Black Dahlia: Elizabeth Short and the Hotel Cecil — No Connection

Arty, 634 S. Main St., site of the Dugout Cafe, where a bartender thought he might have seen Elizabeth Short -- and no, he didn't. Via Google Street View

Sorry, Netflix. But once again. There is no connection between Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia and the Hotel Cecil. This is Arty, 634 S. Main St., former location of the Dugout Cafe, where bartender C.G. Williams said thought he might have seen Elizabeth Short – and no, he didn’t.

A news story from the 1947 Daily News giving the address of the Dugout Cafe, 634 S. Main St. next to the Hotel Cecil. It's now an art gallery.

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2 Responses to Black Dahlia: Elizabeth Short and the Hotel Cecil — No Connection

  1. Tyler Bioshock Rodriguez says:

    I’m not gonna lie, the moment I heard about this show exploring the quote “dark” history of the Cecil I immediately hoped they wouldn’t do this. It takes no amount of effort to disprove the association. But once again I’m disappointed, although not shocked.

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  2. Stephen Powers says:

    I’m glad you added this, Larry, because it is like so many Dahlia myths. A bogus Hotel Cecil connection is often repeated without any factual source material to back it up.

    But I will say of the Netflix series is that while they did explore various questions as to what happened to Elisa Lam, by the end they did seem to land on the most obvious evidence, which is that she was bi-polar and had a psychotic break. Even if someone in the hotel did follow her around, she was perfectly capable of getting into trouble and into the water tank on her own.

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