Elizabeth "The Black Dahlia" Short
Elizabeth Short was an American murder victim
whose unsolved murder captivated the nation.
A fictionalized version of her life story was
told in the 2006 Brian De Palma film The Black Dahlia,
starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson,
and Hilary Swank. The story was previously
told in the 1975 TV movie, Who Is the Black Dahlia,
starring Lucie Arnaz, which also offered a
fictionalized look at the murder case.
The unbelievably brutal nature of the crime
caught the attention of many, and brought
about countless books, newspaper articles,
and films about the waitress/model/aspiring
actress. Elizabeth Short's body had been
severed at the waist with surgical precision,
and drained of blood. Investigators determined
that she had probably been suspended upside
down, and was likely alive when the cutting
began. The case remains unsolved to this day.
Biographical fast facts
Date and place of birth: July 29, 1924,
Hyde Park, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: January 15, 1947,
at 12:30 a.m., Los Angeles, California*, U.S.A.
(Murdered - Hemorrhaging and shock due to blows to the head)
Father: Cleo Short (in the construction business)
Mother: Phoebe Mae Short (a bookkeeper/clerk)
Burial site: Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Her body was found on the west side of
the 3800 block of South Norton Avenue,
halfway between 39th Street and Coliseum
Street, in Los Angeles, California. The
1947 police report states, "from Coliseum
to 39 on the property line is 1200 feet,
it's all vacant property. There is a
fire plug in the center of that, which
would be 600 feet from Coliseum or 600 feet
from 39 the other way. The body was 54 feet
north of the fire plug toward Coliseum."
Note: Growing up, Elizabeth Short was
called Betty (which she spelled Bette),
but as she matured, she preferred Beth.
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