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Black Dahlia murder solved?

  • Blog Post by: James Lileks
  • February 5, 2013 - 12:41 PM

The Black Dahlia case has been a long-standing fascination for mystery lovers. It’s unsolved. It happened in the era of film noir. James Ellroy brings it up from time to time. Murder is one thing, but the sort of ritualistic horror inflicted on Liz Short meant a fiend was at work. If he was smart enough to avoid capture, he probably did it again, had done it before, or both. No one knows.

There have been a few books that purport to reveal the killer’s identity. The most fascinating was by Steve Hodell, a former cop who wrote “Black Dahlia Avenger” in 2003. He hung the murder on a doctor who was A) considered a suspect by the cops at the time, B) had been bugged by the police in the course of their investigation; D) left the country before charges were brought, and D) happened to be the author’s father.

The account of the cadaver dog’s visit is here, at the Daily Mail. Blurry-but-disturbing photos, so be warned.

I read “Avenger,” and it was a fascinating story. Ten years later people get red-faced on the internet defending his theory, and others get apoplectic tearing it down.

Then the author wrote another book that said oh, by the way, my dad was also the Zodiac killer. And the unsolved Lipstick murders in Chicago? Him too.That’s where you lean back and think the fellow might have some unresolved issues with daddy. 

 CLEANSER  Jeremy Clarkson takes his miniature car - more of a car suit, really - on the highway. If we may quote: AHHHHHH LORRY LORRY LORRY LORRY

 

 

 

 

 

 

DREAM ON North Korean propaganda video shows the US nuked from orbit by a Nork Spaceship to the tune of - well, you’ll see. Obviously, it’s all a dream. Or IS IT?

 

"Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing," says one of the captions, according to the LiveLeak page. "It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze with the fire started by itself.”

 

 

Hannah Arendt’s phrase “The banality of evil” comes to mind whenever you see the work of the DRKP propaganda mills. You roll your eyes at the production values. Makes it easier to think about the “banality” part than the horrible conditions people endure in that state.

That said, it makes you wish we hadn’t suspended development on the ZZTop shuttle. That thing would have blasted theirs into pieces, and with a better soundtrack. 

IDIOTS News you can use: it is illegal to disable or otherwise tamper with the lavatory smoke detectors. Right? We all know that, right? Well:

A Sunwing flight travelling from Halifax to the Dominican Republic on Friday night had to make an emergency landing after passengers were found smoking in the plane's bathroom.

According to the Bermuda Police Service another passenger alerted the crew and the smokers became verbally abusive.

Police removed a mother, father and two sons, aged 16 and 22, from the flight. 

"I cannot believe that passengers did this. I'll bet you it's been 20 years since smoking was allowed on an aircraft," said Daryl McWilliams, the vice-president of media relations with the airline.

"I couldn't believe it when I heard it. I said, 'No, no, what did you say?"

McWilliams said under Canadian transport regulations the plane needed to land at the nearest available airport, which happened to be Bermuda.

Somehow I suspect that the passengers wouldn’t have minded if they taped the idiots to their seats and continued on to the final destination, instead of landing and spending the night while the mechanics and attendants searched for - are you ready? This is a quote from the article - “hidden cigarettes on the aircraft.”

That’s the story as it ran on the HuffPo. Update: family already sentenced!

Two of three family members accused of smoking during a Sunwing flight that left Halifax for the Dominican Republic on Friday were sentenced in Bermuda court today after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the island.

David MacNeil, 54, Donna MacNeil, 52, and David MacNeil Jr., 22, appeared in plea court in Hamilton, Bermuda, Monday after they were accused of smoking on a flight. All three were charged with disobeying lawful commands under the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order.

MacNeil Sr. pleaded guilty to behaving in a disorderly manner and using abusive and insulting words. Donna MacNeil pleaded guilty to disobeying lawful commands. David MacNeil Jr. was charged with smoking on the plane, but he denied the charge in court Monday.

Prosecutors decided not to proceed further with the charges, so in the end, no one was found guilty of smoking on the plane.

Even though this all happened because they were smoking on the plane. Got it.

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