Category Archives: Black Dahlia

A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

Years ago, in researching Camp Cooke, I bought the diary of a soldier named Harry A. Rankin, who was stationed there in 1942 and early 1943 (and no, he doesn’t mention Elizabeth Short). Here’s his list of what he did … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Tamar Hodel in Hospice

The ever-vigilant Eve Golden forwarded an article by Sheila Weller from Dujour.com reporting that Tamar Hodel, who accused Dr. George Hodel of molestation in the 1940s, is in a hospice. Tamar Hodel is the half sister of retired LAPD Detective … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: When Murder Inspires Art

This amazing “objet d’art” has been listed on EBay for $39. I mean, really?

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Black Dahlia: ‘Black Dahlia’ Composer Bob Belden Dies at 58

Adam Parker of the Post and Courier is reporting the death of composer Bob Belden, who wrote the orchestral suite “Black Dahlia,” which was released on CD in 2001. If you’re not familiar with the suite, here’s a selection. I … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Re-Creating Elizabeth Short’s Final Meal Puts the Ghoul in Goulash

An image of the Black Dahlia crime scene sets the mood for dinner. How about some pinot extra noir?  It takes a special sort of person to think it’s a swell idea to have a pricey meal ($65 per) while … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Don’t Waste Your Money on Her FBI File (Updated)

Some enterprising EBay vendor has listed Elizabeth Short’s FBI file for $20. Don’t waste your money. First of all, the FBI had no jurisdiction in the Black Dahlia case, so it’s mostly newspaper clippings and other assorted documents. Second, the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: There Are Some Very Sick People in This World

This purported “tribute” to the Black Dahlia has been listed on EBay. Who makes this junk? Apparently it’s an outfit appropriately called Dreadful Dolls. Who buys it? For $325? There are some very sick people out there. Oh. It’s from … Continue reading

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Vintage Slides of the Black Dahlia? Probably Not

A scan of one of the transparencies being offered on EBay. This is from an unidentified Western. A vendor has listed a lot of about 500 transparencies that were owned by a “Hollywood filmmaker.” A bit of research indicates that … Continue reading

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Minus the Black Dahlia and George Hodel: ‘Man Ray and Human Equations’

The Washington Post has published an interesting review by Philip Kennicott of an exhibit at the Phillips Collection of Man Ray’s works. And yes, there isn’t a single mention of the ridiculous allegations about Ray, Dr. George Hodel and the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: From the Archives, 1998

  One of my projects while on sabbatical is digitizing my old videotapes. And look what I found!

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An Update From 1947

I have been immersing myself in 1947 and for those readers who don’t follow my Twitter feed (@LATDailyMirror) or Facebook page, here’s what I have been up to. From January 1947: The American Mercury muses on Arthur Vandenberg’s chances in … Continue reading

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On the Radio: 1947

I’m trying to immerse myself in the period (remember we have been doing 1944 and the 1947project was 10 years ago, so I listened to a few radio programs from January 1947. Jan. 17, 1947: “The Lone Ranger.” Jan. 18, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Wikipedia Fail

Here is what’s wrong with Wikipedia: “The Black Dahlia” was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short … Short acquired the moniker posthumously by newspapers in the habit of nicknaming crimes they found particularly lurid. FAIL. Elizabeth Short was nicknamed the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Time Magazine and the Death of Research

Time magazine, more than a bit late to the party, jumps on the Dr. George Hodel bandwagon on the anniversary of Elizabeth Short’s death. Time was once famous for having an extensive research department. These days, however, writers  – at least … Continue reading

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Today Is Jan. 15 — The Daily Mirror Sabbatical Begins (Updated)

As I wrote in 2014, this year I’m taking a sabbatical from blogging. The mystery photos will continue and Mary Mallory will be writing Hollywood Heights as usual. But the anniversary of Elizabeth Short’s death seemed to be an appropriate … Continue reading

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Al Martinez — ‘Jigsaw John’

While people are remembering former Times columnist Al Martinez, it’s good to mention his 1975 book “Jigsaw John,” about LAPD Detective John St. John, who was one of the caretakers of the Black Dahlia case at Robbery-Homicide. Copies are available … Continue reading

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Taking a Sabbatical in 2015

A lesson about time: Laura Hunt’s antique clock has an unfortunate encounter with Waldo Lydecker’s shotgun in “Laura.” As I have said here before: So many stories, only one Larry Harnisch. In September, I put aside a long series of … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Hollywood Time Machine

I will be among the guests on Saturday’s broadcast of “Hollywood Time Machine” with Alicia Mayer. The program will air live at http://www.LATalkRadio.com (channel 2) at 6 p.m. EST and will available later as a podcast. I’m one of several … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 31

Georgette Bauerdorf, National Police Gazette, August 1946. At long last, we finish our examination of the Georgette Bauerdorf case with many questions unanswered. Without more information, we can only speculate about many aspects of the killing. For that matter, we … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Ronald Reagan and the Dead Milkmen

Wow. Just when I thought I had seen everything — and I mean everything — about the Black Dahlia case.

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