The Black Dahlia
"The Black Dahlia" was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short, a woman who was the victim of a highly publicized murder in 1947. Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, Los Angeles, California. Due to the notoriety of the case, over the years more than 50 men and women have confessed to the murder, and police are swamped with tips every time a newspaper mentions the case or a book or movie is released about it. There are several theories and possibly related murders tied to the case.
Short's unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books and film adaptations of the story. Short's murder is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history. A television drama, "Who Is the Black Dahlia?" was released in 1975. Also the case has inspired numerous works of fiction, among them True Confessions, a 1981 film starring Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, adapted from a 1977 novel of the same name by John Gregory Dunne. Several other novels released with references of The Black Dahlia case and many plots encircled the horrific unsolved events.