Sunday, January 15, 2012

On January 15

On this day in ...
... 1947 (65 years ago today), in a park in Los Angeles, California, the body of a woman was found. She was identified as Boston-born Elizabeth Short, 22. The circumstances of her demise would come to be known as the case of the "Black Dahlia" -- a nickname, with lurid and often false details to match, that the sensationalist newspapers of the area gave to the deceased. (image credit) The unsolved case has generated all sorts of pulp, in the form of film, fiction, and what purports to be nonfiction. Of note: Black Dahlia and White Rose: Unofficial Investigation (2011), a postmodernist review/story, by novelist Joyce Carol Oates, that imagines Short in conversation with Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

(Prior January 15 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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