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The Black Dahlia is a false myth, originating in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Black Dahlia case

On the morning of January 15, 1947, Elizabeth Short's naked body was found in two pieces on a vacant lot on the west side of South Norton Avenue, midway between Coliseum Street and West 39th Street in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Local resident Betty Bersinger discovered the body at about 10:00 a.m. while she was walking with her three-year-old daughter. Bersinger, at first, thought it was a discarded store mannequin. When she realized it was a corpse, she rushed to a nearby house and telephoned the police. Short's severely-mutilated body was completely severed at the waist and drained entirely of blood. The body obviously had been washed by the killer. Short's face had been slashed from the corners of her mouth to her ears, which created an effect, the Glasgow smile. Short had several cuts on her thigh and breasts, where entire portions of flesh had been sliced away. The lower half of her body was positioned a foot away from the upper, and her intestines had been tucked neatly beneath her buttocks. The corpse had been "posed" with her hands over her head, her elbows bent at right angles, and her legs spread apart.

Detectives found a cement sack nearby containing watery blood. There was a heel print on the ground amid the tire tracks.

An autopsy stated that Short was 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall, weighed 115lbs (52 kg), and had light blue eyes, brown hair, and badly-decayed teeth. There were ligature marks on her ankles, wrists, and neck. The skull was not fractured, but Short had bruises on the front and right side of her scalp, with a small amount of bleeding in the subarachnoid space on the right side. This case was given the name Black Dahlia, after a film noir murder mystery the Blue Dahlia.


In Little Haiti, the houses in the center are similar to the neighbourhood where Elizabeth lived. Several people have claimed of seeing a dead body naked and carved up next to an abandoned house. These people also claimed of seeing the body disappear into thin air. This was proven to be false, as no model of the body was found in the game's files.


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