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The Black Dahlia Murder

The unsolved mystery of a murdered woman known as Black Dahlia

Tyrus Travis

on 26 November 2012

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By Tyrus Travis and Michael Gallup Background What Made It A Witch Hunt What Happened Next Connections Newton, Michael. The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes. New York: Facts on File, 2004. Print.
"Black Dahlia." The Story: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short â Intro â Crime Library on TruTV.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious _murders/famous/dahlia/index_1.html>.
"The Black Dahlia Murder." FBI. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <http://www.fbi.gov/news/ stories/2006/october/dahlia_102006>. The Black Dahlia Murder is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in the U.S. The murder took place in 1947, the body of a dead woman was found laying in the middle of a vacant lot. The body was discovered , cut in half, and drained of all of the blood. Detectives identified the woman as Elizabeth Short who was given the nickname "Black Dahlia". Detectives had no leads, no evidence, and nothing to tell the public. This leads the case to become a witch hunt. The public started spitting out names of people they may hate or think are murderers. The detectives questioned past boyfriends but found nothing. The name game continued with books even being published by authors who claimed their fathers were the murderer. The case seemed it would never end. With nowhere to go, the case was left unsolved by the FBI. Without any real evidence, they could not prove anything. The witch hunt created by the public however, continued and even to this day, people dedicate their lives to finding out who the real killer was. The Black Dahlia Murder relates back to the ideas expressed in The Crucible. Something happens that is hard for people to explain at the time, whether it be a gruesome murder or suspected witchcraft, and it leads the public to play the blame game. Whether people purposely blame others, do it subconsciously, or really think that they know the suspect, a witch hunt ensues. Unsolved crime and mystery cause hysteria and is a major cause for a witch hunt. Sources The Black Dahlia Murder
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