Some months ago, I was approached by the producers of Histories Greatest Mysteries who wanted me to participate in a new “Black Dahlia” program currently “under production.” After some back-and-forth discussions regarding their intended content- I PASSED.
I watched the results of their “new program” last night, hosted by Laurence Fishburne-IT WAS PAINFUL AND SAD, and definitely got my blood up.
An hour program that rehashed all the MYTHS with interviews of individuals who had no real knowledge of THE FACTS and simply repeated what was speculated about in dime novels of the day. The more farfetched and bizarre the better. Sensationalism totally ruled the night.
Along with amateur civilian “theorists,” producers interviewed past and present LAPD officers none of whom were ever assigned to the investigation, had any access to the actual facts, or had even gone so far as to have read the DA Hodel/Black Dahlia transcripts or other related matters.
Rather than being of public service the program actually did the opposite by helping reintroduce long-discarded myths and reintroducing fictional “theories” of decades-old misinformation.
Particular galling was the ending that gave viewers the impression that new LAPD detectives “are on it” and will keep digging until they find the real killer-his motive, opportunity, and means. Totally ignoring the fact that the original LAPD detectives “on the case in 1947-1950” admitted “they solved the case and the killer was Dr. George Hill Hodel.”
The truth is today’s LAPD and its last three Chiefs (William Bratton, Charles Beck, and Michael Moore) have all publicly admitted that they are no longer working the case and “are focused on more current active cases.”
My recommendation on this newest Histories and Mysteries “Black Dahlia” production- SKIP IT!