Category Archives: Cold Cases

Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 10

Georgette Bauerdorf arm in arm with two servicemen, published in the Daily News, Oct. 16, 1944.     Georgette Bauerdorf, 20, had been living alone in an apartment at El Palacio, 8493 Fountain Ave., since Aug. 28, 1944, when her … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 9

A portrait of Georgette Bauerdorf published in the Daily News, Oct. 13, 1944. It’s unclear from news reports whether Georgette Bauerdorf was pursuing any further education after apparently graduating from the Westlake School for Girls. Several stories in the Los … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 8

The Herald-Examiner published a photo of Georgette Bauerdorf with a question mark, one of its visual cliches of the 1940s, Oct. 13, 1944. The investigation revealed that the young woman found face-down in the bathtub at 8493 Fountain Ave., was … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 6

El Palacio Apartments, 8491 Fountain Ave., in a photo from the Los Angeles Herald-Express, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. El Palacio in 2008, as shown by Google Street View. Los Angeles Times, May 10, 1931: El Palacio is … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 5

Oct. 3, 1942: Abbott and Costello outside the Hollywood Canteen at the opening ceremony, in a Times photo. Cahuenga Boulevard south of Sunset Boulevard, former location of the Hollywood Canteen, via Google Street View.  One of the important locations in … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 4

Jan. 23, 1947: The Herald-Express publishes an article headlined “Werewolves Leave Trail of Women Murders in L.A.” (The obnoxious watermark is so that people who see this image after it has been swiped by Pinterest, skyscraper.com and all the Black … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 3

Dec. 31, 1944: Major crimes increased in the city of Los Angeles, except for auto theft. Homicides are up 29.5% over 1943.   There are many ways to portray 1944 in Los Angeles, when Georgette Bauerdorf was killed. We might … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 2

The crime scene, 8493 Fountain Ave., via The Times Mapping L.A. Project. Surveys have shown that most L.A. Daily Mirror readers live in Los Angeles or at least in Southern California, so the majority will already know this. I’m including … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf: An Unsolved Murder, Part 1

The unrecommended reading list. Not shown: Donald Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files,” Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service,” Howard Blum’s “American Lightning,” Wikipedia, etc. These are curious times to be a diligent researcher in Los Angeles history. There is more of Los … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Reader Survey — Georgette Bauerdorf (Updated)

Georgette Bauerdorf, from the New York Sun, Oct. 13, 1944, via Fultonhistory.com. In the readers’ choice between “Laura” and Georgette Bauerdorf, the response has been almost universal in favor of looking into the Bauerdorf killing of October 1944. As longtime … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: True Detective, October 1948

A copy of the October 1948 issue of True Detective with a cover story on “The Black Dahlia Murders” has been listed on EBay. This is the magazine that got poor old Leslie Dillon in trouble. The article by George … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Donald Wolfe, ‘The Black Dahlia Files’ and a Faked Document (Revisited)

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 … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Gloria Swanson Photo Inscribed to Mark Hansen on EBay

Here’s another item that is tangentially related to the Black Dahlia case: A photograph of Gloria Swanson inscribed to Florentine Gardens business manager Mark Hansen. Hansen was a small-time operator of movie theaters and news accounts of the Black Dahlia … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Joseph G. Fickling Memorabilia on EBay

An EBay vendor has listed the pilot wings that belonged to Joseph G. Fickling, Elizabeth Short’s onetime boyfriend. Apparently these items were in a storage unit. The vendor has posted a photo of Fickling’s dog tags (not included in the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: My Photos of Elizabeth Short Get Around

Some folks on the Internet are quite casual about where they get images. I always watermark mine so that even if someone swipes it, the url is still visible — unless someone crops it out. Here’s a case in point.

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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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Out of the Past: An LAPD Cold Case From 1948

The northwest corner of Central and Manchester avenues, as shown on Google Earth. Notice the alley behind the stores. In nine years of blogging about Los Angeles, I have learned that families often launder the past and, understandably, murder is … Continue reading

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Zodiac: Most Dangerous Animal — Oh Not Again!

A “true” crime book that was “written in secret” evokes “Black Dahlia Avenger” and it’s intriguing that “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” treads the same territory as Steve Hodel’s “Most Evil.” In case you don’t recall, retired LAPD Det. … Continue reading

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LAPD Parker Center Cop Shop Files: Jane Doe, Sept. 5, 1973

Note: Last year I was given a box of news releases, photographs and random pieces of paper from the old press room at Parker Center. I’m gradually posting the material. These are the earrings and the label from a pair … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Not for Young Readers

Imagine my surprise to find this little gem floating around on the Internet, and I see that I’m a couple of years late. According to Amazon, it’s a 2011 account of the Black Dahlia case for middle school students, although … Continue reading

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