INTERVIEW: Tony winner Jefferson Mays travels back to the days of the Black Dahlia

Photo: Jefferson Mays stars as Dr. George Hodel in I Am the Night on TNT. Photo courtesy of Eddy Chen / Provided by Turner Pressroom with permission.


The most infamous unsolved murder case in the history of Los Angeles — if not the entire United States — involves a young woman named Elizabeth Short who was found brutally murdered in the late 1940s. She became known as the Black Dahlia, and her killer was never brought to justice.

Many books and movies have speculated on what exactly happened to Short; some of them are fictionalized accounts (James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia), and some are based on new investigations into old evidence (Steve Hodel’s Black Dahlia Avenger).

Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman and Monster, has added her own creative touch to this true-crime head-scratcher with the limited TNT series I Am the Night, starring Chris Pine, who plays a journalist who became obsessed with the Black Dalia case.

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