Podcast Episode 49
Episode 49: The Black Dahlia Exposed!
image source: "Elizabeth Short mug shots and fingerprint"
image source and quote link: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/the-black-dahlia
"something impossible or unattainable"
History of Mold Making and Casting
"As art schools began to teach these Ancient techniques of anatomy and perspective, they made and drew on plaster casts from the work of the ancients. (The most common type of plaster mainly contains either gypsum, lime or cement.) Molds were notably made out of wood, terracotta and plaster (as opposed to today’s silicon rubber!). Like today, the work that went into making the mold itself was probably the most painstaking stage, whereas the actual casting process was relatively simple. The mold would have been filled with plaster powder dissolved in water, which was removed after hardening. Plaster is cheap and sets quickly, making it ideal for rapid reproductions. These casts filled the private collections of scholars, artists, aristocrats and royals. Italy was central to the Renaissance, with Florence as a particularly thriving city. This is where the iconic sculptor Donatello lived and worked. In 1430, he completed his masterpiece in bronze David, known to be the first freestanding bronze statue in Western art. This and other works would have been supported by the new era of foundry development in the fifteenth century. Portrayed prevalently during and after the Renaissance, David was a biblical hero who vanquished the Philistine giant, Goliath. In this story about heroism and overcoming odds, Donatello’s version of the young hero was young with delicate, feminine features, posed with an oversized sword and helmet. It was thought to be a commission by the wealthy Cosimo de Medici and placed in Medici Palace courtyard."
"Casuality simulation" also turns out to be corpses specially made for police departments and forensic units. Something a real-life Dexter might learn on in training."
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"... trampling the crime scene..."
"By the time Hansen and Brown received their orders and arrived at the scene, news of the gruesome murder had already spread. The crime scene was teeming with reporters, photographers, and a crowd of curious onlookers. Hansen was furious that civilians and careless officers were trampling the crime scene and destroying evidence, so he ordered the public to immediately clear the area. While the detectives investigated the crime scene, the woman’s body was transported to the Los Angeles County Morgue. The LAPD wanted to identify her as quickly as possible. They lifted her fingerprints and needed to safely send them to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. However, severe winter storms at the time had the potential to delay the identification request for up to a week. That was far too much time to waste for a homicide investigation."
"On the morning of January 15, 1947, a mother taking her child for a walk in a Los Angeles neighborhood stumbled upon a gruesome sight: the body of a young naked woman sliced clean in half at the waist. The body was just a few feet from the sidewalk and posed in such a way that the mother reportedly thought it was a mannequin at first glance. Despite the extensive mutilation and cuts on the body, there wasn’t a drop of blood at the scene, indicating that the young woman had been killed elsewhere.
The ensuing investigation was led by the L.A. Police Department. The FBI was asked to help, and it quickly identified the body—just 56 minutes, in fact, after getting blurred fingerprints via “Soundphoto” (a primitive fax machine used by news services) from Los Angeles. The young woman turned out to be a 22-year-old Hollywood hopeful named Elizabeth Short—later dubbed the “Black Dahlia” by the press for her rumored penchant for sheer black clothes and for the Blue Dahlia movie out at that time.
Short’s prints actually appeared twice in the FBI’s massive collection (more than 100 million were on file at the time)—first, because she had applied for a job as a clerk at the commissary of the Army’s Camp Cooke in California in January 1943; second, because she had been arrested by the Santa Barbara police for underage drinking seven months later. The Bureau also had her “mug shot” in its files and provided it to the press."
THE POWER OF THE FBI
"Short’s prints actually appeared twice in our massive collection (104 million at the time)"
Within just 56 minutes the FBI were able to magically match the prints with those they had on file. Short supposedly applied for a clerk commissary job at the Army's Camp Cooke. During the podcast, I had forgotten the military connections. My apologies for my mistake. AA Morris.
Out of 104 MILLION prints the FBI could magically find Ms. Short's.
Consider however, the speed at which the FBI were magically able to come to their historic conclusion and consider too why they would have had the mugshot and fingerprints from the underage drinking arrest, a local "crime".
"For example: You’ll learn how we identified the victim as Elizabeth Short in Washington just 56 minutes after getting her blurred fingerprints via “Soundphoto” (a primitive fax machine used by news services) from Los Angeles."
"Short’s prints actually appeared twice in our massive collection (104 million at the time)—first, because she had applied for a job as a clerk at the commissary of the Army’s Camp Cooke in California in January 1943; second, because she had been arrested by the Santa Barbara police for underage drinking seven months later. We also had her “mug shot” in our files (see the above the graphic, which includes one of Short’s actual fingerprints) and provided it to the press. We did not have a photo from her Army application as some accounts have claimed."
BEN FRANKLIN'S FAKE NEWS
"The Speech of Polly Baker" (1747) is the fictional story of a woman put on trial in 1747 for having an illegitimate child. She had been convicted four times in the past for this same crime. Each time, she said, the full blame was placed on her shoulders but not the father's. In later versions, the story ends as she is set free and marries one of the magistrates in charge of her trial. This story was actually written by Benjamin Franklin as a protest to the unfairness of the early judicial system charging women for having illegitimate children while not charging the fathers, although he did not disclose this until decades later; therefore Polly Baker is one of Franklin's many aliases. Franklin himself had an illegitimate son named William Franklin. See Illegitimacy in fiction."
Black Dahlia: A Yellow Journal Nightmare
"For many who were close to the case, it remains a haunting experience: the detective who for 50 years has felt he interviewed the killer; the 11-year-old boy who turned his obsession into a career as a best-selling author, and the victim's relatives, who have seen Betty Short transformed in death from the good girl they remember into a tramp."
Remember Dismembered Mythology
"This essay analyzes two variations on the theme of dismemberment. In Egyptian myth, when Osiris is killed and dismembered by his brother, Isis reassembles his body and consecrates the places where she finds the pieces as sites of veneration. This version, clearly anticipating the veneration of saintly relics in Christianity, was secularized in the tale of Lemminkäinen in the Finnlandic epic Kalevala. In the biblical tale of the Levite of Ephraim, in contrast, the dismembered parts of the protagonist's violated spouse are sent to the tribes of Israel to unite them against a common enemy. The tale was taken up in the eighteenth century by Voltaire, Rousseau, and Bodmer as an occasion to reflect on the differences between a state of nature and civilization and on the morality of vengeance. In Kleist's Hermannsschlacht it was secularized into a purely political exhortation."
"Wirephoto, telephotography or radiophoto is the sending of pictures by telegraph, telephone or radio."
"Western Union transmitted its first halftone photograph in 1921. AT&T followed in 1924,[ and RCA sent a Radiophoto in 1926. The Associated Press began its Wirephoto service in 1935 and held a trademark on the term AP Wirephoto between 1963 and 2004. The first AP photo sent by wire depicted the crash of a small plane in New York's Adirondack Mountains. Technologically and commercially, the wirephoto was the successor to Ernest A. Hummel's Telediagraph of 1895, which had transmitted electrically scanned shellac-on-foil originals over a dedicated circuit connecting the New York Herald and the Chicago Times Herald, the St. Louis Republic, the Boston Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer."
"The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone. The newspaper photographs look like movie stills from a classic crime film. Even the name of the story is rooted in darkness: the Black Dahlia."
A HISTORY OF CEREAL KILLERS: GROWING CANCEROUS & TAX BURDENSOME GOVERNMENT
"Traditionally, Aquarius is associated with electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealism, modernization, astrology, nervous disorders, rebellion, nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity, and irresolution. The variations of views among astrologers include:"
MATURE LANGUAGE WARNING
Sex and death propaganda warning. These men lay it on thick. They discuss the supposed victim's sex life. Sex and death sell. These men have very active juvenile imaginations. These authors presume to define reality for us. Is this really an appropriate way to talk about a supposed murder victim?
Lee Elroy Author - Black Dahlia
"Lee Earle "James" Ellroy (born March 4, 1948) is an American crime fiction writer and essayist. Ellroy has become known for a telegrammatic prose style in his most recent work, wherein he frequently omits connecting words and uses only short, staccato sentences, and in particular for the novels The Black Dahlia (1987), The Big Nowhere(1988), L.A. Confidential (1990), White Jazz (1992), American Tabloid (1995), The Cold Six Thousand (2001), and Blood's a Rover (2009)."
SEX SELLS: PLEASE NOTICE HOW THE VICTIM'S BEHAVIOR IS DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE FLYER
"A Los Angeles Police Department flyer on Elizabeth Short"
"In support of L.A. police, the FBI ran records checks on potential suspects and conducted interviews across the nation. Based on early suspicions that the murderer may have had skills in dissection because the body was so cleanly cut, agents were also asked to check out a group of students at the University of Southern California Medical School. And, in a tantalizing potential break in the case, the Bureau searched for a match to fingerprints found on an anonymous letter that may have been sent to authorities by the killer, but the prints weren’t in FBI files."
"Who killed the Black Dahlia and why? It’s a mystery. The murderer has never been found, and given how much time has passed, probably never will be."
"The legend grows…"
image and quote source: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/the-black-dahlia