Grave of the Black Dahlia
Last month we visited MountainView Cemetery in Oakland, founded in 1863. This place is absolutely amazing! What Highgate in London would be if it had been carefully tended to at all times (though I love Highgate just the way it is!). We drove through it briefly before but I had been dying (poor choice of words?) to get back and walk around in search of Elizabeth Short’s grave, known to most as the Black Dahlia. Such a gruesome murder from the 1940s. I’m an avid reader of 1940s crime fiction so this true crime of that era fascinates me. She is not easy to find (Section 66, Marker 798) but fortunately Ben spotted a vase with dead flowers (black dahlias???) and it happened to be the spot. When you find the Hillside Mausoleum, go up around the right side of it, up the hill and she will be up on the left, behind the Mausoleum. Hard to describe but hopefully there is always a vase there. I’ve included a map below from the cemetery website that will give you a rough idea.
I cannot recommend visiting this cemetery enough! So fun to explore with beautiful views as well! I look forward to our next visit.
"A dreaded sunny day so I'll meet you at the cemetry gates..."
'Come back to Camden...'
Amazing views of the bay...
'Only the ashes...'
Perhaps the smallest head stone of them all...'Our Nannie'
She is found...The Black Dahlia!
As I mentioned above, when you find the Hillside Mausoleum, go up around the right side of it (marked in pink on the below map), up the hill and she will be up on the left, behind the Mausoleum.