Black Dahlia: Wikipedia, George Hodel and ‘I Am the Night’


If you’re watching “I Am the Night”  on TNT, you may be tempted to read the Wikipedia entry on “evil” Dr. George Hodel.

Here are a few warnings:


Do you remember what Wikipedia says about no self-promotion? And “neutral point of view?”

Oh dear.


So here’s one of the big lies in Wikipedia’s entry on George Hodel. Dr. George Hodel was never friends with Man Ray. How do we know? Here:

And here’s another good one:


This is the exact opposite of what happened. In a Feb. 20, 1951, report, Frank Jemison noted interviews and other evidence on George Hodel “tend to eliminate this suspect.”

Or in simple language, a lie. One of Steve Hodel’s many, many lies about his father. Spread on Wikipedia.

How long before some citizen-editor corrects this on Wikipedia? How about never? Yes, never sounds about right.

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5 Responses to Black Dahlia: Wikipedia, George Hodel and ‘I Am the Night’

  1. kayla M. says:

    I actually began to learn about this case due to my own personal interest in Man Ray; I read everything that I can get my hands on. This case popped up and I have since become enamored with it. I had never heard of Steve Hodel prior, but I have to say, it is astonishing the way in which Mr. Hodel has misrepresented virtually every aspect of Man Ray’s fairly well documented life and travels. He escaped Paris during the German occupation in 1940 and arrived in LA; returning to France in 1951, well after this murder, no? He certainly wasn’t running from the law. France was his home throughout virtually his entire adult life; its where he trained and worked. Moreover, there is no biographical documentation which asserts any kind of hedonistic lifestyle. I think Mr. Hodel needs to check his facts. It really is a shame.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Steve Hodel’s idea of “research” was to flip through a book of Man Ray’s photos until he spotted “The Minotaur.” And voila! The link to Elizabeth Short was established!! One Man Ray devotee did mountains of research to show that this photo, used for the cover of a magazine, was left behind when Man Ray fled France. He didn’t get it again until after the war. But in Hodel-land, none of this matters. At one point, some Hodel followers decided that Man Ray could have just *told* George Hodel about it.

      But you’re right. Other than taking a photo or two for Hodel there is no connection to Man Ray whatsoever. As you can see, the facts aren’t no obstacle for Steve Hodel on his mission to prove that his dad was a maniacal killer.


  2. Jenny says:

    It’s so weird to me that people listen to Steve Hodel at all, especially once you find out he thinks his dad was also the Zodiac.


  3. cinemaocd says:

    I’d be interested in hearing your opinion on his association with John Huston as well…


    • lmharnisch says:

      John Huston was his mom’s first husband and she wrote numerous letters to Huston (available at the Motion Picture Academy in the Huston papers) with tales of woe, asking him for money. Steve Hodel has selectively quoted from the letters, altering and deliberately misrepresenting their meaning entirely, because that’s how Steve Hodel rolls.


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