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Leslie Dillon rises to the top ...
www.dialmurder.com, 3 April 2012 [cached]
Leslie Dillon rises to the top of the list.
In 1948, Leslie Dillon was 27 years old, slim, tall and blond. He and his wife and young daughter lived in Miami. He was a wanderer, not unlike Elizabeth Short, and traveled around the country from Florida to California.
After reading a story in the October, 1948 issue of True Detective magazine about the murder of the Black Dahlia, Dillon, contacted the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Dillon and de River corresponded for some time, leading de River to believe Dillon knew more about the murder than the public knew. Dillon talked about Connors until de River started thinking that there was no Jeff Connors, that Dillon was using him as an alter ego. Dillon talked about Connors until de River started thinking that there was no Jeff Connors, that Dillon was using him as an alter ego.
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The psychiatrist suggested that Dillon travel to Los Angeles and work with him to help solve the case.
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Dillon was encouraged by the doctor to confide in him. He set up a meeting with Dillon and undercover officers that resulted in Dillon being held in a hotel room near Los Angeles for days while police attempted to ring a confession from him. Dillon cried foul, threw a postcard out of the hotel window asking for help, saying he was being held captive.
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A writ of Habeas Corpus was issued and Dillon was released from custody.
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Dillon, however, could not provide conclusive proof of his own whereabouts on January 15, 1947. He eventually brought a suit against de River and the LAPD.
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The district attorney's office did their own investigation into the murder of Elizabeth Short, highlighting suspect Leslie Dillon.
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Dillon seemed to be around a number of sites identified with Elizabeth Short.
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Dillon lived in Los Angeles around the time of the murder and his half-brother ran a restaurant at 1783 S. La Cienega, several miles from where Elizabeth Short's body was discovered.
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In 1946, Dillon lived at 906 Crenshaw Boulevard, 2 1/2 blocks from the cafe where Elizabeth Short's purse and shoes were discarded after her murder.
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Police also followed leads that placed Leslie Dillon, Elizabeth Short and Mark Hansen at the Aster Motel at 2901 S. Flower Street in Los Angeles.
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Five witnesses claimed Dillon stayed at the Aster Motel, while three of them also claimed that Mark was seen there.
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Canceled checks showed that Dillon and his wife did stay at the Aster in April, 1947. Dillon spent most of January in San Francisco, working as a bellhop.
Detectives had a tough job placing Dillon in Los Angeles or the Bay area during the time of the murder.
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The first name on the list was Leslie Dillon.
*correction update
Taxonomy:Murder, The Black Dahlia1947, Beth Short, Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, LAPD, Leslie Dillon, murder
Correcting Falsehoods
www.policepsychiatrist.com, 31 Jan 2008 [cached]
Reference the false information concerning Leslie Dillon, on page 238 the author writes: "Alarmed by the looming Grand Jury investigation, Chief Horrall, Assistant Chief Joe Reed, and Gangster Squad Capt. Willy Burns made a Herculean effort to derail the impending investigation into the murder of Elizabeth Short.
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"The case against Dillon was orchestrated by Dr. Paul De River, one of the most unusual figures within the Los Angeles Police Department. Allegedly a psychiatrist, De River was a friend of Chief Horrall, who had appointed De River as a psychiatric consultant to the LAPD. As chief of the so-called 'Sex Offense Bureau,' De River was in charge of assembling files on sex crimes and keeping cross-references on every known sex offender. Although he was a civil servant and not a police officer, as a close friend of Chief Horrall, he became an enforcer within the department and was instrumental in bringing about the false charges against Leslie Dillon in what became known as the 'Dillon Catastrophe'."
Response:
(Dr. J. Paul de River was a psychiatrist, a medical doctor who specialized in criminal psychiatry. I refer you to his credentials and vast experience. The questioning and eventual arrest of Dillon was not orchestrated by the doctor but by the police officers, the Chief, the Assistant Chief and Capt. William Burns.
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The author writes "According to Dillon, the charges brought against him started when he wrote a letter to Dr. De River in October 1946 expressing his interest in the Black Dahlia case.
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At the time Dillon was an aspiring mystery writer living with his wife and baby in
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The truth is Elizabeth Short was murdered in 1947, making it impossible for Dillon to read about the murder in 1946 before it happened.
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Dillon did read about the doctor's role in the Black Dahlia case in the October 1948 issue of "True Detective". It might be noted that Dillon jumped from hotel to hotel working as a bellhop or a night clerk; he was often unemployed and lived off his wife's wages; she was a waitress in
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Stephan Bailey, who was working the Dahlia case, recalled that Dillon had written De River at about the time the 1949 Grand Jury was considering looking into the Black Dahlia murder.
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Only an arrest of a viable suspect could conceivably stop the Grand Jury from placing the Black Dahlia case on its calendar. 'At the time De River was first contacted by Dillon, and then personally talked to him, we were getting more and more flak about the unsolved killing,' Sgt. Bailey said. 'It was the cause and effect of circumstances…some showing had to be put on to get us out of the red…'
The 'showing' proved to be an attempt by the Los Angeles Police Department to frame Leslie Dillon for the murder of Elizabeth Short.
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When De River informed Chief Horrall of the letter from Dillon and his subsequent telephone conversation, Horrall, along with Assistant Chief Joe Reed and Willie Burns of the Gangster Squad, hatched a scheme to arrest Dillon.
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When De River informed Chief Horrall of the letter from Dillon and his subsequent telephone conversation, Horrall, along with Assistant Chief Joe Reed and Willie Burns of the Gangster Squad, hatched a scheme to arrest Dillon.
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Unable to extradite Dillon from Florida without evidence, they decided to lure Dillon to California , where they would arrest him for the Black Dahlia murder and forcibly coerce him into signing a confession."
Response: Dillon corresponded with Dr. de River prior to 1949, immediately after reading the October 1948 issue of "True Detective".
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. Dillon chose Las Vegas ; it turned out that he did not choose to come to California because he was wanted by the Santa Monica Police Department for breaking into a safe at the Carmel Hotel in Santa Monica while working there. Dillon said he wanted to help Dr. de River solve the case and he thought he knew who might have committed the crime; the person he suspected was Jeff Connors, a part time film writer who claimed to have known Elizabeth Short. At the time of the communication with Dillon there was no discussion about extraditing him. The idea was to gain his trust, discover why he knew so much about the murder, and if his friend, Jeff Connors might be involved. Dillon wanted to work as Dr. de River's secretary and be a writer.
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Stating that he was impressed with Dillon's knowledge of the crime and its pathology, De River told Dillon he would be interested in hiring him as an assistant in his Sex Offense Bureau at the LAPD and perhaps they could work together on a book about the Dahlia case. He then offered to meet Dillon in Las Vegas and said he would send him plane tickets and arrange accommodations."
Response:
The only reason arrangements were made to bring Dillon to Las Vegas , which was his choice out of three possible locations, was because Dillon knew so much about the case that it both startled and alarmed Dr. de River.
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The writer goes on allegedly quoting Leslie Dillon, and of course, we know that once the handcuffs were placed on Dillon the trust that had been established between the doctor and Dillon was no more. Dillon became fearful. He was now on the defensive and changed his story. Whoever gave the orders to handcuff Dillon was very foolish; it might well be that that person wanted to prevent the truth from being known.)
The author writes that Jerry Geisler was Dillon's attorney, when, in fact a former New York City Gangster Attorney, A. Brigham Rose represented Dillon; his suit against the City was denied for lack of evidence.
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The officers who worked the case discovered that Leslie Dillon had worked at the Devonshire Hotel in
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The two detectives once again proved to be officers Archie Case and James Ahern, who also worked the Black Dahlia case for 'Big Jack' Donahoe and were involved in the arrest and grilling of Leslie Dillon for Dr. De River."
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The author makes false claims, accusing the doctor of being behind the arrest of Leslie Dillon. The truth is the doctor was most upset that Dillon was handcuffed. Once the officers put handcuffs on Dillon he changed his story and became a different person.
On January 12th at 11:30 a.m. ...
www.bethshort.com, 4 Oct 2007 [cached]
On January 12th at 11:30 a.m. Leslie Dillon was released.
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The preceding statements of Leslie Dillon have been recorded and the records of these statements are booked in the crime lab division of the police department.These statements do not indicate that Leslie Dillon was familiar with what the killer did in connection with the cutting, or the cutting done on the Short body. .... According to the letters written by Dillon, using the names of Jack Sands from Florida, which letters are booked in the police department, indicate that he knew only the facts of the mutilations that were published in the True Detective magazines and in the newspapers.
SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE that Dillon has never been able to establish an alibi for the period of time involved.
Relative to the Gladys Kern murder on February 16, 1948, the payroll records of the National Hotel of Miami Beach, Florida indicate that Leslie Dillon was employed there from January 4, 1948 until February 29, 1948. .... The records do indicate that Leslie Dillon was in the City of Los Angeles on February 10, 1947 at the time of the murder of Jeanne French.
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They were advised that there appeared to be insufficient evidence to place Dillon in Los Angeles at the time of this murder and none whatsoever to connect him with it.
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Leslie Dillon Leslie Dillon was a 27-year-old bellhop and aspiring writer who became a suspect in the case when he began writing to LAPD police psychiatrist Dr. J. Paul De River in October 1948.Dillon was living in Florida at the time of his correspondence with De River, but had formerly lived in Los Angeles.Dillon read a story about the case in a "true detective" magazine in which De River was quoted and wrote to De River regarding his thoughts on the case, mentioning another man named Jeff Connors as a possible suspect.
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Over the course of their correspondence, De River began to believe that Connors was a figment of Dillon's imagination and that Dillon had committed the murder himself.
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De River then lured Dillon to Los Angeles on the pretext that Dillon would assist him in solving the Black Dahlia case.De River and several LAPD officers met Dillon as he made his way to Los Angeles and took him to a hotel room outside Los Angeles.There they questioned him about the murder for several days, refusing to let him leave, call a lawyer, or communicate with anyone else.Dillon was only discovered when a passerby found a postcard with a plea for help on it, which Dillon had thrown out the window of the hotel room, and contacted local police. Once Dillon's situation came to light, police soon discovered that Jeff Connors was a real person who had lived in Los Angeles around the time of the murder and that Leslie Dillon could be conclusively placed in San Francisco at the time of the murder.
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Dillon filed a $100,000 claim against the city of Los Angeles.
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Dillon was considered a suspect from the moment he contacted Dr. de River; this was prior to the 1949 grand jury referred to by author Wolfe.
The author continues: "Police staff psychiatrist Dr. Paul De River proclaimed that Dillon was a psychopath who ‘knew more about the Dahlia murder than the police did, and more about abnormal sex psychopathia than most psychiatrists."(Dillon did know more than he should have known about this case.
http://www.lmharnisch.com/faq.html
As for Leslie Dillon, here it is in a nutshell and I'm not making this up: In the hysteria over the Black Dahlia killing, various crime magazines publish stories about the murder within a year or so.One appears in Police Gazette, the other in True Detective.Above left, the cover of True Police Cases, February 1948.A man named Leslie Dillon, formerly of Los Angeles, now living in Florida, sees one of these articles and writes a letter to the LAPD, where it is received by Dr. Joseph Paul DeRiver, the department psychologist.
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In essence, DeRiver decides that Dillon has a split personality and that under one of his alternative identities Dillon killed Elizabeth Short.
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The group happily motors back to Southern California until they take a wrong turn in Banning and imprison Dillon at a local resort, where he is grilled mercilessly in an attempt to get him to confess to the Black Dahlia killing.He finally sails a postcard out the window saying pretty much "Help, help, I'm being held prisoner!"and everything hits the fan.For about a day, it looks like the LAPD has solved the case with Dillon and then it collapses into a huge mess when police finally find the man who is supposedly Dillon's alternative personality.There's lots more but that's the basics.
http://lmharnisch.blogspot.com/2006_04_16_archive.html
To be brief, the result was a complicated, confusing mess.De River sincerely believed that Dillon had a split personality and that under another personality-Jeff Connors-killed Elizabeth Short.While in De River's custody, after being lured to California-via Las Vegas-on the pretext of being De River's secretary, Dillon sailed a postcard out the window of his hotel room saying that he was being held prisoner and wanted a lawyer.
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Dillon subsequently sued the LAPD, seeking damages of $100,000.
Elizabeth Short: The Black Dahlia - Famous Criminal - Homepage - Crime And Investigation Network
www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk, 19 May 2007 [cached]
Leslie Dillon, a 27-year-old bellhop and aspiring writer began writing from Florida to LAPD psychiatrist Dr J. Paul De River in October 1948. Dillon had formerly lived in Los Angeles and proposed another man, Jeff Conners, as a suspect.
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It transpired that Conners had been living in Los Angeles around the time of the murder and that Dillon had been in San Francisco and both men were cleared of involvement.
It has been said that Grace ...
www.bethshort.com, 30 Sept 2010 [cached]
It has been said that Grace Allen, ex-wife of Jeff Conners, aka Arthur Lane, friend of Leslie Dillon, was a dancer at the Florentine Gardens.
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It has been said that Grace Allen, ex-wife of Jeff Conners, aka Arthur Lane, friend of Leslie Dillon, was a dancer at the Florentine Gardens.
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