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Any fresh book on the killing of Elizabeth Short is an interesting event, since much of the evidence is unavailable and much that is available has been sifted and resifted. Those who follow the case are likely to be well-informed and, absent an undeniable, lead-pipe-cinch solution, likely to have views that run counter to the fresh ‘solution’. At the same time, the case is iconic; it says so much about Chandler’s town and about the LAPD that the journey toward a ‘conclusion’, if well constructed, will be rewarding in its own at journey is beautifully charted by Piu Eatwell, who has a passion for texture, for material culture and for raw historical fact. With its movie noir and classic crime fiction epigraphs it is designed to be evocative and in that it certainly succeeds.I do not wish to spoil the ‘conclusion’ but I will say the following: the prime suspect has been so identified in the past; this is not a wild guess emerging from some distant left field. The case is circumstantial and it is extensive and persuasive. At the same time, the prime suspect has been eliminated because of an alibi, an alibi which the author attacks aggressively, if not in a manner that absolutely compels belief. Absent a dated, untouched photograph that locates the suspect 382 miles from the crime stage (as alleged) or some related form of exculpatory evidence, the veracity of the alibi—given the shaky witnesses attesting to it—is e circumstantial case, however, is very strong. The author constructs a narrative, complete with a psychological profile prepared by an expert witness (who interrogated the suspect) that makes sense. It is coherent and persuasive. It also squares with the larger narrative of how women drawn to tinseltown could easily search themselves entering the valley of the shadow of death and not the nothing-but-blue-skies-ahead glamorous globe of wealth, fame and lead movie e book is well-written, well-researched and very engaging. I will release this bit of information: (SPOILER) the author disagrees with Steve Hodel’s popular acc of his father’s guilt, an acc which James Ellroy found convincing. I personally search this author’s case more convincing, in part because the pictures of ‘Elizabeth Short’ in George Hodel’s effects simply do not look like Elizabeth Short and the case, while very imaginative (with the victim’s body constructed to evoke work by Man Ray) simply too e book contains a bibliography of basic and secondary materials, an index (unlike Hodel’s book), a list of dramatis personae, 8 pp. of contemporary photographs and a postscript which lists ‘what happened to’ the principals in the story. These are all helpful and informative. The illustrations in Hodel’s book, however, are far more extensive and not to be missed by devotees of the case. Crime stage and autopsy gore are now generally available on the internet, though first viewers should be warned that they are very disturbing.R.I.P., Elizabeth.Highly recommended.
Author, Piu Eatwell, reveals new, little-known facts and events during the late 1940s era of Old Hollywood and a murder that remains unsolved (and now reveals a lot of answers). The puzzle is pieced together here miraculously. I had visions of that 1997 movie called L.A. CONFIDENTIAL as the story unraveled.I found this book to be an awesome piece of research that brought me in, feeling as though I was investigating the crime myself. I actually felt CHILLS towards the end of Chapter 19 (DETOUR).I could easily see a mini-series stemming from this 'cold case' story.I will definitely pass this along to my avid-reader mates who love to delve into a mystery. There are a lot of eye-openers y Elizabeth Short rest in peace...she should've been a star; and now in a bizarre method she will always be that unforgotten e storyline kept me at my edge-of-my-seat. It is quite the page-turner. Don't miss this one...you won't be too surprised by the corruption back in the late 1940s and 1950s...people could obtain away with MURDER more easily back-in-the-day. I found this to be a must-read for anyone looking for a amazing mystery. It's also the ideal book for a book club (for so a lot of discussions could come out of it). And...if I were a CRIMINAL JUSTICE Professor all of my students would have this as REQUIRED READING. Outstanding!
I don't know what to create of this book. As a fan of anything written about The Black Dahlia, I guess I am happy that another researcher has stepped forward to offer her ideas. On the other hand, I found the book confusing and not terribly persuasive. If Leslie Dillon did in fact commit this murder, I would expect him to have a history of violence toward women, and nothing of the kind is mentioned. The idea that Tag Hansen would mention to Dillon that he wanted Elizabeth Short disposed of, and Dillon took it upon himself to murder this young woman in the most bizarre method imaginable--I am not sure I search this believable.Elsewhere in the book, the author refers to the "unsolved murder of Johnny Stompanato." Did I read that correctly? Johnny Stompanato was murdered by Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane. I think that's well established, and would be common knowledge to anyone who has researched Hollywood history.I realize that Lana Turner's boyfriend has nothing to do with the Dahlia murder, but I search it troubling that the author seems to be so poorly informed. Maybe I read it wrong.
I'll admit, I stood in the bookstore with this in my hand thinking, "Oh man, not ANOTHER Dahlia book!" but I'm glad I took the possibility and bought it. If there's nothing else of merit about this book; the writing style is gripping and pulls you into the sad story of Elizabeth Short in a method no other before it has...and I've read a lot of them. It's just a amazing to the theories Eatwell puts forward; I could go either way. She seems to have done her homework and, if she's correct, she's probably solved the case. There are those that would argue her perp has already been discredited but it's hard to say. Piu Eatwell does do a amazing job of exposing some of the murkier aspects of the Black Dahlia case and, for that reason alone, this book is a welcome addition to the the end all I can say is read the book and decide for yourself. Agree or disagree with Eatwell's conclusions; you won't be sorry you took the time.
I fully admit to rolling my eyes and groaning “not another one” when I saw this book on the shelf. I’m so satisfied that I gave it a chance! I’ve read everything I’ve been able to search about this case and I personally belueve that this is the most compelling, respectful book on the topic that’s been published to date. Ms. Eatwell clearly did a ton of research and she had to war very hard to obtain info that no one had had access to before.I really don’t understand why some people are criticising her research and theories as severely as they are. Her theory seems beautiful solid to me. She place this together very carefully, and I think it’s worth giving a test even if only for the fact that it’s the most humanizing, compassionate exploration of Elizabeth Short’s life and death.
Meticulously researched with newly opened FBI files, interviews and wonderful detective work.....this book about Elizabeth Short was special among all others.I've read others, watched the documentaries and movies, so of course my interest was e was a attractive woman from the east hoping to create it huge in Hollywood, like thousands of others. Her desires, her needs, were no various than anyone else's, particularly at the time. Fame....love.....the need to create something of herself.....all created her human. Not just some dissected corpse named wells findings shifted my views and thoughts, read it and see what YOU think!
Having read almost everything I could obtain my hands on over the years on this subject, I finally found the definitive book on the Dahlia. Ms. Eatwell's conclusions are as plausible as any---as the corrupt LAPD of the 1940's enabled this case to flounder and ultimately go unsolved. The author does a fine job of striking the right balance of amazing old-fashioned gumshoe detective work in a dark, smokey noir setting. It certainly blows machine gun holes in some of the ludicrous attempts to amateur sleuth this case in the past. This page-turner should be considered for an Edgar Award for Fact Crime.
I have been pointing my gun at a lot of people this week. A box office failure and a neo-noir movie that confounded critics and fans alike, The Black Dahlia now appears to be a pic that has had its strengths ignored. As the clamour to kick Brian De Palma continues unabated to this day, and the point blank refusal to accept that Josh Hartnett is a better actor than the likes of Pearl Harbor suggests, it's a movie worthy of a revisit by genre/style fans alike. Plot revolves around the infamous murder of one Elizabeth Short in Hollywood, 1947. An aspiring actress who was found butchered and her murder to this day remains unsolved. De Palma and his writer Josh Friedman adapt from noir legend James Ellroy's novel of the same name, the crux of the story is about two hot-to-trot detectives who obtain involved in the Short case, and beautiful soon there is a can of worms that has been shaken and opened, and there's dizzying worms everywhere - we think? De Palma loves noir, he has dabbled with it for a long time, not all of it works, but often he delivers for like minded cinephiles. With expectation levels high and following in the slipstream of the critical darling that was L.A. Confidential, Black Dahlia never really had a hope of achieving its lofty ambitions, yet it's a tremendously realised picture from a noir stand point. Whilst it showcases the technical wizardry of the director. The charges of it being convoluted are fair, it's a spinning narrative, stories within stories, characterisations obtuse, but so was The Huge Sleep! I know, I know, this is not fit to lace the boots of Hawks' genius movie, but tricksy narratives have always been a fundamental part of a lot of a movie noir, so why the distaste for this one? Especially since the period design, costuming, styling, photography and characterisations are so rich in detail? For instance Hartnett's detective is gumshoe nirvana, while Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank fatale the femme with mischievous glee. But of course De Palma then spells it out for the finale, explaining things, a sort of macabre wrap up for those that required it. Either method he was never going to win, it's too complex, it didn't need spelling out, while Mr. De Palma we have to tell you that your characters have been too cold, we don't feel them?! Huh? This is noirville, a put frequented by poor people, idiots and hapless dreamers, of dupes and double crossers. Hell there's even a suggestion of necrophiliac tendencies in this, and that's before we even delve into the machinations of the two femme fatales, a family that's lacking Adams Family Values and coppers of dubious motives. Yeah, it's cold, and yes De Palma is guilty of trying to please all parties by covering all bases, but it's far from being a stinker. Haters of De Palma, Hartnett and complex noir narratives can knock two points off of my own private rating, otherwise it's 7/10.
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