I Am the Night, the TV series touching on the brutal ‘Black Dahlia’ murder, left many questions unanswered. The TNT series featured Chris Pine as Jay Singletary, a composite character based on reporters who covered the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short. Pine’s performance was exemplary, but overall, confusion arose because the series inspired by a true story presents much that is implausible. What’s true and what isn’t? I still can’t answer that question.
Episode 1 of the limited TNT series I Am the Night begins with Fauna Hodel’s search for her roots. The series is based on the real Fauna Hodel’s memoir One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel. Fauna’s search sparks fascinating questions. Is she white? Black? Biracial? There’s a more sinister turn to her story, however, and that turn involves one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in true crime.
The limited series I Am the Night resurrects a legendary murder still unsolved more than 70 years after it happened. For decades after Elizabeth Short (‘The Black Dahlia’) was tortured, murdered, and mutilated, her case was used to frighten many a young female whose ambitions included show business. In the South, her case captured just as much attention as it did in the rest of the country. This series sets itself apart from other film and TV coverage of the case, though. The book it’s based on is written by someone with personal ties to a suspect.