PHOTOS FROM EPISODE 1:
REFERENCES & CITATIONS:
Michael P. Greco
Tracy Pattin, Host, Creator, Producer, Casting
Hernan Lopez, Executive Producer
Jeffrey Glaser, Executive Producer
Rebecca Reynolds, Creator, Producer, Director
Jon Ponder, Creator, Producer, Director
Jim Carpenter, Producer
Mark Holden, Editor, Engineer
Rick Zieff, Casting Director
Leah Sutherland, Production Coordinator
Hollywood and Crime is recorded, sound designed and mixed at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.
Research & Sources
General Reference for Season 1
Fowler, Will, Reporters: Memoirs of a Young Newspaperman, Roundtable Publishing Company, Malibu, CA, 1991.
Gilmore, John, Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia, Amok Books, West Compton, CA, 2001.
Hodel, Steve, Black Dahlia Avenger: Genius for Murder, Arcade Publishing, New York, NY, 2012.
Hodel, Steve, Black Dahlia Avenger II, Thoughtprint Press, Los Angeles, CA, 2013.
Hodel, Steve, Most Evil II, A Vireo Book | Rare Bird Books, Los Angeles, CA, 2015.
Tereba, Tere, Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster, ECW Press, Toronto, 2012.
Underwood, Agness, Newspaperwoman, Harper and Brothers, New York, NY, 1949.
Wolfe, Donald H., The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder that Transfixed Los Angeles, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY, 2005.
Harnisch, Larry, Heaven Is Here.
Harnisch, Larry, TheDailyMirror.com.
Longworth, Karina, You Must Remember This.
Renner, Joan, Deranged LA Crimes: True 20th Century Tales of Murder, Mayhem, Political Corruption and Celebrity Scandal.
For This Episode
Newton, Michael, The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, Infobase Publishing, New York, NY, 2009.
“War Death List Grows,” (2nd Lt. John F. Dillon, husband of Constance B. Dillon, 8493 Fountain Ave., Hollywood), Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1944.
“Oil Executive’s Daughter Found Dead in Bathtub,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 13, 1944.
Los Angeles Herald-Express, Oct. 13
“Girl Mystery Death Laid to Attacker,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14, 1944
“Heiress Slain After Attack; Seek Soldier,” Los Angeles Examiner, Oct. 14, 1944.
“Jitterbugging Soldier Suspect in Girl’s Slaying,” United Press, Oct. 14, 1944.
“Police Hunt Jitterbug Slayer of Oil Heiress,” Los Angeles Examiner, Oct. 14, 1944
“‘Jitterbug’ Hunted in Murder,” Los Angeles Herald-Express, Oct. 14, 1944
Los Angeles Daily News article, Oct. 14, 1944, via TheDailyMirror.com.
Report: Bauerdorf Family Genealogical Research
By Jon Ponder
The following is a report on research into the family of Georgette Bauerdorf. It is sourced on census, marriage, death, military draft and other records, including steamship passengers manifests. Other information was found in the archives of the New York Times, on the website, georgettebauerdorf.com, and other online sources.
Georgette Bauerdorf (1924-1944)
Georgette Elise Bauerdorf was born on May 6, 1924, in Manhattan. She was the second child of George Frederick and Constance Danhauser (or Dunhauser) Bauerdorf. Her older sister, Constance Ann, who was called Connie, was born two years earlier, on May 1, 1920.
Georgette’s mother, Constance Danhauser, was born in New York in on November 25, 1894, to German émigrés. Constance’s father, Alphonse, was a butcher.
At age four, Georgette traveled to Europe with her father, sister, widowed grandmother Annie and her father’s younger cousin, also named George Frederick Bauerdorf – but not her mother. She made return trips the following year, traveling this time with her mother, father, sister and grandmother but not Cousin George, and again in 1931 with just the immediate family.
When Georgette was 11 years old, her mother died. Around that same time, the family relocated to Los Angeles. Georgette, who had received early education at a convent school on Long Island, attended the Marlborough School in Los Angeles and graduated from Westlake School, which was then an all-girls high school.
George Bauerdorf (1885-1961)
Georgette Bauerdorf’s father, George Frederick, was born on February 20, 1885, in Manhattan. His father, Charles Frederick Bauerdorf, was a prominent attorney, a partner in a prestigious Wall Street law firm, Deyo, Duer & Bauerdorf. George Bauerdorf’s mother, Annie Rohe, was also involved in the real-estate business. George had two brothers, Charles Rohe, born in 1880, and J. Walter, born in 1888.
George and his brothers grew up in comfort, if not privilege; however research produced no records related to their upbringing and education. George began his career as a manufacturer of ladies hats. In 1907, at age 22, he applied for a passport. In an era before photographic reproduction, the passport officer listed George’s physical description on the form:
Age: 22 years
Stature: 5′ 7″
The 1908 edition of The National Corporation Reporter showed that George and his father made a $25,000 investment (about $700,000 today) in the Charles E. Dressler Company, which manufactured motion picture equipment.
George’s father died in January 1915. When George renewed his passport later that year, he indicated that he planned to travel to Cuba to “inspect” sugar and tobacco farms. When he renewed his passport in 1920, George noted that he had lived in Europe from 1908 to 1918, which seems questionable given that Europe was in the grips of World War I during the latter part of that period. (George was in his thirties around the time war broke out and so may have aged out of service.)
The date of George’s marriage to Constance Danhauser does not appear in the record, but it’s likely the wedding took place no later than 1919, well in advance of Connie’s birth in May 1920.
George returned to Europe alone in 1921 and 1922 and then, as noted, with Georgette, Connie and various members of the family returned to Europe in 1928, 1929 and 1931. His wife Constance died in 1935.
The first record related to the family’s move to Los Angeles was George Bauerdorf’s World War II draft card, which he filed in 1942 at age 57. On the card, he gave his home address as 180 Central Park South in Manhattan and his business address as a four-bedroom home at 613 N. Palm Drive in Beverly Hills. George listed as his contact his brother Charles, an attorney in New York – which suggests he had not yet remarried. The wedding must have occurred around this time, however, because George was married to Thelma Wolf (born February 22, 1901, in Omaha, Nebraska) at the time of Georgette’s murder two years later.
Thelma Wolf Bauerdorf’s brother was Sam Wolf, a prominent entertainment lawyer in Hollywood. (As Georgette’s closest relative in town at the time of her death, it was Sam who officially identified her body.)
In August 1943, Georgette’s sister Connie married John Francis Dillon, a former Fordham University student, then an aviation cadet station at the Polaris Flight Academy in Lancaster. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps with the rank of lieutenant. In the spring of 1944, in a letter to her friend, June Ziegeler, Georgette said she was worried about Jack, who was flying missions into Berlin. He was killed in action in April 1944.
Charles Frederick Bauerdorf (1853-1915)
It was Charles, Georgette’s grandfather, who established the family fortune. He was born on June 8, 1853, in Manhattan. His father, George Frederick, was a German immigrant, a tailor by trade, who was married to Adelheide Panze. In addition to Charles, George and Adelheide had at least one other child, a son also named George Frederick.
In 1864, at age 11, Charles was hired as a runner by the law offices of David Dudley Field, a towering figure in 19th century New York legal circles. Charles studied law under Field and remained with the firm until Field retired in 1884.
Charles and Annie Rohe were married in October 1879. Within five years of the marriage, Charles had parlayed his association and experience working with David Dudley Field into a partnership with attorneys Robert Deyo and William Duer. Deyo, Duer and Bauerdorf had offices on Broadway near Wall Street and specialized in estates and real estate. (William Duer was especially well-connected. His ancestors included two Revolutionary War officers as well as a famous diplomat and a governor of Maine; he was also the grandson of a president of Columbia College.)
In the years after Charles formed his law partnership, Annie accumulated sizable property holdings in Manhattan. The New York Times lists more than a dozen real-estate purchases and transfers in the name of Annie R. Bauerdorf over the years.
Charles died on January 19, 1915. In an obituary published by the New York Bar Association, his law partner, Robert Deyo, wrote, “Knowing Mr. Bauerdorf intimately during the whole period of his professional career and during nearly all the time which he spent in preparation therefor, it is difficult to repress apparent extravagance in describing the many personal qualities which enabled him to win his way from an obscure, humble situation to that of a leading practitioner in those branches of the law in which he chose to specialize.”
The Other George Frederick Bauerdorfs
Tracing the Bauerdorf family lines was confusing because there were four men in three generations who were named George Frederick Bauerdorf:
- The first George Frederick in the line was Georgette’s great-grandfather, who emigrated from Germany, and who died in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1893.
- He had at least two sons, Charles – Georgette’s grandfather – and a son also named George Frederick, who was likely born around 1850. There is little in the record about Charles’ brother George.
- Around 1892, the second George had a son whom he also named George Frederick. This is Cousin George who accompanied the family to Europe in 1928. This George was a pioneering movie distributor. In the early silent era, he was an executive at the Great Northern Film Company, which was the U.S. affiliate of Nordisk Films in Denmark, a company that is still in business today.
- The fourth George Frederick was, of course, Georgette’s father.
After the Murder
Here’s a quick rundown of results of research into the family’s activities after October 1944.
In 1947, George and Thelma Bauerdorf traveled to Europe. On their travel documents, they listed Reno, Nevada, as their primary residence.
On June 17, 1948, Connie married Carroll Lester Cartwright in Los Angeles.
In 1950, George and Connie traveled to Brazil.
On May 11, 1951, a daughter was born to Connie and Carroll. They named her Georgette Constance Cartwright. (She is Georgette Cartwright Nichols today.)
George and Thelma traveled to Europe in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956. Starting in 1955, they listed as their primary residence El Royale, an apartment building in Hollywood at 450 North Rossmore Avenue.
On July 22, 1961, George Bauerdorf died in Los Angeles. He was 76.
The family established the George F. Bauerdorf Trust, which was still active as recently as 2009.
In 1977, at age 76, Thelma moved into a suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She was mentioned in an article about construction at the hotel in the May 27, 1987, edition of the Los Angeles Times. “Thelma Bauerdorf, who has lived in a $3,700-a-month suite in the new wing for the last 10 years, said, ‘You get a lot of noise in the afternoon, which is when I nap.’ Other than that, she added, ‘Everything runs just the same.’”
On January 14, 1997, Thelma died in Los Angeles at age 95.
Connie died in March 2014. She was 93 years old. The family published this obituary in the New York Times:
CARTWRIGHT–Constance Bauerdorf, died peacefully in her home earlier this month. Born in New York City, she lived here all her life. An independent oil operator for 53 years, her real love was for the arts. A devotee of ballet, she worked with the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. A member of the Junior Council at the Museum of Modern Art, she later served on their International Council, and was Treasurer of the American Federation of Arts. Most recently, she was on the Visiting Committee to the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and was a member of the Modern Art Collectors’ Circle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A longtime member of The French Institute Alliance Francaise, she attended classes their [sic] up to her final days. Constance is survived by Carroll, her husband for 65 years, her daughter, Georgette, and her son, Carroll, son-in-law, Burgess Nichols, daughter-in-law, Laurie Traktman Cartwright, her grandchildren Constance Nelson and her husband John Nelson, Burgess Nichols and his wife Jessica Lambert, Sarah Blakely-Cartwright, and her great grandsons, Grant and William Nelson. Burial services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Medical Center, 510 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065