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The Black Dahlia Murder, the unsolved mystery that still haunts Los Angeles


The Black Dahlia murder is one of the world's most famous unsolved murder cases. The heinous nature of the crime contributed to its notoriety. New evidence has been discovered throughout the years, but many people feel it is a murder that is never going to be solved.

Elizabeth Short's corpse was discovered on January 15, 1947, near Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California. A woman was strolling through a park with her two-year-old daughter when she noticed what she assumed was an abandoned mannequin. She quickly comprehended it was a dead bdy and grabbed her kid as she ran for the nearest phone to report to the police.

The corpse was only a few steps from the sidewalk and was placed in such a way that the mother initially mistook it for a mannequin. The Los Angeles Police Department headed the subsequent investigation. The FBI was called in to assist, and the corpse was immediately identified.

The young woman turned out to be Elizabeth Short, a 22-year-old Hollywood aspirant who was later called the "Black Dahlia" by the press because to her supposed affinity for transparent black clothing and the Blue Dahlia film that was out at the time.

Agents were requested to check out a group of students at the University of Southern California Medical School based on early fears that the killer may have had expertise in dissection because of the thorough dismemberment of the victim's body.

Following the incident, around 50 men and women rushed to the LAPD claiming to be the murderer, making it extremely difficult for authorities to identify the perpetrator. Throughout the years, there were various suspects, but there was never enough evidence to prosecute anybody. The killer has never been found, and given the passage of time, it is unlikely that he ever will be. Many people feel that the major reason the murder went unsolved was due to media intervention in the inquiry.

Officers and detectives said that reporters were stepping over evidence and hiding information obtained through calls to their offices. There came a time when reporters were at the Los Angeles Police Department station, freely answering phones that may have been tips for the inquiry and concealing information.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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