Monthly Archives: February 2006

Blogging the Wolfe Book, A Rain Check

After spending so much time on Elizabeth Short’s autopsy, Wolfe is heading into autobiographical material. Given all the nonsense surrounding our last foray into the Wolfe household (remember “Uncle Vern” who used to house-sit for neighbor Bugsy Siegel, except Siegel … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Collecting Our Thoughts

The two-minute executive summary:In analyzing Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles,” we have spent the last week on the identification of Elizabeth Short and her autopsy, finding fiction, … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Missing Man Formation

Our story so far: I am blogging—in real time—as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files.” It’s been slow going and this is an especially tedious part because I’m examining Wolfe’s treatment of Elizabeth Short’s autopsy. I’m not … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Loyalty

Just out of curiosity, I did a Google image search for “loyalty.” I got Johnny Cash flipping the bird (turned into a mock motivational poster); another poster for the Army on its values; a picture of a dog, a huge … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, He Walked by Night

Much has been written about poor crowd control at the Black Dahlia crime scene. Here’s an example of LAPD crowd control from the 1948 film “He Walked by Night,” which was the genesis of “Dragnet,” first as a radio show … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, The Pinata

So what’s your point, Harnisch? Isn’t there a little schadenfreude here in dismantling Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles”? Didn’t you make your point at the preface?Absolutely. So, … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, The Funny Papers

Oh dear…. oh dearie, dearie, dear. Just out of curiosity, I decided to check the address Wolfe gave as his home when Bugsy Siegel was killed. This was 803 N. Roxbury Drive (“Mogul,” Page 26).First the good news. Wolfe actually … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, The Cloudy Crystal Ball

I have a poor track record with movie screenings, being one of the few people to walk out halfway through a sneak preview of “Boogie Nights,” which I thought was terrible. Of course the kid who conned me into seeing … Continue reading

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Once Upon a time there were three bears. A papa bear, a mama bear and a baby bear. They all lived together in a big house in the forest. One day

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, The FBI Story

There is an individual on ebay who sells copies of Elizabeth Short’s FBI file for $22 and some bidders drive the price even higher. The fact that the files are available online for free has curbed the demand somewhat. But … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, The Houyhnhnms

Our story so far, the two-minute executive summary:Donald H. Wolfe’s book “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles” has introduced the character of “Uncle Vern,” not a blood relative but the boyfriend … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Uncle Vern

Page 24-25I was breezing along (“breezing” being a relative term in reading a book at the molecular level) when I came across this little bon mot tucked into a sentence:“Angry about the threats she was receiving if she didn’t cooperate … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, the Lookies

At right, one of the formative publications of my youth, which was included with the purchase of the World Book Encyclopedia. The Lookies had a wonderful motto: “We don’t guess, we look it up.”Page 22I really don’t want to get … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, a Moment of Silence

Wednesday was the 61st anniversary of the kidnapping of 6-year-old Rochelle Gluskoter from the frontyard of a home around the corner from where her parents, Abe and Miriam, were preparing to open their market at 8464 S. Central Ave. Rochelle’s … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Time for a Reality Check

I was all set, or so I thought, for today’s entry. And then something fell in my lap that I simply couldn’t ignore. Let’s suppose you are an established author with a well-known book on a particular subject. Let us … Continue reading

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Teutonic Thoroughness, Nathan Marsak Style

You might ask yourself what bright, well-educated people with an arts background (art history for Nathan Marsak and Kim Cooper, musicology for yours truly) discuss when they get together. Of course, the subject is the prevailing market value of Jabberjaw … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Teutonic Thoroughness

Several years ago, I was interviewed by a writer for the German magazine Stern about the Black Dahlia case. In explaining what was wrong with the various Dahlia books, I said: “They lack Teutonic thoroughness.” Of course, it was to … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, the Subject Is Roses

I always cut my roses on Jan. 15 as a memorial to Elizabeth Short, because I remember that on the night before the body was found a neighbor had a strange encounter at the crime scene when he went there … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, I’m My Own Grandpaw

Page 16 In the Black Dahlia books, all roads lead to William Randolph Fowler and it would be interesting to see how a sociologist would make a graph of the incestuous literary kinship system. Will talks to Mary Pacios, who … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, the Thrill Is Gone

Page 14 “Hansen studied the body and the ‘sacred setting’ for some time before he stood up and said to Finis, ‘We won’t know what we’re really dealing with here until we get a post mortem.’ He requested that the … Continue reading

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