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.
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