The Man

The name-fitting by itself does not prove Ed Burns is "there." So we'll pour on and ponder upon more data . . .

A first-name-unknown suspect is on page 13 of the FBI file. LAPD had asked the FBI to ID this suspect from a photo from the Dahlia's luggage . . . First name unknown. Hmmmm. Does it ring a bell, Dahlia buffs? . . . The name stuff sounds like first-name-unknown, unID'd "Barnes," who'd checked into the HIRSH with the Dahlia on BD Day-3. A photo of Barnes was found in the Dahlia's luggage. I'd say Barnes is probably the suspect on page 13 of the FBI file. Of shadowy Barnes, Avenger-tarnished ex-LAPD-cop Steve Hodel opined: "LAPD detectives therefore had in their files a photograph of someone who should have been their prime suspect in the Black Dahlia case." Right on, Steve. But . . .

Maybe there were more than one first-name-unknown, six-letter-last-name suspects whose pictures were found in the Dahlia's luggage(?) Improbable, but possible. OK, we'll get more restrictive. Let's assume that at least two in this improbable set were reliably sighted with the Dahlia on or after BD Day-3. And we can forget this one: it is an assumption contrary to fact. We would've heard about it: the reporting on the Dahlia murder was a news frenzy. And . . .

Page 13 was teletyped on January 23. It must've taken at least a day for the informant to get the "Barnes is Burns" info to the FBI. The Examiner item about the "Barnes" visitation at the HIRSH was dated January 22. This sychronization suggests that the FBI first-name-unknown hombre was identical with the HIRSH first-name-unknown guest: Barnes. And . . .

The FBI file contains '47 Dahlia-related newsclippings from various dailies, including the: LA Examiner, LA Times, LA Daily News. Items about drool-case confessors such as Daniel Voorhees and Joe Dumais are there. Absent is the headline item concerning "Barnes and wife" at HIRSH Apts. This exclusion is censoring as blatant as any page-13 blotout. The FBI withheld the Barnes item and not the Voorhees and Dumais items for exactly the same reason that they censored Page-13 Guy's name and not Voorhees' nor Dumais' name: Page-13 Guy was Ed Burns aka Barnes, the likely suspect in the Dahlia murder . . . It's comical . . . The FBI pulls the item about first-name-unknown, photo-in-luggage Barnes. But they tell us this suspect is a first-name-unknown, photo-in-luggage person . . . Wow . . . But . . .

Why wouldn't LAPD have opted to identify "Barnes" without the help of the FBI? That one is easy. Los Angeles is now the 2nd-largest city in the USA. In the year of Black Dahlia, 1947, LA was listed as 5th-largest city in the country, with a population of 1,750,000. Accordingly, 1947 LAPD was a relatively small "big city" police department . . . The Barnes-Dahlia sighting at the HIRSH was the first solid lead for LAPD Homicide in what was obviously one of the biggest murder cases in the history of the department. And "Barnes," at first, actually was an unID'd man. Compared to '47 LAPD, the '47 FBI had virtually unlimited "identify that person" resources. The FBI had already ID'd the Jane Duo victim, Elizabeth Short. So it's common sense that LAPD would solicit the help of the FBI in identifyng "Barnes," the prominently probable suspect. Is there another instance in the file where the FBI ID's a suspect at the request of LAPD? No! Bet big bucks on Barnes being Page-13 Guy. And . . .

FBI-file pages 11 and 12 convey a revelation. They outline a dark underplot in the Black Dahlia mystery, a brainchild born of off-the-charts conception and calculation that are pure Ed Burns. This clandestine subplot connects with the cryptic brand Ed put on the Dahlia's forehead. So . . .

The Man is Ed Burns

Put it in the bank: Ed is the guy on page 13. In fact, Ed Burns is on FBI-file pages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 74, and 75: a total of 16 pages. Let's include all full-page references to Ed's Social Security data and the three fingerprints on his trilogy message . . . OK: The little man who wasn't there, Ed Burns, WAS there, on 25 FBI Black Dahlia-file pages!


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