New evidence in the Black Dahlia case has been found according to an article posted today at Inquisitr. Retired detective Steve Hodel cannot let go of the Black Dahlia case, which remains unsolved for the last 66 years. Hodel is determined to gather the evidence necessary in seeing the case declared closed, and he has a personal vendetta against the suspected killer -- his father -- Dr. George Hodel.
In 1947 the body of Elizabeth Short, 22, was found severed in half at a Leimert Park in Los Angeles. Authorities believed the killer had medical training since the cuts were done "with surgical skill." However no trace of blood was found in the Park, so detectives believed she must have been killed elsewhere.
Hodel believes Short, nicknamed the Black Dahlia, was killed in his childhood home, the Sowden House, a Hollywood mansion designed by famous architect Lloyd Wright. Hodel says was away with his mother and siblings at the time of the grisly murder, but police reports revealed "a woman’s screams had been heard coming from the house’s unfinished basement,"
Hodel received an opportunity to return to the mansion to look for more evidence, so he took Paul Dostie and Dostie’s search dog, Buster along with him to search the basement. Once there, Buster picked up traces of human remains in four areas. Hodel says it is possible the ground could have shifted over time -- so Short could have been murdered in a field out behind the house -- but Hodel is waiting on lab results to find the exact location of the Elizabeth Short murder.
Steve Hodel's father, Dr. George Hodel had been the principal suspect in the case, but he abandoned his family, relocating to Asia, before he could be charged. The Black Dahlia case is the oldest cold case in Los Angeles history.