The Mysterious Killer of the Black Dahlia - Unsolved Mysteries

Did the same killer commit Hollywood’s Black Dahlia murder and the Torso Slayings in the Midwest?

Elizabeth Short, the “Black Dahlia”

Eliot Ness pursued the “Torso Killer”

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She was known as the “Black Dahlia”.  She had jet black hair and preferred black dresses and lingerie. Those who knew her best said she had a tattoo of an exotic flower on her inner thigh. She wanted desperately to be a Hollywood actress, but her fame would not come from the movies. It would come from her death, a murder which has gone unsolved for 60 years.

Actual letter from “Torso Killer”

On a cold morning in January 1947, the nude, mutilated body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short was discovered in a vacant lot in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles. What made the murder so unique was the barbaric nature of the crime.  The Black Dahlia’s body had been neatly severed in half, gutted and drained of blood. Author Lawrence P. Scherb put the unusual crime into perspective:

“Her face had been very brutally cut from ear to ear in a grin.  Her throat had been cut and she had been mutilated sexually. Basically, she was the worst case of a sex crime in the history of Los Angeles County.”

The case of The Black Dahlia has fascinated crime writers for generations, and almost every one of them has a different theory about the killer. Lawrence Scherb has studied the Black Dahlia case extensively. Now, he believes he knows the identity of the man who so brutally murdered Elizabeth Short.

Did “Torso Killer” murder Dahlia?

Elizabeth Short’s life was as sad as it was brief.  Like so many other young women, Elizabeth had been lured to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a star. Her career was going nowhere and she was running out of cash. According to some, she eventually drifted into prostitution.

In her final days, Elizabeth seemed to be constantly on the move. According to Lawrence Scherb, she was last seen leaving a diner in San Diego with a man who has never been positively identified:

“She called him Red when she spoke to him in the diner and he did have reddish colored hair.  However, the police were never able to positively identify him, although some people felt that he might have been Robert Manley.”

Robert Manley was a hardware salesman who dated Elizabeth. Police brought him in for questioning but he was cleared of the crime. Other men who were involved with Elizabeth were also interrogated, but each, like Manley, had an airtight alibi. The authorities were completely stumped. Then a mysterious package was mailed to a local newspaper — a package from the killer.  Lawrence Scherb described what it contained:

“Inside the envelope they found Elizabeth Short’s address book, which was in reality her trick book. And one of the pages in that book was missing. And it is undoubtedly true that upon that page was the name of the man who actually had killed her.”

Dahlia’s possessions were mailed by killer

The package was the closest anyone ever got to the Black Dahlia’s killer.  Then Lawrence began to research the case and made a remarkable connection. The case had many of the same features as the Torso Slayings in Cleveland. That sensational crime spree was the case that baffled Eliot Ness, the head of the famed crime fighting team, “The Untouchables.”

Between 1934 and 1938, no less than thirteen mutilated bodies were discovered in the Kingsbury Run district and surrounding areas of Cleveland. The victims were all prostitutes or drifters. The killer had dismembered most of the bodies with surgical precision, just like The Black Dahlia case, nine years later.

Many people believe that Elliot Ness actually knew the Slayer’s identity, but never had enough evidence to prove it in court. His biographer, Oscar Fraley, says that Ness was approached by a member of Cleveland’s high society:

“This lady socialite who was working with him came to him and said, ‘A member of one of our influential families fits your profile.’  So Eliot said, ‘That’s fine, let’s meet him.’ This man admitted that he had been to medical school, so Eliot thought surely he had the guy.”

Ness said he gave the man two lie detector tests, and both times the suspect failed. Soon after he took the polygraphs, the suspect voluntarily committed himself to a mental hospital. Around that same time, according to Lawrence Scherb, the Torso Slayings in Cleveland abruptly stopped.

Ness believed that this would be the end of the case because the suspect was so deranged that he would probably remain in a mental institution for the rest of his life. But a few months later, a letter arrived from California. Lawrence Scherb has seen it:

“In that letter, the Torso Killer describes the fact that he has left Cleveland and has come to California, as he described it ‘sunny California’ and is now performing medical experiments upon his guinea pig victims here in Los Angeles.”

In the letter, the killer referred to himself as a “D.C.,” that is, a Doctor of Chiropractic.  In it, the killer said:

“I felt bad operating on those people, but science must advance.” 

Lawrence Scherb said the letter is just the beginning of the Torso Slayer-Black Dahlia connection:

“The killer apparently had a fetish for cleanliness and cleaned the Dahlia’s body very carefully with water, washed it very carefully, shampooed her hair and scrubbed her with a bristle brush so severely that he left bristles embedded in her skin. The Cleveland victims also indicate that there were attempts to clean bodies. A butcher knife was used to bisect the Dahlia. And a butcher knife was used to dismember, decapitate and bisect victims in Cleveland.”

Police determined that Elizabeth had been tortured for several hours before being killed.  We know that she had been tied up. She had rope burns on her neck, arms, and legs.  In Cleveland, several victims had exactly the same type of marks. Also, the Dahlia’s body had been arranged in a sexually suggestive position, just like the Torso slayer’s victims.

But if the Torso slayer was locked away in an Ohio hospital, how could the murders have continued in other parts of the Midwest and, later, Los Angeles?

Lawrence Scherb wondered if perhaps one crucial point was overlooked by Eliot Ness when the killer entered the hospital:

“If one is voluntarily in a mental hospital, you are free to legally walk out any time you want. And I think that’s exactly what he did. I think he used the mental health system most of his career. When things got tough or the investigations heated up, he simply checked himself into a mental institution, waited until they cooled down and then checked himself out again and departed and continued killing.”

Eliot Ness never publicly identified the suspect.  He took the name with him to the grave.

According to Lawrence Scherb:

“He was the most prolific mass murderer in the history of the United States.  And to this day his true identity remains unknown.”


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season five with Robert Stack and in season two with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

 

31 Comments

  1. someone

    after reading lot of stuff about black dahilla i realized that she was killed by her boyfriend. her boyfriend didn’t actually killed her but he made people to kill her for money. you’re maybe wondering why? the answer to your question is b/c elizabeth short went crazy after realizing that her ex-boyfriend was getting marryed to other girl. she first went to california and after she become crazy ex-girlfriend , she was NOT LETTING him to marry that girl. then she lied about being pregnant by her ex-boyfriend and HE finally decide to kill her. he sent 2 guys to kill him. she was walking around the park when one guy put gas mask on her and make her to pass out (but not kill her), then they used her… (i mean she was completly naked )after they sliced her in half (close to the place where baby”s grow) so they started looking for “baby” and didn’t find anything . then they left. after few days her boyfriend get married and in few months he killed himself…i’m not sure why but i tink because of the murder…. if you want to know details and want to know where i get the information from email me at : someone4u@gmail.com

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  2. Robert the Wallace

    Having been extremely interested in both cases: The Black Dahlia because the crime was so horrific and unsolved; and The Cleveland Torso Murders since my Grandmother and Mother { who were both living in Cleveland at the time }, had told me just how very scary a time it was! I firmly believe Mr. Eliot Ness had it all wrapped up with the Demented Dr. Francis E. Sweeney as the Mad Butcher Of Kingsbury Run! ! ! The only reason his inability to prosecute, was because Sweeney’s relation to the Congressman Martin Sweeney prevented arresting him. Also, I believe that either Sweeney, or George Hodel was responsible for Elizabeth Shorts’ heinous demise. . .hopefully some smoking gun evidence will come forward to fully wrap–up the undecisivenessof these two cases.

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  3. Dahlia

    I want to correct some information regarding the murder of Elizabeth Short.

    1. Elizabeth was not a prostitute. Her friends, boyfriends and the detectives all confirmed this. There is speculation she was actually a virgin.
    2. Elizabeth’s throat was not slit. Despite some bruising, her autopsy report states that she bore no neck injuries whatsoever, and her hyoid bone was intact with no evidence of trauma to her thyroid glands or trachea also.
    3. Elizabeth’s last known location was the Biltmore Hotel’s lobby, where she’d made several telephone calls to unidentified people. Robert Manley (nicknamed “Red” for his hair) was the unnamed man, who told investigators he’d dropped her off there.

    @anonymous: George Hodel was not the killer. He was indeed a surgeon (and it’s documented that whoever did it had medical and biological knowledge) and lived in proximity to where her body was found, however this doesn’t sufficiently prove his guilt and he was later dismissed as a suspect due to lack of evidence as a result.

    Unfortunately I believe this crime will remain unsolved forever.

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    • Alex Cameron Dimez

      I’d also like to add:

      Elizabeth Short did not have a middle name “Ann”.
      There is no proof George Hodel had even known Elizabeth. His son Steve, who I have interviewed myself, is a bit of a kook.
      There was no missing pieces, it looks like that because the victim was still alive while being severed in half, causing muscular contortions.
      The cause of death from my best research was the “Glasgow smile”, apparently she choked on her own blood.
      It’s so heartbreaking because there is less and less hope of it being solved. I think this wasn’t an isolated accident. Whomever did it, this was clearly not their first or last victim.

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      • William Kuhn

        If I remember correctly, Madi Comfort – Duke Wellington’s “Satin Doll” identified Elizabeth Short as acquainted with Dr. Hodel. Comfort stated she was involved in a sexual alliance with Dr. Hodel & Dorothy Hodel. Of course, this doesn’t prove that Dr. Hodel killed Short – but it does open up the possibility thereof.

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  4. Anonymous

    This case was recently solved. A man came forward and fingered his father who I am pretty sure was a surgeon or something to that effect. Dr George Hill Hodel. Look it up.

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    • Katia

      Asking questions are actually fastidious thing if you are not understanding something fully, except this

      post offers pleasant understanding yet.

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  5. LUIS FREEH

    WHY DO YOUR “MURDERED VICTIMS” RESEMBLE PEOPLE “I” AM TALKING ABOUT LIKE “DAMEIN”? “CANCELLED” “CANCELLED” “CANCELLED”!

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  6. LUIS FREEH

    THE “WHOLE” PURPOSE OF YOUR SHOW WAS “SERIAL KILLER’S STUPID POLICE & VOLUNTEER’S & HOMOCIDE CAN’T CATCH & DIDN’T KNOW WERE ALREADY CAUGHT OR SHOT OR APPREHENDED BY THE ***F.B.I***? “U” ARE NOW “CANCLLED”!

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  7. LUIS FREEH

    YOUE A TV SHOW? ARE “U” LIKE “EXHIBIT A” IN “TORONTO” THAT ONLY HAS CASES “I’VE SOLVED OR WORKED”? WHO IS THE “***FEDERAL*** AGENT BEHIND YOUR SHOW”?

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  8. LUIS FREEH

    OH COME ON NOW! “U” HAD CALLED “THE REPORTER’S WITH CAMERAS TO YOUR HOME BECAUSE U THOUGHT “U” SOLVED THE CASE! “U” ENDED UP “POINTING ME OUT TO THEM FOR SOME REASON. “I” LIVED DOWN THE STREET MAME!

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  9. LUIS FREEH

    THAT’S TOO BAD! BECAUSE “I” HAD DISCOVERED THAT OTHER “POST” UWON’T SHOW IN THE 80’S WHEN SOMEONE WHO LOOKED LIKE NESS STOLE OR ERASED MY COMPUTER SO USELESS WHITE SLLUTS (LIKE YOURSELVES) CAN TRY TO RE- WRITE IT AS “U” SEE FIT (CUT TOO SHORT)

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  10. LUIS FREEH

    HEY! DO *NOT* ADD IN THE “MARCH OF STOEGER ARMS” WAS “CUT SHORT”! SHE HSD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, APARENTLY IT WAS “SL CAPONES” FAULT!

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  11. LUIS FREEH

    SO! SOMEBODY “FOUND MISS BROWER” UNDER SOME “TREE BRANCHES” AND MOVED HER TO ANOTHER SPOT! IRON! & NORTH! ALWAYS IN THE “NORTH” & THERE HAS TO BE IRON INVOLVED! JUST LIKE “TYNONG NORTH” OR STAND BY ME.

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  12. LUIS FREEH

    FRANK NITTIE “KNEW” THE KILLER AND SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD IN 40 SOMETHING! THAT GAVE THE KILLER FREEDOM IN 1947!

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  13. LUIS FREEH

    WEAR IS THE MISSING SECTION OF TORSO? SHUNTING TWO BLADES INTO THE “MAGIC BOX” CUTTING THEM IN HALF LESVES A MISSING SECTION FROM THE LOWER HALF TO THE UPPER HALF!

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  14. LUIS "CAPONEY" FREEH

    CLEVELAND! “MY” CLK COUPE (CL) STEVE(EVE) LAND! OR CARIOT (C) THE LOX(L) & EVE OF THE RUFF RYDER’S LAND? WAS “OUR KILLER A DUP SHIT”? & NEED “STEVE (ST) IN “HIS” LAND (CLEVELAND) OR IS IT AN “OTHER”!

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  15. LUIS FREEH

    DO “I” HAVE TO START CALLING “U” NESTLE MR. NESS? (GOOD PAGE!) BECAUSE RS IN TORSO REALY IS IN ODER & HI IN DAHILIA IS TO! SO ST IN STEVE OR UV IN OSTER UV SNAKE EYES IS ALSO IN ORDER “I” THINK IT’S WHY THE “CORONER” PUT “HIS” NAME ON THE REPORT! WRITE OUT YOUR ALPHABET NOW!

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  16. LUIS FREEH

    CAPONEY AXE HOW DO “U” HAVE A “PRIME” SUSPECT WITHOUT THE “CORONER’S REPORT”?

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  17. LUIS "CAPONEY" FREEH

    WHY DOES THE PHOTO OF BLACK DAHILIA LOOK LIKE RCMP CONSTABLE BENTON FRASER? ‘GORRILLAS” “J” FOR “WEARS IT’S MUTHER’S JAGUARS” !

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  18. LUIS FREEH

    ALRIGHT! MR. NESS! “I” LUIS “CAPONEY” FREEH HAVE “LINKED” THE TEO CASES. THEY WERE *NOT* LINKED BECAUSE “OSTER UV SNAKE EYES NN” DID *NOT* COLLECT THE “CORONER’S REPORT”! THEREFOR WE DO *NOT* KNOW IF THE CORPS WAS DRAINED OF BLOOD LIKE IN “THE GREAT LAKES” FORT ERIE OR CLEAVELAND CASE.

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  19. LUIS FREEH

    I THINK D.C REFERRS TO DAMIEN & CARIOT OR DMX & CARIOT ELIOT IOT X IS COMING FOR YA! CAN’T DO NOTHIN FOR YA! CUZ X IS COMING FOR YA! RUN HIDE DUCK DUCK. GET IT?

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  20. Luis Freeh

    THE *”IRS”* KILKED ELIZABETH SHORT! LOOK TORSO BREAK IT APART U HAVE TO RS O! RS AS IN THE ALPHABET IN ORDER RS TU VW XY Z. DAHILIA ( I DON’T JUST “WANT IT TO BE”) BREAK IT APART DA HI LI A HI JK LM NO P. NO! WELL HL H-L H IJK L STILL IN ORDER! SO MUTHER C&&&& AND YOUR A^^ PLAYING “DETECTIVES CUZ YOUR FAT & ANGRY! OH! I FIGURED IT OUT ALRIGHT FAT FUC* ING AGENCY (AS IF) DETECTIVE UPHOLSTERY FOR A COAT. GO SUCK A PIPE (TRY LEAD) SH&T LOCKS HOLMES. THAT WAS THE CONSPIRACY! TAKE OUT “I” CUZ H-L IS STILL IN ORDER HURAHHHHH! POLICE! U PUT YOUR MUTHER’S .380 AUTO LOADER IN YOUR MOUTH (WHEN IT WAS LOADED) AND JIGGLED IT. THE PUBLIC THANKS U.

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  21. Anonymous

    A guy named george hodel is the prime suspect

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  22. Rachele

    Why is it that America is producing SO many fruitcake sexual predators? Why do they serve little or no time in jail? Why do judges and jurors have empathy and sympathy for societal termites who are crazy beyond repair? Why are the laws of reporting rape and pedophilia given a statute of limitations with forensic evidence, when DNA can produce a conviction for murder and there is no statute of limitations for murder? Why are the laws written by men? Why do women and children have to be murdered when raped for anything to be done about locking up the criminally insane for good???

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    • kittycat

      A lot of the killers are involved in high profile jobs and positions in society. They just don’t like the poor slave class. Don’t consider them human. Scotland and Ireland have strange extreme customs concerning smiles. Cheshire cats. Alice in wonderland.

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  23. MNM

    Who wrote this article for citation?

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  24. Gene

    Sweeny was the name. Tie him to va hospital records

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In addition to the rights as explained in this Privacy Policy, under California law, California residents who provide personal information (as defined in the statute) to obtain products or services for personal, family, or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us, once a calendar year, information about the personal information we shared, if any, with other businesses for marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of personal information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared such personal information for the immediately prior calendar year (e.g., requests made in the current year will receive information about the prior year).

 

To obtain this information please write to us at:

 

Unsolved

4303 Verdugo Ave.

Burbank, CA  91505

 

 Attn: CMP -- California Privacy Law.

 

Please include your full name and address.

 

CANADIAN ANTI-SPAM LAW

CMP complies with the Canada Anti-Spam Law which requires you to opt-in to receive unauthorized Commercial Electronic Messages (as defined under the Canada Anti-Spam Law).

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HOW WE PROTECT PERSONAL DATA

CMP implements commercially reasonable security measures to help protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data. Except for membership directories, membership lists and registration lists, and the sharing of information as set forth in this Privacy Policy, we restrict access to Personal Data to certain companies who need the data to operate, develop, or improve our services. These individuals or partner organizations are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.

 

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is fully secure. Accordingly, and despite our reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, CMP cannot guarantee or warrant the security of the Personal Data you transmit to us, or to or from our online Sites. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

 

Certain areas of the Sites require the use of a user ID, email address, or password as an additional security measure that helps protect your Personal Data.  To help you protect your privacy, these Sites have tools to help you log in and log out.

ACCESSING, CHANGING AND DELETING PERSONAL INFORMATION

We rely on you to update and correct your Personal Data.  If you are a user of our Sites, subscriber to [CMP product], purchaser of CMP products and services, you can review, update and correct your information directly on CMP’s website or by contacting us using the information in the “Contact Information” section below.

 

Typically, we retain your Personal Data for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.  This may include retaining your Personal Data indefinitely, even after you are no longer a CMP member, in order to provide you with future marketing opportunities and other purposes, as well as to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce any of our agreements.  

 

Please note that you can request, at any time, that we delete your Personal Data.  All requests must be directed to the contact in the “Contact Information” section below.  We can decide to delete your Personal Data if we believe that the data is incomplete, inaccurate, or that our continued use and storage are contrary to our obligations to other members, individuals, or third parties.  When we delete your Personal Data, it will be removed from our active databases or anonymized so that the data is no longer identified with you, but the data may remain in our archives if CMP determines that it is not practical or possible to delete it.

Your Personal Data is processed in the United States, where privacy laws may be less stringent than the laws in your country and where the government, courts, or law enforcement may be able to access your data.  By submitting your Personal Data to us, you agree to the transfer, storage and processing of your Personal Data in the United States.

You, as the data subject, have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of your personal data does not comply with legal requirements.

In the event we determine the occurrence of a data security incident, we will notify you by email, US mail, telephone, or other means as permitted by law.

If you have questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices or if you wish to change, access, or remove your Personal Data, please contact us as indicated below.  We will attempt, where practical, to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy related information.

Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.