May 12, 1947: Laura Trelstad Raped, Strangled, Left in Long Beach Oil Field

Note: This is one of my first posts – as a comment – on the 1947Project. An encore from 2005.

This is a reply to Mother of Three Choked to Death; Body Flung in Signal Hill Oil Field.

This is, of course, one of the many killings attributed by “Black Dahlia Avenger” to George “Evil Genius” Hodel, who in addition to committing every unsolved murder in Los Angeles (with stops in Chicago, Cleveland and elsewhere) from 1900 to 1975, designed the 1958 Edsel, developed New Coke and treated Rin-Tin-Tin for a bad case of STD from Lassie. He also introduced John Lennon to Yoko Ono, gave Bob Dylan his first electric guitar and taught Nancy Ling Perry (then a Barry Goldwater Republican) to play blackjack.

Note the incredible similarities between the Black Dahlia and Trelstad cases:

Drunk
Elizabeth Short: No
Laura Trelstad: Yes

Crime scene
Short: Residential neighborhood
Trelstad: Oil field

Manner of death
Short: Hemorrhage and shock from concussion and loss of blood
Trelstad: Strangulation

Body clothed
Short: No
Trelstad: Yes

Sexually assaulted:
Short: No
Trelstad: Yes

Body posed
Short: Yes
Trelstad: No

Postmortem mutilation
Short: Yes
Trelstad: No

Cut in half
Short: Yes
Trelstad: No

Coffee mug/T-shirt/tank top/baby bib/dog bandana icon and Internet meme
Short: Yes
Trelstad: No

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About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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