Truth is often stranger than fiction. Some of the most scary and intense films come from real life. From infamous cold cases like the Black Dahlia and the Zodiac killer to notorious serial killers and cold cases — these movies are ripped from the headlines and inspired by true crimes.
It was a classic Hollywood tale from the start. A beautiful young woman named Elizabeth Short moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. But the raven-haired beauty’s life ended in tragedy. In 1947, Short was murdered in Los Angeles. Her naked body was found in two pieces on a vacant lot. Severely-mutilated, her face had been slashed into a Glasgow smile. Short was nicknamed the “Black Dahlia” and has fascinated the public imagination. Her unsolved murder was the inspiration for the 2006 film, “The Black Dahlia,” starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johannson and Hilary Swank.