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The Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story

Hodel, Steve

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ISBN 10: 1559706643 / ISBN 13: 9781559706643
Published by Arcade Publishing, New York, 2003
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Signed on the titlepage by the author. First edition, 2003. Hardcover in dust jacket, 481 pp., clean unmarked text, Near Fine copy in Near Fine dust jacket, a bit of wear to the tips of the covers, dust jacket with a bit of discoloration. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. Bookseller Inventory # s00016158

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Title: The Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story

Publisher: Arcade Publishing, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First printing.

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A fine looking copy but under the jacket the black cloth has a white evenly distributed wear pattern as if the white back of the jacket has caused a "powdery" discoloration.

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For 56 years, the Black Dahlia murder case remained one of the most notorious and high-profile unsolved crimes of the 20th century. Now, Steve Hodel, a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, believes he has finally solved the case. On January 15, 1947, 22-year-old Elizabeth Short—"The Black Dahlia"—was found dead in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, her body horribly mutilated, bisected at the waist, and posed in a bizarre manner. The horrific crime shocked the country and commanded headlines for months as the killer taunted the police with notes and phone calls. Despite the massive manhunt, the murderer was never found.

Hodel began working on the case after he retired from the LAPD when he chanced upon an intriguing piece of evidence that led him on trail that he had no choice but to follow since it pertained directly to him. As he dug deeper, he came to believe that the killer was also responsible for over a dozen other unsolved murders in the Los Angeles area around the same time. He also found copious evidence of corruption at the LAPD, leading him to accuse the department top brass of covering up the Black Dahlia murder in order to conceal a deeper conspiracy involving crooked politicians and gangsters.

Despite a lack of physical evidence (which had been destroyed), Hodel is able to connect numerous dots and make a plausible case, complete with lurid tales of wild orgies that were attended by celebrities such as the artist Man Ray, the director John Huston, and a host of other Hollywood elites. He also discloses his killer’s obsession with the Marquis de Sade and Jack the Ripper and how he modeled his own crimes on their behavior. In particular, there is a disturbing connection between the work of Man Ray and the horrific circumstances of Short’s murder. It is doubtful that this will be the final word on the Black Dahlia murder—too much myth surrounds it and much of his evidence is circumstantial--but Hodel’s labyrinthine tale adds much to this intriguing case. --Shawn Carkonen

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