. . . The De numb ment . . .
Page 23, Part 2 of the FBI Black Dahlia file is a message from the LA Office of the FBI to the Washington Office of the FBI. It is dated 2/26/47. Unbeknownst to the FBI or LAPD, the Dahlia case was hellbent for an unresolved denouement phase . . . With decensored Barnes and uncensored spelling errors, essentials of the hard-to-read and extensively censored message are:
"WASH FROM LOSA 13 3-20 PM
DIRECTOR . . . URGENT UNSUB, ELIZABETH SHORT, AKA BLACK DALIA, VICTIM, MUTILATION MURDER, INFO., CONCERNING . . . . . . ENLISTED . . . CONSIDERED LIKELY SUSPECT IN SHORT MURDER . . . INFO AVAILABLE LAPD INDICATES BARNES DESERTER. NO RECORD . . . INDICES THIS OFFICE. REQUEST BUREAU ADVISE WHETHER OR NOT . . . SUBJ OF DESERTER FUGITIVE CASE, AND IF SO WHAT OFFICE IS ORIGIN . . . LISTED RESIDENCE ADDRESS . . ."
My guess is that Ed's wife telephoned LAPD and said something like: "I can't believe Ed had anything to do with the Black Dahlia murder, but he's gone. I have no idea where he is. I haven't heard from him since . . ."
Ed Burns was on the lam . . .
Page 24, Part 2 of the FBI Black Dahlia file is the Washington Office response to the message shown above. The decensored message reads:
"FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FEBRUARY 26, 1947
SAC, LOS ANGELES URGENT
UNSUB, ELIZABETH SHORT, AKA BLACK DAHLIA, VICTIM MUTILATION
INFORMATION CONCERNING. RE:RTEL TODAY. WAR DEPARTMENT
HAS NOT REQUESTED BUREAUS ASSISTENCE IN LOCATING Q BURNS
ALIAS BARNES AS A DESERTER.
Eddie Rabbit was running and the FBI was not going to chase him. Famous Los Angeles newsperson Agness Underwood put it like this: "Evidence against this man was almost conclusive. LAPD had him. But they let him go."
. . . The De noir ment . . .
. . . Go, rabbit, go! . . . Ripper Rabbit was running. And run he would, until March 14, 1947, the day of his suicide. So it already was all over. But . . .
The FBI would continue to interview "unsubs" and/or kook confessors, run fingerprint checks against latent prints lifted from Ed Burns' trilogy messages, and monitor the Dahlia case via news items, until . . .
January 6, 1956: the date of the final page in the FBI Black Dahlia file. This page bears a news article about one more kook confessor to the Black Dahlia murder. In 1956? Hmmmm . . . Confessing to the Dahlia murder might've been a boredom breaker. It no longer was a novel idea.
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