Black Dahlia Curiosity Sparked by ‘American Horror Story’
Mena Suvari brought the Black Dahlia back to life on last night’s “American Horror Story” (FX)
The gruesome 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short (better known when the Black Dahlia) long considered to be one of the most infamous unsolved cases within the history of La. Last night, her death received some renewed interest due to FX’s “American Horror Story.”
If you haven’t watched last night’s episode and really hate spoilers then turn back now and don’t read this post. Still here? OK, if you happen to be a fan of the show, you know to the point it centers around a (very) haunted house. In last night’s episode, a young actress (played by “American Beauty” star Mena Suvari) meets her demise in the house’s basement. The audience later learns the little lady was the famed Black Dahlia.
Viewers immediately used the internet to seek out the few facts available about Elizabeth Short’s all-too-short life. In the last day, lookups for “black dahlia,” “black dahlia killer,” and “elizabeth short photos” all skyrocketed. Additionally, there were big bumps of the poorly received 2006 “Black Dahlia” film starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, and Mia Kirshner when the doomed Elizabeth Short.
A number of the biggest search spikes came on “black dahlia name” and “precisely what does black dahlia mean.” How did the nickname arrived at be? Plenty of people give credit to La Herald-Express journalist Bevo Means. The nickname has been a play on an then-popular noir flick, “The Blue Dahlia.” It was alocated to Short after she died and stuck.
Finally, there were an excessive amount of lookups for “black dahlia suspects.” Indeed, while nobody was ever in prison for the terrible crime, the record of rumored suspects is very substantial.
Wikipedia gives a good rundown of more then a copuple of the most extremely popular theories, as well as some out-there ideas on specifically who committed the crime. Many individuals believed folk singer Woody Guthrie can have had something to complete with all the murder (he was cleared as a considerate suspect). A speculative 1999 book on the death of Elizabeth Short proposes that iconic actor Orson Welles may have been involved somehow. He was never considered a suspect. People that have followed the investigation believe a man named Ed Burns was responsible.
In excess of 60 years later, the case still remains unsolved but not forgotten.