As you’ve likely heard, a strange mystery unfolded over the summer of 2015. It seemed to begin with the discovery of a corpse in a vehicle in mid-July. However, after investigation it was determined the deceased had been in the vehicle since July 4. As of 9/23/15 no cause of death has been issued.
While these occurrences are odd enough on their own, these strange events do not even begin to unravel the tangled and strange mystery that surrounded the enigma Jeffrey Lash and his Highlands condo in Pacific Palisades.
I will be posting as much factual and verifiable information as possible to the site. There are a good number of us who are not satisfied with the current conclusions of law enforcement among others.
I’m adding a news feed that should post any updates on the case, a separate page for each of the individuals involved and a message board so we can collaborate and maybe we can come up with a more reasonable explanation for this situation.
As it stands right now, Three or four women were dating Jeffrey Lash whom he had told he worked for a secret government agency. Upon finding his body, police raided the condo he shared with his fiancee, Catherine Nebron, in which they found a massive collection of between 1200-1500 firearms. The police also found and exorbitant amount of ammunition, explosives that had to be rendered inert by the bomb squad and $230,000 in cash. It’s rumored that Lash had 14 vehicles stored in multiple locations in Southern California which also contained firearms.
All of this happened next door to one of Los Angeles’ Assistant District Attorney. This is merely a brief intro and I hope to have more information soon.
The obvious answer to what to read before creating a campaign for people to really involve themselves in and get stuck into would be – science fiction, fantasy, something “related”.
I really disagree.
I think the best genre to set up your own mind for the campaign is murder mystery, and specifically Agatha Christie.
1. Agatha Christie solves the problem of how to involve random people into adventures in a lot of her novels, particularly the non-Poirot / Marple ones. The stock pulp heroes and heroines she uses are “Dick and Jane” types who are drawn in through a single large coincidence or plucky normal people who have some odd event strike them out of the blue. If you assemble ten or so of these hooks, you have very memorable introductions to use.
2. Agatha Christie starts with observations of people- her hero(ine) sits there annoyed at a fellow traveller on the same bus, or with a character being fired from a job for being rude to the boss, or having just demobbed after a war, or home on leave whilst injured – or penniless after their father dies. These origins are instantly engaging and interesting.
3. Her villains range from the painfully predictable to the truly depraved, but she gets some essentials so right so often- criminals are not as clever as they think they are, they are selfish, and they like to hear themselves talk if they are psychotics. On the other hand people who do something for economic or personal reasons keep quiet. She also uses a good idea a few times- the real crime (or quest) is disguised by the murder (theft, vandalisation, threat) of someone not connected. That way, trying to solve what the victims have in common can never work.
4. Love affairs. She is always sensitive to the fact that people fall in love when thrust together on an adventure- but they don’t always end up with the one they initially fall for! Especially when that person is actually the villain!
The Secret of Chimneys
The Moving Finger
The Pale Horse
And Then There Were None
Steve Hodel cannot let go.
And so he returned to a distinctive Hollywood mansion with another retired cop, Paul Dostie, and Dostie’s search dog, Buster. Hodel had a mission for them.
In his book “Black Dahlia Avenger,” the longtime LAPD detective and best-selling author convinced many skeptics that he had solved the gruesome 1947 murder that perhaps became LA’s most notorious cold case.
The body of Elizabeth Short, 22, had been severed in two with surgical skill and technique, leading investigators to conclude early on that the killer likely had medical school training.
That killer, Steve Hodel ultimately concluded, was his late father, George Hodel, MD.
What’s more, because there was no trace of blood in the empty Leimert Park lot where the remains were found, detectives realized she must have been killed elsewhere.
That elsewhere, Hodel concluded, was the landmark Hollywood mansion where Dr. Hodel made his home, the distinctive “Sowden House” designed on a Mayan theme by famed second-generation architect Lloyd Wright.
Steve Hodel lived there as a child. As he looked into the case, he was able to determine from records that he and his siblings were away with their mother at the time of the Black Dahlia murder.
Hodel marshaled considerable evidence, which was later corroborated after “Black Dahlia Avenger” was published, when the District Attorney Steve Cooley agreed to reopen decades-old case files.
Right at the top was a picture of Dr. Hodel; it turns out he had been the principal suspect. Investigators had even planted a bug in the house to listen for incriminating admissions. But before authorities brought charges, Dr. Hodel abruptly abandoned his family and relocated to Asia.
The likes of Steve Kay, then a head Deputy DA, concluded that Steve Hodel had made the case against his father.
But that wasn’t good enough for Steve Hodel, who has continued seeking more evidence in hopes of convincing his former employer, the LAPD, to declare the case officially solved.
So when the opportunity arose to return to the Sowden house with Dostie and Buster, Hodel took it.
The arrangements with the current ownership had been made by producers of a segment for the “Ghost Hunters” program on the SyFy Channel.
Hodel knew that the sounds of blows and a woman’s screams had been heard coming from the basement, according to the transcript of what police heard through the bug. The basement had never been finished and when Hodel, Dostie and the SyFy crew went there last November, the floor was still dirt.
With his keen sense of smell, Buster alerted in four locations, indicating he had picked up the scent of human decomposition, faint traces of which can remain for decades, Dostie said.
But is it corroboration? Dostie cannot say for sure. The decomposition of human tissue that Buster detected did not necessarily originate in the basement.
With the house on a slope, it is possible traces may have migrated downslope from the hillside lot above. Labwork may be able to pin down the possibilities. Hodel is waiting for the results.
Dostie and Buster have moved on to other searches, Buster hardly losing a step despite the fact that the black lab was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in a hind leg, which had to be amputated.