Elizabeth Short

Murder Victim
Date Of Birth:
29 July 1924
Date Of Death:
15 January 1947
Place Of Birth:
Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Best Known As:
The "Black Dahlia" murder victim

Aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, now nicknamed the "Black Dahlia," was the victim in a notorious 1947 murder case. (The name was a play on the 1946 movie The Blue Dahlia, written by Raymond Chandler.) On 15 January 1947, Short's body was discovered in a Los Angeles vacant lot, cut in two at the waist and severely mutilated. The gruesome nature of the crime and the Hollywood connection made the case a public sensation. The case was never officially solved, but became famous for the number of people who falsely admitted to the killing.

Extra Credit

James Ellroy’s 1987 novel The Black Dahlia is a work of fiction based on the Short murder. A 2006 film based on the novel starred Mia Kirshner as Elizabeth Short, and co-starred Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson.

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