Black Dahlia: Photo of Not Elizabeth Short Listed on EBay

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Apparently nobody fell for this photo the first time around, so a vendor on EBay has listed it again. For $499.99. Seriously.

The vendor (ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE ON EBAY WHO HAS NO IDEA HOW TO TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK) claims to have gotten this “rare” photo of Elizabeth Short at an estate sale of “A WWII VETERAN.”

“I DID SOME RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT IN 1945 SHE DATED A SOLDIER FROM WWII AND WHO WAS FROM NEW JERSEY. SO I DID MORE RESEARCH AND HAD THE PHOTO LOOKED AT BY MULTIPLE PEOPLE FROM A FORENSIC DETECTIVE TO MIKE FROM THE SHOW ODDITIES. ALL SAY IT IS HER. ”

Well that is certainly conclusive evidence — that some people can’t see what is in front of them.

This isn’t Elizabeth Short, it’s just some random woman from the 1940s. Really.

The price has gone up. The last time it was listed, bidding started at $99.99.

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4 Responses to Black Dahlia: Photo of Not Elizabeth Short Listed on EBay

  1. James Scott says:

    Elizabeth had a very distinctive lower jaw. A Jay Leno chin. Not trying to be funny. But it’s the first thing I look for when they keep throwing these fake photos at us.

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  2. peter amoroso says:

    I am the one that posted the photo on ebay of Elizabeth Short. I don’t know what facts you have to debunk this photo as not her. I had this photo looked at by multiple people. And all state that it is 100% her. Like they say if you look like a horse buy a saddle. I am not trying to scam anyone I am a good honest seller and i even revised the listing stating it is a possible photo of her. But you knocking me for caping all my lettering is stupid cause tons of listings on ebay are capped. You have people that can’t see well so capping it makes it easier to see! So if knocking my writing made you feel good then prompts to you! Whoever you are!

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    • lmharnisch says:

      I am the leading expert on the Black Dahlia case, which I have been researching for 20 years, and I have seen nearly every photo and purported photo of Elizabeth Short known to exist. (Even yours, which you also listed several years ago). I doubt that anyone you spoke with has such credentials.

      That anybody identified your photo as Elizabeth Short says more about their inability to see what’s in front of them rather than anything else.

      As for writing in all caps to increase readability — that might have been necessary in the Windows 3.x/AOL era of the Internet but today’s digital displays allow users to customize the enlargement for easy reading. ALL CAPS ON THE INTERNET IS THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING. For that matter, just because some EBay vendors use such contrivances as “L@@K” or scrape Wikipedia to pad their listings (i.e. keyword spam) doesn’t make it a good idea. What you have is an old photo of some random woman and nothing more.

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