On January 12th at 11:30 a.m. Leslie Dillon
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.
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.
...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.
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.
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
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.
filed a $100,000 claim against the city of Los Angeles.
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.
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.
In essence, DeRiver
decides that Dillon
has a split personality and that under one of his alternative identities Dillon
killed Elizabeth Short.
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.
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.
subsequently sued the LAPD
, seeking damages of $100,000.