Re your question below:
"OK, Avians, I'm working on an article and looking for books and films in which a man falls for and/or becomes sexually obsessed with a murdered stranger AFTER her death. For example LAURA (even though she turns out to be alive after all) or Ellroy's BLACK DAHLIA. Ideally, I need a few contemporary examples but older stuff would help too."
In the DRAGNET episode "The Gun" (first broadcast on 27 Apr 1967), Joe Friday and his partner investigate the rape-murder of a beautiful military widow and single mother.
Joe gets much more emotionally involved than usual, and speaks wistfully about the victim. He gazes somewhat longingly at a photo of the victim, and, although it's never explicit, he seems to fall a little in love with her.
TV episodes are, I imagine, outside of your parameters, but given the iconic status of DRAGNET, and how different this episode was, I thought I'd mention it.
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