November 20, 2019
Los Angeles, California
Time for a little levity.
Levity No. 1
First, as some readers may know, the great American folk singer/songwriter, Woody Guthrie was (like many other celebrities of his day) whispered to be, “a suspect in the Black Dahlia Murder.”
The “Guthrie investigation” lasted about ten minutes. Just about as long as it took the lead LAPD detective, Sgt. Finis Brown (brother of the Chief of Detectives Thad Brown) to determine and confirm that at the time of the Elizabeth Short murder on January 14/15, 1947, Woody Guthrie was at his home in the East Coast, some three thousand miles away. Here is a copy of Detective Finis Brown’s “15.7 Memorandum” dated November 10, 1949.*
As a point of interest on the very day that Detective Finis Brown wrote the below memorandum clearing Guthrie of any involvement, the actual killer, Dr. George Hill Hodel had been bound over for trial in DTLA at the Hall of Justice, charging him with two felony counts: Incest and Child Molestation.
Levity No. 2