Black Dahlia

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Elizabeth Short (the Black Dahlia)
Elizabeth Short (the "Black Dahlia") circa 1946
Elizabeth Short

(1924-07-29)July 29, 1924
DiedJanuary 14 or 15, 1947 (aged 22)
Cause of deathCerebral hemorrhage resulting from homicidal violence[1]
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California, U.S.
37°50′07″N 122°14′13″W / 37.83528°N 122.23694°W / 37.83528; -122.23694
Other names"The Black Dahlia"
Known forMurder victim
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
  • Cleo Short (father)
  • Phoebe Mae Sawyer (mother)

Elizabeth Short[2][3][4] (July 29, 1924 – January 14 or 15, 1947), known as "the Black Dahlia", was an American woman who was found murdered in a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Her case became highly publicized due to the graphic nature of the crime. Her corpse was chopped into pieces and severed at the waist.

Short's unsolved murder and the details surrounding it have had caused many theories and public speculation. It is one of the oldest unsolved cases in Los Angeles County.

References[change | change source]

  1. Gilmore 2006, pp. 137–8.
  2. "Investigation: Birth Certificate". Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2010. Copy of Short's registered birth certificate showing that no middle name was included
  3. Harnisch, Larry. "Common Myths About the Black Dahlia and Their Origins". Archived from the original on December 30, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  4. Harnisch, Larry (September 15, 2006). "Haunting images and details of death". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 17, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2017.