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Black Dahlia avenger : a genius for murder

In this startling tour-de-force, a professional homicide detective finally solves the case of one of the most shocking murders of the twentieth century in this true-crime page-turner. In 1947, the sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman, twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short, led to the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history and came to be known as the Black Dahlia murder. In the film noir streets of Los Angeles, the killer teased and taunted the police and public alike through notes written to L.A. papers, much like Jack the Ripper had done in London sixty years earlier. When the LAPD failed to solve the crime, it was passed down from year to year to crack homicide detectives, but none could ever bring the killer to justice -- until now. Even more startling -- a twist worthy of any great mystery novel -- is the identity of the murderer: the author's own father, George Hodel, a real-life Jekyll and Hyde, a man who by day was a highly respected member of society and by night a mad, sadistic killer
Print Book, English, 2004
1st Perennial ed View all formats and editions
Perennial, New York, 2004
Case studies
xxi, 560 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
9780060589950, 0060589957
Jane Doe number 1
Death in the family
Voice from beyond the grave
Dr. George Hill Hodel Jr., 1907-1999
George and Dorero
Hollywood scandal
Subic Bay
Dahlia witnesses
LAPD and the press: Joint investigation
LAPD and the press: Avenger mailings
"Red Lipstick" Murder
Tamar, Joe Barrett, and Duncan Hodel
Fred Sexton: "Suspect number 2"
LAPD secrets and the Marquis de Sade
Elizabeth Short's "missing week"
Final connections: Man Ray Thoughtprints
Franklin House revisited
Watch, the proof-sheet papers, the FBI files, and the voice
Handwriting analysis
More 1940s L.A. murdered women cases
Boomhower-Spangler kidnap-murders
Sergeant Stoker, LAPD's gangster squad, and the abortion ring
George Hodel: Underworld roots
Dahliagate: Double cover-up
Grand jury
Dahlia Myths
Dahlia Investigation, 2001-2002
Forgotten victims, 1940s: Probables
Forgotten victims, 1950s: Probables
George Hodel-Elizabeth Short: Reconstructed timeline
Filing my case with the District Attorney's office
Final thoughtprint
Author's postscript
Originally published: New York : Arcade Pub., ©2003