The Black Dahlia Murder: Background information when reading Windhall

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Windhall

by Ava Barry

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    Mar 2021, 368 pages
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The Black Dahlia Murder

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1947 LAPD flyer featuring black and white picture of Elizabeth Short In Windhall, the murder of Hollywood starlet Eleanor Hayes is the unsolved crime of the century. Eleanor's friend and movie director Theodore Langley was initially accused of the crime, but he was never charged, and speculation abounds as to what exactly happened on that unfortunate night. Although Eleanor Hayes and her murder are fictional, real-world Hollywood has seen its fair share of unsolved murders, perhaps none so famous as the brutal killing of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress who posthumously became known as the Black Dahlia. Like the murder in Windhall, Short was killed in the 1940s, and her death held Hollywood and the nation in thrall.

Elizabeth Short was born in 1924 in Boston and grew up in the midst of the Great Depression. Although her family did not have much expendable income, Elizabeth loved film, and in 1943, she moved to California to live with her father and pursue her dreams of Hollywood stardom. Unfortunately, this dream would never come ...

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