Black Dahlia

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As the 70th anniversary of the Black Dahlia murder approaches the public fascination with Elizabeth Short and her grisly unsolved death hasn’t dimmed. James Bartlett takes a look at how Los Angeles remembers the famous murder.

This article contains graphic descriptions.

Few people noticed the dark-haired woman when she was dropped off at the swanky Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, but when her torso was found nearly a week later, Elizabeth Short became a household name.

On the morning of 15 January 1947, Betty Bersinger was walking with her young daughter along a barely developed street in the planned neighbourhood of Leimert Park when she saw what she thought was two halves of a tailor’s mannequin.

It wasn’t.

Short had been cut in two, neatly at the waist, and drained of blood. She had been mutilated, her intestines…



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