The Black Dahlia Study Guide

The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert

  • The narrator
  • Police officer investigating the Black Dahlia case
  • Partner of Lee Blanchard
  • A former boxer

Lee Blanchard

  • Bucky’s partner, Kay’s boyfriend
  • A boxer
  • Addicted to Benzedrine
  • Obsessed with the Dahlia case because of his sister’s murder
  • Gets murdered in Mexico

Kay Lake

  • Former girlfriend of a convict arrested by boyfriend Lee
  • Marries Bucky

Ellis Loew

  • Assistant District Attorney with political ambitions
  • Covers up evidence of Betty Short’s affairs

Elizabeth Short

  • The Black Dahlia, murder victim
  • Known by many alias, led a questionable life

Madeleine Sprague

  • Looks like Elizabeth Short and knew her in life
  • Becomes involved with Bucky in exchange for him keeping her name out of the investigation

Russ Millard

  • Bucky and Lee’s supervisor, in charge of the Dahlia investigation

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