Elizabeth Short (1924 - 1947)

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Nicknames: "Bette", "Beth", "Black Dahlia"
Birthplace: Boston, MA, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Cause of death: homicide: Hemorrhage + Shock, Concussion of the brain and lacerations of the face
Occupation: Aspiring actress
Managed by: Gene
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About Elizabeth Short

"She was a very affectionate, sweet girl and if she was out at night she always stopped in my bedroom to talk. And she would talk and talk and tell everything that she had done and everything." ~Phoebe Short (Mother)


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Elizabeth Short's Timeline

July 29, 1924
Boston, MA, USA
December 31, 1944
Age 20

Short's playgirl lifestyle changes when she meets Matt Gordon, who stood out from the testosterone horde, a major with the Flying Tigers.

August 14, 1945
Age 21

Short had finally stops worrying that Matt will be killed in combat. Instead she fantasizes about her upcoming nuptials. News reaches her that Matt has been killed.

November 13, 1946
- December 15, 1946
Age 22
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Short lives in a cramped two-bedroom apartment in Hollywood with eight other young women.

January 8, 1947
Age 22

seven days before the murder, Fickling receives a letter from Short. In it, she tells him she is moving to Chicago, where she hopes to become a fashion model.

January 9, 1947
Age 22
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Manley drives her to Los Angeles and helps her check her luggage at the bus station. She tells him she is going to Berkeley to stay with her sister, whom she is meeting at the Biltmore hotel downtown. Manley accompanies her into the hotel lobby, but takes leave of her at 6:30 p.m. to return to his family in San Diego.

January 15, 1947
Age 22
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Short's body is discovered.

January 15, 1947
Age 22
Los Angeles, CA, USA
January 25, 1947
Age 22
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Short's black patent leather purse and one of her black open-toed pumps is found in a dumpster at 1819th E. 25th street, several miles from the crime scene. Robert Manley identifies the items as hers.

January, 1947
Age 22

Short who was staying with family and is asked her leave. Manley comes to pick her up. He later tells a reporter that they stayed in a local motel but Short slept in her clothes and the pair did not have sex,.