The publicity from the event – which seemed to have everything a B movie could desire – sex! Beauty! Torture! – meant that people began rushing in droves to confess. The police received over 50 confessions they deemed false. A few examples:
Joseph Dumais: The man collected clippings on the case and remarked “It is possible that I could have committed the murder. When I get drunk I get rough with women.”
John N. Andry: The pharmacist claimed he was great at cutting up bodies, and insisted he had killed Elizabeth Short. When questioned he said, “Well, I’m capable of doing it.” Not the same thing, John.
Barstow Woman: “I know who killed Beth Short, and if the reward is big enough I’ll talk.” It turned out that she had two boyfriends who had cheated on her (not at the same time) and was trying to turn them in.
It was, for some, almost uncontrollable, and for those few minutes they could act out an actual link to “that pale white body severed in two…” Beauty and darkness and death. Three irresistible elements burning brightly like a dying star.
These men are still considered possible suspects:
Dr George Hodel, Joe Scalis, Salvador Torres Vera, Marvin Margolis, A Chicago police officer Dr A. E. Brix, George Bacos, Glenn Wolf, Maurice Clement, Michael Anthony Otero, James Nimmo, Jacob Fisk, John D. Wade, Mark Hansen, Sergeant Chuck, Dr Patrick S. O’Reilly, C. Welsh, Dr Artnur McGinnis Faught, Carl Balsiger, Dr M. M. Schwartz, Francis Campbell, Dr Paul DeGaston.
I’m just saying so you don’t friend them on Facebook.
But not everyone was so easily dismissed.