Black Dahlia And American Horror Stories – The Black Dahlia revival and the infamous unsolved case was featured on ‘American Horror Stories’ shown on the FX network.
The gruesome 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, better known as the deceased, has long stood as one of the most bizarre murders in the history of Los Angeles. Last night, her death received some renewed interest.
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 that she was the famed Black Dahlia.
Viewers immediately turned to the Web to search for the few facts out there about Elizabeth Short’s all-too-short life. Over the past 24 hours, lookups for “black dahlia,” “black dahlia killer,” and “elizabeth short photos” all skyrocketed.
Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Short’s unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books and film adaptations of the story.
According to newspaper reports shortly after the murder, Elizabeth Short received the nickname “Black Dahlia” at a Long Beach, California drugstore in mid-1946, as a word play on the then-current movie The Blue Dahlia. Los Angeles County district attorney investigators’ reports state that the nickname was invented by newspaper reporters covering the murder.