A successful doctor living in an affluent area of 1940's Los Angeles, George Hodel became heavily involved with the emerging Hollywood scene, and would go on to develop a fascination for the darker side of Surrealism. He was known to enjoy the decadence surrounding that art scene, sharing a fondness for drinking, partying and womanising with others of the L.A social elite. Sinister rumours of corruption soon began to emerge, and Hodel was suspected of involvement in the death of his secretary, Ruth Spaulding, who was found dead in May 1945. With little evidence, he was never charged and her death would be one of many left unsolved in the City of Sin. In 1949, he was accused of incestuous sexual abuse by his daughter Tamar, but after a widely publicized trial Hodel was acquitted of the charges. But the well-to-do doctor would gain lasting infamy for his suspected involvement in one of the most disturbing and high profile unsolved murders in American history, that of Elizabeth Short, who became known after her gruesome death in 1947, as the Black Dahlia. The brutal series of murders of numerous young women around the same time are strongly believed to have been linked in some way to the Black Dahlia slaying, which could point to George Hodel's involvement as one of the most prolific and elusive of serial murderers.
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