July 29, 1924 – Elizabeth Short was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.
Early 1943 – Elizabeth Short moved to Vallejo, California to live with Cleo Short.
Mid 1943 – Elizabeth Short moved to Los Angeles.
September 23, 1943 – Elizabeth Short was arrested for underage drinking in Santa Barbara.
May to October 1946 – Elizabeth Short lived in Mark Hansen’s home.
July 1946 – Elizabeth Short returned to Southern California.
December 8, 1946 – Elizabeth Short moved to San Diego, where she met Dorothy French and began staying with her.
January 8, 1947 – Robert “Red” Manley picked Elizabeth Short up from the French household.
January 9, 1947 – Robert “Red” Manley dropped Elizabeth Short off at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. This is the last time Elizabeth was seen alive.
January 15, 1947 – Elizabeth Short’s naked, dismembered body was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles.
January 17, 1947 – Elizabeth Short’s photograph first appeared on the front page of The Herald-Express, referring to her as the “Black Dahlia.”
January 23, 1947 – Elizabeth Short’s killer called The Examiner, saying he did not approve of how they were covering her murder and that he could mail them Elizabeth Short’s belongings.
January 24, 1947 – The Examiner received a box containing Elizabeth Short’s birth certificate, business cards, photographs, and an address book with “Mark Hansen” on the cover. Elizabeth Short’s handbag and shoe were found in a trash can just a few miles away from the vacant lot where her body had been dumped.
February 25, 1947 – The LAPD sent a letter to the FBI, asking them to look into Californian medical students.
March 6, 1947 – The FBI sent the LAPD a list of medical students enrolled in the University of Southern California.
June 1947 – The LAPD had processed and eliminated seventy-five suspects.
December 1948 – The LAPD had considered a total of 192 suspects.
Early 1949 – The Grand Jury convened to discuss suspects and police corruption in the Black Dahlia case.