Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Long Before JonBenet, There Was ‘The Black Dahlia’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The media feeding frenzy over JonBenet Ramsey’s murder is nothing new.

But it was in January, 1947, when the murder of Betty Ann Short – aka “The Black Dahlia” – became front page news in Los Angeles.

According to author James Ellroy, who wrote a best-selling novel about the case in 1998, it was the “first media-driven murder in history.”

Ellroy hasn’t followed the JonBenet case but some parallels can be drawn between her murder and The Black Dahlia killing.

Both killings involved attractive females and what he calls “outre sexual pathology” and they both happened in slow news cycles.

As he puts it, “I defy you to find any public event happening in Los Angeles in January, 1947. There was no crime rate and segregation still existed.”

The Black Dahlia novel was just reissued by Mysterious Press with an afterword written by Ellroy – and the film version, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett, hits theaters on September 15.

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