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The Black Dahlia Murder

The murder of Elizabeth Short.
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on 26 April 2013

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The Black Dahlia Murder Elizabeth Short Born July 29, 1924 to Cleo and Phoebe Short in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. In 1929, Cleo, Elizabeth's father, disappeared leading many to believe he had committed suicide. Later they had found this not to be true. At age 19, Elizabeth went to Vallejo, California to live with her father. She left soon after because of an argument with her father. After leaving, she was arrested near Santa Barbara for underage drinking. The beginning of January 9, 1947 at the Biltmore Hotel was the last time Elizabeth was believed to have been seen living. Her body was found in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles, California on January 15, 1947. At a young age, Elizabeth knew she wanted to be an actress. The Murder Betty Bersinger and her daughter were taking a short cut through a vacant lot when Betty thought she had seen a manneguin in two pieces, tossed in the grass. Police arrived to find the 22 yearold body of Elizabth short, cut in half, lying in a field. Elizabeth's mouth was cut from each corner extending to each ear (also known as the Chelsea grin). Those who witnessed the body said it appeared as if she was smiling. Suspects Robert "Red" Manley Manley was the last person to see Elizabeth Short alive. He was arrested as a suspect and then released after passing a polygraph test. Mark Hansen Hansen's name was embossed on the address book that was mailed to the examiner but is still unclear how it fell into Elizabeth's hands. Hansen was the manager of a sleazy Hollywood nightclub, Florentine Gardens. Many of the women working for him also lived with him. Elizabeth was his guest for several months in 1946 and is rumored to have tried to sleep with her- unsuccessfully. Dr. George Hodel Dr. George Hodel went to trial when his 14 year old daughter, Tamar, accused him of molesting her. He was later acquitted of the charges.The molestation case led the LAPD to include him in the long list of suspects in the Black Dahlia Murder. His son later wrote a book claiming that his father was, in fact, Elizabeth Short's killer. He believed that Elizabeth Short had been one of his patients and that he had also found pictures of Short, which Short's family denied being her. Florentine Gardens Q: When did you see her, meet her the last time.
A: I saw Miss Short January 9th, which was the last time.

Q: Where was that?
A: I left Miss Short at the Biltmore Hotel at 6:30 P.M., January 9, 1947. Maurice Clement There are many theories as to who killed Elizabeth. She could've been killed by a hired hitman, murdered by someone close to her, or she may have been the victim of a psychopath. Nobody knows who really killed Elizabeth but I believe that it was someone close to her and that someone's name was Maurice Clement aka Ed Burns. Maurice Clement had an alias, Ed Burns. This is a letter that The Black Dahlia Murderer sent to the LAPD In conclusion, no one will ever know who committed these terrible acts unless there is cold, hard proof and Elizabeth Short deserves just that. Maurice Clement was Elizabeth's "favorite boyfriend,' according to Elizabeth's roomate. Maurice Clement Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel Bugsy was a hitman who was part of the mob. He is accused of many murders. It has been said that he was hired by Norman Chandler, the owner of the Los Angeles Times.
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