Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel
Publication Date: September 2009
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When veteran LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel discovered that his late father had known the victim in the infamous Black Dahlia murder case in 1947 Los Angeles, the ensuing three-year investigation became the "New York Times" bestseller "Black Dahlia Avenger." Publication led directly to the discovery of a cache of hidden documents, covered up for decades, that confirm George Hodel had long been law enforcement s number one suspect in Elizabeth Short s grisly death. A lurid murder mystery that had endured for more than fifty years was finally solved.
But for Steve Hodel, that revelation was only the beginning. With twenty-five years of experience investigating homicides as an LAPD detective, Hodel s instincts told him that a man capable of bisecting Elizabeth Short s body, arranging it in a gruesome and public tableau, and taunting the police and the public with notes and phone calls, did not begin or end his killing career with the Black Dahlia. A chance encounter in the wake of "Black Dahlia Avenger" s publication led Steve to consider a question as preposterous as it is compelling:
Twenty years after shocking the world in Los Angeles, could Dr. George Hill Hodel have returned to terrorize California as the killer known as Zodiac?"