The Haunted Black Dahlia

Biltmore Hotel
Personally I’m not a fan of the paranormal. I find it to be hilarious and too easy to fake. It’s usually easy to explain with logic. Meh, it’s rubbish. However the Black_dahlia_ver264legend of Elizabeth Short’s ghost has been with us for decades, specifically haunting the Biltmore Hotel in   A man named James Mores staying in the hotel reported that he entered an elevator one evening to find an attractive brunette standing in the corner, her head down. She had pressed the 6th floor. When the elevator stopped there she brushed past him then turned with a frightened look on her face, as if wanting help. The elevator door closed. James opened it quickly but the woman was gone. The following day he found a newspaper with the woman’s face in it. He discovered she’d been dead for half a century. Nasty.

That’s one of those things you just can’t explain. There may have been a beautiful brunette in the elevator but my guess is it wasn’t Short.  Most likely this woman looked like Short. Disappearing when the elevator door opened? Maybe she entered one of the rooms. Maybe she disappeared into a staircase entry. Who knows? Maybe she really is a spectre and I’m a cynic. Whatever.

A movie entitled The Black Dahlia Haunting actually exists! It was released in 2012, starring Alexis Iacono as Short. I haven’t seen it yet so I can’t give a review. In this film however Short isn’t the victim; her ghost is vengeful and has returned to enact her revenge. There’s a twist on a victim’s suffering. Another film entitled The Black Dahlia doesn’t use the paranormal. Instead it juxtaposes the plot so that we see pieces (terrible pun) of Short when she was living throughout the movie until her death. It stars Hilary Swank and Scarlett Johansson. The movie is dreadful yet it grossed nearly $50 million. It received mixed and negative reviews. **spoiler alert** Unlike the real case, the director and writer present a killer at the end of the movie. If only it had been that simple for the LAPD.







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