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Childhood Shadows: The Hidden Story of the Black Dahlia Murder

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ISBN10: 1585004847
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JJ1969sf, April 20, 2014 (view all comments by JJ1969sf)
"Hello Mary. I read your book. About Elizabeth. You seem like a very deep Person, Author, and Artist. Here is something about Beth Short from a more "Jim Crow" 1947 angle.

"All through the Jim Crow South. And sometimes in the North. Black men were considered to be a threat to White Woman. Many African American Men were lynched. For "Violating" them. Though in some cases he never touched or said a word to them. ( compare the Rubin Stacy incident).

Well Elizabeth was a white woman. And she was killed in a very vicious manner. Probably by a white man. This really serves to emphasis that the Black man is'nt the greatest threat to a white woman.

If you were a black man living in the Jim Crow South at that time. This fact would have stood out in your mind. You can imagine a black sharecropper. Going into a store. Picking up a newspaper. Reading about her murder. Then thinking to himself. Or saying privately to his family. "Why is the Negro singled out so much".

Another thing. Elizabeth was in the state of Florida for a time. The state where Rubin Stacy was lynched in 1935. If she had been there at the scene. Would she have been one of those little girls laughing about it?

You have to wonder what her Mom thought when she learned of Emmett Till in 1955. The woman Till flirted with kind of resembled Elizabeth. Apparently Till's lynchers were of the same nationality as her daughter.

Now what happened to Elizabeth Short in 1947 was a tragedy. But at the sametime. From a broader Racial-Gender perspective. There was some Justice in it. A Type of retribution is what it was. For Rubin Stacy. And other black males who were lynched because of the "White Woman" issue.

Also was her Father, Mother, or Fathers Father or Mother etc. Ever a part of a lynch mod. Something to think about. I know she was your friend. (It's cute the way you acknowledged this at your first day of school. Right. In 1941.) But still there is always something deeper about a person & thire families. Good or Bad.

Many things about her murder. Does go along with the lynchings of some blacks.
Being burned, cut, ropes tied on the body. Lower parts cut or severed in some way.
No clothing. Body left outside. The round cigarette burns on her body are reminiscent of the gun shot wounds of lynched blacks.

As a deep Artist. You know history. And You have the mind to understand these parallels.

Also Betty had Friends who lived in Florida. And has family that lived or lives in another part of the south. The state of Misssissippi & Florida had many lynchings. There is people in those states ( plenty in Florida) with the last name Short. Could some of them be participates in lynchings. Related to such. Or maybe even kin to Betty herself. If so they must have thought for at least a minute. There was a comparison between what happened to those victims. And the murder of thire Sweet Betty.

She seemed to like the Movie : GONE WITH THE WIND. And may have been inspired by the character. Scarlet O' Hara. A Southern white woman.

The only recorded encounter she had with black people. May be (this was indirect] when your Father spoke to her about a "Negro boy" Track team. There's no mention of her response. She uses Southern speech. More or less. Saying in 1939: "Sure Smells good in here". When she came to your house.

By 1947 "Jim Crow" standards. Elizabeth Short was a "Pretty Flower of Life". An "Idealization of "Womanhood" on the earth. But hey. This "Flower" was not killed by a Black man.

It's interesting that someone said Elizabeth was "Killed by Person or persons Unknown". This same term was sometimes used in reference to black lynch victims.

If George Hodel is her killer. That means Elizabeth was killed by a white man who was not particularly racist. And apparently approved of interracial swinging, Dating
& marriage.

Dr Hill. A Black Doctor. Lived next door to George in 1950.
If he was living there in 1947. And she really was killed in Georges Home. That would mean a Black Male may have been physically near Elizabeth when she died.

Madi Comfort a black female intertainer. Said "We all knew he [George] Had done it. There was no doubt." This can correspond to all the people who knew the killers of certian black lynch victims. But the autherities and others covered it up. Or would'nt talk about it.

Really just calling Elizbeth by the term "Black Dahlia". Brings blackness into the context. And can imply a number of things. Some literal. Some symbolic.

As a deep Artist. You probably know that things can happen for secular reasons. And spiritual reasons. The spiritual side of what happened to Elizabeth Short. Was among other things. A type of retribution for black lynch victims.

About me. I'm a forty four year old black male. Originally from San Francisco. Yes just right across the Bay from where Beth is buryed. I've read many books. I know of many Authors. I would definitely say your number three of the ones I'd most like to meet.

Good Bye,

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Pacios, Mary
Bloomington, Ind.
Los angeles (calif.)
Murder - General
Crime - True Crime
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