The unsolved murder of the Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia was the name given to Elizabeth Short, whose gruesome 1947 murder in Los Angeles shocked the world. Her mutilated remains were discovered in a park, and despite many suspects being put forward, the murder remains unsolved to this day.

Head shot of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, a murder victim nicknamed the Black Dahlia --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Head shot of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, a murder victim nicknamed the Black Dahlia — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
18 Jan 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Original caption: Los Angeles, California: Short Murder. ..."Bloodstained Clothing Found In Storm Drain." Garments, dragged from a storm drain, are examined by police. at present time clothing is unidentified, but police and techniques are trying to identify the clothing, possibly linking them with the Short murder, in which youthful Elizabeth Short was murdered and dismembered and left in a vacant lot in West Los Angeles early this week. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
18 Jan 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA — Original caption: Los Angeles, California: Short Murder. …”Bloodstained Clothing Found In Storm Drain.” Garments, dragged from a storm drain, are examined by police. at present time clothing is unidentified, but police and techniques are trying to identify the clothing, possibly linking them with the Short murder, in which youthful Elizabeth Short was murdered and dismembered and left in a vacant lot in West Los Angeles early this week. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS