LA District Attorney Investigator Walter Morgan Redux: His Role in the 1947 Black Dahlia Investigation

February 21, 2021
Los Angeles, California
A recent query was made asking about LADA Investigator Walter Morgan’s role in the Black Dahlia investigation. Below is a PDF Post I did way back in September, 2007 “DA Investigator Walter Morgan, The Black Dahlia’s Last Coyote dies at 92.”

I was fortunate enough to be able to locate and interview Walter during my original investigation and his information played a critical role in help solving the case. Below photo shows him being interviewed by Erin Moriarty in 2004 in a Producer David Browning 48 HOURS production, “Black Dahlia Confidential.”

Read his extensive bio and role in the below attached PDF, a tribute to his life and passing on Sept 8, 2007.


Walter Morgan BIO and Role in Black Dahlia Investigation


“48 Hours” clip with Head DDA Steve Kay and Walter Morgan (5 min)


  1. Patricia ONeill on February 22, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    RIP Walter Morgan! We could have used you in San Francisco in the 50’s!! 👍😎🌵

  2. Steven Uanna on February 24, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    I just watched the 48 Hour Mystery BLACK DAHLIA CONFIDENTIAL on YouTube. It was well done. It showed a photo of Elizabeth’s body location and the onlookers I had not seen before. How many pictures are available of the scene of Elizabeth’s body? Pictures that also show the police, reporters, etc. I think I see Man Ray in 2 of the pictures that are often posted. There is a picture of a policeman in a leather coat and hat and a short man with glasses looking at Elizabeth body. The short man looks a lot like Man Ray to me.,
    The same man is shown walking with his hand up to his brow at 13:44 on the 48 Hours episode.
    Is there a site that has the body location pictures with police and reporters and onlookers? I would think the newspapers and police must have taken more than the half dozen or so that are usually seen.
    Can you publish what you have?

    • Steve Hodel on February 25, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Steven U:
      No not Man Ray. I can assure you he would not have been anywhere near the crime scene.
      Only and all crime scene photos of personnel at the scene are available on line. I have no additional ones.

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