“Young L.A. Girl Slain; Body Slashed in Two” ― L.A.’s Daily News
On Jan. 15, 1947, the remains of Elizabeth Short were found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. What made this discovery the stuff of tabloid sensation, however, was the Glasgow smile left on the aspiring actress’ face ― made with 3-inch slashes on each side. This, coupled with Short’s dark hair, fair complexion and reputation for sporting a dahlia in her hair, led her to be dubbed “The Black Dahlia” in headlines. What followed was a media circus filled with rumors and speculation about the 22-year-old’s checkered past. What haunts theorists to this day, apart from the victim’s uniquely nightmarish visage, is that the case remains unsolved after some 200 suspects were interviewed and ultimately released, making it one of Hollywood’s most lurid legends.
By David Aaron
October 25, 2020