September 24, 2020
Los Angeles, California
Big thank you to reader Scott Tracy for the heads up on a broken link and also for his discovery of a new witness (now my fifteenth) to substantiate that there was NO BLACK DAHLIA MISSING WEEK. Scott writes:
“I have another witness on the missing days for you-Betty Blake of the Gay Way bar on Main Street Jan 12th. Written up in the Valley Times and SF Chronicle but not in LA Times.”
I found Scott’s reference published in The Valley Times on January 22, 1947 and reproduced below.
…”A red-haired man entered the murder picture in yet another way today on reports of Betty Blake, dancer, that such a person came to the Gay Way bar, 514 S. Main St., on the night of Jan 12. Miss Blake said he asked for Miss Short who had been there earlier in the evening. According to Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson, operators of a hotel at 300 E. Washington Blvd., a girl answering Miss Short’s description registered there with a man on Jan 12.” (Witnesses 12 on below chronology.)
Gay Way Bar 514 S. Main St DTLA (1948)
Dancer Betty Blake would is now the fifteenth witness that saw victim Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short between Jan 9-14, 1947 further establishing there was in fact no missing week.
Black Dahlia Avenger Chap 12 PDF Witnesses to “No Missing Week” chap 12 bda pdf