Photo: <<Le Dahlia Noir>>
Once again, Elizabeth Short’s bogus middle name appears in a story about the Black Dahlia – proof that mistakes take on a life of their own.
In reality, she had no middle name. She was erroneously given the middle name “Ann” in the introduction to the 1971 Los Angeles Times story “Farewell, My Black Dahlia.”
This mistake has even permeated her FBI file and was repeated by James Ellroy until I corrected him (something few people get away with). You can be sure that whenever someone refers to the Black Dahlia as Elizabeth Ann Short they don’t know what they are talking about.