Offbeat

By Lauren Fruen


THE mansion at the centre of the infamous Black Dahlia murder case has been sold for nearly $5 million.

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The landmark home was the believed scene of the unsolved killing of Elizabeth Short and has been bought for just under $4.7 million.

Her death became one of the most gruesome unsolved murders in American history.

The prime suspect in the case, Dr. George Hodel, owned the residence in Los Feliz, California, at the time of Elizabeth’s death.

Douglas Elliman / Caters News

Douglas Elliman / Caters News

He was never arrested – but it was said it was in the basement of the Mayan Revival Sowden House that she was killed in 1947.

Hodel’s son Steve Hodel even claimed other murders occurred in the basement of the property, according to reports.

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Now the home, which has also reportedly been used in films and on TV including America’s Next Top Model and The Aviator, has sold.

The mansion, which was listed by Douglas Elliman, was built in 1927 by Lloyd Wright with the interior of the house based around a central courtyard.

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Completely renovated, the home now accommodates modern living while still preserving the architect’s masterwork.

There are also additional maid’s quarters, a detached office and five bathrooms at the four bedroom home.

Douglas Elliman / Caters News

It is understood the home has been listed on and off since 2013.