George Hill Hodel Biography
(Suspect in the murder of Elizabeth Short aka the Black Dahlia)
Birthday: October 10, 1907 (Libra)
Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
George Hill Hodel, Jr. was an American physician who was considered as prime suspect in the murder of an American woman named Elizabeth Short. In the recent years, he has also been linked to the murders committed by the ‘Lipstick Killer’ and the ‘Zodiac Killer’. Hodel was a gifted student as a youth and scored an impressive 186 in an early IQ test. After completing his education, he opened his practice and gradually became one of the most respected doctors in his community. In 1945, following the death of his secretary Ruth Spaulding after a drug overdose, authorities suspected him of murder. That investigation, however, initially led to nowhere. In January 1947, Elizabeth Short’s mutilated body was discovered and the Los Angeles Police Department launched a massive investigation, which, at one point, had over 150 suspects, Hodel being one of them. He left America in 1950 and spent the next 40 years living in various Asian countries. After returning to the US in 1990 with his fourth wife, he led a relatively quiet life. Following his death in 1999, his son, Steve Hodel, began looking into Hodel’s relationships with both Short and Spaulding. In his book ‘Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel’, Steve claimed that his father not only murdered those women, but had been the ‘Lipstick Killer’ and the ‘Zodiac Killer’ as well.