Tamar’s Story

The incest trial of 1949 was sensational for its day, particularly since television and accompanying media were almost non-existent.  If the event took place today it would be comparable to Elizabeth Smart kidnapping in 2002.  Tamar was a young 14 year old when she visited her enigmatic father-physician in his Hollywood home on Franklin Avenue.  Her claims of impropriety were met with disbelief and controversy.  However, after her saga became public the event changed her life forever.

She was quickly whisked away to the Los Angeles Juvenile Hall where she remained for almost a year while the prosecutors prepared their case against her father Dr. George Hodel.  During her stay Tamar was exposed to a side of society that was opposite from her privileged background.  She noticed not only the difference in skin color from her new fellow detainees, but also a great discrepancy in what they believed in – family, friends, love and caring for each other.  Those concepts were not part of her upbringing.  In fact, she was exposed to just the opposite from her white family and friends.  It was there that she decided that if she ever had children, she would want them to be raised like someone from the black race – with love and kindness.

After Tamar gave birth to Fauna, her maturity began to appear and she eventually had four additional children, Elizabeth (also known as Fauna II), and three boys, Peace, Love and Joy.  When Fauna first discovered the whereabouts of Tamar and made contact, she received a photograph of Tamar with her newly discovered brothers and sister.

Tamar remained close with her father while he was alive, but never agreed with the verdict of the jury in the incest trial that acquitted Dr. George Hodel in 1949.