Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia / Edition 2

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The Black Dahlia murder hit post-War Los Angeles like a bombshell . . . an impenetrable mystery—the haunting crown jewel of LAPD’s “unsolved” murders. Even before her savage death, beautiful 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, an aspiring starlet and nightclub habitué, was known as the Black Dahlia—now a magnetic icon in American pop culture, an almost mythical symbol of noir Hollywood. In this expanded edition, John Gilmore plumbs the dark core of this terrifying story that he argues can never be truly solved. Here is the real Elizabeth Short—the enigmatic Black Dahlia. Kindle edition includes exclusive new photos.

“The best book on the Black Dahlia — in fact, the only reliable book.” — Colin Wilson

“The most satisfying and disturbing conclusion to the Black Dahlia case.” — David Lynch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878923172
  • Publisher: Amok Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 480,514
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.98 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as the “quintessential L.A.
noir writer,” John Gilmore has been acclaimed internationally for his
hard-boiled true crime books, his literary fiction and Hollywood memoirs.
As one of today’s most controversial American writers, Gilmore’s
following spans the globe from Hong Kong to his native Hollywood. He
has traveled the road to fame in many guises: kid actor, stage and motion
picture player, painter, poet, screenwriter, low-budget director and novelist.
After heading the writing program at Antioch University, Gilmore
taught, traveled, and lectured extensively while producing an indelible
mark in crime literature with Severed: the True Story of the Black Dahlia,
and L.A. Despair: A Landscape of Crimes & Bad Times. Gilmore now
lives in the Hollywood hills where he is at work on a novel and another
exploration into true crime.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011


    I am a fan of true crime, it is gory and factual but also sad! Well written amazing investigative work for all u true crime buffs this is a must read

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Seavered-Elizabeth Short

    I know u will love this book but warning the photos are very grapic so be warned, it is an amazing book. I gave it the highest rating i could.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012


    Good storytelling! I would recommend

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    interesting but not about the murder enough

    I was kind of disappointed that the book dealt mainly in her younger days. I was more interested in the crime itself. I can't believe that it's an unsolved crime still. I wanted to read about leads and suspects not the fact she dated alot and liked to party. The pictures in the back were incredible and gruesome. How could they not leave clues.

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