Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia
(July 29, 1924 - January 15, 1947)
Elizabeth’s body was found mutilated, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Her severely mutilated body was severed at the waist and completely drained of blood. Her face had been slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her ears, creating an effect called the Glasgow smile. Short also had multiple cuts on her thigh and breasts, where entire portions of flesh had been removed. The body had been washed and cleaned and had been “posed” with her hands over her head, her elbows bent at right angles, and her legs spread.
More than 50 people confessed to the murder; 25 people were considered to be viable suspects by the Los Angeles Distric Attorney. While some of the original 25 suspects were discounted, new ones have arisen. Elizabeth Short’s death has remained one of the most famous unsolved cases in California’s history.
I apologize if this set disturbed you. The Black Dahlia is one of my favorite crime scenes, and I was so happy to find autopsy photographs.
Rest in Peace, Beautiful.