Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mena Suvari To Play The Black Dahlia


Apparently American Horror Story is going to take a shot at figuring out the person who killed The Black Dahlia. I don't think it will ever be solved. Have they ever tried using DNA at all in this case? It happened back in 1947 so I don't know what kind of samples they even took back then or if they still exist. There have been so many theories as to who killed Elizabeth Short and why and I guess Ryan Murphy can go ahead and give it his best shot. At least what it will do is make more people aware of one of the greatest mysteries of Hollywood. I think it was the same person who committed the Lipstick Murders. If you have never read about those, you should.

20 comments:

The Black Cat said...

Frightening that they never found the killer of such a gruesome crime.
I remember when I was quite young at a family gathering the name was brought up for some reason and my grandmother got in a dither about talking about such things in front of a child (me). Of course at this point I was quite eager to know what the big deal was. This caused a ruckus since the person who brought it up didn't say how she was murdered or anything, and I remember someone saying "now look what you've done" LOL
Since no-one would tell me much I investigated it at the public library.

Rita said...

Nothing would beat 2006's The Black Dahlia with Hilary Swank, ScarJo and Josh Harnett. It was so dark and funny, I still remember that one scene where someone gets surprisingly shot, and the whole audience was just laughing hysterically.

Can't wait to see Ryan Murphy's take on it.

Princess said...

Lipstick Murders were in Chicago and Black Dahlia was in L.A.?

childeroland said...

Hated the Brian de Palma film. Mia Kirshner as the Dahlia, and they STILL couldn't make it work. Ugh.

nunaurbiz said...

I thought the son hired a former LA detective who pretty much figured it out???

Basil said...

@Blackcat, growing up in my city where the infamous Torso Murder happened, we did talk about it at the family table. LOL. Hell, everyone saw the pictures of the torso and that murder happened in the 40's. We still speculate on what happened to Evelyn Dick when she got out of prison decades ago! When I later saw the pics of the black Dahlia case, it wasn't terribly shocking to my young eyes.

Momster said...

@ The Black Cat, that reminds me that once I found a tattered paperback by my grandmother's bed and started reading it. I was probably eight-ish. The book was called Helter Skelter and when she found out she took it back and tried to deny it even existed.

The LA detective/author, can't think of his name, believes his father committed this crime and others. But I don't think he could prove it.

PollyPureBred said...

James Ellroy - the guy who wrote Black Dalia and LA confidential did a documentary that pretty much solved the case.
@Momster - had a similar experience with Helter Skelter the movie - ran outside and wouldn't go back in until someone came home and turned the TV off...scared the CRAP out of me!!

Angela said...

Ryan Murphy giving his best shot on the case? The killer will be a homophobe who's secretly gay, which torments him to no end, and everything will be forgotten with the next scene.

The Black Cat said...

It's terrible what human beings can do to one another, just watched Wonderland last night which reminded me of Helter Skelter. Bad enough when people are all drugged up and kill but I suspect murderers of the sort that killed Elizabeth Short are kind of crazy like that naturally.

Alicia said...

I remember my mom who was a teen in the seventies telling me that Helter Skelter was the scariest thing she had ever seen. I watched it late in life and it didn't hit me the same as her. It must have been my years of being de-sensitized in 90s with serial killer bios. After all of those that movie seemed tame .. At the time I'm sure it was horrific .. It is my favorite Beatles song though

nunaurbiz said...

I stayed in the hotel where the Dahlia was last seen and is reportedly seen still. I told them when I checked out the two big disappointments were the Internet connection and the fact that I didn't see the Black Dahlia!!!

jen said...

What's that American Horror Story like, any good? I'm reluctant to watch it because Ryan Murphy is a MASSIVE douchebag IMO, but if it's good I'd check it out.

MISCH said...

No, not again.

Fawn Neun said...

I watched the AHS pilot and thought it was dreadful. Haven't bothered to see if anything improved.

timebob said...

I like American Horror Story it has a lot of twists and turns and you have no clue who is a ghost and who is real.

Gotta give it a chance it gets better.

Jeri said...

Is Elizabeth Short the same name as the Utah girl that was kidnapped but managed to live through it and see her abductors found guilty?

elspeth said...

Jeri, i think you're thinking of Elizabeth Smart in Utah. She's one of the few who've come home after being abducted.

Lelaina Pierce said...

I watched some special on the Black Dahlia...I think it was the detective mentioned above, believing his father to be the murderer.

CarolMR said...

The detective is SO wrong about his father. The pictures he found of Elizabeth Short that belonged to his father look NOTHING like her! I can't believe the media gives this give air time.
Who does James Ellroy think killed Ms. Short?