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 documents are heavily censored.

And third, the FBI has it online for free.

FBI page

Well this is interesting. It seems that the FBI doesn’t want anyone linking directly to Elizabeth Short’s page, because the URL goes to a redirect “This page does not seem to exist.”

Let’s try this.

IMPORTANT: Notice that the FBI refers to her incorrectly as Elizabeth ANN Short. In reality, she had no middle name. A 1971 article in the Los Angeles Times titled “Farewell My Black Dahlia” incorrectly referred to her as Elizabeth Ann Short and the false middle name has been picked up everywhere.


The FBI thins its files.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Black Dahlia: Don’t Waste Your Money on Her FBI File (Updated)

  1. JAMES says:

    I’ve seen these files. You’re right. Everything is blacked out. What’s the point?


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