Black Dahlia: Did George Hodel Kill His Secretary? Another Steve Hodel Lie

1945 Ruth Spaulding Suicide

Steve Hodel claims repeatedly in his “Black Dahlia Avenger” franchise that his father,
George Hodel, killed his secretary, Ruth Spaulding. It’s even in Wikipedia.

George Hodel Wikipedia entry
But, no, nobody was suspected in the death of poor old Ruth Spaulding because it wasn’t a homicide. It was a suicide.

Of course, that doesn’t suit the purposes of the “Black Dahlia Avenger” franchise. But it happens to be true. How terribly inconvenient.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to Black Dahlia: Did George Hodel Kill His Secretary? Another Steve Hodel Lie

  1. Kris says:

    Not to place any pressure on you, but when you’re finished with your black dahlia book, you may need to pursue a second volume vindicating Dr. George Hodel. He seems like nothing more than a good doctor.

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    • lmharnisch says:

      Thanks. It’s a strange situation in that the Hodels are saying terrible things about the family patriarch and an outsider is defending him. Usually it’s the other way around.

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