The Black Dahlia Murder of 1947 has both intrigued and mystified Los Angeles since its occurence in 1947. The sensational nature of the murder, the unusual name of the case, and the lack of a solution to the case add to the mystery.
Elizabeth Short was an aspiring 22 year-old actress who had spent some years working at odd jobs, moving around the country, hooking up with a variety of men and women. She had black hair, and dressed in black, and soon became known in the hangouts she frequented as the Black Dahlia.
On January 15, 1947 her nude body was found in a vacant lot at 3800 Norton, in Leimert Park. She had been mutilated and the body cut in half. The killer had also carved the letters "BD" into one thigh.
Once the body of the Black Dahlia was identified there was a steady stream of confessions, from both men and women. Not before or since have there been so many false confessions as with this case. Unfortunately, the murderer was never identified.