Over the years that I have been researching the Black Dahlia case, I have seen Elizabeth Short remembered in all sorts of ways. Some people buy “Justice for Beth” buttons on EBay. Others leave cigarettes and bottles of liquor at her grave — although she had asthma and didn’t smoke, and rarely drank.
Instead, I encourage people to make a donation in her name to a charity that works with homeless or abused women. My preferred organization is Heading Home, which helps the homeless in the Boston area. But truly, a donation to any organization that works with women who are homeless or victims of violence is a better way to honor her memory.
I’m sending off my check today. I hope you will too.