Black Dahlia Avenger

Black Dahlia Avenger

A Genius for Murder

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
The author, a former Los Angeles police officer, recounts how he concluded that his late father, Dr. George Hodel, was the Black Dahlia Avenger, the serial killer responsible for the death of Elizabeth Short in 1947 and other murders.

Perseus Publishing
More than fifty years after what has been called "the most notorious unsolved murder of the 20th century," the case has finally been solved. On January 15, 1947, the body of beautiful 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, dubbed the Black Dahlia because of her black clothing and the dahlia she wore in her hair, was discovered on a vacant lot in downtown Los Angeles, her body surgically bisected, horribly mutilated, and posed as if for display. Even the most hardened homicide detectives were shocked and sickened by the sadistic murder. Thus began the largest manhunt in LA history. For weeks the killer taunted the police, and public, much as his infamous English counterpart Jack the Ripper had done in London 60 years before, sending tantalizing notes, urging them to "catch me if you can." And for weeks and months the LAPD came up empty. Charges of police ineptitude soon gave way to rumors of corruption and cover-up at the highest levels. Meanwhile, a rash of lone women in LA were brutally murdered, and their cases also remained mysteriously unsolved. Could the Black Dahlia Avenger be, in fact, a serial killer stalking the city streets?

Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., c2003
ISBN: 9781559706643
Characteristics: 481 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Aug 27, 2017

Author blends an investigators tracking and documentation skills with a prosecutors advocacy to build his case. Very good read but many of the facts are repeated during the nearly 600 pages.

Highly recommend to anyone interested in the case.

Feb 18, 2017

Would've rated this much higher had the author stuck with the facts....or at least not taken things that weren't factual as such. It only made it worse when I found that he accused his dad of being the Zodiac killer as well. The first half of this book is amazing, but once the author (an ex-LAPD police officer), started making assumptions and using them as fact it lost me.


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