In the past, Unsolved has delved into gruesome Hollywood murders, like the Black Dahlia. This week, we talk about the death of another Hollywood hopeful by the name of Georgette Bauerdorf.
Georgette Bauerdorf was a twenty year old oil heiress on October 11th, 1944, the day she died. The murderer remains unknown.
After her graduation from school in 1941, Bauerdorf found work at the Los Angeles Times in the Women’s Service Bureau and volunteered at the Hollywood Canteen, performing for the soldiers on leave. She lived with her father, stepmother, and sister at their apartment in El Palacio. Georgette was well-liked by everybody, and lived a happy life in Hollywood, up until her death.
The evening of October 11th, 1944 was a normal one, with Georgette at her shift at the Canteen, entertaining soldiers for the night. By the end of her shift, she got into her sisters Pontiac Coupe and drove home.
Later, it would be revealed that Georgette had stopped to give a ride to Sergeant Gordon Aadland, well after midnight. He recalled that they spent about 10-15 minutes together before they reached his destination. Aadland added that Bauerdorf had told him that she was expecting a call from her boyfriend in Texas that night.
The next morning, Georgette’s maid and janitor found her dead in the bathtub. She was strangled. The front door was unlocked, and the bathtub water was still running.
She was found in the top part of her pajama set, floating. The coroner surveyed later that she did put up a fight before her death. There was a partially unscrewed light bulb outside her front door, leading police to believe the murderer may had hidden, and was there before Georgette returned home, waiting for her.
A neighbor downstairs claimed they heard shouts around 2:30 am, along the lines of, “Stop! You’re hurting me!” They shrugged it off as a domestic dispute at that time.
Later, the police found Georgette’s car, which the murderer had stolen, some distance away. It was abandoned and out of gas. After this last trace of evidence, the case went cold.
As the two cases were so close together and both victims were Hollywood hopefuls, many theorists believed that the Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, and Georgette Bauerdorf could’ve been killed by the same person. There is no evidence to back this theory, however.
Despite many theories and articles written about this case, there is no concrete evidence to help this case be solved. It continues to be as mysterious as the day it happened, seventy years ago.