The Guardian has jumped into it again with the Black Dahlia case, finding that it can’t resist the yarn about Elizabeth Short “rumored to have had her last drink at the hotel bar.”
The Guardian, in case you don’t recall, was the latest to jump on the incredible tale of retired LAPD Detective Steve Hodel and his ridiculous claims about his father, Dr. George Hodel, as portrayed in “Black Dahlia Avenger,” “Black Dahlia Avenger II,” “Even More Black Dahlia Avenger – With Entirely New Evidence,” “Kid’s Letters to the Black Dahlia Avenger,” “The Black Dahlia Avenger Diet” and “Most Evil,” which claims that Dr. George Hodel was Zodiac.
Actually, no. The last known location of Elizabeth Short was the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel. There is nothing to show that she was ever anywhere near the Hotel Cecil. After the killing, the manager of the Dugout Cafe, which was next to the Hotel Cecil, claimed that he had seen Elizabeth Short. But that sighting, like so many others during her “lost week,” was never confirmed.
The urban folklore linking Elizabeth Short to the Cecil is a recent invention, but it has shown a remarkable ability to become embedded in the Los Angeles mythos.
And really: Is anyone surprised that bad things happened at a cheap hotel on the fringe of skid row? Seriously?