65th Anniversary of Elizabeth Short "Black Dahlia" Murder- Last Living Photo




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Today marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of the murder of Elizabeth Short.

Above is one of a series of  last known photos taken of Elizabeth Short prior to her murder. Elizabeth is seen sitting on the steps off John Marshall High School,in Hollywood. Photo was taken in October, 1946.

John Marshall High School is located in the Los Feliz District of Hollywood, just 1.5 miles east of Dr. Hodel’s 1946 Franklin House (A).



  1. Ryan on January 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Steve, Do you think Dr. Hodel took this picture?

  2. Steve Hodel on January 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Ryan: No photo not taken by George Hodel. It was taken by a young man who met Eliz in Hollywood and offered to take her picture. They just spent one day together. After her murder he went to the police and turned over his photos. He was not a suspect. I cover this and show the additional photos in my updated version of BDA. (HarperCollins 2006)

  3. John Ayers on January 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    That picture reminds me of someone full of life, but regrettably the 65th Anniversary marks an untimely death.
    I continue to appreciate your investigative work on the behalf of victims, and know it was difficult for you to find out your father was the murderer.
    Beth would thank you if she could.

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