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Myths and Legends of the 1940s
May 28, 2011
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Scarlett
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There are a lot of stories we hear today about the 40s but they can't all be true. What are some myths you have heard about the 1940s? One common one I hear is that there was little crime back then. I have heard that this isn't true, crimes just weren't widely reported and people didn't know about crimes. There was a false sense of security.

May 29, 2011
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Crimes were very common back then, that's true. However, there was not the same type of gangster activity there is nowadays. Back then crime was a lot more "organized". The criminals had their own rules they abided by.

 

In my home country, crime was pretty low though – or at least I never saw it, considering how sheltered I was and all the protection we had.

May 29, 2011
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I know things were a lot safer then. I roamed the countryside without my Mother fearing I would be asaulted or killed. All of the kids I used to play with played outside as long as we were allowed to. I hated coming in to go to bed, but when I did, I fell straight way to sleep because I was so tired. Children don't get as much exercise now.

May 29, 2011
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Perhaps it was safer in the countryside, but even today I would say the countryside is safer than the cities. I think perhaps the ideal sense of security we feel today about the past might come from a less urban lifestyle back then.

June 1, 2011
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One thing I can say is that children weren't organised into gangs as they are now. Yes, there were little groups and cliques but they didn't beat people sensless or kill them as you see reported nowadays.

June 1, 2011
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We would have never thought of doing something like that back then. We would play pranks sometimes, like turning over the outhouse, but we didn't do anything malicious like now. We loved to go places after the sun went down in the summer. It was much cooler and we could walk easier. I remember the reports on the "Black-Dahlia" killing and my mother was horrified!

June 3, 2011
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Scarlett said:

There are a lot of stories we hear today about the 40s but they can't all be true. What are some myths you have heard about the 1940s? One common one I hear is that there was little crime back then. I have heard that this isn't true, crimes just weren't widely reported and people didn't know about crimes. There was a false sense of security.


I think some of the most strangest myths from the 1940s I have ever heard surround the "Black Delilah" case. I can not get my head wrapped around the crime, how the killer kept contacting the news papers to keep the story "alive." Then when I forget about it a new book or movie comes out with some far fetched plot surrounding it. Wow.

 

 

 

 

June 4, 2011
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Yeah, I think the case is still unsolved. In adulthood, I finally got to see the crime scene photos and they were horrible. How anyone can do something like that to another person is a mystery to me. The poor girl was pretty much dissected. 

June 6, 2011
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Memories said:

Yeah, I think the case is still unsolved. In adulthood, I finally got to see the crime scene photos and they were horrible. How anyone can do something like that to another person is a mystery to me. The poor girl was pretty much dissected. 


 

I saw the photos as well and yes, they are horrible and graphic. I don't know how somebody could do such a thing and I still wonder why it happened. Just the other day I was in Hollywood and drove by the apartment that she used to live in. It always reminds me of the story and poor Elizabeth Short.

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