12.Glenn Wolf

13.Michael Anthony Otero

14.George Bacos

15.Francis Campbell

16."Queer Woman Surgeon"

17.Dr Paul DeGaston

18.Dr A. E. Brix

19.Dr M. M. Schwartz

20.Dr Artnur McGinnis Faught

21.Dr Patrick S. O’Reilly

22.Mark Hansen

23.Jacob Fisk


The Original Suspects


While some of the original 22 suspects were discounted, new ones have arisen. At present, the following suspects are discussed by various authors and experts:

Walter Bayley

Dr. Walter Alonzo Bayley was a Los Angeles surgeon who lived in a house one block south of the vacant lot in which Elizabeth Short's body was found, until he left his wife in October 1946. At the time of the murder, Bayley's estranged wife still lived in the home. Bayley's daughter was a friend of Elizabeth Short's sister Virginia and brother-in-law Adrian, and had been the matron of honor at their wedding. When Bayley died in January 1948, his autopsy showed that he was suffering from degenerative brain disease. After his death, Bayley's widow alleged that his mistress knew a "terrible secret" about Bayley and claimed this was the reason the mistress was the main beneficiary upon his death. Bayley was never a suspect in the case, but many medical doctors and others with medical training were. In secret testimony, Detective Harry Hansen, one of the original investigators, told the 1949 Los Angeles County grand jury that in his opinion, the killer was a "top medical man" and "a fine surgeon". Bayley was 67 years old at the time of the murder, had no known history of violence or criminal activity of any kind, and is not known to have met Short, even though his daughter was friends with Short's oldest sister.

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