Page 198 of Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files.”
Someone asked about the fake a document in Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dalia Files.” Here’s a post I wrote about it on April 14, 2006. Eight years later, I’m still waiting for a response from Wolfe about this.
April 14, 2006
I have ceased blogging in real time as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” Wolfe uses the “Laura” format, in which the anonymous, butchered body is found and the narrative proceeds in flashbacks.
As we discovered yesterday, the alleged memo on Page 198 of Wolfe’s book is a fake, pasted together from two unrelated documents.
Today, let’s see how it was done.
First, here’s a scan of the book, just to show Wolfe’s handiwork.
Now, our raw material.
First, a memo from the district attorney’s office dated Oct. 28, 1949.
We snip off the top here:
But it’s tricky to delete the date as Wolfe does, so I’m leaving it. Note the raised “t” in the word “Attorney” on the third line. A sure giveaway that this is our source.
Next we take Pages 13-14 of the Nov. 23, 1949, document “Evidence and Declarations Tending to Connect or Disconnect Leslie Dillon to the Murders of Elizabeth Short, Jeanne French and Gladys Kern.”
And here’s our snippage, except I’ve intentionally done a clumsy job.
Paste it together and it looks very much like this:
Now to be fair, I think Donald H. Wolfe should get a chance to defend himself, so I’m going to write him an e-mail and see what he has to say.
Still waiting, Don!