Black Dahlia: The Biltmore Hotel, Ghost Hunting and Another Good Story Ruined

Oct. 31, 2017, Daily Trojan
I think we have found one presumably young and aspiring reporter who apparently believes in doing absolutely no research whatsoever.

Oct. 31, 2017, Daily Trojan

According to Rowan Born of the Daily Trojan, Elizabeth Short was “found brutally sliced in half outside of the (Biltmore) hotel.” Evidently this is a new and incredibly inventive use of the word “outside,” as the body was found more than 6 miles away.

Does no one at the Daily Trojan bother with copy editing or fact-checking these days?

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6 Responses to Black Dahlia: The Biltmore Hotel, Ghost Hunting and Another Good Story Ruined

  1. mandymarie20 says:

    ‘Horror at the Hotel Cecil’ covered the Black Dahlia story last night in the episode ‘Intertwined’. Some highlights according to the episode – Her friends nicknamed her the Black Dahlia because of the ‘Blue Dahlia’ movie; she was “last seen at the bar of the Cecil Hotel”; an appearance by Mr. Harnisch (I think); a detective whose first case was the Black Dahlia is paired with a detective whose first case is a 1962 death at the Cecil (that can’t have been real, right? Seems too coincidental). and one of the oddest deaths – a suicidal woman’s jump landing on a homeless man on the street and killing both. They mentioned no note and made it sound like a nice suburban fellow just happened to be taking an evening constitutional, changed his route for some reason, and ended up outside the Cecil. Quite different from the real story. Then again if we had been told what really happened, the story wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did or been as much a mystery.


    • lmharnisch says:

      I did the interview a while back. I DVR’d the episode, but I haven’t watched it. As I told them (although it may have been cut out) nobody should be surprised that bad things happened at a cheap hotel on skid row.

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  2. Eve says:

    “‘Fact checking?’ What is this ‘fact checking’ you Earth men speak of?”


  3. Joe Vogel says:

    I was also surprised to learn from Ms. Born’s article that Pershing Square is “…famous for its history of hippies and protests….” Granted there have been public demonstrations in the square, and at one time it was known for its plethora of ranters on various subjects, mostly political or religious, but I don’t recall it ever attracting enough hippies to derive any fame from their presence. I recall an abundance of hippies on Hollywood Boulevard (including the “iconic cross section” of Hollywood and Vine), the Sunset Strip, and Venice, but downtown they were more apt to be seen at the Greyhound station than in Pershing Square. Did I miss a big Love-in?


  4. Jersey says:

    Mr. Harnisch:

    I have been waiting for your book on the Black Dahlia case, “Heaven Is Here” –
    will it be coming out?


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