Amongst the many theories that abound about the identity of the person who brutally tortured and killed Elizabeth Short aka ‘The Black Dahlia’ in January 1947, one in particular stands out; that Elizabeth Short was murdered by a jealous female lover or spurned wife.
Despite the vast majority of violent murders being committed by men, there are a number of indications that suggest the killer was a woman. These include:
- When it was discovered, Elizabeth Short’s corpse was discovered in two halves. It has been theorized that a body in two halves would be easier for a female to handle and carry.
- An autopsy revealed extensive mutilation to Short’s genitals, breasts, and face, and the killer had gone to great lengths to eradicate her attractive looks by slashing her mouth from ear to ear. This sort of mutilation is common in jealousy related murders, and women are far more likely to pay attention to facial mutilation than men in violent crimes.
- Short’s hair had been washed and styled after her death, an action that women are far more likely to be proficient at than men.
- A few days before she disappeared, Short told a friend that she had been chased down the street by a woman wearing mens clothes.
- On the last day she was seen, Short mentioned she was going to stay at a friends house over the weekend. The man who drove her part of the way noted that Short had taken no clothes or makeup to her friends house, which may mean that her friend was a female who could have loaned her some, and this same friend could have killed her.
- Short was known to associate with lesbians and frequented a lesbian bar in the year before her murder.
Her skin was the universe, darkness swirling and igniting in waves of electric violets and midnight blues. It was like I could see the Milky Way in the dark clouds of her hair, rumbling and exploding with meteor showers of stars. She was the midnight sun in the desert, a prism of light, a black hole I could not escape. Her eyes were swirling thunderstorms raining crystal tears down the shadowed hills of her cheeks. I’d never seen anything so beautiful, and yet, so heartbreaking. I could not look away, could only stand in mute horror, as I drew close enough to hear the bellowing taunts the children roared at her, “burnt toast”, “ugly”; “too dark to see at night”, and I could not understand. For she was not hidden in the night but the night itself, a galaxy within her, a masterpiece of shimmering stardust and the fluttering feathers of Ravens. She was as breathtaking as she was shaking, like forgotten leaves blowing through a cold winter windstorm. She fled, her tears glistening rivers of sorrow, and, I never saw her again. I only wish I could have told her, she was the angel from the heavens, and the children, were the demons.
Victoria W. Elysian
(When I was seven, I saw a really pretty girl I wanted to befriend but I never got to because she ran away crying after getting bullied. It was the first time I realized racism and I wrote this poem because I don’t think there is enough poetry celebrating dark skin.)
My favorite Miraculous Headcanon is that as Marinette and Adrien get older, Mari’s hair gets shorter while Adrien’s gets longer. It’s like, Marinette is realizing longer hair while fighting crime is kind of a no no, so while the pixie cut is cute, it’s more so the Akuma’s don’t pull her hair while fighting.
While Adrien is over here like
“look how suave this ponytail is my lady I have to buy extra conditioner to keep it silky just for you” and Mari is successful in being able to pull his hair from a long distance to get him to sTOP.