By Steve Hodel
Greater than fifty years after what has been known as "the such a lot infamous unsolved homicide of the 20 th century," the case has ultimately been solved. On January 15, 1947, the physique of lovely 22-year-old Elizabeth Short—dubbed the Black Dahlia as a result of her black garments and the dahlia she wore in her hair—was found on a vacant lot in downtown l. a., her physique surgically bisected, horribly mutilated, and posed as though for show. Even the main hardened murder detectives have been surprised and sickened through the sadistic homicide. hence all started the biggest manhunt in l. a. background. For weeks the killer taunted the police—and public—much as his notorious English counterpart Jack the Ripper had performed in London 60 years earlier than, sending tantalizing notes, urging them to "catch me in case you can." And for weeks and months the LAPD got here up empty. fees of police ineptitude quickly gave strategy to rumors of corruption and cover-up on the maximum degrees. in the meantime, a rash of lone girls in l. a. have been brutally murdered, and their instances additionally remained mysteriously unsolved. may possibly the Black Dahlia Avenger be, in reality, a serial killer stalking town streets?
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During the nine-month period preceding her death, Elizabeth was known to have lived as a transient at various boardinghouses and with a variety of roommates. She stayed at a hotel in Long Beach for several weeks during the summer months and then returned to Hollywood, where she first shared a room in a private residence, then lived in an apartment with seven other young women. She also shared rooms at several hotels in Hollywood for brief periods. In December she left for San Diego and returned to Los Angeles on January 9, 1947.
It had been twenty-four years for the prosecution and almost fourteen years for the defense. A recent major victory for an innocent client was still reverberating through my psyche. My life was moving toward a natural homeostatic balance. And now, seeing my face reflected in the airplane window at 35,000 feet against a cloudscape so thick you were sure you could walk on it, that balance was upset and all I could feel was a hole where the past had been. I kept picturing my father over the years: the young 1920s crime reporter, the bohemian artist, the silky-voiced radio announcer, the meticulous surgeon, the austere but dominating psychiatrist, and finally the entrepreneurial marketing genius who had moved to Asia in 1950, abandoning all of us.
Before the days of access journalism and a hostile media, reporters and the police in 1947 Los Angeles formed a mutual admiration society. Whenever investigating detectives asked the press to hold back certain information they didn't want made public, editors and reporters would almost always comply. When a well-connected reporter asked for certain confidential information from the police on a person for a story he or she was working on, the reporter would usually get it. In such a quid pro quo world you broke the rules at your own peril.