# Dr. George Hill Hodel- Zodiac Maps, Radians & Riddles- Breaking the Mt. Diablo Code

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ZODIAC’S INSTRUCTIONS

## Breaking the Mt. Diablo Code

In the above diagram, I have inserted and am using Zodiac’s original hand drawn compass circle and cross. I have followed his precise instructions and have positioned his circle to point to Magnetic North.  (Tilting Zodiac’s circle approximately 17° east) Zodiac tells us this will reveal where the bomb is buried.  Note that Zodiac himself, moving in a counterclockwise direction from the apex has drawn five small X marks on his circle spacing them approximately 30° apart from each other.

I have extended his marks by drawing a black line A outward in a northwesterly direction and line B downward in a southwesterly direction.

Magnetic north to Line A is approximately 60° and Line A to Line B is also approximately 60°. (“Radian – Noun.  Mathematics. The measure of a central angle subtending an arc equal in length to the radius:  57.2958°”)  Zodiac’s specific use of the term radian informs us he is familiar with higher mathematics and is referencing an angle approximating 60°.  (SKH Note- Zodiac does not specifically state these distances are radians, he merely say’s, “The Mt. Diablo map concerns Radians and # inches along the radians.”

By following his instructions, does Zodiac reveal where a bomb is buried?

Yes, I believe he does.

Note that by extending a line (A) out from Zodiac’s own positioning of his 2nd “X” not only does it approximate an angle of 60 degrees, but it appears to mark the location of Zodiac’s Blue Rock Springs murder site. Line B, Zodiac’s 4th X, completes his second angle, also approximating 60 degrees and when extended goes directly through his Presidio Heights, Paul Stine shooting location. But, where is the buried bomb?

As originally presented in my sequel, MOST EVIL, I believe it is also revealed on Line B.

This line not only intersects with his Stine victim, but crosses directly through the exact location where the body of Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short is buried in Oakland’s, Mountain View Cemetery.

Based on my investigation in BDA and confirmed by Head DDA Steve Kay and many of LAPD’s top law enforcement we now know that Dr. George Hodel was the 1947 Black Dahlia Avenger.  We know he himself chose the name, “Black Dahlia Avenger” and sent more than a dozen taunting hand-printed notes to the press and police, promising there will be more victims.  Top Southern California law enforcement officers past and present are in agreement that George Hodel slew Elizabeth Short.

I believe that this fact along with the angles connecting to the separate crime-scene locations is the decoding of Zodiac’s, “Mt. Diablo Map Secret” As promised by Zodiac, this has told us where the bomb is buried. It was no literal bomb, but a figurative one. A bombshell!  Figure it out and you will have discovered his secret.  Black Dahlia Avenger and Zodiac are the same man.

In cold-blooded premeditation Zodiac/Avenger has picked innocent victims that either happen to be “in line” with his coordinates on the map (Ferrin/Mageau, Blue Rock Springs) or has deliberately moved them to the position(cabdriver, Paul Stine, Presidio Heights, “Take me to Washington & Maple”), moving them at will as pawns on his chess board.  Zodiac has preselected the time, conditions and place. All remained at his WILL.

He did it before in 1945-1950 as the AVENGER placing bodies at specific locations, with specific street names, one of which included the actual name of his victim, “DEGNAN” and then mailed notes to taunt the police, “catch me if you can.”

Two decades later he repeated his crime signatures with only minor modifications. This time he moved his LIVING VICTIMS about the board at his will and once he had them in position he brutally slew them for his purpose- which was identical to that in 1947 Los Angeles- to mock both police and press and – CONTROL & TERRORIZE A CITY.

GEORGE HODEL- The Mathematician

As a teenager, George Hodel’s stated early goal was “to become a chemical engineer.” Above are his actual course assignments and transcripts accredited from high-school and the California Institute of Technology.

### George Hodel- The Navigator

Dr. George Hodel’s original Breitling, NaviTimer watch gifted to me in 1997

Photo from a Breitling NaviTimer early instruction manual

In 1997, just two-years before his death, my father gave me a gift. It was an item that he had long cherished- and one that is traditionally handed down from father to son. It was his watch. But, this was no ordinary watch, this one was special. He had owned and worn it for more than forty years.

It was a Breitling, NaviTimer, equipped with a navigational computer, that allowed military pilots (and those few civilians, with the mental know how) to actually manually calculate the speed of their aircraft. (The Swiss manufactured, Breitling Navitimer, was first released in 1954. When father informed me that the mathematical computations could be made “in flight with nothing more than the watch in hand”, my response was, “Well, maybe with your brain, but not mine!” This elicited no response from him, just a smile.)

This Breitling NaviTimer watch is the same watch that my father would have been wearing in 1968-1969.

Did he use its navigational features and functions and its circular slide rule to calculate and map out his victims future positions and angles as they related to Mt Diablo? Very possible. As we have seen, he certainly possessed the mathematical skill and knowledge to perform the calculations.

For those of you who are mathematically inclined and curious, here is a link to the Breitling NaviTimer Instructions Manual, thanks to Chuck Maddox and Bill Sohne. The Breitling NaviTimer appears to do everything but wash dishes.

THE ZODIAC SYMBOL

I was going to leave this discussion for another blog, but because it is so intrinsic to the material at hand, I will present it here as a closing thought.

Researchers for forty-years have presented numerous and varied theories attempting to define the meaning of Zodiac’s Cross & Circle. Without going into any details some of them include:

He used it because it is the symbol of the Zodiac Watch Company, which has used the same symbol for more than a century.  Others are convinced Zodiac is using it to represent the crosshairs of a rifle scope.  Still others ascribe its meaning as: the sign of LIFE, Astrology, Druidism, Satanism, Asian, and or Native American symbolism etc.

In my sequel, MOST EVIL I examine a number of different possibilities and theories as to what might have been Zodiac’s SOURCE and inspiration for his Cross & Circle?

Because of my father’s early and close connections to and doctoring of Native Americans, on the Navaho reservation in and near New Mexico and Arizona, my favorite possibility included the cross and circle as found in the Navaho Dream Catcher and Medicine Wheels, something father would have seen worn around the necks of his patients on a daily basis. (In 1937 GHH was good friends with Navaho Chief Tom Dodge.)

But, in reflection, and based on what I now believe to be an accurate deciphering of the riddle of Zodiac’s Mt. Diablo Map,  as explained in my book and briefly summarized in the previous paragraphs, it is my conviction that there are not many complex answers to what the symbol represents, but rather there is  JUST ONE.

The heretofore enigmatic symbol now deciphered and applied to his instructions reveals itself to be- Zodiac’s directional compass literally pointing  us not only to HOW and WHERE to find his victim’s bodies, but also to-WHO KILLED THEM.

Zodiac promised that if we could “crack the code” we would learn his identity. He knew if we figured out the victim relationships we could connect- Zodiac to Black Dahlia Avenger.  But, even if 1969 law enforcement did make the connection (they never did) he was confident he was still safe and in control.

After all, the Black Dahlia Avenger was only his alter ego and shadow identity - a part of his distant past and as such remained long forgotten and unsolvable.

George Hodel went to his death with absolute certainty that both as Avenger and Zodiac he was “crack proof.”

## George Hodel- His Final Taunt

(Excerpted from Most Evil – pages 252-254)

INTRI-San Francisco

In 1989, at age eighty-two, Dr. George Hodel decided that he needed a change. Most people would have kicked back and retired after a demanding life filled with exotic travel and eighteen hour work days.

Ever the entrepreneur, my father chose to relocate and work fulltime in San Francisco. So, in 1990, George and June, then living in Hong Kong, packed their bags and moved to a thirty-eighth floor condominium on Bush Street, in the heart of the downtown financial district.

After securing his business license and designing his logo, my father mailed me the particulars. He’d named his new company INTRI- International Travel Research Institute. Home office: 333 Bush Street West, Suite 3808, San Francisco, California.

No stretch of the imagination is needed here. This time the megalomaniacal Dr. George Hodel had placed the Zodiac logo resting on top of the world.

I came across these logos in July 2005, as I was looking for samples of my father’s handwriting. …When I’d first seen them …they had no meaning. Only after I was deeply immersed in the Degnan/Zodiac investigations and my father’s pathological need to conceal clues as purloined signatures was I able to comprehend another of his inside jokes.

SKH Note-  Since making this logo discovery in 2005, now everytime I see dad’s logo I cannot help but be reminded of the famous final scene in the classic 1949 film noir, WHITE HEAT, where James Cagney plays the psychotic gangster, Cody Jarrett who just before going up in smoke yells out his own megalomaniacal line,  “MADE IT MA. TOP OF THE WORLD.”

Click below to see it.

White Heat final scene.

Just like Cody Jarrett, I can almost hear my father speaking to himself in that “soft sly voice”and smiling as he puts the final touches on his San Francisco business logo - ”MADE IT, TOP OF THE WORLD.”

# DA Hodel-Black Dahlia Surveillance Transcripts Show Potential Link to Dr. Audrain, Head of L.A. Abortion Ring Doctors

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Just when I thought it was finally OK to file away the LADA Black Dahlia-Hodel Surveillance Files, to coin a outdated an much overused term- “THE PLOT THICKENS”

In a recent re-reading of some of the transcribed pages from the LAPD/DA tape-recorded surveillance, I noted the mention of a name that seemed familiar, but a couldn’t place- “Dr. E.W. Delong.”

Here is an exact copy of the entries made by DA investigator Walter Morgan from the original pages found in the DA File:

The above transcripts document a link to Dr. George Hodel and Beverly Hills physician, Dr. E.W. DeLong.  The transcripts mention a business connection between the two physicians and that George Hodel is going to pursue collection of funds owed to him by Dr. DeLong for work performed, apparently related to some laboratory testing. (George Hodel in addition to his V.D. Clinic and private practice, also owned and supervised his own private serology laboratory in downtown L.A.)

What makes this highly relevant to our ongoing investigation is that Dr. E.W. DeLong was a long time friend and the personal attending physician to Dr. L.C. Audrain. More than that, Dr. Delong on May 20, 1949, personally responded to Dr. Audrain’s Hollywood Hills home where he pronounced him dead at 3:00 a.m.

As can be seen in a copy of the below death certificate, Dr. DeLong listed Dr. Audrain’s cause of death was due to natural causes, “Heart Disease” and ordered that no autopsy be performed. Forrest Lawn Cemetery picked up the body and end of story. Natural death, no questions asked.

Well, at least not publicly. However, for those IN THE KNOW, I’m sure there were many whispered questions. In City Hall, in the DA’s Office and at LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division I’m sure the late night lamps were burning bright. Here’s why:

Who was Dr. Leslie Carl Audrain?

Dr. Audrain was a prominent longtime Los Angeles OB-GYN physician/surgeon, who had been the personal physician to famed Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson up until her death in 1944.

He was married, and his wife, Mathilde Audrain was a nurse who assisted him at his office, in the Professional Building, located at 1052 W. 6th St. (This is the same office building where Dr. Walter Bayley had his private practice, so very likely that the two physicians knew each other.)

Dr. Leslie C. Audrain, was named by LAPD Sgt. Charles Stoker in secret 1949 Grand Jury testimony, as being the head of an Abortion Ring of Los Angeles M.D.’s all of whom paid “protection money” to LAPD detectives, which kept them immune from being arrested. (M.D.’s and chiropractors who were performing abortions and who were not making police payoffs to LAPD, were arrested and given stiff prison sentences.)

LAPD Sgt. Charles Stoker

Those of you, who have read Black Dahlia Avenger, will recognize Sgt. Stoker’s name. I devote three full chapters: Chapter 25, Sergeant Stoker, LAPD’s Gangster squad, and the Abortion Ring, and two following chapters in an attempt to provide a historical perspective on his critical involvement and affect on Los Angeles during two of Los Angeles’ most dynamic and politically volatile years- 1948-1950.

Stoker’s expose, Thicker N’ Thieves, published in 1951 documents the police and political corruption of those years and NAMES NAMES. His book is extremely hard to find and if located currently sells for between \$300-\$500. That is unfortunate, because it better than anything I have yet read, accurately defines the times, conditions and place. His book is the true-life, L.A. Confidential.

In his book Sgt. Stoker documents the historical events that changed Los Angeles and the LAPD and narrates the historical changes as they unfolded from 1948-1950.  His detailing of how the police cabal operated and the details involved in his chapter: Angel City Abortion Ring provided critical understanding and answers to many of my early questions. Stoker’s book gives us some real insights into the man, and reveal that he in truth was an honest cop, trying to do the right thing, but being somewhat naive, was unaware of how dangerous it was to try and buck the established system of corruption, which had been in place for a quarter century.

Sgt. Charles Stoker was testifying in secret before the 1949 Grand Jury Hearings revealing graft and corruption and naming names twenty-years before his New York counterpart, Frank Serpico. But, unlike Serpico, Stoker never received fame or recognition and died young, a broken and forgotten man.

Stoker’s testimony opened up a Pandora’s Box for L.A. politicos and LAPD. He blew the lid off most of the major corruption scandals of 1949, which included: Mickey Cohen Wire Taps, Brenda Allen Prostitution Ring and her payoffs to L.A.Vice Cops and their superiors. Earlier in the year Stoker in sworn testimony confirmed Hollywood Vice Squad intimidations and extortions of bar owners who would not “pay to play”, along with the systematic brutality and false arrests of their customers for trumped up charges of “drunk” or “lewd conduct.”

As a result, of the hearings and testimony from Stoker and others, the 1949 Grand Jury ordered a reinvestigation of the many unsolved Lone Woman Murders of the day, and ordered that the Black Dahlia Murder investigation be taken away from LAPD and reinvestigated by the DA’s Office. (An unheard of action by a seated Grand Jury, which to my knowledge had never been done before or since.)

SKH Note- In 1949 and 1950, Sgt. Charles Stoker was defended by prominent L.A. attorney, S.S.(Sammy) Hahn, who ironically also represented my mother, Dorothy Hodel in her 1944 divorce from George Hodel. Hahn won the trumped up “Burglary” charge against Stoker by LAPD and later helped establish that his LAPD female partner, who was the prosecution’s star witness against Stoker –had committed perjury.

In 1957, attorney Hahn was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool. The L.A. Times in reporting the “mysterious death” quoted detectives as finding “a gash to the forehead and that heavy cement blocks had been tied around his neck which were holding him down at the bottom of the pool.”  No note was found. The Times article also quotes investigating detective, Jim Wahlke as saying,  ”From all indications it appears to be a suicide, but…”

“Atty. Hahn Dies in Swimming Pool Mystery” L.A. Times June 26, 1957

As far as being “in the know” and connected to L.A. politics, S.S. “Sammy” Hahn was second only to Mickey Cohen’s lawyer, Samuel ”Mouthpiece to the Mob” Rummel, who was gunned down in front of his Hollywood Hills home in 1950. That case was never solved, but two Sheriff’s detectives were suspected of the murder, and indicted on other unrelated charges.

As far as Sammy Hahn’s “suicide”, what can I say? 1950′s business as usual.

Dr. Audrain, Dr. DeLong, Dr. Hodel- Connecting the Dots

In BDA I stated early on that I believed that my father, Dr. George Hodel was a participant in, or at the very least had full knowledge of the operations of Dr. Audrain’s M.D. Abortion Ring, as referenced in Sgt. Stoker’s expose.

That was further confirmed post-publication with the revelations from the DA Hodel-Black Dahlia Files connecting known abortionist Charles Smith with Beverly Hills Dr. Francis Ballard performing the abortion on my half-sister, Tamar. (Also in the DA Files was the documented interview with Smith’s girlfriend, Mildred Bray Colby, who witnessed the early morning \$1,000 cash payoff  (\$10,000 in today’s dollars) from George Hodel to Charles Smith made at the Franklin House on December 29, 1949.)

Then we had my father’s statements from the DA transcripts confirming he performed abortions at his V.D. clinic, “Lots of them.”  We have his separate taped statements to Baron Herringer where he says, “I’m the only one who knows how everything fits together.”  “This is the best payoff between law enforcement agencies I have ever seen.”

And now, what does this latest discovery tell us?

1)  Sgt. Charles Stoker, in conjunction with State Medical Board investigators, and utilizing a female undercover officer sends her to Dr. Audrain’s medical office where Audrain’s nurse (not named, but probably his wife, Mathilde who was known to work there) confirms her worst fears, and tells her “she’s pregnant” and schedules her for an abortion. (According to State investigators and Sgt. Stoker, the sting arrest is blown due to the fact that law enforcement officers warn Dr. Audrain prior to the appointment and he is a “no show” and closes his office for a week.)

2)  On May 5, 1949 Sgt. Stoker under subpoena to a Grand Jury Hearing testifies to all that he knows about LAPD police corruption, vice payoffs to Madame Brenda Allen, secret wire taps to Mickey Cohen’s home involving payoffs to cops, abortion ring payoffs, and most likely names Dr. Audrain as the head of the protected abortion ring.

3)  On May 20, 1949, just two-weeks following Sgt. Stoker’s testimony, Dr. E.W. DeLong, a close personal friend of Dr. L.C. Audrain, responds to Audrain’s home, and pronounces him dead due to natural causes, “heart disease” and insures that no autopsy or toxicological tests will be performed and the body is removed to a private mortuary for burial.

4) Prior to Dr. Audrain’s death, a chiropractor, Dr. Eric Kirk, who is named a figures prominently in Stoker’s book, was arrested and was serving prison time for performing abortions. Dr. Kirk was under Grand Jury subpoena and was going to testify and name names of many of the doctors involved in Audrain’s Abortion Ring. (As a result of his filing a formal affidavit, Dr. Kirk was brought to L.A. from prison in September, 1949, four months after Audrain’s death. His wife received death threats if her husband testified against LAPD homicide detectives, and it is unknown if he actually followed through with his promise to identify corrupt cops?)

5) Dr. E.W. DeLong is doing business with and was obviously acquainted with Dr. George Hodel, which puts him in close association to two known abortionists (Hodel & Audrain). Working in Beverly Hills he most certainly would have known George Hodel’s abortionists of choice for Tamar’s September, 1949 abortion, Dr. Francis Ballard and his “assistant”, Charles Smith.

Drs. Hodel and Audrain both lived in Hollywood, and resided just three miles apart.  Drs. DeLong, Ballard, Audrain, and Hodel all lived/worked within six miles of each other.

Did Dr. Audrain in fact die of natural causes, and the timing of his death was just “coincidental”? Was it a Suicide? Murder? We will never know the truth of it now. But, with this latest direct tie-in in the transcripts, there is certainly much cause for reflection.

At the time of his death Dr. Audrain was 73. If it was his wife, who had made the abortion appointment from their 1051 W. 6th Street medical practice, then she was at risk and would have most certainly been arrested with him for conspiring to commit an abortion. Dr. Audrain was facing a major scandal, disgrace and almost certain imprisonment. Those in power, his fellow abortion ring doctors, M.D.’s all, and the cops receiving protection money would have all wanted him out of the way. His pending arrest was a huge threat to every corrupt cop and official involved.

Grand Jury Indicts 10 in L.A. – San Francisco State-wide Abortion Ring

In April, 1950, just four weeks after George Hodel fled the country, the seated 1950 Grand Jury indicted ten doctors and nurses involved in what the L.A. Times (April 27, 1950) described as, “an alleged illegal surgical operations syndicate, then plunged headlong into investigation of reported protection payoffs to law enforcement officers.”

The article went on to indicate that a Dr. Eric Kirk, currently serving time in prison for performing abortions (and a major player in Sgt. Stoker’s expose of the L.A. Abortion Ring) would be called as a witness and promised to “tell all.” [SKH Note- This would be additional testimony on these new arrests as he had already testified before the 1949 Grand Jury in September, 1949]

L.A. Times article of April 27, 1950

SKH Note- In the updated version of BDA (HarperCollins July 2006) I include the information related to what DA Lt. Jemison’s refers to as, “Hodel’s friend, abortionist Charles Smith.” That information reveals Smith, in March 1950, was actively being investigated by law enforcement as being involved in a San Francisco/Los Angeles Abortion Ring.

On March 20, less than a month from the Grand Jury indictments in L.A., Lt. Frank Jemison while interviewing Charles Smith’s ex-girlfriend, Mildred Bray Colby say’s to her:

“Did you know that he [Smith] has been operating girls from San Francisco for abortions?”

Colby responds, “No, But, I wouldn’t put it past him.”

During this same interview by Lt. Jemison, in reference to my half-sister, Tamar Hodel and Smith’s abortion arrest in October, 1949 with Beverly Hills Dr. Francis Ballard Miss Colby tells Lt. Jemison:

“Smith said that some day he was going to fix Tamar. He was going to cut a chunk out of the calf of her leg and fry it and eat it in front of her eyes and then puke it in front of her face.”

# L.A. Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza Releases “Modern Day Jean Valjean”

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Finally Common Sense Rules-  Man Freed After Serving 8th year of his 25 to Life Sentence for attempting to steal some food from a L.A. Church.

# “This is justice long overdue.”

Los Angeles DA Steve Cooley

# LA Judge Frees Thief Who Got 25 Yrs On 3rd Strike

by The Associated Press

Enlarge Associated PressFrom left, Stanford law school student Gabriel Martinez, Lois Taylor, 78, mother of Gregory Taylor, and Stanford law school student Reiko Rogozen answer questions after a hearing for Gregory Taylor at Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. A judge on Monday ordered the release Gregory Taylor, a man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church.

Associated PressFrom left, Stanford law school student Gabriel Martinez, Lois Taylor, 78, mother of Gregory Taylor, and Stanford law school student Reiko Rogozen answer questions after a hearing for Gregory Taylor at Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. A judge on Monday ordered the release Gregory Taylor, a man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church.

Enlarge Associated PressStanford law school students Gabriel Martinez and Reiko Rogozen listen with Gregory Taylor during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. A judge on Monday ordered the release of Taylor, a man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church.

Associated PressStanford law school students Gabriel Martinez and Reiko Rogozen listen with Gregory Taylor during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. A judge on Monday ordered the release of Taylor, a man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church.

Enlarge Associated PressFrom left, Stanford law school students Gabriel Martinez and Reiko Rogozen listen with Gregory Taylor as he wipes away tears during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. A judge on Monday ordered the release of Taylor, a man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church.

Associated PressFrom left, Stanford law school students Gabriel Martinez and Reiko Rogozen listen with Gregory Taylor as he wipes away tears during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. A judge on Monday ordered the release of Taylor, a man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church.

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LOS ANGELES August 17, 2010, 04:46 am ET

After 13 years behind bars for trying to break in to a church ki

tchen to find something to eat, a man who became an example of the harsh sentences allowed by California’s three-strikes law has been ordered released from prison.

A Superior Court judge amended Gregory Taylor’s sentence to eight years already served and the 47-year-old, who was sentenced in 1997 to 25 years to life, will be a free man in a few days.

Tears streamed down Taylor’s face and Judge Peter Espinoza asked a bailiff to get him a tissue.

“I thought I was going to cry too,” said law student Reiko Rogozen, who started working on the case in January as part of Stanford Law School’s Three-Strikes Project, which filed a writ of habeas corpus seeking freedom for Taylor. “He was scared up until the last minute that it wasn’t actually going to happen.”

The district attorney did not oppose the group’s move.

Taylor quietly thanked the court and his lawyers for “giving me another chance … and my family for sticking by me.”

Taylor was arrested in July 1997 while trying to get into the kitchen of St. Joseph’s Church in downtown Los Angeles. He told officers that he was hungry.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Alan McCoy, testified at the original sentencing that Taylor was often given food and allowed to sleep at the church. The priest described him as a peaceful man struggling with homelessness and crack addiction.

Taylor was convicted of third-strike burglary due to two robbery convictions in the 1980s, once for stealing a purse containing \$10 and another time for trying to rob a man on the street. He didn’t use a weapon in either case, and no one was injured.

During an appeal, a dissenting state Supreme Court justice said Taylor was a 20th-century version of Jean Valjean, a character imprisoned for stealing bread in Victor Hugo’s novel “Les Miserables.”

Judge Espinoza said the church break-in was not a crime of violence “but drug addiction and homelessness.”

The three-strikes sentencing policies of the 1990s “produced inconsistent and disproportionate results,” he said.

Taylor was taken back into custody and will be released when his paperwork is completed in at least two days.

His mother and siblings applauded during the hearing and beamed in the hallway afterward. His sister, Angela Taylor, remembered the day her brother called with details of his sentence.

“I thought he was lying. Twenty-five to life? That’s crazy,” she said.

Taylor got his GED at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.

“Even in conversations over the phone, he sounds way more mature,” his sister said.

His 78-year-old mother, Lois Taylor, said her son was hungry for a home-cooked meal, so she’s planning a huge barbecue to celebrate.

He plans to live in Pomona with his younger brother who runs a food pantry where he’ll get a job.

Michael Taylor said he and his brothers are planning a West Coast cruise and if Gregory Taylor gets out before they depart Aug. 23, they’ll take him along.

When running for office in 2000, District Attorney Steve Cooley often used the case as an example of how unfair he believed the three-strikes law was. Cooley said if the third strike wasn’t serious and wasn’t violent, three strikes should not apply.

Cooley said Gregory Taylor’s release is “justice long overdue” because his crime was a minor offense.

But Cooley said the three-strikes law doesn’t need to be repealed as long as prosecutors apply it “proportionally,” taking into account the nature of the offense and the defendant’s previous criminal record.