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Childhood Shadows: The Hidden Story of the Black Dahlia Murder
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The author knew the victim, Beth Short, personally while growing up in Medford, Massachusetts in the '30's and '40's. This provides the reader with insights sorely lacking in other well-known books on the subject.
Pacios' book shows a woman trying hard to stay afloat during difficult times - not a whore, harlot, or wayward sister who brought upon her own destruction with dangerous behavior, but a kind woman whose murder, along with the press' sensational tabloid style coverage, had a painful and lasting affect on those who knew and loved her.
The book is packed with valuable firsthand information including accounts from the Black Dahlia's friends and family, as well as detectives, press, and experts who worked on the case. This book presents Beth Short as a real human being, not the archetypical dark, mysterious woman of the shadows presented in press and past books.
This book rings true - the author never offers conjecture; she never says, "This is who the killer is and this is how it happened!" She presents the results of 10 years of painstaking research, having interviewed numerous individuals associated with the case. And that research leads the author to a shocking, yet very plausible suspect (the most plausible of all the suspects I've read about). What makes the suspect so shocking is the fact that it is a very well-known Hollywood personality.Read more ›
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I purchased Mary Pacios' 'Childhood Shadows: The Hidden Story of the Black Dahlia Murder' after seeing its recommendation on the message board of "The Black Dahlia" (2006) movie... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeanne Spicuzza
i've been interest in this story for a long time, read several books watched the made for tv movie that starred Lucy Arnaz,but was always wanting to know about Elizabeth Short... Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by R. C. Walker
Mary Pacios puts the reader in her shoes and transports them back to 1939 when she was first befriended by ES then 15. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Clearsky311
I like it, thanz. I applied for credit with you, but i didnt get, so i will wait a little more time before my next purchase, i hope i could get the 250 gift card you have in a... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by ronald beltran
Finally a book that makes Elizabth Short come across as a real, down-to-earth person. It was a great read, very touching and sad. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by vicdru
written by a childhood friend of elizabeth short. she answers many questions and puts to rest alot of myths that have surrounded elizabeth short for decades. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by FDNYbrat
Pacios' main focus is to set things straight about her childhood acquaintance - if not friend - Elisabeth Short, who, in the media circus surrounding the "Black Dahlia" case, had... Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by A. Heine
After watching the atrocity that was the film entitled "The Black Dahlia" starring Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson, I wanted to know what could be substantiated about who... Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by JoiB
Elizabeth Short is idealized in this version by a younger neighbor, although some physical rumors are clarified a bit. Read morePublished on May 1, 2009 by Susan H. Giron