Short's murder has remained unsolved for decades, although there was a break through in late 1948 when the killer was seduced out of hiding and admitted to knowing the two things about the crime that were never revealed to the public.
But the case was never solved by the LAPD because of a cover-up by the Homicide Division and lingering fears for years of reprisal by the department.
As the case rose in prominence and no legitimate suspect on hand, detectives dived into the depths of the victim's life in order to track down her elusive killer.
She had been arrested in September 1943 for underage drinking with soldiers in a Santa Barbara restaurant.
There was a gaping cut extending down from the naval to just above the pubis, multiple lacerations in the skin of the hip and an irregular piece of flesh had been removed from in front of her left thigh.
A square of tissue had been cut out from the right breast.
Short was released on probation by juvenile court at the time and Unkefer put her on a bus back to Medford with from the Santa Barbara Neighborhood House for food and cokes on the six-day ride home.
Short stayed in the East for two years and then headed down to Miami Beach where she worked as a waitress and hooked up with an Army Air Force officer.
Now, 70 years later, after an exhaustive investigation author and legal sleuth Piu Eatwell exposes why the truth never out in her new book, Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder.