On the early morning of January 15, 1947, a mother taking her child for a walk in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, stumbled upon a deeply disturbing sight: the body of a young, naked woman, cut cleanly in half at the waist.
The badly mutilated body was lying just a few feet from the sidewalk and was posed in such a way that passersby reportedly thought it was a mannequin.
Despite the extensive mutilation and injuries on the body, there wasn't a drop of blood at the scene, indicating that the woman had been killed elsewhere.
Although the LAPD led the initial investigation, the FBI was asked to help and quickly identified the body.
The victim turned out to be a 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, dubbed by the media as the Black Dahlia for her rumored penchant for sheer black clothes.
Although there has never been a shortage of suspects in the Black Dahlia case, her murder remains one of the most fascinating mysteries in the world.
The notoriety of Short's slaying has spurred a large number of confessions over the years, but all of them have been deemed false.
Enjoyed the preview? Continue reading by becoming a member!
New crime scenes added tri-weekly!