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Black Dahlia: The Black Dahlia Files and Donald Wolfe

While we are on the subject of nonsense in the Black Dahlia case, the Sky Valley Chronicle posted a story yesterday based on Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files.” As many of you may know, this book is so … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: George Hodel, Soil Analysis and Sweeps Month

Look it’s an “update” on the Buster the Wonder Dog saga, via L.A. Observed. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. For those of you (that would be most of the world) who haven’t followed the saga of “Buster the Wonder … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files — ‘Little Cowboy’

Police sketches of “Little Cowboy” by LAPD artist F.G. Ponce. I call her “Little Cowboy” because her shirt said “I’m a Little Cowboy.”  She was Jane Doe No. 62, coroner’s No. 77-8735, DR 77 596-048 In case you just tuned … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files

June 23, 1976: William C. Harber and Constance Thorn are found beaten to death in an apartment at 3416 Manning Ave. The case has never been solved. Several weeks ago, I was given a box of material that was cleaned … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files

Several weeks ago, I was given a box of material that was cleaned out of the old press room at the LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters, sometimes called “the cop shop.” The box was a jumble of press releases, photographs, artists’ … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book — Seven Years Later

Note: In 2006, I devoted a daily blog to  fact-checking Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files” on a molecular level. The project was so time-consuming – and “Dahlia Files” is such junk – that I stopped about Page 96 and … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ — Part 10

David Bacon, center, in a still from “The Masked Marvel,” photo courtesy of Steven Bibb. In case you just tuned in, we are looking at the “Masked Marvel Murder” of actor David G.G. Bacon, who was stabbed to death Sept. … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ – Part 9

Note: This post has been corrected. See details below. In case you just tuned in, we have been going through the case of actor David G.G. Bacon, who was stabbed to death Sept. 12, 1943, in a case that remains … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ — Part 8

David Bacon, seven years before he was killed, in a publicity photo for the Hasty Pudding show at Harvard. In case you just tuned in, we are looking at the unsolved Sept. 12, 1943, killing of actor David G.G. Bacon. … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ – Part 7

In case you just tuned in, we are looking at the unsolved Sept. 12, 1943, killing of “Masked Marvel” actor David G.G. Bacon. And we have regular L.A. Daily Mirror reader Steven Bibb to thank for this puzzle. Steven provided … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ — Part 6

In case you just tuned in, we are looking at the unsolved Sept, 12, 1943, killing of actor David G.G. Bacon, who appeared in Republic’s “Masked Marvel” serial. In Part 1, witnesses described Bacon driving erratically on Washington Boulevard, then … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ — Part 4

In case you just tuned in, we are looking at the unsolved September 1943 killing of actor David G.G. Bacon, who appeared in Republic’s “Masked Marvel” serial. In Part 1, witnesses described Bacon driving erratically on Washington Boulevard, then crashing … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ – Part 3

In case you just tuned in, we’re looking at the unsolved September 1943 killing of movie actor David G.G. Bacon, who appeared in the Republic serial “The Masked Marvel.” In Part 1, witnesses described Bacon driving erratically on Washington Boulevard, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: New ‘Evidence’ in George ‘Evil Genius’ Hodel Franchise

Black Dahlia breakthrough! Let us suppose that there was a mathematician. A retired mathematician who once taught at a major university, who published and received tenure, and retired as a well-regarded member of the faculty. Let us further suppose that … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: About Your ‘New’ Theory on the Killer

Every so often, I get emails or phone calls from people who want to share their Black Dahlia theories with me. I am a patient man. I always listen to what they say and I always read their emails. EVEN … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia — L.A. Magazine Gets It Wrong

The Black Dahlia crime scene in Leimert Park gets a visit from Denise Hamilton for Los Angeles magazine. Los Angeles magazine does its “first-ever” crime issue. I’m curious about several statements (Did Harold Lloyd really cling to the “Italianate columns” … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Non-Smoking Gun – George Hodel Files Part 34

March 23, 1950: No, the police did not suddenly and inexplicably abandon the investigation. They ran away before they died of boredom. The George Hodel files Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Non-Smoking Gun – George Hodel Files Part 30

Hodel again talking to Negro woman!!!!! March 19, 1950: Another day of…. well, certainly you know the drill by now. Today we have the addition of a vacuum cleaner!!! And if you think this is boring and tedious for you, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Non-Smoking Gun – George Hodel Files Part 29

“Jesus Christ, Walsh — that’s what you spent your day doing?” –J.J. Gittes, “Chinatown” March 18, 1950:  Another day of ringing phones and snoring at the alleged Murder HQ of Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel. The George Hodel files Part … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Non-Smoking Gun – George Hodel Files Part 28

Can hear some machine noises — sounds like an electric hand drill!!! March 17, 1950: Another day of ringing phones and snoring at the purported HQ of Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel. We have 11 days to go and then … Continue reading

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