Black Dahlia: Crackpot Theory of the Day

Reddit on Black Dahlia case

Every so often, my curiosity gets the better of me and I venture out on the Internet to take the pulse of Black Dahlia theories.

Rolling Stone, 2018

On Tuesday, for example, I strolled over to to see what it said about the Black Dahlia case and “I Am the Night.” The newly released trailer for the upcoming mini-series (“inspired by a true story!”) made my head explode and now that I’ve recovered I can see that Rolling Stone doesn’t bother with editors. See “Faith Hodel” for “Fauna Hodel” (now fixed)  and “Elizabeth Smart” for “Elizabeth Short.” Reporter Daniel Kreps clearly doesn’t believe in checking names, nor does anybody else at Rolling Stone.

Rolling Stone, 2018
So I decided to venture into Reddit.

Wow! The first entry is so crazy I’m not even going to link to it

This is from WestworldFan73, who did his research on “Wikipedia and whatnot”: Elizabeth Short was killed by John St. John? One of the most respected and famous detectives in the LAPD?

Seriously? Based on “Wikipedia and whatnot?”

I could go on, but my head just exploded again.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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3 Responses to Black Dahlia: Crackpot Theory of the Day

  1. Duane Laible says:

    Maybe the same guy who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart had killed Elizabeth Short some 60 or so years prior. Ya think?


  2. Mrs. Benito says:

    Oh my goodness, that is the most amazing source cite I have ever heard. “Wikipedia and whatnot.” I’m a bit of a true-crime junkie, and now that the Old Hollywood bug has caught me too, I’ve been avoiding the Black Dahlia because I suspect she will be like crack cocaine and will ruin my life because I will neglect my clients and family to relentlessly research the Black Dahlia.Besides, somebody’s doing it already. My head explodes on a daily basis through reading and researching on the Internet. Don’t even get me started on spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If only I could wield a virtual red pencil…..


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