April 6, 2017
Los Angeles, California

In recent weeks I have received numerous inquiries asking if the film footage that aired back in 2003 on Dateline and again in 2005 on 48 Hours CBS “Black Dahlia Confidential” (an hour show covering my investigation) was in fact that of the victim, Elizabeth  Short?

YouTube Elizabeth Short VJ Day Footage HERE.

Based on past and updated investigative findings since that show originally aired, my short answer is- YES.  I do believe that the woman filmed and seen riding in the open convertible on Hollywood Blvd on VJ Day, August 6, 1945 is in fact, the only known motion picture footage of Elizabeth Short in existence.
Judge for yourself?













Here’s the original FAQ as a PDF and a link to the YouTube summary as well.

FAQ53 as a PDF






  1. T. Martinez on April 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Steve, It is nice to see her happy and enjoying herself…she was portrayed as a ‘loner’ but she does not look very alone! She seemed to know the soldier.
    People do not realize that at one time LA was not as populated as it is today, there was a fraction of the population then…and it wasn’t considered as desirable a place to live as it is today either.

    • Steve Hodel on April 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      T.M.: Agreed. I think the celebration of VJ Day, brought the whole world together. Finally, an end to so many years of pain and suffering. The common cause brought great joy to all people. No strangers. All embraced. Hugs and kisses worldwide. Yes, LA and “Hollywood” were much smaller places in 1945. Regards, Steve

  2. Kathy G. on April 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    You know Steve I always was convinced that this footage was of Elizabeth Short. It’s the shape of her face and that full head of hair with the large size rolling curls. I agree with TM that everyone was your friend on VJ Day and that everyone would have been celebrating and having a good time. She is vibrant, full of joy and very much alive on that day. It’s just very sad because maybe if she had just a little bit more time she might have eventually broken into the moving picture business or maybe advertisements or who knows? In those days, if you could get to Hollywood, you might very well get discovered. It was her dream.

  3. Tim on April 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    It’s Miss Short, no doubt. Her affinity for soldiers and the uniform, where else would she be on VE Day but at the parade.

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