Black Dahlia: The Non-Smoking Gun – George Hodel Files Part 22

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Typing by someone –not Hodel – Not as adept as Hodel. No conversation!!!!

Another day of typing at the purported Murder HQ of Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel, in which Dorothy discusses Vincent Price, MGM and John Farrow.

The George Hodel files Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 | Part 19 | Part 20 | Part 21

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Quiet reigns supreme!!!!!

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Typing, typing, typing!!!!!

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5 Responses to Black Dahlia: The Non-Smoking Gun – George Hodel Files Part 22

  1. Earl Boebert says:

    Am I correct in assuming that the phrase “(recorded)” after phone calls in earlier transcripts indicates a wiretap? If so, are those wiretap transcripts still around?

    • lmharnisch says:

      Earl: It would certainly seem that way. These transcripts are from the district attorney’s files, which are fairly disorganized. In fact, these transcripts were split into two files in different locations and I reassembled them.

      I have never seen any transcripts of the telephone conversations and I doubt they exist — although the LAPD might have them. If the transcripts do exist, they probably wouldn’t show much because Dr. Hodel was well-aware that the phones were tapped. Notice that on one day he and another person went outside and sat in a car to have a private conversation.

      Nobody should have the idea that the district attorney’s files are neat and tidy. This is material that was hurriedly saved when someone was tossing old files to make room for storage. Some files looked important and were haphazardly shoveled into boxes. There is material from other cases mixed in with the Black Dahlia files and a bit of Black Dahlia material is also mixed in with other cases.

  2. Earl Boebert says:

    Thanks. The LAPD certainly devoted a lot of resources to this guy and his bizarre activities. My great-uncle was an investigator for Earl Warren when Warren was Alameda County DA and he talked a lot about various cases. Based on those memories I would rate 24/7 monitoring of an audio bug plus watching the house plus the wiretaps as a pretty big operation to direct at an oddball doctor. (If he really was an M.D. — there seems to be some doubt about that.) I wonder what else they suspected him of? Is it possible that instead of thinking he did it, they thought he was somehow involved with the perp?

    • lmharnisch says:

      Earl — Yes, George Hodel was an honest to goodness M.D. He was never a surgeon and never practiced surgery in L.A. but yes, he was an accredited physician specializing in public health.

      The original investigators believed that whoever killed Elizabeth Short had advanced medical training because of the precision in which she was cut in half. One coroner’s examiner said the bisection was “a fine bit of surgery.” (That, of course, excludes the scenario offered in “Severed,” which is 25% mistakes and 50% fiction.)

      Based on that knowledge, the original investigators looked at anybody with a medical background who had been accused of any sort of sex crime. And that included Dr. George Hodel (who was found not guilty of molesting his daughter Tamar), along with various osteopaths, chiropractors, etc. Dr. Hodel was never a “prime suspect,” as has often been claimed. That dubious title would probably go to Robert M. “Red” Manley or possibly the unfortunate Leslie Dillon.

      Understand that because of the complexity of the case, everybody who ever knew Elizabeth Short was considered a suspect who had to be eliminated. It was a huge investigation. So the term “suspect” is not really as significant as it might seem when taken out of context.

      The LAPD and district attorney’s office had Dr. Hodel under surveillance and eventually decided it was a waste of time and money and — wisely — moved on.

      The only reason I am posting these deadly dull transcripts is so people can see there is nothing to them. I can’t wait to wrap them up and get back to writing about L.A. history.

  3. Earl Boebert says:

    Thanks again. I see what you mean about the scope of the investigation, then. All that effort directed toward somebody that today might be called “a person of interest.”

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