Chapter 26 ~ Jiggs Moore

” – it was Carriere’s idea that this black-haired, large bosomed woman, whom he thought resembled very strongly the picture of Elizabeth Short, was Dillon’s woman.”

~ Sgt. John H. Ahern


After undercover officer John O’Mara drove Dr. de River and Leslie Dillon to Jiggs Moore’s Pacific Trailer Court, near Long Beach, in early 1949, he recalled.

We paused in front of the motel, and immediately upon stopping, Dillon hurriedly rushed away from the car and into the office there, of the motel, and naturally, the doctor and I became apprehensive, so I followed him, more or less, rushing in after him, I still had to give him the impression I wasn’t too interested in him, and I noticed him pointing down to a ledger, that this Mr. Moore, subsequently found out was Jiggs Moore, Mr. Moore was erasing and injected another figure in, which turned out to be a book, a record of people in attendance at this trailer court, and as we approached there I noticed he was meaning – nodding his head towards him, more or less of a hurried up deal, if you get what I mean, he more or less rushed in there, wanted to get something changed before we made our way to there.  As it was we saw him make this change, Dr. de River questioned Mr. Moore about it, he called him on it right away, “What is this change made here?”  “Well I made a little change here, correction in the book for Mr. Dillon here about the time he was in this place, the days he was in here, the date of his departure.”

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Lester “Jiggs” Moore, described as an elderly man, was a trailer court operator in the 1940’s. He ran the A-1 trailer park at 1270 Pacific Coast Highway, near Normandie Avenue. Investigators also called his park the “Pacific Trailer Court.”

When it became known that Leslie Dillon had lived at the A-1, Jiggs Moore was interviewed by investigators. He told them that Leslie Dillon stayed at his place from June 8 to August 31, 1946.

There was confusion about a Mr. and Mrs. Ashford who were living at the A-1 at that time. Jiggs said there was a second man named Ashford staying at the court. He was living with a black haired woman with large bosoms who was about 23 years old, Jiggs told detectives. The two lived in the trailer next to Leslie Dillon’s trailer.

The officers went back the following day with a photo of Elizabeth Short and showed it to Jiggs. “That’s the girl,” Moore told Sgt. J. J. Ahern. Ahern said, he “steadily maintained in subsequent interrogation that it couldn’t possibly be anyone else.” He was the only person who remembered a second Mr. Ashford.  Jiggs said they stayed there for a week in July, 1946, that he took their money but did not register them. According to authorities, the ledger book was poorly kept. When they were contacted later, Mr. and Mrs. Ashford said they were the only people living there with the last name Ashford. They recognized Leslie and Georgia Dillon from photographs, but did not recognize a photograph of Elizabeth Short .

Officer B. M. Meyers described Mrs. Ashford as at least 40 years of age.

An older man at the A-1, Mr. Carriere, said he saw Dillon and the black haired girl together, possibly twice. He was brought to the Elysian Park Range for questioning, where his, “identification was fully as good as Jiggs Moore’s,” Sgt. Ahern said.  He was shown a photograph of Elizabeth Short, “where he made a fairly good identification of the picture.” It was Ahern’s observation that Moore saw the black haired female as Ashford’s woman, whereas Carriere saw her as Dillon’s woman. Dillon told Jiggs that he worked in hotels in the San Francisco and  would like to take Mrs. Ashford  there and put her to work, Moore said. The meaning was clear.

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Leslie and Henry Dillon were half brothers that shared the same father, but were raised by different mothers. The two first met in the early 1940’s. Tom Harlow, a man with a criminal record, first met Leslie at, “Henry Dillon’s place sometime in 1946,” probably in December, he thought.  Harlow knew Dillon at the Aster Motel and the A-1 trailer court. At some point, he had hired Dillon “to work to help remodel an old house.” Harlow was a builder and sold properties. He remembered seeing Leslie Dillon four or five times in early January, 1947 and drove him to the A-1 at least twice around that time, he said.

Jiggs Moore said Dillon showed up in different cars frequently and told Jiggs that he had connections in Hollywood and could get him a new car if he wanted. He also said Dillon carried a hand gun.

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