Category Archives: Cold Cases

Black Dahlia: ‘The Murder Squad’ Botches the Black Dahlia Case

I have a longstanding aversion to podcasts, especially “true crime” podcasts and particularly when it comes to “true crime” podcasts about the Black Dahlia. “The Murder Squad,” with Billy Jensen and retired Detective Paul Holes, released an episode earlier this … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Zoom Sessions on the Black Dahlia Case

Because so many people are using Zoom to connect in these uncertain times, I thought it would be interesting to host a series of Zoom sessions on the Black Dahlia. I envision weekly meetings with a fairly small group, maybe … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Beware Faked Black Dahlia Picture

Warning: Some clown is circulating a photo on social media that he says shows Elizabeth Short wearing a cameo brooch. And of course, he then produces a brooch just like it. Gosh. Imagine that! At left, the bogus photo and … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Trim Your Roses on Jan. 15 to Remember Elizabeth Short

Today is Jan. 15, the anniversary of Elizabeth Short’s death. As is the custom, the Daily Mirror will be dark. Trim your roses in her memory.

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Black Dahlia: BlackDahliaSolution.Org Is Utter Nonsense

I usually don’t publish the crackpot comments I get about the Black Dahlia case, but the anniversary of the killing (Jan. 15) is bringing out more than the usual amount of crazy stuff. So I’ll make an exception for this … Continue reading

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Leesa Jo Shaner – Back in the News

Photo: Leesa Jo Shaner Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Paula Zahn’s new piece on the case has renewed interest in the killing.  William Floyd Zamastil was convicted in 2011 in the killing. An attempt to resolve one … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Fox News Unearths Leslie Dillon Fiasco in the Black Dahlia Case

And Fox News gets it wrong on the Black Dahlia case in this story by Stephanie Nolasco. Let’s go over this once more. The so-called Gangster Squad conducted a rogue, off-the-books and unsanctioned investigation of the Black Dahlia case that … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Who Can Spot the Mistake?

Every so often, a Black Dahlia researcher cites Morgan Korzik’s blackdahlia.web.unc.edu, presumably on the theory that any source ending in edu is somehow reliable. It’s not. See if you can spot the mistake. ps. You cannot trust anything on the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Halloween Is Coming – Rethink Your Choices

Seriously. Dressing up like the victim of a grotesque murder doesn’t honor Elizabeth Short – or you.

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Black Dahlia: Halloween Costumes – Rethink Your Choices

Time for my annual reminder: Dressing up like the victim of a gruesome murder isn’t cool. It isn’t hip, not even ironically. Reconsider your choices; you still have time to be Harley Quinn or Mad Moxxi. Or for a change, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Asshats on South Norton Avenue — No. 4

Still another person thinks it’s fun to sprawl in the grass near the Black Dahlia crime scene, demonstrating a remarkable lack of taste but also complete lack of information: She’s in the wrong spot. Previously: Asshats on South Norton Avenue … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Seriously, People? I Mean Really?

  This item is listed on EBay. I’m going to report it. EBay usually ignores me because anything goes on EBay. But even so I’ll give it a try.

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Black Dahlia: ‘Suspect’ Dr. Adam Fairall — Another Wikipedia Prank

Here we have a purported list of “Black Dahlia Suspects” from Wikipedia. At least as it was of May 20, 2019. Wikipedia, being Wikipedia, this could change at any moment. This list is allegedly the 25 suspects named by Lt. … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: ‘Suspect’ Jacob Edward Fisk — Wikipedia Prank Takes on a Life of Its Own

Let’s see what happens when Wikipedia vandalism takes on a life of its own. That would be Black Dahlia “suspect” Jacob Edward Fisk. Never a suspect. It was all just a prank.

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Black Dahlia: Why Dr. George Hodel Didn’t Kill His Secretary

Here’s the May 9, 1945, death certificate of Ruth Frances Spaulding. Notice that the Los Angeles County coroner determined that Spaulding committed suicide at the age of 27. If you have listened to Steve Hodel at all, you will have … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Newsweek Mangles the George Hodel Story Beyond All Recognition

About 1980, when I was in journalism school, one of my classes heard guest speaker Martin Kasindorf, who impressed the room of aspiring reporters with his tales of being a Newsweek correspondent. (He was later the magazine’s New York bureau … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Now on Wikipedia — Hodel vs. Hodel Family Feud!

OK, I admit it. I love that this is happening. This is Steve Hodel vs. Fauna Hodel’s daughter Rasha Pecoraro on the question of the Hodel family DNA and whether it shows that George Hodel was Fauna Hodel’s father. (Spoiler … Continue reading

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March 1977: Body of Boxing Manager Howard Steindler Found on Ventura Freeway

Note: I’m still catching up with posts from the blog when it was at latimes.com. This post about the unsolved killing of Howard Steindler originally appeared in 2009 and is available via Archive.org.  

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Black Dahlia: Steve Hodel’s Lies on ‘Dr. Phil’; A Case Study

Would you like to see how Steve Hodel lies about things that can be easily checked? Of course you would. This is a graphic that appeared during Steve Hodel’s appearance on “Dr. Phil.” It’s helpful, at least for me, for … Continue reading

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

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.

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