THE BLACK DAHLIA, 1947

DEATH OF A DREAMER

She longed to become an actress—a Hollywood star. However, a very different sort of fame lay in store for the pretty, raven-haired girl, universally remembered in the history of crime as the Black Dahlia.

The morning of January 15, 1947, was dreary and chilly when Los Angeles housewife Betty Bersinger set off for a shoe repair store with her 3-year-old daughter, Anne. On South Norton Avenue, they passed eerie, abandoned lots, overgrown with brush and weeds. Something white caught Betty’s eye. At first she thought it was a tossed-aside mannequin, discarded perhaps because it was broken in half. Then she realized the two halves were the body of a woman. “I was terribly shocked and scared to death,” Betty ...

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