Black Dahlia: The body of Actress Elizabeth Short(age 22) was found on January 15, 1947, in a vacant lot located in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles near 39th Street and Norton Avenue. The body was discovered by housewife Betty Bersinger, who was walking with her three-year-old daughter. Her severely mutilated body had been severed at the waist and drained of blood and her face was slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her ears.
She had been “posed” with her hands over her head and elbows bent at right angles.
The autopsy stated Short was 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m), weighed 115 pounds (52 kg), and had light blue eyes, brown hair, and badly decayed teeth.
Short was buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. After her other sisters had grown and married, Short’s mother moved to Oakland to be near her daughter’s grave. Phoebe Short finally returned to the East Coast in the 1970s and lived into her nineties.