A very macabre subject for our October read indeed. The Black Dahlia aka Elizabeth Short’s most horrific unsolved murder! James Ellroy spins a tail of ‘what may have happened’ to the young raven haired beauty from the East who landed in the City of Angels hoping to become a starlet.
Getting into the first few chapters of the book was a bit hard for many of us. Once the dust settles the film noir essense of the time period of the late 1940s takes over then you’re HOOKED!
James Ellroy spins a tale trying to explain the people who came in and out of Elizabeth Shorts life; seeking to find the killer who brutally tortured and murdered this lovely girl.
On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.
In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both LA cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life.
“Passionate, violent, frustrating…imaginative and bizarre.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Building like a symphony, this is a wonderful, complicated, but accessible tale of ambition, insanity, passion and deceit.”
We met in Wendy’s wonderful home to discuss this grissly murder along with many others! From the Atlanta missing and murdered children (which many were never solved – some were attributed to Wayne Williams), to the Zodiac Killer, Ed Geins and many more. We certainly wish DNA evidence would have been available for Elizabeth Shorts case. The Winecoff Hotel Fire in Atlanta was never solved. The former Winecoff is now the Ellis Hotel. The 15 story Winecoff killed over 100 people. For video Click HERE
An update to Short’s case — Steve Hodel who grew up in LA – with his father Dr. George Hodel – feels he has found clues in his father’s passing that he may well have killed Elizabeth Short and many others! Can you imagine finding clues in your 93 year old father’s stash that shows he could have been a serial killer!?!? Click HERE for Steve Hodel’s updates. Interestingly enough, Dr. George Hodel was actually under suspicion for her murder by LAPD! Hodel was never officially charged.