Black Dahlia Avenger

Black Dahlia Avenger

A Genius for Murder : the True Story

Book - 2015
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In 1947, the brutal, sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman named Elizabeth Short led to the largest manhunt in LA history. The killer teased and taunted the police and public for weeks, but his identity stayed a mystery, and the murder remained the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century, until this book revealed the bizarre solution.

Steve Hodel, a retired LAPD detective who was a private investigator, took up the case, reviewing the original evidence and records as well as those of a separate grand jury investigation into a series of murders of single women in LA at the time. The prime suspect had in fact been identified, but never indicted. Why? And who was he? In an account that partakes both of LA Confidential and Zodiac , for the corruption it exposes and the insight it offers into a serial killer's mind, Hodel demonstrates that there was a massive police cover-up. Even more shocking, he proves that the murderer, a true-life Jekyll and Hyde who was a highly respected member of society by day and a psychopathic killer by night, was his own father. This edition of the book includes new findings and photographs added after the original publication, together with a new postscript by the author.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2015]
ISBN: 9781628729283
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 SHORT 2015
Characteristics: xii, 508 pages : illustrations ; 23 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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