203 pages of FBI covering the murder of Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia Murder, archived on CD-ROM.
On January 15, 1947, the severed body of Elizabeth Short was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, at 3800 Norton Ave, near 39th Street. Elizabeth Short went to Hollywood three years earlier, seeking a career as a movie actress. Instead, Elizabeth, or Betty as she was known in her hometown of Medford, Massachusetts, ended up working a series of odd-jobs. Ironically her murder at the age of 22, has made her one of the most famous women in the history of Los Angeles, staring in the role of the victim in Los Angeles' most famous unsolved murder case.
Sensational news stories filled Los Angeles newspapers for months after the murder. Hearst's Herald-Express was especially consumed with the Black Dahlia case. About fifty men and women came forward over the coming weeks to confess to the Black Dahlia murder. They were known as "Confessing Sams" at the time. According to Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Brian Carr, who inherited the case in 1996, all who confessed were ruled out as serious suspects. As it is policy with the Los Angeles Police Department that any case that is not solved is an open case, the LAPD Black Dahlia murder files are barred from the view of anyone other than the current detective assigned to the case.