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"Sex Fiend Slaying Victim Identified by Fingerprint Records of FBI" - 2- FRIDAY, 17, 1947 Sex Fiend Slaying Victim...
2- FRIDAY, 17, 1947 Sex Fiend Slaying Victim Identified by Fingerprint Records of F.B.I. Times7 Learns Girl Wrote Mother She Worked in San Diego Hospital :; Fingerprints identified tne attractive victim or a brutal sex-fiend murder found Wednesday in a vacant lot near Norton Aye. and 39th St. as Elizabeth Short, 22, formerly of Santa Barbara, the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed The Times yesterday. r - Only a few hours after the hut subsequently It was learned Identification, Los Angeles police, acting on. information from San Diego, were searching for a rgd-haired youth with whom she! was reported to have left a temporary home there Jan. 7. ;The F.B.I, identification was made in Washington, being gleaned from the vast fingerprint files of the government agency. It was made as scores of persons telephoned and visited the homicide detail in City Hall, claiming the girl to be a relative or friend. Reported in San Diego In a telephone call to Boston, The .Times learned last night 1hat Elizabeth Short wrote her: mother, Mrs. Phoebe Short of Medford, Boston suburb, two weeks ago, telling her of working in a San Diego hospital. Police said they had been informed that Mrs. Short was planning to leave by plane for Los Angeles at once. ; The murder victim left the San Diego area 10 days ago, presumably for Hollywood, after having lived a month at the home of Mrs. Elvera French at Pacific Beach, Mrs. French told detectives there last night. Had Premonition "When I read of the murder I had a premonition it was Bettv," Dets. Gerald Walker and Ed Stotler of San Diego quoted Mrs. French as saying. The detectives said' Mrs. French described the girl as "depressed and moody" over not .finding work and secretive about her -past. She said her daughter Dorothy and Elizabeth Short met at a downtown San Diego theater, where the former is an usher, and the girl murder victim, believed destitute, came -t 'ive at the French home at 2750 Camino Pradero in the Bayview Terrace housing project. Night Club Visits As detectives sought the victim's supposed red-haired escort, police learned from two other sources of Elizabeth Short's sojourns in Hollywood. Three youths and two young women told' police they recognized the victim as "Betty" Short, whom they had seen in December in Hollywood, and with whom they had visited a Sight club there earlier in the fall. They described her as "very classy" and said she. told of her plang to marry "George," an Army pilot from Texas. . '. v To Interview Actress ;' Police said- Harold F. Costa, 31, and Donald Leyes, 22, last hight identified the victim as j "Beth" Short, who had lived two months at a hotel on 2sT. Orange Drive, where they also resided. The hotel proprietor also identified the girl as a former guest and said she had checked out of the hotel late in August. ; In an attempt to trace the dead girl's activities and acquaintances in Hollywood, police said that, they plan to talk to a mo-lion-picture actress, information they received having indicated that the murder victim knew the film player well. Youth Questioned - One youth was questioned at the City Jail as a possible suspect in the sadistic slaying, while in the Coroner's office autopsy physicians announced that Miss Short died of hemorrhage and shock. The young woman's mouth was slit with a , knife three inches on each side while she was still alive, the doctors said. . This plus a concussion of the brain- induced by blows on the head caused her death, they stated. ' Other mutilation of the body, which was found cut in half and otherwise desecrated, occurred after death, in their opinion. The F.B.I, files disclosed the victim's identity after The Times wired classification of her fingerprints to Washington. Girl Once Arrested Santa Barbara police revealed j that Miss Short was arrested there in the latter part of Sep-j tember, ft)13,'when she was seen drinking with a number of sol-! diers in the El Paseo Restaurant. Then a minor, she claimed one of the soldiers was her husband. Police disproved this. Further investigation at that time disclosed that the girl was living with one Vera Green in a West Cabrillo Beach court at 321-C W. Montecito St. Policewoman Mary Unkefer tnd other officers who visited the place reported that they found two soldiers there, one of them in the bedroom. Miss Green stated that he was her husband, Treason Suspect Cleared OTTAWA, Jan. 16. (.Frederick William Poland, 37-year-old R.C.A.F. squadron leader, today ivfls acquitted of a charge . of communicating confidential information to Russia. . tnat her soldier-husband was overseas. The Santa Barbara authorities placed Miss Short on a train by order of juvenile officials, to be returned -to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Short of Medford, Mass. Since then she has not been seen in the Mission City. At the tirfle she was photographed in the Santa Barbara police station, Miss Short had small, browh, molelike freckles oh her left arm and two faint, small, brown moles on her right cheek. This tallies in some degree with the results of an examination of the murder victim.. Movements Traced Capt. Jack A. Donohoe, given the identification by The Times, launched ah immediate investigation to trace the movements of. the girl before she fell prey to the perverted sadism of a person who apparently tortured her before she died. Drs. Frederick D. Newbar and Victor Cefalu, deputy autopsy surgeons, reported finding three deep abrasions on the forehead just over the right eye. They indicated Miss Short had been severely' slugged by a blunt instrument, which may have caused concussion. Her skull was not fractured. When the young woman's body was found some small pieces of flesh were missing. These were found by the autopsy surgeons. Tied for Torture Marks around the girl's legs, wrists, neck, and right thigh shojved she had been tied with rope or wire prior to death. Det. Lts. Harry Hansen and F. A. Brown said they believed she had been bound and tortured before, her murderer carried her body to the Norton Ave. "lovers' lane" for disposal. . So shocked by the details of the butcher-murder were city officials that a ?10,000 reward was planned for the capture of the slayer. City Councilman Lloyd G. Davis said he will ask the posting of the reward at the earliest opportunity. Resemblance Doubted Policewoman Myrl- McBride, who said the victim looked like a girl she talked with on Main St. last Tuesday night, last nieht was more dubious about the re- semDiance after seeing Elizabeth Short's photograph. The policewoman said the girl came to her in a bus station, saying "Someone wants to kill me," then told of a former serviceman-suitor's meeting her in a bar and repeating a threat on her life should he find her with another man. Policewoman McBride said she later saw the girl re-enter the bar and emerge with two men and another wom an. She had told the policewoman she was to meet her parents at the bus station later, Miss McBride said.- ; The entire homicide detail joined in the widening search for the killer as telephones in the squad room jangled incessantly with the tips of citizens who read of the murder. Depot Visitor Questioned Picked up by officers early yesterday at the bus depot at Sixth and Los Angeles Sts., Cecil French, 23, of Bakersfield, was booked on suspicion of a morals offense and questioned concerning possible implication in Miss Short's murder. French, said the officers, was seen molesting women in the vi-cinityof the depot. His automobile, parked near by, was missing a back seat. French told Hansen and Brown that he had removed the seat to carry some machinery. He was not considered a "hot" suspect. Cars Seen Near Scene Another witness. Bob Myer, also reported seeing a Ford sedan pause near where the body) was found, and continue. Pie placed the time at 6:30 a.m. Other witnesses, however, said they walked past the lot as late as 8:30 a.m. Wednesday without seeing the body, found only 12 feet from the sidewalk. Tilden, Tennis Star, Given Nine-Month Jail Sentence William (Big Bill) Tilden, 51-year-old internationally known tennis star, yesterday was sentenced to serve nine months in the County Jail with a road gang recommendation, by Ju- venile Judge A. A. Scott for con-1 trtbuting to the delinquency of a 14-year-old boy, Judge Scott excoriated Tilden for his actions declaring: "You have been the idol of youngsters all ovei the world. It has been a great shock to sports fans to read about your troubles. "I am going to make this an object' lesson, not only to other persons tempted to do similar 1 FIEND'S VICTIM Elizabeth Short of Santa ' Barbara, identified as the tiend's victim whose mutilated Dody was found in a vacant lot near Norton Ave. and 39th St. here. MRS. PHOEBE BELIEVE SLAIN GIRL HERS MEDFORD (Mass.) Jan. 16. 0T) Mrs. Phoebe M. Short, 46, said tonight she will not believe that a girl whose nude and butchered body was found in a Los Angeles lot yesterday is her daughter until notified by police. (The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the slain sirl as Elizabeth Short, 22, and fthe Los Angeles Times said she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Short of Medford, Mass.) Mrs. Short, who lives here with three daughters, told a reporter her daughter Elizabeth worked for a few weeks early last summer as a cashier at a local theater and then went to Florida, where she worked as a waitress: Worked as Waitress Mrs. Short said Elizabeth worked as a waitress at Camp Cooke, California, in 1943. Mrs. Short said another daughter, married, was living at Berkeley. Mrs. Short said her daughter had been working in motion pictures until recently. Stanford Selects Two New Officials STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Jan. 16. (IP) Dr. Easton Roth-well, former secretary-general of the United States delegation to the United Nations, and Dr. James Norman Goodior, head of the department of machine design at Cornell University, were appointed to the Stanford University faculty today by the board of trustees. Dr. Donald B, Tresidder, president of the university, said Roth-well will become vice-chairman of the Hoover Library on War, Revolution and Peace April 1. Goodier will become professor of mechanical engineering Sept. 1. City College Plan Slated for Hearing Dr. Einar Jacobsen, president? of Los Angeles City College, yesterday spoke in behalf, of the campaign to expand his school which is now under consideration by the school board. Addressing a public meeting at the school administration building, Dr. Jacobsen said that 85 per cent of .his 8000 students will be unable to complete their college educations. City College has only two-year courses. The board ordered a resolution expressing tentative approval of the plan to he drafted for discussion at the next meeting Monday. things, but also to parents who are too busy to concern themselves in determining what type of persons their youngsters are associating with," Judge Scott commented. He then sentenced the tall, gray-haired former world's champion tennis player to one year in jail, but suspended it and placed him on probation for five years with the first nine months to be spent in the County Jail. A request of his attorney, Richard Maddox, for a stay of judgment, was refused' by Judge Scott'. Tilden was arrested last Nov. 23 by Beverly Hills police. SHORT CAN'T "She was working in Hollywood doing bit parts for the mo vies until two weeks ago," she told newsmen. "I got a letter from her which was written in San Diego. I think she was wording in an Army hospital then; or in some connection with -the armed services. Left After Strike "She said she left Hollywood because of the movie strike, which made it difficult to get work as an extra." One of Elizabeth Short's classmates, Clara Fisher, was shocked at news of the slaying. "She was such a beautiful girl," stje said. "I remember her very well because she was so popular and dressed exceptionally well." Bogus Lawyer Asks Probation Charles Joseph Edwards, 2S, bogus attorney, yesterday pleaded guilty to charges of forging a letter to the State Bar and stealing his police record from the files in the City Hall. Edwards appeared subdued as he stood between his attorneys, Walter Gordon Jr. and Phil Cur, ry, and heard them ask probation for him from Superior Judge Edward R. Brand. Judge Brand continued the matter until Feb. 6 for disposition. The defendant admitted he inserted his .own name in the State Bar letter, thereby gaining admittance to local and Federal courts as a. practicing attorney. The police record involved a prior arrest on forgery charges. Judge Brand allowed Edwards, who at one time was entertained by such film luminaries as Van Johnson, Cesar Romero and others, and launched a ship at Calship yards In wartime, to remain at liberty under $2500 bond. STARTS TERM William T. denim, consults attorney, Richard begins nine-month sentence in yesterday in Henderson, throughout little of an to the the $1,500,-000

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