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Severed - The True Story of the "Black Dahlia" Murder (Paperback, New edition) Loot Price: R156
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Severed - The True Story of the "Black Dahlia" Murder (Paperback, New edition): John Gilmore

Severed - The True Story of the "Black Dahlia" Murder (Paperback, New edition)

John Gilmore

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Her name was Elizabeth, 'Beth for Short' as she used to tell the joke. Severed is the story of Elizabeth Short aka 'The Black Dahlia' - famous ultimately not for her life, as she would have wished, but for her death. One of the most famous of all unsolved murders in LA history is given the John Gilmore treatment and for any true crime aficionado is a fascinating read. Gilmore's investigation of the case provides some new insights into Short's life and her murder. Her nickname arose from the movie 'The Blue Dahlia', with Allan Ladd and Veronica Lake, and because the soldiers loved her jet black hair and her affection for wearing 'black lacy things'. The reader first draws closer to knowing Betty, the child, and then begins to feel for Beth, the eye-catching woman, searching for her place in the world. Beth's dream of becoming a Hollywood actress is of course never fulfilled and there is an all pervasive sorrow throughout the story- perhaps because all the while you know this can never have a happy ending. Her father leaves home when she is little and she never really builds a father-daughter relationship with him. She also endures the death of her husband to be Matt Gordan (perhaps the only real potential love of her life) when he is killed on the way home from war.The photographs provided to chronicle her life and death are extremely detailed. Some may believe too detailed. The photographs taken at the scene where her body was found and those within the LA County Morgue may be considered too intrusive for those who like their crime scenes sanitised before public viewing.All that remains of the woman, that Gilmore has helped us to know and to like, is graphic and disturbing images of her body parts. Unfortunately the shocking and macabre nature of this case is the reason Gilmore and so many others are compelled by this story. (Kirkus UK)
The first and still the best book on the strangest of all officially unsolved murders in the annals of modern crime January 1947. LA. Elizabeth Short, aka 'The Black Dahlia', a small-town beauty queen, is found murdered on wasteground. She has been badly mutilated. Her body bisected...John Gilmore, who has spent thirty-five years investigating the case, here tells the story of Short's tragically futile life and reveals the tangled inside story of the police investigation, which never resulted in a conviction. But most shocking of all, he recounts the startling circumstances and gruesome details of the killer's indirect confessions to him and the circumstances of his death.


Imprint: Granta Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: December 2008
Authors: John Gilmore
Dimensions: 198 x 129mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - B-format / B-format
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-86207-691-4
Categories: Books > Fiction > True stories
Books > Fiction > True stories > Crime
LSN: 1-86207-691-X
Barcode: 9781862076914

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