Elizabeth Short was born in July 29, 1924 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. It is commonly held that Short was an aspiring actress, though she had no known acting credits or jobs during her time in Los Angeles. Elizabeth returned to her home in Los Angeles after a brief trip to San Diego with Robert Manley, a 25-year-old married salesman she was dating.On January 15th 1947, Short’s naked body was found severed in two halves on the west side of South Norton Avenue, midway between Coliseum Street and West 39th Street, Los Angeles.
Betty Bersinger a local resident discovered the body at approximately 10:00 a.m. while she was walking with her three-year-old daughter. Betty first thought she had found a dismembered store mannequin only realising after looking at it closely that it was a dead girl in actual fact. she rushed to a nearby house and telephoned the police. beth’s body was severely mutilated at the waist and drained entirely of blood, which left her skin of unhumane white colour. Medical examiners upon autopsy determined that she had been dead for around ten hours prior to the discovery,which means the time of death would be either January 14 or the morning of January 15.The killer had carefully washed the body.
The body had been cut completely in half considering the fact that there would be no fractute in any of the bone. Newbarr’s report noted “very little” bruising along the incision line, meaning it had been performed after death of elizabeth. Another laceration measuring 4.25 inches in length ran from the umbilicusto the suprapubic region. The lacerations on each side of the face, which extended from the corners of the lips, were measured at 3 inches on the right side of the face, and 2.5 inches on the left.
Short had several cuts on her thigh and breasts, where entire portions of flesh had been sliced away. Her face was cut from the corners of her mouth to her ears, creating an effect known as the “Glasgow smile“. The lower half of her body was positioned a foot away from the upper, and her intestines had been tucked neatly beneath her buttocks. The corpse had been “posed”, with her hands over her head, her elbows bent at right angles, and her legs spread apart.
Reason of death was said to be hemorrhaging from the lacerations to her face and the shock from blows on the head and face. The skull was not fractured, but there was bruising on the front and right side of her scalp, with a small amount of bleeding in th the right side, consistent with blows to the head. Part of the intrigue came from the unprecedented brutality of her murder. Before she was killed, Short had been forced to eat feces. Flesh and pubic hair had been shaved off her body and inserted into her vagina and rectum. Short’s uterus was removed. Long gashes extended her mouth into an eerie smile.
Newbarr noted that Short’s anal canal was dilated at 1.75 inches, suggesting she may have been raped too.Samples were taken from her body testing for the presence of sperm, but the results came back negative.The stomach was filled with greenish brown granular matter, mostly feces and other particles, which could not be identified.
There were a lot of people who admited to a crime they didn’t actually commit in order to gain popularity because of the case, none were ever arrested and put on trial. The only person arrested was Red Manley. The 26 year old man was placed under intense investigation. Manley passed every lie detector test and was eventually cleared of all suspicion. Anonymous reports and tips,had become common some of which actually proved to be useful.One anonymous caller told the reporters that Elizabeth had kept photo albums of herself and her friends in a trunk. The trunk had gone missing during shipment form Chicago to Los Angeles.
A former Los Angeles Police Detective detective believed his father killed the Black Dahlia. George Hodel had been a suspect in the original case and investigators had even planted a bug in the house to listen for any proofs. Steve Hodel says that distinctive ‘Sowden House’ in Hollywood is the place where the crime was commited. The place is largely unchanged and looks the same as it did at the time of the murder. before authorities brought charges, Dr. Hodel abruptly abandoned his family and went to Asia. He died in 1991.
Steve Hodel still remember’s when he was nine years old his father abandoned his family and went far away to philippines. As he went through his father’s possessions, Steve found a photo album tucked away in a box. It was small enough to fit in his palm and bound in wood. It was filled with pictures of his mom, dad and brothers But towards the back, something caught his eye: two pictures of a young woman, her eyes loght blue, with curly, deep-black hair. Steve still doesn’t know why he had the idea, but as he looked at the images he thought to himself: that looks like the Black Dahlia.”
Crime scene photos showed that Short had been given a hemicorporectomy, a procedure only a learned doctor can perform that slices the body beneath the lumbar spine the only spot where the body can be severed in half without breaking bone. Also, The letters sent to the press and police from The Black Dahlia Avenger, a man claiming to be Short’s killer, also had a resemblance to his dad’s handwriting. Steve being like any good cop, started digging and the details began to add up. A handwriting expert determined that there was a strong likelihood that his father’s handwriting matched the script on some of the notes the killer sent to the LAPD Steve told no one in the beginning but his girlfriend, Roberta what he was working on. But after a few weeks he started informing friends and family. He called June Hodel, his father’s widow, a conversation that ended up being their last. “She just kept saying, this isn’t true, your father was a scholar,” He even informed his younger brother, Kelly Hodel. When Kelly picked up the phone, Steve didn’t waste time with small talk.”Our father was a homicidal maniac” he said, instead of greeting.With all his evidences he proved it his family and friends what he had just discovered
There are a lot of people who claim to have solved the black dahlia murder case and claim that She was a prostitute, she was frigid, she was pregnant, she was a lesbian. And somehow, instead of fading away over time, the legend of the Black Dahlia just keeps getting more intense.Till date the black Dahlia murder case has been one of the most popular murder cases of history.
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