Clipped From The Bakersfield Californian
f'nniinupd on Pape Two '•rntinurr} on Hasp Thre? Police Take New Theory in Search for Slayer of L A.'s "Black Dahlia" Hi'iLI.YWOnri. Jan. ::l. U'.P'—Police checked all recent reports of rape and attempted attack today in search of a new lead in the torture- slaying of Ihe Black Dahlia. They were convinced that L'l-'-year- old Elizabeth Short was killed by one pickup loo many, and feared that her savage killer might strike again. "ne man accused of an attack following the "Black Dahlia" pattern had already been questioned and released. He was Donald Potn- f-roy. JO. who Mrs-. Thelma Thompson, pretty .".".-year-old waitress, said picked her up in a bar. drove her to an isolated lovers' lane, then tried to tear her clothes off. threatening: "I'll do you like I did the Black Dahlia.'' "I must have been awful drunk." '• Pomeroy said. He was released after Mrs. Thompson decided not to sign a complaint. ! After eliminating every known acquaintance of Miss Short as a | suspect, police decided she must I have been tortured, mutilated and murdered by a stranger. They knew ' she was not averse to pickups. "The man we want probably did not even know the girl's name until ] after her death," Homicide Captain Jack Donahue told his men. "Check every attempted attack with a view- that it is linked to the Short case." Police abandoned all hope of trying to reach the slayer through letters and appeals. Letters from the "Black Dahlia Avenger" were flooding police and newspaper desks, some from as far away as El Paso, Texas, and the Bronx. One newspaper received half a dozen in one mail delivery, one with postage due. All the letters were too obviously the work of pranksters to warrant fingerprinting. Seers, mediums, fortune tellers, even clergymen wrote in with solutions to the mystery. One letter purported to come from the victim herself. Police hoped to leaun something about an army sergeant with whom Miss Short reportedly lived as man and wife in 1!H3 when WAC Sergeant Mary Straders arrives here. She has not been heard from since she boarded an army plane in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday. Donahoe hoped she would be able to identify the sergeant, who reportedly once threatened Miss Short with death.