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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another Publicity-Seeker Makes Wild Claims About Having Solved Zodiac Case -- And, Yikes, This One Was Law Enforcement

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 7:44 PM

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Is there a syndrome for thinking your dad committed famous murders?
As if police didn't already have their hands full with loonies and conspiracy theorists calling in tips about who the Zodiac Killer is, they can now add a freakin' ex-cop to their list.

"Steve Hodel is not just anybody claiming his father is the Zodiac," announced a recent press release from Hodel's publicist. "He spent 24 years as a homicide detective with the L.A.P.D. with one of the highest 'solve rates' in the department."

If that's true, we humbly suggest that the LAPD check back over those cases and make sure Hodel didn't simply blame his father for all of them. He seems to enjoy doing that. 

Hodel claims that his surgeon and Chronicle reporter father, Dr. George Hodel, sliced the Black Dahlia in half in 1947 (he's written another book arguing as much), and in 1946 dismembered six-year-old Suzanne Degnan in Chicago. Oh yeah, Hodel also thinks his father was the Lipstick Killer.

Although a Los Angeles County district attorney inexplicably lent credence to Hodel's previous book, Black Dahlia Avenger -- A Genius For Murder, others have noted that there's nobody who can corroborate parts of Hodel's story, and that pictures his father supposedly kept of the Black Dahlia, a.k.a. Elizabeth Short, actually look nothing like her.  

Hodel's new book, Most Evil, is "a call to arms for Bay Area law enforcement to re-dedicate themselves to the Zodiac case," says Hodel's publicist. For his part, Hodel suggests that Attorney General Jerry Brown conduct the follow up investigation based on the book. He also says he has personal possession of his father's that will contain a DNA sample that will match that of the Zodiac Killer. (We've definitely heard that before...)

"The publication of Most Evil will...alter criminal history, exonerate the innocent, and change the way we think about the motives and signatures of serial killers," the press release continues. "Hodel is available for interviews immediately."

We're shocked!

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