The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder

A woman was found slain in LA, California, Leimert Park, nicknamed as “Black Dahlia,” Elizabeth Short. It was called “The Black Dahlia Murder”. Due to the graphical nature of the crime, which had disfigured and bisected the cadaver at the waist, this case was greatly reported. Since the savage murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947, her body was slit down the middle in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The Black Dahlia Murder was a cause of popular attention. No one knows, even today, who killed the twenty-two-year-old Black Dahlia, but they surely did not stop theorizing. 

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Early Life of Black Dahlia

This is the life story of Elizabeth Short involved in the Black Dahlia Murder. Elizabeth Short was born in Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29, 1924. She was born to Phoebe Mae Sawyer and Cleo short. Together with four siblings, she was raised in Medford, Massachusetts. Around 1939, because of bronchitis and asthma, she received lung surgery and was advised to transfer to a warmer location. In the winter season, she was subsequently brought to Miami, Florida. Afterward, she went to Medford High School and a while later dropped out. In 1942, Black Dahlia moved in with her dad to Vallejo. Later in 1943, because of her disagreement, she separated from her father. She was then hired in the Camp Cooke Base Exchange, Lompoc. She was living with a lieutenant of the Air Force who assaulted her. Then she went to Santa Barbara. Eventually, she was imprisoned because she drank at a bar while she was a minor. Elizabeth was set free in the Massachusetts region of Medford then she moved to Florida.

Eventually, she met Major Matthew Michael Gordon, Jr., who suggested a written engagement. Gordon Jr. was killed in an accident in 1945. Black Dahlia moved to LA in 1946 to See Army Air Force Lieutenant Joseph Gordon Fickling. She landed a job in Los Angeles as a waitress. Beneath Hollywood Boulevard she stayed in a rental apartment. Eventually, alongside her date Robert ‘Red’ Monley, she went to San Diego. Later in 1947, Black Dahlia came back to LA and was dropped off at Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles city center in South Park Avenue. The Baltimore Hotel workers saw her dialing from the lobby phone. She was supposed to meet her sister who came from Boston to visit her. Afterward, at 754 South Olive Street a couple of miles from the Baltimore Hotel, Crown Grill Cocktail Lounge Patrons saw her. At 10. A.M Betty Bersinger, a tenant found her corpse, Leimert Park, on South Norton Avenue’s western side.

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The Black Dahlia Murder

Elizabeth Short killing is known as The Black Dahlia Murder. Betty Bersinger pushed her 3-year-old child Anne down the street in a stroller on the morning of January 15, 1947, to the shoe repair facility. She stopped when she realized that a mannequin resting in the ground was what she believed. But she found out that something far more horrifying when looking closer: a butchered body. Bersinger took Anne and went into a house nearby to contact the police on the phone. A few minutes later, investigators entered the area and began an inspection which would take a long time. Elizabeth’s nude body was found in a horrific state. The autopsy showed disturbing elements, but it was not particularly long. Elizabeth was short was basically five feet (1.65 m) in height and weighing 115 pounds (52 kg). She had blue bright eyes, brown hair, and terrible dental decay. Black Dahlia filled her cavities using wax while she was living, possibly because she could not afford dental treatment.

Her ankles, wrists, and neck have ligature marks. Elizabeth Short suffered bruises on the front and right side of her scalp with some bleeding on her right side, in accordance with blows to her head, although the skull was not cracked. Blood bleeding from facial and shock lacerations due to strikes in the head and face can have caused death. Black Dahlia’s mouth had been slashed from ear to ear, giving it a shocking, semi-smiling aspect, called a Glasgow Smile, in addition to being totally chopped in half and having its guts removed. Before her body was found, it was cleaned. No blood was found in the scene in spite of the serious mutilation, causing the investigators to infer that the young woman was killed, drained by blood, and cleansed before the murderer dropped her body. The murderer placed Elizabeth’s body over a bath to cut it in two using a butcher’s knife. The Murderer fastened the hands of Black Dahlia to her faucet and bound her ankles. It is thought that at that time Elizabeth was not quite dead yet there is no indication that she was unconscious.

The LAPD got a suspicious parcel with newspaper letters saying: “Here are Dahlia’s belongings, Letter to follow.” The package had the address book Elizabeth and some little personal belongings. Later there followed a second letter in which the suspect offered to surrender. However, He never did. Investigators assume that the killer could have mocked the officers and the journalists with the information that no one else had after being confident he would not be discovered.

Who Killed Black Dahlia

The man who dropped her at the Biltmore Hotel was Robert Manley. When she was killed, Elizabeth Short stayed at the hotel. The Black Dahlia Murder was suspected of him. But the week before the body of Dahlia was discovered, Manley returned to his home in San Diego. Robert also cleared a polygraph test. In 1954 nevertheless, because of hearing voices, he was taken to a psychiatric ward. That raises concerns about Manley’s psychological state, and some people still feel that during his psychotic state he murdered Elizabeth. Joseph Dumais was a military sergeant. A couple of days earlier her body was found, he was intoxicated with Black Dahlia. Joseph admitted that he murdered Elizabeth. Nevertheless, there were indications that he didn’t murder the victim. On the day of the murder, he was at his army base. They disregarded his testimony on the basis of misconception.

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Dr. George Hodel was the third and perhaps the most popular suspect. A hospital was managed by Hodel and that he was also a surgeon. He has been highly able to perform surgery on human bodies. He has been able to precisely slice and mutilate the body of Black Dahlia. He was also renowned as a lady’s man, and with ladies, he produced 11 children. He has never been charged with the killing and died in 1999. However Steve, his son, still feels guilty of the murder. As the newspaper reports in 2016, Steve uncovered pictures of Elizabeth, who was barely 22 at the time of her death, among the things of the late father. This also is not only a theory of conspiracy. Steve Hodel is a retired police investigator from Los Angeles who used his research talents to reach his father’s conclusion. The newspaper notes out that in the 1930s George Hodel was perhaps taught in medical school how Black Dahlia was murdered. And a letter from Elizabeth’s murderer to the authorities seemed to resemble the writing style of George Hodel. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the LAPD never proved George Hodel involved in Black Dahlia’s murder. The Newspaper says that an authorship test between his letter and the purported letter of the murderer is “incomplete.” However, the news agency says that District Attorney Steven Kay also sided with Steve Hodel. Steve also wrote a book by The Defender: Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story, a best-selling New York Times.

Some feel that the death of Elizabeth is linked to the infamous killings of Cleveland. 12 victims have been murdered violently from 1934 to 1938, and in Cleveland, Ohio their corpses have been divided. The murderer has never been arrested. “Cleveland Torso Murderer” is the serial killer who took 12 lives. After the killing of Dahlia, another woman’s remains were discovered in Los Angeles. The killing of Jeanne French was so much like the killing of Elizabeth Short. Her corpse was lying on the ground, her face, like Dahlia’s face, was terribly bruised. A message with lipstick was written on her stomach. There was a massage with a bad word, B.D and Black Dahlia immediately connected. The police, but even so, rejected any link between the 2 killings. Yet, the Lipstick Murder remains unresolved like in the case of Elizabeth Short.

Whoever was the black dahlia murder would ever be regarded as a rare form of serial murderer and rapist, a sadist. Investigators discovered a total of 150 suspects. Unfortunately, because there is no evidence, nobody has been convicted. Another key reason for the murderer’s difficulty to arrest is how the crime was perpetrated. The corpse of Elizabeth was scrubbed with gasoline so that there were no fingerprints on the corpse or on the place of finding. The murderer was communicating with the media but he was using paper cuts. The murderer remains unknown to this day.

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