The Daily Mirror visited the Los Angeles Police Historical Society on Saturday and stopped in at the Black Dahlia exhibit.
Not all of the material on display is terribly relevant – although the items on Woody Guthrie are worth a look if only to see who was considered a possible suspect.
However some material adds to the portrait of Elizabeth Short and helps dispel the common myth that she “slept her way across Tinseltown until death gave her the fame that eluded her all her life.”
Photo: Elizabeth Short and a poster reading “Elvira” on display at the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.
One display features a page from an interview with an unidentified man from Boise, Idaho, who told detectives about his experiences with Elizabeth Short in Long Beach, where she stayed from late July to early August 1946.
Photo: Elizabeth Short and a temple dog, on display at the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.
the room we saw this girl going down the stairs. She was ahead of us and we went across the street to breakfast at the drugstore. She was a nice-looking girl and smiled at us and we had breakfast together in the drugstore and then we went back to the room and then went to the beach. I don’t know where she went. And then we would have breakfast with her every morning and walked to the beach a couple of times in the afternoon. One night she said she would like to go to the Palladium dancing and we got the P.E. train and went to Hollywood in the afternoon and spent the day dancing and came back that night and probably got home about 2:30 or 3:00. That must have been in July or August, I guess. It’s hard, you know, when you don’t know exactly the months.
Q. That would be in ’46?
A. Yes, that would be in ’46 because I got out in May — April — June –well, I was home a month and a half or two months and run into this buddy and decided to make this trip. Anyhow I went out with her a couple of times. She was a beautiful girl and well built and seemed like a nice girl.
(Note. At this time Lt. Earl Rombeau and Sgt. F.A. Brown entered the room.)
Photo: Elizabeth Short … in Studio City? at the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.
Q. Where were the other places you took her besides the Palladium.
A. That was the only place I too her out and so, then, she, oh, we were talking about Boise and what a nice town it was and asked her why she didn’t come back there and go to work, but she said she had to get her birth certificate and she wrote to Massachusetts and had us help her fill it out, the name of the town and the courthouse there. It was just a casual friendly acquaintance. We would have breakfast together and walked to the beach several times in the afternoon. Anyhow, we went back to Boise and she wrote a letter or two and I think that is how I got the pictures. I don’t know whether we had them developed here or not, but I think she sent them to me. We went to Boise and I forgot all about it. Finally she quit writing. One night this buddy came dashing to the house and said “Do you remember that girl we met in California, in Long Beach,” he said, “She’s been murdered,” and I said “Yes?” and he said “Yes,” and he had a picture, a clipping of the paper and I said, “What can we do, can we help? Shall we turn it in” And he said “Yes, we had better go to the Boise Police Station,” and I said, “O.K.” and then we got to talking around the house and they said “You will just get your picture smeared all over the paper and they will drag you back to California,” and he was going to get married and he said “I don’t know what good we could do, we don’t know
Photo: Elizabeth Short outside Earl Carroll’s, on display at the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.