The whole world was shocked when on January 15, 1947, a Los Angeles woman stumbled upon the brutalized dead body of Elizabeth Short. The gruesome murder, still unresolved to this day, became known as the Black Dahlia murder. However, now, it seems that the book called Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell, might be the closest someone ever got to solving this horrifying murder. The British author analyzes the entire story once again, suggesting that one of the original main suspects was actually the one who indeed killed the 22-year old girl.
To make the case, Eatwell uses victim and police fillings, as well as newspaper clippings and forensic reports. Finally, the author comes to the conclusion that Leslie Dillon, an aspiring writer and a bellhop, was the real killer. It’s interesting that after the murder, Dillon moved to Florida. From there, he began writing to an LAPD psychiatrist asking for details about the murder. He said that it was all research for a book about sexual psychopaths that he was writing at the time. Some time after, he claimed that one of his friends was the Black Dahlia killer. The psychiatrist met with Dillon and interrogated him over a number of days.
A new approach regarding the Black Dahlia murder
The LAPD eventually took him into custody. This is the part where the book proposes an interesting new theory. According to the author, a corrupt LAPD left Dillon alone for unknown reasons and covered up the murder. However, there is still no clear evidence that he was indeed the killer, as he never confessed.
Many have tried to come up with theories regarding the true identity of the Black Dahlia killer. Back in 2003, a former LAPD homicide detective, Steve Hodel, published a book of his own called Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story. He eventually found that his own father was one of the main suspects in the case. However, many have said that he was only looking for fame as he later also connected his father to the famous Zodiac killings.
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