracy involving crooked politicians and gangsters.
Despite a lack of physical evidence (which had been destroyed), Hodel is able to connect numerous dots and make a plausible case, complete with lurid tales of wild orgies that were attended by celebrities such as the artist Man Ray, the director John Huston and a whole host of the Hollywood elite. He also discloses his killer's obsession with the Marquis de Sade and Jack the Ripper and how he modelled his own crimes on their behavior. In particular, there is a disturbing connection between the work of Man Ray and the horrific circumstances of Short's murder. It is doubtful that this will be the final word on the Black Dahlia murder--too much mythology surrounds it and much of his evidence is circumstantial--but Hodel's labyrinthine tale adds much to this intriguing case. --Shawn Carkonen, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I cant stop buying any books that come out about the horrendous murder of this beautiful young woman in Hollywood in the war years she was murdered just as the war ended. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. A. J. Collop
I loved this book.....couldn't put it down. Had a few misgivings about some of the "evidence" but on the whole I think he more than proves that his father was definitely the... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by Denise
Well written crime novel based on a true unsolved 1940's murder. Well plotted,keeps you guessing to the end.Sets the benchmark for crime fiction.Published on 8 Mar. 2013 by Ealingdean
This book is quite chilling as it actually has real crime scene photographs and some quite graphic descriptions about what the murderer did to this poor girl. A true crime. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2010 by C. Bennett