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The Black Dahlia

Updated on August 21, 2012

Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short

On January 15Th 1947 in Leimert Park located in Los Angeles California there was a woman named Elizabeth Short found Mutilated, her body was cut in half at her waist.

Elizabeth Short was born on July 29Th 1924 in Boston Massahusett'e. She grew up and lived in Medford. Elizabeth eventually moved to Los Angeles California to live with her father, who disappeared when she was younger and the family thought he committed suicide but found out he was alive and living in California. While living with her father in California an altercation broke out between the two often and Elizabeth moved out. Elizabeth was arrested on September 23rd 1943 for underage drinking and she was sent back to Medford by the Juvenile authorities in Santa Barbara California. Elizabeth eventually returned back to California in 1946 to visit an old boyfriend that she met in Florida. She lived in California six months prior to her death.

There were many rumors about the death of Elizabeth Short, some believed her case was related to other murder cases such as The Cleveland Torso Murders which happened from 1934 till 1938. Then new evidence came about showing that a former Cleveland Torso Murder suspect Jack Wilson but Wilson died unexpectedly from a house fire in 1982 before an arrest could be made.There were a few others police suspected but none of them panned out and no arrest's led to an conviction of Short's death.

Elizabeth Shorts Life

How Elizabeth Short Got The Name The Black Dahlia

Elizabeth got the name The Black Dahlia from news reporters covering the story, some say she got the name from a movie that just came out at that time called The Blue Dahlia. News reporters didn't help the case do to the overwhelming coverage of Short's story, evidence became contaminated and lost which made it even harder for the police to solve this case. Still to this day no one really know's who murdered Elizabeth Short, her death as well as the name The black Dahlia remain a mystery and probably alway's will.


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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this interesting but tragic story, how sad.

      Voted up.

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      Kieran Gracie 

      6 years ago

      Murders like this are always disturbing, but made much worse by the killer getting away with it. Thank you, GlstngRosePetals, for giving us an interesting story. Voted accordingly.

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      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      travel_man1971- I agree it is sad and very gruesome. Thankyou for your comment.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Still, the justice for Ms. Short has been very elusive. It's a sad note to know a gruesome murder like this.


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