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Evil Has a Name

The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
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Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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''The inner workings of the long-cold case of the Golden State Killer are finally brought to light in an engrossing investigative journey that is not to be missed.''

Tori Leach, Audible Editor

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''We were dealing with an intelligent offender who was doing everything he could during the course of his attacks to prevent himself from being caught,'' explains criminologist Paul Holes. ''DNA laws were changed in California just to try to solve this case.''
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Publisher's Summary

The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.

The monster who preyed on Californians from 1975 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. To be sure, the chances of obtaining closure – or any form of justice – after so many years were slim to none, at best.

Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name.

Delivering all-new details about the investigation and a stunning final act to the events of Michelle McNamara's haunting best seller, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, this is the true story of how the suspected Golden State Killer was captured, as told, first-hand, by those closest to the case:

Paul Holes — the forensic criminologist and retired Costa County detective who spent 20 years trying to crack the Golden State Killer case, and finally did.

Steven Kramer — the FBI lawyer who pioneered the use of a public DNA database to unmask a killer, creating controversy in the process.

Jim Clemente (Host) — a retired FBI profiler and former New York City prosecutor who has investigated some of the highest profile criminal cases in U.S. history, including The Unabomber.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Evil Has a Name to your library, you'll get all 14 episodes.

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Good documentary

Very interesting story and many different people are interviewed. The documentary does fall off at the end as there is very little information known about the actual person that completed these attacks.

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excellent True Crime podcast

excellent podcast if you enjoy True Crime podcast listen to this. an avid True Crime listener I was really excited that this one was finally solved

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Wow

The documentary is very thorough, and the story is easy to follow. Great work on this piece!

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Loveeeeely

This is reallly sooo interesting and well said.It makes me want to become a criminologist.

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Filling in details that the news couldn't share

I remember hearing about this killer being caught when this was happened, and hearing about the different DNA forensics that were used, but a clear picture of what that was wasn't shared in the general media. Hearing this I now understand how they can take a DNA sample and construct a profile of the killer. Fascinating work.

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really well done so far.

so far I'm liking it very much. I like the fact that they are using the real people involved and not actors.

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wow

I have no words. I even cried at the end. What a ride! So emotional.

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Important

Harrowing and inspiring. Finally there is hope to solve so many cold cases like this thanks to newly implemented technology and the perserverence of people like Paul Holes.

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Really liked it

It was amazing, I liked hearing the story directly from the detectives and even from some of the victims or their family.

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Binge Listen

Ok, I listen to so many podcasts that quiet often I run out of new episodes! This filled the void quiet nicely for 2 days. Wish there was more episodes, maybe they can follow the trial. Also, love the dedication from the detective! Hope Audible releases more of these!