Norman Chandler with his son, Otis Chandler, date unknown (photograph by Frank Q. Brown, Los Angeles Times).

Norman Chandler was the publisher of The Los Angeles Times.  In Donald Wolfe’s The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles, Chandler was accused of being involved in Elizabeth Short’s murder. In a complicated scenario involving multiple perpetrators, Wolfe claimed that Chandler impregnated Elizabeth Short while she was working as a call girl for Brenda Allen, the notorious Hollywood “madam.” Wolfe claimed this led Chandler to order the gangster Bugsy Siegel to murder Elizabeth Short. However, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s files plainly stated that Elizabeth Short was not a prostitute and was not pregnant when she died.

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