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The brutal crime committed before the torture soon became a source of inspiration for filmmakers and writers. As early as 1953, six years after the assassination of Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia after her death, production of the Blue Garden began. What unites it with a real event is that there is a lot of evidence, witnesses and potential killers, which ultimately does not allow the case to be resolved. And it regained its popularity after the film “Black Dahlia” (2006), starring Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson. As the years go by, it is impossible not to see that the murder of Elizabeth Short is considered a myth. It is difficult to separate the facts from the facts added by the next ones who want to attract the attention of the press. Although the 22-year-old Short, who aspired to become an actress, did not achieve the fame she dreamed of in her life, there are still legends about her life because she did not even take part in any performances. The story is still interesting, as evidenced by the emergence in 2018 of new reports about a potential killer of Elizabeth.
Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson “Black Dahlia” Frame from the film “Black Dahlia”
The assassination of Black Dahlia
On January 15, 1947, Betty Bersinger was walking down Norton Avenue in Los Angeles. It was then that he saw in the distance something resembling a pale, split black-haired mannequin lying in a ditch. He approached and realized that he was a real person. In any case, he was very hurt before his death, because he had many injuries. His body was split in half, his body and legs separated. What happened to Elizabeth Short’s face caught our attention – her mouth split in both corners and covered her frightened face. However, as there were no traces of blood around, the brutal murder did not take place on the road.
The assassination of Elizabeth Short quickly made headlines. The 22-year-old girl was nicknamed Black Dahlia by editors for her beauty, black hair and white skin. Police did not know where to start, so there were calls in the media to help search for the killer. Phones to the police station were constantly ringing, but most of the information was either not useful or turned out to be false. Two weeks after the body was found, a letter arrived at the facility. There was a page in the envelope with words cut from newspaper scraps, and the slogan was: “Here are Dalia’s things.” It also contained Elizabeth’s birth certificate, business cards, photos, and a list of the girl’s phone numbers. The killer was playing with the police.
Newspaper article on the death of Elizabeth Short Photo: Los Angeles Times
However, at that time it was not possible to determine who was responsible for sending the letter and thus killing Elizabeth. Police interviewed 75 men with numbers in his address book, but this did not help the investigation. In the end, Robert Manley, a married salesman who met Elizabeth the day before her death, was arrested to show that they were not idle. However, he has an alibi and is acquitted of the charges. In the following years, nothing happens to move the work forward. More and more films and books are being made that ignite the myths about the mysterious death of the Black Dahlia.
Former Los Angeles Police Detective Steve Hodel has said a lot about Elizabeth Short’s death. The man, who has spent most of his life in criminal cases, began searching his belongings in 1999 after the death of his father. Among them, he found photographs of Black Dahlia cut from newspapers. The question immediately arises in his mind: why? He began to read the case to understand why the girl’s figure interested her father. He learned how to make incisions in Elizabeth’s body, and a red light came on because her father was a surgeon. He suspected that he was responsible for a crime committed years ago. Since Hodel retired, he had plenty of time to analyze the case.
Steve Hodel Photo: Emily Berl / The Guardian
After learning this, he wrote a book. In 2003, “Black Dahlia Avenger” was released. Steve Hodel said he knew his father was on the list of suspects after Elizabeth’s death, but this information was not made public. What about the letters that came to the newspaper in the past? Since the manuscripts were published in the press, he could compare them with his father’s. And here, too, everything was right. To make his version more reliable, he asked for help from a graphologist who confirmed it. He also found audio recordings of an unknown woman’s screams, cries and pleas for her life at her father’s house. In another, you hear my father say, “Suppose I killed him, but they can’t prove it to me.” He added that he knew that the police suspected him, but they would not do anything to him. Hodel feels that his father felt inviolable because of his status and connections – he was, after all, a valuable doctor.
In 2018, Hodel found a 1949 letter written by police spokesman Glynn Martin. In his will, he stipulated that he could read the note only after the death of his last child, because he was probably afraid of revenge. He wrote that Elizabeth met Steve’s father at the hotel and knew that he had killed him. He did not openly admit that it was about him, but used the letters GH. As for his father’s Black Dahlia killer, Steve Hodel has no doubt. He is now suspected of other crimes. However, he knows he will not be formally convicted because American law cannot prosecute the deceased.
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