Black Dahlia

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Black Dahlia

Nickname given to Elizabeth Short , an American woman who was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1924.

Countries: United States (39%), California (32%), Massachusetts (11%)

Main connections: California, Dahlia, Florida

Linked to: Los Angeles Police Department, United States Army Air Forces, Medford High School, Republican Party

 

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Black Dahlia was born in 1924 add something


1934

Some crime authors have speculated on a link between the Short murder and the Cleveland Torso Murders, which took place in Cleveland between 1934 and 1938 add something


1940

Many true-crime books claim that Short lived in or visited Los Angeles at various times in the mid 1940s; these claims have never been substantiated and are refuted by the findings of law enforcement officers who investigated the case add something


1943

At age 19, Short travelled to Vallejo, California, to live with her father, who was working nearby at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on San Francisco Bay. The two moved to Los Angeles in early 1943, but an altercation resulted in her leaving there and finding work in the post exchange at Camp Cooke , near Lompoc, California, California add something

 

Short next moved to Santa Barbara, California, where she was arrested on September 23, 1943, for underage drinking add something

 

Clemence B. Horrall - Events such as World War II, Japanese-American relocation and internment, the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 and the Black Dahlia homicide roiled the city, as did the Brenda Allen vice scandal of 1948-49 that led to Chief Horrall's resignation after it was found that officers involved with the Hollywood madam perjured under oath during grand jury testimony, as did Horrall himself


1945

She accepted his proposal, but Gordon died in a second airplane crash on August 10, 1945, before he could return to the United States add something


1946

According to newspaper reports shortly after the murder, Elizabeth Short received the nickname "Black Dahlia" at a Long Beach, California, California, drugstore in mid 1946 as wordplay on the current movie "The Blue Dahlia" add something

 

Crime authors such as Steve Hodel and William Rasmussen have suggested a link between the Short murder and the 1946 murder and dismemberment of six-year-old Suzanne Degnan in Chicago add something

 

The name may have been taken from a film noir murder mystery, the title of which alluded to a Dahlia of a different color, released several months before, in April, 1946 add something

 

A document in the Los Angeles County district attorney's files titled "Movements of Elizabeth Short Prior to June 1, 1946" states that Short was in Florida and Massachusetts from September 1943 through the early months of 1946 and gives a detailed account of her living and working arrangements during this period add something

 

Elizabeth Short returned to Los Angeles in July 1946 to visit Army Air Corps Lieutenant Joseph Gordon Fickling, an old boyfriend she had met in Florida during the war add something


1947

As with a large number of killings that took place before and after the Short murder, the original LAPD investigators looked into the Cleveland murders in 1947 and later discounted any relationship between the two cases add something


Black Dahlia died in 1947 add something

 

Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California add something

 

The body of Elizabeth Short was found in the Leimert Park district of Los Angeles on January 15, 1947 add something

 

On January 23, 1947, the killer called the editor of the "Los Angeles Examiner", expressing concern that news of the murder was tailing off in the newspapers and offering to mail items belonging to Short to the editor add something


1970

Phoebe Short finally returned to the east coast in the 1970s and lived into her nineties add something


1982

St. John claimed he was close to arresting Wilson for the death of Short when Wilson unexpectedly died in a fire on February 4, 1982 add something


1987

Directed by Brian De Palma, it was based on James Ellroy's 1987 novel "The Black Dahlia", a fictionalized account of Elizabeth short, the events in her life eventually leading to her death, and two obsessed cops who attempt to find her killer add something


1993

John P. St. John (detective) - One of his first assignments was the notorious Black Dahlia murder, a case he worked on-and-off until his retirement in 1993


1994

John Gilmore (writer) - In 1994, Gilmore wrote a book that chronicled the famous Black Dahlia unsolved homicide


2006

Brian De Palma's 2006 film "The Black Dahlia", based on Ellroy's novel, bears little relation to the facts of the case add something


2008

Elizabeth Short appears in Craig McDonald's 2008 novel, "Toros & Torsos" add something


2011

In 2011 Short appeared in an episode of American Horror Story played by Mena Suvari add something


2012

After being taken from the medical infirmary at the Dixon Correctional Center on February 26, 2012, due to health problems, Heirens died at the University of Illinois Medical Center on March 5, 2012, at the age of 83 add something


2013

Short and her murder were the subject of a 2013 short story and its eponymous collection titled "Black Dahlia and White Rose," by Joyce Carol Oates add something


2016

Though these claims have persisted in crime biographies on Short, some journalists, such as the "Los Angeles Times" Larry Harnisch, dispute their validity, as does Alexis Fitts in a 2016 article published in "The Guardian", and Bob Calhoun of "SF Weekly" add something


2017

The 2017 book "Black Dahlia, Red Rose" by Piu Eatwell focuses on Leslie Dillon, a bellhop who was a former mortician's assistant, and his associates Mark Hansen and Jeff Connors, and alleges that Sergeant Finis Brown, one of the lead detectives who had links to Hansen, was corrupt add something

 

The 2017 book "Black Dahlia, Red Rose" by Piu Eatwell focuses on Leslie Dillon, a bellhop who was a former mortician's assistant, and his associates Mark Hansen and Jeff Connors, and alleges that Sergeant Finis Brown, one of the lead detectives who had links to Hansen, was corrupt add something

 

The 2017 book "Black Dahlia, Red Rose" by Piu Eatwell focuses on Leslie Dillon, a bellhop who was a former mortician's assistant, and his associates Mark Hansen and Jeff Connors, and alleges that Sergeant Finis Brown, one of the lead detectives who had links to Hansen, was corrupt add something

 

The 2017 book "Black Dahlia, Red Rose" by Piu Eatwell focuses on Leslie Dillon, a bellhop who was a former mortician's assistant, and his associates Mark Hansen and Jeff Connors, and alleges that Sergeant Finis Brown, one of the lead detectives who had links to Hansen, was corrupt add something

 

The 2017 book "Black Dahlia, Red Rose" by Piu Eatwell focuses on Leslie Dillon, a bellhop who was a former mortician's assistant, and his associates Mark Hansen and Jeff Connors, and alleges that Sergeant Finis Brown, one of the lead detectives who had links to Hansen, was corrupt add something


2018

Eatwell is working on a TV documentary for Peacock Productions and a revised edition of her book due out the Fall of 2018 add something