“Mommy, look it!”
The little girl pointed to a big broken store dummy, someone’s idea of a joke. It lay a few feet away in the grass of an empty lot. Mommy moved closer to get a better look. It was not a broken store dummy. She let out an ear-piercing scream, which her daughter will never, can ever, forget. The little girl being escorted to school at 7.30 on the sunny Southern Californian morning of January 10, 1947, had happened on a Grand Guignol tableau that would give mother and daughter nightmares forever.
The intersection of South Norton Avenue and 39th street, in the Crenshaw area of Southwest LA was soon crowded with cops, reporters, and the merely curious: The Black Dahlia Case was born.
An excerpt from Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger
In Mixed Media 210×290