I'm not convinced that Wolfe entire theory might be true ( that Beth became pregnant by Norman Chandler, that Bugsy killed Beth to send a message to Jack Dragna ), but the book is a very good read. Part 1 of the book is mostly about the Dahlia case, part 2 is mostly about the history of LA's Underworld, so it's a fun book to read.
In fact I wrote recently a review on Amazon: My Review on Amazon.com
In mean it's possible that Bugsy was indeed the killer, Wolfe simply doesn't offer enough evidences to back up his claims. He claims Bugsy was helped by Jack Anderson Wilson ( my favorite suspect ), Al Greenberg, Maurice Clement, and that an abortionist paid by Chandler cut Beth in half, basically to remove the foetus. Wolfe simply doesn'T offert enough evidence that Chandler really knew Beth Short, this seems to be based more on fantasy than on hard evidences. But is the book a good read ?? Oh yeah.
Must be my mind reading capabilities Jon because I haven't read that book! I must check out your review of it.
I've always believed there was a reason why BD was dumped on South Norton Ave. In '47, the area was just empty blocks. What do you think of this idea? Dr Walter Bayley, abortionist to the stars, lived one block away from where BD was dumped.
Harnisch was, maybe still is, a reporter for the LA Times. He makes a good case against Doc Bayley.