Tag Archives: Another Good Story Ruined

The @NYTIMES Can’t Get L.A. Right

“California Today,” by Tim Arango and Charles McDermid, presents a strange bit of nonsense: The Mirror (the sister paper of the Los Angeles Times published in the afternoon) folded “partly because the old streetcars went away as the city embraced … Continue reading

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Slander, My Sweet: Raymond Chandler, John Houseman and ‘The Blue Dahlia’

Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in “The Blue Dahlia.” Here are the opening paragraphs of the piece I’ve been working on for the last few months as I waited for the clamor to die down about Piu Eatwell’s “Black Dahlia, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: A Concert Program Inscribed to ‘Betty Short’ … From 1959. Wut?

Here’s an opportunity to buy a program from a David Rubinoff performance that was inscribed to “Eva and Betty Short” … for $150 …

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Black Dahlia: Some Rando Stripper, Not Elizabeth Short, in EBay Photos Listed at $3,000

A vendor on EBay has listed old pictures of some rando stripper as Elizabeth Short for $3,000. No really. I mean seriously? The description doesn’t hedge a bit – like saying photos that *might* be Elizabeth Short or photos that … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Vintage Los Angeles and a Woolworth’s Lunch Counter

No. This is not a picture of the longest lunch counter in the world at the Woolworth’s in downtown Los Angeles. This is a file photo published by the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot in 2010 on the 50th anniversary of lunch counter … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: The Formosa Cafe and Another Good Story Ruined

My inbox exploded this morning with alerts about the Black Dahlia and links leading to an essay in the Los Angeles Times by David Ulin, writing about the Formosa Cafe (which he calls “the Formosa” – a gaffe nobody bothered … Continue reading

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

I think we have found one presumably young and aspiring reporter who apparently believes in doing absolutely no research whatsoever.

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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ at the Toronto Film Festival – Oh Dear

Scotty Bowers, author of the b.s.-laden book “Full Service,” is the subject of a “documentary” (cough, cough) by Matt Tyrnauer. Image courtesy of the Vanity Fair, which really ought to know better. This is Scotty Bowers, who wrote a heaping … Continue reading

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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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Google Fail: This Woman Is Not Tabitha Babbitt

  Does this woman look like a Quaker who died in the 19th century? Probably not. But Google thinks so. Here’s the story.

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Black Dahlia: Dr. George Hodel, Here We Go Again

The latest on Steve Hodel’s allegations, in the Guardian. There are several thousand things I would rather do that poke holes in Steve Hodel’s “theories” once again. As long-time readers know, I have been fact-checking Steve Hodel’s “case” against his … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Portrait of ‘Not Elizabeth Short’ for Sale on EBay

An EBay vendor has listed this portrait by Eleanor Merriam Lukits, stating that it “looks like Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short.” Actually, no. The work appears to be skillfully done, but it’s not Elizabeth Short and doesn’t look like her. But … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: The L.A. Times and the Watts Riots

Myth destroyed: The Times publishes a photo Aug. 13, 1965  of Charles Hillinger in the riot area interviewing people. As next week’s anniversary of the Watts Riots draws near, I am once again hearing the old urban myth that the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Will Fowler on South Norton Avenue, October 1996

As I mentioned previously, I am slowly digitizing my Black Dahlia files. Here’s a frame grab from a video I shot of Will Fowler on South Norton Avenue in October 1996. Like many people who have written about the killing … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: ‘No Irish Need Apply’ Debunker Gets Debunked by Young Scholar

Here’s an excellent weekend read by Patrick Young, Esq., in the Long Island Wins, rebutting the contention that “No Irish Need Apply” was mere paranoia and legend. Thanks to Earl Boebert for the tip. ”No Irish Need Apply: A Myth … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Senor Wences and ‘History Is Made at Night’

  I received a couple of comments about my statement on the mystery movie “History Is Made at Night” regarding the appearance (or non-appearance) of ventriloquist Senor Wences – or at least the appearance/non-appearance of his left hand. So I … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Vintage Eateries in L.A.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy’s neon sign, which was restored and re-mounted on the building after years of languishing in obscurity. A recent post by the Los Angeles Beat of vintage Los Angeles restaurants included Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena.

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Shadowing Marlowe: Another Good Story Ruined

Someone asked me what I thought of this article in our hometown paper and when I got done laughing I pulled out Frank MacShane’s “Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler” and “The Life of Raymond Chandler.” You guessed it.

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Black Dahlia: The Cecil Hotel and Halloween — Another Good Story Ruined

LAist is the latest to jump on the “who cares if it’s true, it’s Halloween!” bandwagon. Not with the “Black Dahlia Murder House” legend, but by reviving the old chestnut about Elizabeth Short and the Cecil Hotel. Note the “allegedly,” … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Sorry, Houston Chronicle, Nobody Killed in the Sowden House

The Houston Chronicle is the latest to fall for the “Black Dahlia Murder House” nonsense. The Chronicle at least attempts to be skeptical, but oh well, it is Halloween and websites desperately need click bait. This 5,600 square-foot home has … Continue reading

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