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George 'Evil Genius' Hodel Rides Again II

September 22, 2009 |  7:49 am

George Hodel, Evil Genius

"Most Evil," Page 190, photos shown to support Stevel Hodel's contention that his father was Zodiac.

I turned on the computer this morning, made a pot of coffee and cracked open Steve Hodel's "Most Evil." And I sighed. For anyone who knows anything about historic crimes, this book is a joke. If "Black Dahlia Avenger" was seeing the face of Jesus on a tortilla, then "Most Evil" is the whole enchilada -- with rice and beans.

Here's an example. On Pages 191-192 of "Most Evil," Steve Hodel gives his father's shoe size as 10E to support his contention that his father was the Zodiac killer. And, as anyone who isn't steeped in the minutia of old crimes will ask, "What's wrong with that?"

Just this: One of George Hodel's purported victims, Jeanne French, was beaten and stomped to death (Feb. 10, 1947) by someone who left shoe prints on the body. What size shoe? According to the LAPD investigators, the killer wore a size 6 or 7 shoe. Handwriting analysis be damned. The shoes don't fit!

And I have to ask myself if it's even worth getting into "Most Evil," because the whole book is going to be this way. I've already done a time-consuming, page by page critique of a Black Dahlia book (Donald H. Wolfe's "The Back Dahlia Files") and I'm not sure I'm willing to put myself (and the Daily Mirror readers) through another such experience.

What's your opinion? Should I pick it apart or just let it go on the shelf as a curio?