PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Crime author and retired LAPD homicide detective, Steve Hodel, renewed his claim Thursday that his father was behind the infamous murder of Elizabeth Short, the so-called Black Dahlia.
At a book signing for his latest novel, Hodel said he has uncovered new evidence that will finally link his father to the gruesome crime.
Short, an aspiring actress, was found murdered and mutilated in a vacant lot in in Leimert Park in 1947.
According to Hodel, his father, a prominent surgeon, was considered a prime suspect at the time but skipped town before officials could arrest him.
Hodel claimed his latest novel will reveal unpublished evidence about his deceased father’s alleged role in the murder.
The Short slaying is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.