Black Dahlia: ‘Severed’ Author John Gilmore Dead at 81 (Updated)

Jan. 12, 2017, Black Dahlia
John Gilmore is dead? Really?

Hidden in yet another rehash of the Black Dahlia case for the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth Short’s killing is word from Tony Mostrom in L.A. Weekly that “Severed” author John Gilmore died in October.

This tantalizing tidbit comes from the blog “Immortal Marilyn” and has been picked up by the notoriously inaccurate Wikipedia, so I am treading carefully until I can get reliable confirmation. John Gilmore’s website has no information on his purported death., which used to be closely affiliated with Gilmore and unleashed his collection of gruesome body pictures on the internet, is happily deceased and the domain is for sale for $2,000 if anybody wants it that badly.

All I will say for now is that “Severed,” Gilmore’s opus on the Black Dahlia case, is 25% mistakes and 50% fiction. And if Gilmore is really dead, boy do I have some stories for you.

Maybe we will finally find out whether he had a copy of Elizabeth Short’s autopsy, which he always claimed, but would never show anyone. In typical Gilmore fashion.

Updated at 4:45 p.m., Jan. 12, 2017.

Multiple sources have confirmed the death of John Gilmore on Oct. 13, 2016, from leukemia. He was 81.

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9 Responses to Black Dahlia: ‘Severed’ Author John Gilmore Dead at 81 (Updated)

  1. john horrox says:

    Appeared on his sons facebook page.died at 81 on Oct 14 in la,ca. of a respiratory/cardiac problem + leukemia.


  2. James Scott says:

    Why can’t we see the autopsy report after all these years? The time limit on secrecy should be up!


  3. Eve says:

    So, is anyone going to post John Gilmore’s autopsy reports and post-mortem photos online? I mean, fair is fair.


  4. ‘And if Gilmore is really dead, boy do I have some stories for you…’ Not to put you on the spot but really can we expect a post or two?


  5. Doc says:

    Larry, when are we going to get to see the replica of Beth Short’s embossed address book that you have claimed you have but will never show anyone?


    • lmharnisch says:

      My, my. Now that’s not at all what I said. I have reconstructed the information in what was left of the the so-called address book, which had many pages removed. And that is quite a different thing. As such it is purely a research tool for my use and I see no need to share it with anyone. For the benefit of Steve Hodel and his followers, I will say this: George Hodel does not appear in it. If he did, I would be the first to say so. There is no concrete evidence to show that Elizabeth Short ever had the slightest contact with George Hodel.


  6. Cassius C. says:

    Would love to hear these stories alluded to above, since John indeed passed away(RIP).


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