Category Archives: Cold Cases

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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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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Today Is Jan. 15 — The Daily Mirror Sabbatical Begins

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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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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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 30

Oct. 21, 1944: Fred Atwood, left, Los Angeles Times. Lulu Atwood, in a photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. In this series of posts on the Georgette Bauerdorf case, we have looked at the history of El Palacio … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 29

Oct. 15, 1944: A handout photo of Georgette Bauerdorf, Oakland Tribune. We have been examining the behavior of Georgette Bauerdorf’s killer to see if we could distill something about him, going from least speculative to most speculative rather than chronological … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 28

Garner Brown and John Schilling examine the Bauerdorf car for fingerprints, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. So far we have been looking at the behavior of the man who killed Georgette Bauerdorf to see if we can distill … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 27

  Oct. 20, 1944: Garner Brown examines the piece of crepe tetra used to kill Georgette Bauerdorf, Daily News.   In an attempt to distill the character traits of the man who killed Georgette Bauerdorf, we have been looking at … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 26

      We don’t know much about the man who killed Georgette Bauerdorf, but let’s see what we can infer. The way he killed her was quite unusual (more about that later) and his behavior after the killing was … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 25

Oct. 19, 1944: Los Angeles Herald-Express   Before trying to theorize about what might have happened on the night of the killing, let’s sum up everything we know about our victim, Georgette Bauerdorf, and then take a look at what … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 24

The front door of the Bauerdorf apartment, photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. In the previous post, we examined the scenario about the light fixture in the entryway to the Bauerdorf apartment. At the time of the killing, … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 23

A photo (possibly hand-tinted)  of Georgette Bauerdorf, National Police Gazette, August 1946, courtesy of Steven Bibb.  And now we enter the realm of speculation in the Georgette Bauerdorf case. We have looked at all the evidence as it was reported … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 22

Georgette Bauerdorf in a photograph courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. So far in our examination of the Georgette Bauerdorf killing, we have looked at almost every aspect except the way the investigation was conducted. Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 21

Henry James Lynch, a plumber who was found in the basement of El Palacio Apartments, explained that he could do a better job than the police in investigating the Georgette Bauerdorf killing, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. As … 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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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 20

An unidentified woman demonstrates how someone disabled the light fixture in the entryway to the Bauerdorf apartment, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. I wondered whether this was Aggie Underwood because it is a Herald-Express picture and Herald reporters … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 19

Oct. 20, 1944: Capt. Garner Brown examines the fabric used to strangle Georgette Bauerdorf, Daily News. One of the more unusual aspects of the Georgette Bauerdorf killing was the fabric the killer shoved about four inches down her throat. Georgette … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 18

    This Google map shows several possible routes from Georgette Bauerdorf’s apartment to the location where the car was found. Whoever took the car had any number of options on where to dump it. Recall that the car, a … Continue reading

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Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 17

The Herald-Express described the neighborhood where the killer abandoned the Bauerdorf car as “a Negro residential district.” (Oct. 13, 1944.) Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | … Continue reading

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