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Her hair was black and her skin pale, providing a striking contrast and a look that got her noticed, even in Hollywood, where good-looking dames were a dime a dozen.

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The dummy had been shattered and the two halves lay separated from one another, with the bottom half lying twisted into what was admittedly a macabre pose. Betty shook her head and walked on, but then found her glance pulled back to the ghostly, white mannequin.

She looked again and then realize that this was no department store dummy at all -- it was the severed body of a woman!

On January 15, 1947 a housewife named Betty Bersinger left her home on Norton Avenue in the Leimert Park section of Los Angeles, bound for a shoe repair shop.

She took her three-year-old daughter with her and as they walked along the street, coming up on the corner of Norton and 39th, they passed by several vacant lots that were overgrown with weeds.

She couldnt help but feel a little depressed as she looked out over the deserted area.