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Former LAPD Detective Steve Hodel outlines in his book, BLACK DAHLIA AVENGER, collections of evidence he’s found in the Black Dahlia case. Hodel’s theory points to his father, George Hodel, a surgeon.
In 1949, Dr. Hodel was tried for molestation of his 14-year-old daughter, Tamar. He was acquitted of that charge, however, he was added to the short list of suspects in the murder of Beth Short. His phones were tapped, and the younger Hodel presents transcripts of comments his father made in reference to the case. Hodel presents the statements, such as, “What if I did kill (her)?” as admittance, and opponents of this theory look at the comments being made in jest, believing the doctor was teasing police.
Hodel’s theory is the most prominent, as well as the most controversial. He has backing from former LA prosecuter Stephen R. Kay (who stated in a Cold Case Files interview that he was positive Hodel’s claims are accurate). However, Steve Cooley, of the LA District Attorney’s office said he wouldn’t spend any amount of money investigating the accusations.
John Gilmore’s SEVERED was the first book to discuss in detail the life and death of Beth Short. Gilmore wasn’t new to the case when he sat down to investigate and write. His father was an LAPD cop at the time of Beth’s murder.
Having the name Short in is own family tree, Gilmore explains that at age 11, he met Beth - she had visited his grandmother’s house to inquire about possible relations.
Gilmore fingerpoints Jack Wilson, an alcoholic with a rap sheet (robbery, sodomy, lewd behavior), as a suspect. In an interview in the 1980s, 6-foot-4 Wilson, who was 27 at the time of Beth’s demise, reportedly divulged information that only the killer could have known. Wilson also relayed information that may have tied him to involvement in the Georgette Bauerdorf murder, which took place months before Beth’s slaughter.
A few days before his arrest, Wilson perished in a fire.
Years after the murder of Elizabeth Short on January 14, 1947, author, John Gilmore, wrote a book entitled The Tuscon Murders. After his book was published a man by the name of Jack Anderson Wilson contacted Gilmore and told him he wanted to talk about the murder of the Black Dahlia. Wilson was a convicted sodomist. He eventually agreed to allow a tape recording of his story. Wilson's story was eventually recorded with on hitch, he spoke in the third person so that everything he said was hearsay and not admissible in a court of law. Wilson claimed a person by the name of Al Morrison killed the Black Dahlia. Gilmore took the tape recording of Wilson to Detective John St. John. After listening to the tape several times St. John was convinced that Wilson was Morrison and that Wilson knew more about the murder of the Black Dahlia than the police did. St. John became convinced that Jack Anderson Wilson had killed the Black Dahlia but he needed corroborating evidence to make an arrest.
However, as I have speculated, the Butcher was Jack Wilson who died in a Fire in his Hotel. The evidence points to Jack Wilson.