Planting the Dahlia: A Murder Unsolved

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Unsolved murders are becoming more consistent than the murders police are actually able to solve. We watch the news, wait for the updates of possible suspects (assuming police can keep from tripping over each other in the field, and take a hard look at the facts before them) but nothing. When suspects are brought in, we watch the headlines hoping these monsters have been taken off the street, only to find they've just hit a dead end. This couldn't be more true than with the murder of Elizabeth Short; AKA, The Black Dahlia.

Stop. Stop right here. Take a moment to imagine this. A woman walking down the street; she has errunds to run, formula she needs to get for her baby, maybe even a mountain of bills to pay. Had this happened today, she might be looking down at her IPhone at her day's itinerary. She looks up and sees a pale figure in the distance. Stepping closes a thought errupts inside. Could this be what I think it is, she thinks. She denies this while the pulse in her neck begins to climb until the sounds of her own heart pound from her chest, to her throat, until it comes to her ears. Her mouth is dry. She mouth is dry. She looks down at her child who smiles up at her from the stroller. One look, one good look, then I'm gone, the woman thinks again. It's probably nothing, it's all in my head. This is what she continues to try telling herself, even as she sees the insides of the severed torso of a naked woman spilling out onto the grass of the vacant lot just off the side of the road, and the grotesque smile cut into the victim's face; a smile mocking what was once an innocent face.

Elizabeth Short's murder is considered to be one of the most nortorious in American history. More than sixty years have passed and the case still hasn't been solved, nor do I think it ever will be. Theories upon theories have been laid out on the table, ideas of how this beautiful woman might have become the target of this macabre sculpter, yet nothing has been concrete enough to put someone away and bring justice. There have been the conspiracy theories; a common belief with most murders, it's hard to believe one person could do someone so horrific. There's the thought of a love struck fan (although the biggest mark she made as far as fame was in the police report), others have even thought it to be some kind of cover up with the police, one of their own making a mess and the rest of the force backing him up with false leads; one of the many conspiracy theories.

To me, it's simple.

She was an escort. Not a known prostitute who performed sexual favors for money (it's possible, but hasn't been completely proven as a fact), but a girl who went out on dinner dates, movie dates, with men for money. My firm belief, she met a man through her line of clients. Probably the doctor of a another client; a surgent. They had a dinner date, spent time together, got to kn ow each other. Not in a romatic sense, but as a friendly business arrangement. But he wanted more. She no doubt tried to please him, as she always did in the hope it would one day make her the ultimate movie star she dreamed she'd become. Of course, it wasn't good enough for him. He wanted something more. He needed something more. Something which went beyond to physics of love and sex. He wanted to make her into a beautiful figure that would bring shock to the eyes, and repulsion to the soul. Being that he was a doctor, at least from what I think and what has been said in the medical reports, he would have known exactly how to cut her in half and cut that smile into her face.

I don't write this to scare anyone. Life is filled with the dark and the twisted. We're surrounded by murder, both solved, and unsolved. We're surrounded by the likelihood of cases like this, Natalie Holloway, Jon Benae` Ramsey, and the victims of Jack the Ripper, will probably never be solved, and with time may well be forgotten. With every unsolved crime, people have their theories. This just happens to be my theory of a long, long forgotten case. A man, "the doctor" saw something in Elizabeth Short he'd never seen in another woman. He saw a weak, naive girl with whom he could live out his ultimate fantasy, a fantasy that would turn him into a God through his own eyes. Do I think this monster will be found? Never. Do I hope he'll be found, alive? Of course! My reason would be not too far from the reasons of everyone else. Those reason would be to know with all certainty, why,

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