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Black Dahlia Killer Essay

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Imagine living in a country that has 76% of all serial killers in the world. The USA is that country. 84% of the serial killers are caucasian, 16% are black. Women are 64% of the total victims. Only 10% of the total serial killers are women (“Serial Killer Statistics”). Miyuki Ishikawa, a midwife in the 1940s, was in that ten percent. She would help the mother give birth but when the parents couldn’t take care of their children they gave them to Ishikawa. She in-turn could not afford them as well. She would neglect them, abuse them and then let them die. Ishikawa tried to receive money for her actions, but all she caused was the Japanese government to consider legalizing abortion (“Top 10 Prolific Serial Killers”). Abuse, rape and murder have been becoming more common since the early 1400’s to present.
The rate of women getting abused, raped and murdered is at an all-time high. The percent of women that have experienced domestic abuse is 25%. High school girls who have either been physically or sexually abused is 14%. Girls who have been raped by either their boyfriends, family or a stranger between the ages of 14-17 is 38%. Over 7% of murder victims are killed by their boyfriends. (“Domestic Violence/Abuse Stats”) Over the last 12 months there have been 580 women that have been murdered in the LA area . That is an average of 48 murders a month. Between the years of 2000-2010 there was 10 unsolved murders. 1 of those unsolved murders happened in 2008 to a Police Officer (“LA Murders and Homicide”). Having unsolved cases in the LA area isn’t very common. There is one murder that is one of the oldest unsolved murders in LA history and that is Elizabeth Short (“Black Dahlia Biography”). The story of Elizabeth short happened in 1947 and 67 years later it is still unsolved.
Elizabeth Short, also known as Black Dahlia, was born on July 29, 1924 in Boston Massachusetts. She was the 3rd daughter out of 5 girls. Her parents were Cleo Short and Phoebe Mae Sawyer. She had beautiful black hair and lovely blue eyes. She was a very pretty girl. In 1929 her fathers car was found abandoned on a bridge. Many, including Elizabeth, had thought he committed suicide but when his body was never found that idea was put to rest. So Elizabeth, her mother and her sisters moved to Medford, Mass. Her mother worked as a bookkeeper. It was later discovered that he was alive and living in California. (“The Black Dahlia Web Site”) Shorts mother refused to let him come back into her home after he wrote apologizing for leaving.
Elizabeth was a very troubled teenager. She had many problems with asthma and bronchitis at the age of 16 that caused her to live in Florida during the winters and then came back to Medford, Mass. during the summer. She continued this pattern years and then at the age of 19 she went to Vallejo, California to live with her father. Due to an alteration with her father she then moved to Santa Barbara where she picked up a party lifestyle. On September...

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