Category Archives: Another Good Story Ruined

Shadowing Marlowe: Another Good Story Ruined

Someone asked me what I thought of this article in our hometown paper and when I got done laughing I pulled out Frank MacShane’s “Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler” and “The Life of Raymond Chandler.” You guessed it.

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Black Dahlia: The Cecil Hotel and Halloween — Another Good Story Ruined

LAist is the latest to jump on the “who cares if it’s true, it’s Halloween!” bandwagon. Not with the “Black Dahlia Murder House” legend, but by reviving the old chestnut about Elizabeth Short and the Cecil Hotel. Note the “allegedly,” … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Sorry, Houston Chronicle, Nobody Killed in the Sowden House

The Houston Chronicle is the latest to fall for the “Black Dahlia Murder House” nonsense. The Chronicle at least attempts to be skeptical, but oh well, it is Halloween and websites desperately need click bait. This 5,600 square-foot home has … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia Murder House and Dr. George Hodel: Another Good Story Ruined

Sorry, Ashbury Park Press (a Gannett publication), there is nothing to show that anybody was killed at the Sowden House. There is only nonsense about  Buster the Wonder Dog  reacting to something or other. And, for the record, Elizabeth Short … Continue reading

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‘Most Books Are Never Fact-Checked’

We are shocked! Shocked! That books aren’t fact-checked! Yes, I mean you, “Hollywood Babylon” and “Severed,” who live on the lowest rungs of the literary ladder. But that goes for you too, “The Fixers,” “Full Service” and “City of Nets.” … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Dr. George Hodel and Soil Test Results … ‘Definitely Not Elizabeth Short’

KNBC-TV Channel 4 has finally updated its story on Buster the Wonder Dog finding … something … at the purported Murder HQ of Dr. George Hodel. Let’s review the timeline: On Nov. 9, 2012, the makers of the TV show … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: ‘Not Elizabeth Short’ For Sale on EBay

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. An EBay vendor has listed this hand-colored picture with bids starting at $99.99, stating that…. Well, read it in their own words: AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS OF RESEARCH AND COMPARING OTHER ELIZABETH SHORTS … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Fixing a Small Error Before It Becomes a Big One

KPCC recently did a story about the LAPD’s archive of crime photos. And whoever wrote the caption took a logical – but incorrect – guess about the people in this photo of the Black Dahlia crime scene. Let’s do a … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: A New ‘Suspect’ (Who Isn’t Dr. George Hodel) and a New Dimension in Lunacy

Nobody does “true” crime stories quite like the Brits. And the Daily Mail is all over this one. Suppose I told you that Suzanne Degnan (1946), the Black Dahlia (1947), Jimmy Hoffa (disappeared 1975), the Zodiac victims (late 1960s) AND … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Bevo Means Did Not Name the Black Dahlia Case

I recently heard from someone who had taken a bus tour of Los Angeles and wondered why the tour guide said that Bevo Means had named the Black Dahlia case. The answer, of course, is no, if the tour guide … Continue reading

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When the Nation Pulled Together — Another Good Story Ruined

March 24, 1944 In the popular imagination, World War II was a time of national unity, the era of the “Greatest Generation,” when the nation put aside its differences to defeat a common enemy. Everyone loved President Roosevelt and no … Continue reading

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History in Pictures and ‘Greta Garbo’ — Another Good Story Ruined

I don’t follow History in Pictures on Twitter, but many of my friends do and there were groans and complaints when this photo was posted Saturday, identifying the woman as Greta Garbo. Let’s take a closer look:

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Irene Lentz From the Archives

This was supposed to be a quick item linking to The Times piece by Vincent Boucher on Irene Lentz and brief blog posts I did about her years ago. But as I dug into The Times clips about her 1962 … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Black Dahlia Files and Donald Wolfe

While we are on the subject of nonsense in the Black Dahlia case, the Sky Valley Chronicle posted a story yesterday based on Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files.” As many of you may know, this book is so … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: George Hodel, Soil Analysis and Sweeps Month

Look it’s an “update” on the Buster the Wonder Dog saga, via L.A. Observed. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. For those of you (that would be most of the world) who haven’t followed the saga of “Buster the Wonder … Continue reading

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No Carole Lombard Death Photos Here or Anywhere Else!

No Google search drives more traffic to the L.A. Daily Mirror than some permutation of “Carole Lombard Death Scene” or “Carole Lombard’s Head” or “Carole Lombard Decapitated” or “Did They Ever Find Carole Lombard’s Wedding Ring?” And as I have … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia and the Cecil Hotel — Another Good Story Ruined

I don’t know how this nonsense gets started. There is nothing to show that Elizabeth Short ever set foot in the Cecil Hotel, as claimed by KABC-TV Channel 7.

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Another Good Story Ruined: William Parker vs. Bugsy Siegel

By Yvonne Villarreal in The Times. Let’s get this straight: There was never a “long and often bloody struggle between LAPD Police Chief William Parker and gangster kingpin Ben ‘Bugsy’ Siegel” for the simple reason that Siegel was shot to … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia – Another Good Story Ruined (Updated)

Let me say this again. This photo is a fake. The actual Daily News front page for Jan. 15, 1947,  looks like this.

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George ‘Evil Genius’ Hodel and the Black Dahlia – Another Good Story Ruined

Look who fell for the fake Daily News front page. Yes, it’s a fake. There are about a thousand things I would prefer to do besides shoot holes in the latest installment of the Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel franchise. … Continue reading

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