Friday, April 03, 2009

Who Killed the Black Dahlia? (9/14/06)

This is the city: Los Angeles, California. We were working the day watch out of the Homicide division when the call came in. A murder victim had been discovered in Leimert Park. The woman's body had been cut in two at the waist. All the blood had been drained from it. It wasn't a sight for the weak of heart -- or stomach. We started our investigation immediately. The woman's name: Elizabeth Short. But the newspapers soon dubbed her the "Black Dahlia." Beyond that, the case stagnated. We couldn't get charges to any of the dozens of suspects. The years rolled on, advancing plenty of theories, but they all lead to dead-end roads. Even though the case is still officially open, it will probably never be "solved." Someone, someday may make a movie that will offer "definitive" answers, but as long as crime buffs exist, the Black Dahlia case will draw them like flies to honey.

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