Most Evil

Most Evil

Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel

Book - 2009
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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? When veteran LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel discovered that his late father had known the victim of the infamous Black Dahlia murder case in 1947 Los Angeles, the ensuing three-year investigation became the New York Timesbestseller 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 resolved. But for Steve Hodel, that revelation was only the beginning. With twenty-five years of experience investigating homicides, Hodel's instincts told him that a man capable of bisecting Elizabeth Short's body, arranging it in gruesome and public tableau, and taunting the police and public with notes and phone calls, did not begin or end his killing career with the Black Dahlia. In Most Evil, Steve Hodel compiles never-before-seen visual, circumstantial, and forensic evidence to make the case that his father was a prolific serial killer whose signature is visible not in any single method of murder, type of victim, or specific killing ground, but rather as a series of complex arrangements, installations, and obscure references to art, culture and film, that, taken together, reveal a chilling and never-before-documented variety of serial murder: murder as a fine art. Among his crimes may be some of the most enduring and infamous murders of the last century, including Chicago's "Lipstick Murders" in 1945 Chicago, the "Jigsaw Murdered" in Manila, as well as the series of killings in California in the 1960's by the man who called himself Zodiac. Steve Hodel's relentless and compelling investigation, detailed in Most Evil, revolutionizes the way we think about some of the most brutal and previously unconnected murders in American history--and may change our understanding of serial killers altogether.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2009
ISBN: 9780525951322
Branch Call Number: 364.15232092 Hodel -H
Characteristics: 309 p. : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: Pezzullo, Ralph


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Steve has pinned every unsolved killing in his father's general vicinity for his entire life on dear ol' Dad. You get the feeling he would name his father as Jack the Ripper, if he'd only been alive then. I know that cops like to clear every murder they can by attributing them to serial killers, but this time, he's gone too far. It's clear that Hodel the father was an unsavory character and was suspected of murder in a couple of cases, but he would have to be superhuman to do all that his son believes.

Nov 29, 2014

November 29 2014.....I have only listened to bits and pieces of this while my spouse was listening, but I will have to dedicate myself to getting it again and listening to the whole thing. The parts that I heard were fascinating and totally bizarre (almost unbelievably so)!

Oct 30, 2013

The late Dr. George Hill Hodel is falsly accussed by his retired son Steve of commiting nearly every unsolved murder imaginable.

Jul 21, 2012

I commend Steve Hodel on the obviously extensive research that he's performed on a topic that for him personally had to be very difficult. His findings are presented in a fluid and organized manner that leads the reader along fairly quickly to his conclusion. That said - and he admits this at least once in the book - his findings are circumstantial at best. By the end of the book, I got the feeling that he couldn't see the forest for the trees and was almost willing connections to exist. Still a good read though, with chilling moments throughout.

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