August 8, 2022
Birch Bay, Washington
I have written and spoken numerous times in the past that the three greatest myths in the Black Dahlia Investigation are:
Let’s take a reexamination of Myth No. 2- “A Standalone Murder. None before, none after.”
You will hear and read from some of the self-professed “experts” who like to perpetuate this myth. They will tell you that “LAPD, and specifically assigned Det. Harry Hansen, said, ” It was an isolated murder and not connected to any others.” NOT TRUE. (They push this myth because their own “theory and suspect” could not have committed the other serial crimes, so they need the Black Dahlia Murder to be a standalone murder.) These are flat-out lies. LAPD and other agencies always believed there existed the possibility of a serial killer and SAID SO.
An article in the Los Angeles Examiner of March 14, 1947, headlined “Dahlia Case Similarities Checked in Fourth Brutal Death Mystery,” offered an eleven-point list of similarities provided by LAPD that detectives believed strongly supported the theory that the murders of Elizabeth Short, Jeanne French, and Evelyn Winters were all related.
The article notes:
“Checking similarities between the death of Miss Winters and the Short and French killings, police listed the following:
1) All three girls frequented cocktail bars and sometimes picked up men
2) All three were slugged on the head (although Mrs. French was trampled to death and Miss Short tortured and cut in two.)
3) All three were killed elsewhere and taken in cars to the spots where
the bodies were found.
4) All three were displayed nude or nearly so.
5) In no case was an attempt made to conceal the body. On the contrary
bodies were left where they were sure to be found.
6) Each had been dragged a short distance.
7) Each killing was a pathological case, apparently motiveless.
8) In each case the killer appears to have taken care not to be seen in
company with the victim.
9) All three women had good family backgrounds.
10) Each was identified by her fingerprints, other evidence of identity
having been removed.
11) Miss Short and Miss Winters were last seen in the same Hill Street area.
On June 17, 1949 the Daily News published an article, “Nine unsolved L.A. murders baffle police.”
…”Homicide detectives say they are not sure that one man is responsible for all the killings–but they are wondering and investigating the possibilities.”
Citizen News, 1949: ” 9 ‘Dahlia’ Murders Unsolved”
…”Police are not overlooking the possibility that a single slayer committed all of Los Angeles’ horror murders.”
Louise Springer Murder June 13, 1949
LAPD Paid Police Informant G. Glenn Martin personally KNEW and was friends with both victim Louise Springer and George Hodel and identifies him as her killer as well as Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short.
Glenn Martin 1954
Steve Hodel examines 1949 Glenn Martin’s “In Case of Death” letters