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New Book Claims To Solve Most Gruesome Cold Case In Nation's History

A grisly murder that has been dubbed as the most gruesome cold case in America’s history remains unsolved 70 years after it happened, but a new book claims to have finally tied up all of the loose ends once and for all. The book is entitled ‘Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder,’ and it’s the result of some exhaustive research from legal sleuth Piu Eatwell. As the Daily Mail shares, Eatwell alleges that the Los Angeles Police Department knew who did it, but a massive cover-up led to the case remaining open and unsolved.

The so-called Black Dahlia was a 22-year-old aspiring starlet named Elizabeth Short. Her body was found horrifically murdered in a vacant lot in a suburb of Los Angeles, and the details of her condition are nothing short of stomach churning. Her body was severed and drained of blood, and there were plenty of signs that she had been tortured prior to her passing, including a sadistic Joker-like smile that was carved into her face.

“They were the marks of a sadistic lust murderer ...and it was speculated that the killer either had medical training or experience with handling corpses in a mortuary --- and a manifest fascination with death,” Eatwell writes.

The horrific murder was immediately sensationalized, and detectives proceeded to dig in to learn all they could about Short’s life.

“She wanted to be someone famous. She had stars in her eyes, dreams rather than plans. I think of her as a very beautiful but very private person, with a sadness about her. A void, something missing,” her mother recalled.

That narrative quickly subsided, as detectives uncovered that she wasn’t all that shy at all.

“This victim knew at least 50 men at the time of her death and at least 25 men had been seen with her in the 60 days preceding her death,” a police report noted.

While the narrative shifted, the case remained unsolved. A big break in the case occurred when police planted a story in hopes of drawing the killer out of hiding, and Eatwell says those efforts worked. Leslie Dillon, an associate of a known acquaintance of Short’s, came out of hiding, and discussions with the LAPD pointed to him being the real killer. However, his associate, Mark Hansen, was a rich and powerful type. It’s alleged that Dillon was allowed to walk away scot-free due to his influence, as well as because the department was embroiled in a massive scandal at the time, and there were fears that Dillon would expose even more misgivings.

“And yet, despite the compelling evidence the officers of the Gangster Squad were uncovering, they never seemed to make headway with their investigation. The path was always blocked,” Eatwell writes. “The facts – buried in newspapers reports and court documents are more compelling than any of the alternate facts,”

It sounds like an incredibly fascinating read, and it will be interesting to see if Eatwell’s exhaustive research leads to a re-examination of the facts surrounding the case.

Source: Daily Mail
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