Deputy Chief Thad Brown’s brother, Sgt. Finis Brown, primary investigator on Black Dahlia case, places “unidentified Hollywood doctor” at top of HIS LIST.
I was recently reviewing some of my papers and transcripts from the DA Files related to the testimony of various witnesses who were called to testify before the 1949 Grand Jury related to the Black Dahlia investigation.
In my initial readings I had missed the below excerpt and thought my readers would find this interesting.
On December 6, 1949,Sgt. Finis Brown, in charge of the Black Dahlia investigation since DAY ONE, was called before the 1949 Grand Jury and testified to various aspects of his ongoing investigation.
Most of his testimony related to his elimination of a year-old-suspect, Leslie Dillion, who had come to the attention of the Gangster Squad by way of the LAPD psychiatrist, Dr. Paul DeRivers. The Gangster Squad, inexperienced in the ways and methods of homicide investigation, had followed a red-herring and ultimately arrested Dillion as a Dahlia suspect on extremely dubious information and he was “unarrested” a few days later and released.
At the close of Sgt. Brown’s testimony, the GJ Foreman, Harry Lawson asked him the following question:
” Do you care to express an opinion to this jury as to who you think killed Elizabeth Short?”
After first acknowledging that he doesn’t know who killed her, Sgt. Brown then follows-up by providing the grand jury with information that he is attempting to identify her unknown Hollywood doctor and that a person claiming to be a doctor called Hollywood station with taunting information.
I find this information fascinating. Of all the hundreds of potential suspects that Sgt. Brown could have named or offered up as possibles he brings up only one- An unidentified Hollywood doctor, who calls and taunts the police. See below for complete excerpt as recorded in the official files:
EXCERPT FROM SGT FINIS BROWN 1949 GRAND JURY TESTIMONY
A Signature M.O.
For a suspect to actually call the press or police is extremely unusual. That said, if I am correct in my linkage of George Hodel to the other crimes we know he also did it in:
1. Red Lipstick Murders- Telephoned both family and police.
2. Black Dahlia- Telephoned both press and police.
3. Cheri Bates, Riverside- Telephoned police.
4.Zodiac, San Francisco, Telephoned attorney Belli and police.
Refer to details in Dahlia Telephone call to City Editor, James Richardson here.