Robbery-Homicide detective, Brian Carr, self professed “gatekeeper” of the LAPD Black Dahlia Files officially retired from the LAPD, effective May 9, 2009.
In a September, 2006, television interview with investigative journalist, Bill Kurtis of A&E Cold Case Files, Carr when queried about my investigation had this to say:
Carr: I don’t have the time to prove or disprove what he [Hodel] says. I’m buried in other cases that do have evidence that are possibly solvable.
Kurtis: Do you think it [Black Dahlia] will ever be solved?
(Nine of LAPD and LASD’s top commanders (past and present) along with lead DA investigator, Lt. Frank Jemison (then) and Head Deputy DA Stephen Kay (now) have all separately indicated, “the Black Dahlia Case was solved.” ( See FAQ 24.2 for their verbatim statements.)
When I was a rookie detective at Hollywood Division back in 1969, the first thing my old-school homicide partner told me was, “Kid, you’re the only one standing in the victim’s shoes Never forget it!” I didn’t.
LAPD’s relatively new, Cold Case Unit has a 2009 motto, which to my ear, seems to mimick my partner’s words from forty-years past. Their new motto:
“No case is too old or too cold.”
That’s very encouraging to hear. Let us all wish LAPD’s CCU all the success in the world as they look back to look forward.