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What details surrounded the finding of the Black Dahlia's body?

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Elizabeth Short, nicknamed "The Black Dahlia," was found mutilated in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, California. Her body was found by a local resident on Jan. 15, 1947.

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Elizabeth Short was a 22-year-old striving actress who moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career. She worked on and off as a waitress to support herself, and was struggling financially, typically staying at hotels and friends' homes.

Short's body was found cut in half, severely mutilated, completely nude and posed, laying in a vacant lot near Leimert Park, on the 3800 block of South Norton Avenue. Her corpse was also drained of blood and scrubbed clean. The killer had cut 3-inch gashes into each corner of Short's mouth, creating the appearance of a clown-like sneer.

An investigation took place, leading to false reports and false murder confessions. Ultimately, detectives ran out of leads due to the lack of witnesses and hard evidence. The only witness claimed to have seen a black sedan parked in the area early that morning but was unable to provide any more information. As a result, the Black Dahlia's killer was never found, and Short's death remains the most famous murder mystery of Los Angeles.

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