Surrealist Artist William Copley Reveals Black Dahlia Clew Number 7- Man Ray’s Lover’s Lips
January 7, 2023
Birch Bay, Washington
And, right on the heels of Clew No. 6 (four days) comes CLEW NO. 7 another Man Ray/William Copley “production”.
See the graphic below for Images 1 through 5.
In 1933 Surrealist Man Ray painted “Observatory Time, The Lovers” (Image 3), showing the outsized bright red lips of his former lover and muse, Lee Miller, floating in the skies above the Paris observatory. This became one of Man Ray’s most famous images.
In 1947, twenty-two-year-old, Elizabeth Short, (known to the world as “The Black Dahlia”) was tortured, mutilated, murdered and her body surgically bisected and posed in an open field some six miles south of Dr. George Hodel’s residence at 5121 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California.
Included as one of the ghastly mutilations to Elizabeth’s body was the surgically well-rounded incision carved into her cheeks which extended on both sides of her mouth,
Wow! Once again I’m speechless at the thoroughness and detail of your continuing investigation. Long after the fact that your work has convinced me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, of Dr George Hill Hodel’s guilt in this case, you keep adding nails to the coffin. This information must reach a wider audience and it’s my hope that your current project of a multi part documentary on this case does just that. Congratulations once again on furthering the advance towards justice for Ms Short as well as the other lone women murders in the Los Angeles area during that time frame. Good work, Detective!
Thanks Dennis. So many “purloined letters” laying in plain sight.
I’m really a bit surprised that both Copley and Man Ray would be willing to present their “clews” knowing that “The Minotaur” was still out there lurking in the woods. Maybe their perceived “friendships” with the beast gave them a feeling of insulation from his wrath.
Rather than a feeling of insulation, Steve, I strongly feel both Man Ray & William Copely admired & envied GHH’s ability to “ draw” with his surgeon’s knife & his ability to charm his victims into intimacy! Man Ray & Copely were voyeurs as GHH worked his talents on these living canvasses! There is one shred of decency here when as a young teen, your father professed his love for the older woman and his desire to marry her & be a father to their child she was then carrying. Her mocking refusal to this proposal, saying “get lost”!! sealed GHH’s mental demise which lasted a lifetime. Again my quote from mentor/psychiatric social worker as I worked with socially & academically challenged youths ages 6-22: “You’ve heard of a woman scorned?………well, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!” How true!! Bright men (all three, brilliant perhaps) reduced to terrifying, unstoppable predators savoring their abilities to be cruel! Take note here all professionals working, caring for youth: Learn & identify the signals in schools, medical treatment, social activities, sports. Lots more learning and caring for youths & their family situations imperative worldwide! 😔🌵
Oh, I agree. By insulation, I meant that they felt more personally emboldened due to their friendship to George, to publically display, albeit hidden, their knowledge of his crime and give their own “clews” in their later artworks. Yes, I think that all these men (Man Ray, Copley, Duchamp) were psychologically linked as ‘kindred spirits” with their avowed worship to the “Divine Marquis De Sade” and the common love of their need to subjugate (and worse) to women.
Donatien de Sade was seen as a liberator by some. I´m not saying he was, I´m just saying how he sometimes was perceived.. The mind appeared to be his true playground.
I’ve read all that you have presented here very carefully, Steve. I’ve reexamined the size and shapes of the lips. I think you’re absolutely right. I believe the photo is of Elizabeth Short, and I believe you may have the context of the photo correct as well. I think you the correct motive too.
I agree with you. Please read the text regarding the photographic series by Man Ray entitled Fetishistic Mise-en-scène for William Seabrook is considered the function of simulation in scenes of erotic violence. See how closely one of the staged images in this series looks closely like they are murdering this woman, also holding an object close to her breast. Could this show how the Black Dahlia was murdered?
Did William Seabrook commission the BDM from Man Ray?
Here is the cited website: https://courtauld.ac.uk/research/research-resources/publications/immeditations-postgraduate-journal/immediations-online/2020-2/audrey-warne-staging-sadomasochism-images-of-bondage-in-man-rays-surrealist-photography-1929-1932/
Yes, have mentioned the Seabrook connection a number of times in the past. This is most thorough summary I’ve seen. Thanks. Identical feet, hands, neck tied and bound, cutting to rt breast, cutting to public area. All similar. Certainly an “inspiration”.