Steve Hodel is a 24-year veteran of the LAPD. [1963-1986] During 17 of those years, he was assigned to Hollywood Homicide Division where he investigated over 300 murders and had one of the highest "solve rates" on the Department. He is a licensed P.I. specializing in criminal investigations and resides in his hometown of Los Angeles.
Steve's first book, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder (Arcade 2003, HarperCollins 2006) was a 2003 MWA Edgar-nominee in the "Best Fact" category and a NYT's bestseller. The book presents his four-year investigation into Los Angeles's infamous 1947 Black Dahlia Murder and identifies her killer. His solution was endorsed by then active LA Head Deputy DA Stephen Kay as well as LAPD's Chief of Detectives, James McMurray. In 2006 two additional chapters were added the publication releasing secret police tape-recordings from 1950 which contained his killer confessing to several of the crimes, performing illegal abortions and to making "police payoffs."
Steve's second book, MOST EVIL [Dutton 2009] presents evidence that his suspect was a serial killer and explores additional crimes both pre-and-post Dahlia. The killer's unique signature of "Murder as a Fine Art" is examined potentially linking him to an additional dozen murders.
A third book, Black Dahlia Avenger II, is pending publication in the spring of 2012 and as a sequel to his original book, will present his follow-up investigation to the Dahlia and other 1940s, LA LONE WOMAN MURDERS from 2006-2012.
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