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The fingerprints filed by the Santa Barbara police were what identified her body.Her mug shot showed a girl with raven-black hair with 'a look that went straight through you.

The trunk of her body had been completely severed by an incision cutting through the intestine exposing the organs of the abdomen and lacerating the intestines and both kidneys.She suddenly left the camp after being assaulted by a sergeant at the Army base.She had been arrested in September 1943 for underage drinking with soldiers in a Santa Barbara restaurant.Now, 70 years later, after an exhaustive investigation author and legal sleuth Piu Eatwell exposes why the truth never out in her new book, Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder.The case gained national attention and Short was quickly dubbed the Black Dahlia.The notorious Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles in 1947 is arguably the most gruesome of America's cold cases ever.

The body of aspiring starlet Elizabeth Short was found beside a sidewalk in a vacant lot in a southern Los Angeles suburb and shocked even the most hardened newspaper crime reporters.

Short's murder has remained unsolved for decades, although there was a break through in late 1948 when the killer was seduced out of hiding and admitted to knowing the two things about the crime that were never revealed to the public.

But the case was never solved by the LAPD because of a cover-up by the Homicide Division and lingering fears for years of reprisal by the department.

Leslie Dillon (left) admitted to officials that he knew key pieces of information that were never released to the public; Short's rose tattoo had been cut off her thigh and inserted into her vagina Short's murder captivated the nation, as her injuries 'suggested necrophilia and a fetishism with knives'.

'They were the marks of a sadistic lust murderer was speculated that the killer either had medical training or experience with handling corpses in a mortuary --- and a manifest fascination with death', writes Eatwell, a historical researcher and legal sleuth.

Short was released on probation by juvenile court at the time and Unkefer put her on a bus back to Medford with $10 from the Santa Barbara Neighborhood House for food and cokes on the six-day ride home.