The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles

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Harper Collins, Sep 5, 2006 - True Crime - 416 pages
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In 1946, Elizabeth Short traveled to Hollywood to become famous and see her name up in lights. Instead, the dark-haired beauty became immortalized in the headlines as the "Black Dahlia" when her nude and bisected body was discovered in the weeds of a vacant lot. Despite the efforts of more than four hundred police officers and homicide investigators, the heinous crime was never solved. Now, after endless speculation and false claims, bestselling author Donald H. Wolfe discovers startling new evidence—buried in the files of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for more than half a century.

With the aid of archival photos, news clippings, and investigative reports, Wolfe documents the riveting untold story that names the brutal murderer—the notorious Mafia leader, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel—and the motive—an unwanted pregnancy resulting from Short's involvement with the most powerful figure in Los Angeles, Norman Chandler. But Wolfe goes even further to unravel the large-scale cover-up behind the case. Wolfe's extensive research, based on the evidence he discovered in the recently opened LADA files, makes The Black Dahlia Files the authoritative work on the murder that has drawn endless scrutiny but remained unsolved—until now.

 

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This was interesting, but also rambling. The author makes a solid case that Elizabeth Short was involved with the mafia. And, it was this connection that brought about her horrid demise wherein her ... Read full review

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This unsettling expose presents a comprehensive look at the case the captivated Los Angeles in the 1940s. Wolfe, who investigated the controversial death of another Hollywood beauty in 1998's The Last ... Read full review

Contents

Compliments of Jacks
199
The Control Question
213
Traces
228
Smog Alert
247
Connected
267
Rogue Cops
285
The Fourth Man
298
The Silent Scream
311

By a Person or
98
Persons Unknown
115
Letter to Follow
133
Memory Morgue
149
Open and Unsolved
168
INSIDE AN ENIGMA
175
___ ______ __ _______ PART II _____ __ 12 Sunshine and Shadow
177
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
321
___________________ APPENDIX A
323
__________ _ APPENDIX B THE HODEL HYPOTHESIS
345
_ HODEL HYPOTHESIS NOTES
359
SOURCE NOTES
361
______________ BIBLIOGRAPHY
385
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Donald H. Wolfe is the author of The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe, which became an international bestseller and Literary Guild Selection. In Hollywood, California, where he was born and raised, Wolfe became a film editor at Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros., where he worked on All the President's Men and became a screenwriter for Steven Spielberg. A contributor to the New York Times and Paris-Match, Wolfe now lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

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