Category Archives: Black Dahlia

Black Dahlia: Random Old Crap Listed as ‘Black Dahlia Clone’

I’m continually surprised by the ingenuity of some EBay vendors in stretching to impossible lengths to find a link to the Black Dahlia case The vendor in question has listed some random old flea market find as “Beautiful raven haired … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Remembering ‘Severed’ Con Man John Gilmore

I promised I would tell a few tales about the late John Gilmore, author of “Severed.” It’s on L.A. Review of Books. (Though prone to exaggeration, Gilmore actually had a few small roles as an actor, including this 1960 appearance … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Today is Jan. 15 — Trim Your Roses

Today is Jan. 15, and the Daily Mirror marks the anniversary of Elizabeth Short’s death by pruning back the roses.

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

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 … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Brits Get It Wrong (Again)

  Remember what I said Monday about the Brits having a huge appetite for gruesome crimes but a distaste for the facts?  Here we have an even better example, from the Sun. I won’t critique the entire article (why bother) … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The BBC Gets It Wrong

We are approaching the 70th anniversary of the killing of Elizabeth Short and it’s no trick for lazy writers to run off five yards of poorly researched copy on the Black Dahlia. The latest example is by James Bartlett for … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Why Dr. George Hodel Didn’t Kill Jeanne French

LA. Weekly has taken a deep dive into the Jeanne French case. I won’t get into all of it here, except to show why Dr. George Hodel didn’t kill Jeanne French.

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Black Dahlia: ‘Heaven Is Here!’ Progress Report

A little over a year ago, on Dec. 18, 2015, I walked out the doors of the Los Angeles Times after 27 years, having asked a security guard to take this picture of my farewell. And yes, I’m wearing my … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: ‘Ghostland’ and Another Good Story Ruined (Updated)

“Ghostland” by Colin Dickey, Page 136. OK, who can spot the mistake in the highlighted passage? (And yes, Dickey is about to invoke the name of Kenneth Anger, who has caused more grief for historians than any other writer). This … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia and the Hotel Cecil: L.A.’s Noir Folklore

The Guardian has jumped into it again with the Black Dahlia case, finding that it can’t resist the yarn about Elizabeth Short “rumored to have had her last drink at the hotel bar.” The Guardian, in case you don’t recall, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia Halloween Costumes: The Annual Warning

Halloween is quickly approaching, which means the internet is brimming with photos of young women practicing their “Chelsea Smile” makeup and otherwise showing off their talent in dressing up like a brutally murdered woman. Regardless of what you may think, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Struggle for Superlatives

Seriously.

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Black Dahlia: Elizabeth Short’s Birthday

July 29 is Elizabeth Short’s birthday. Try to find some way to remember her that doesn’t involve dressing up as a bloody murder victim. Please.

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A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

Note: This is a post from 2015. Years ago, in researching Camp Cooke, I bought the diary of a soldier named Harry A. Rankin, who was stationed there in 1942 and early 1943 (and no, he doesn’t mention Elizabeth Short). … Continue reading

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L.A. Celebrates Fourth of July With Cricket Match, Bagpipe Contest

Note: This is a post from 2007. July 4, 1907 Los Angeles And how does Los Angeles celebrate Independence Day? With cricket matches and bagpipe contests.  

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Black Dahlia: Bizarre Outsider Art of Elizabeth Short on EBay

Fortunately, I saw this image before I had breakfast. This is a combo of a postcard of the Biltmore Hotel and an image of Elizabeth Short. It was done by Perry Johnson and is listed as Buy It Now for … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: A Crime Graphic Novel by James Ellroy, David Fincher, Matz and Miles Hyman

Take a close look: “The Black Dahlia ™.” Does that mean the publisher is trying to trademark “The Black Dahlia?”  Good luck with that.   I picked up a copy of the new graphic novel version of James Ellroy’s “The … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Can You Identify the Black Dahlia? (Updated)

I thought an animated gif of the two images would make it easier to see the similarities or differences between the two photos. Which woman in the above images is Elizabeth Short? 1. Woman No. 1 is Elizabeth Short. 2. … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Can You Identify the Black Dahlia? Part 2

Here’s another photo comparison. And be sure to take a good look.

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Black Dahlia: Can You Identify the Black Dahlia? (Updated)

OK, let’s have some fun. Does either of these photographs show Elizabeth Short? 1. The woman on the left is Elizabeth Short. 2. The woman on the right is Elizabeth Short. 3. Both women are Elizabeth Short. 4. Neither woman … Continue reading

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