Actress Zooey Deschanel has shown interest in purchasing Los Angeles' historic John Sowden House, where the infamous Black Dahlia murder took place in 1947.

The (500) Days of Summer star and her boyfriend, Dear John screenwriter Jamie Linden, were pictured visiting the listed Los Feliz property with a realtor on Wednesday (27Mar13) and were given a thorough tour of the home where Dr. George Hodel allegedly tortured and killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, aka Black Dahlia, in January, 1947.

Photographer Jonzen Cousart tells Wenn, "They were probably there for a good hour-and-a-half... It seemed like they were definitely looking to buy it."

The stunning five-bedroom property, built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926 and featuring a breath-taking Mayan-style facade, was placed on the market for $4.89 million (£3 million) in February (13).

The recognisable mansion, listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has previously featured in Martin Scorsese's 2004 movie The Aviator and was used as the residence of Timothy Dalton's character Neville Sinclair in 1991 film The Rocketeer.

The Black Dahlia crime remains one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.