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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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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.

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Dark!

Very well written and structured. For someone such as myself, who knew nothing about the GSK prior to this, it's incredibly thorough and informative. I also love love love that it is indeed read by the actual people involved. I sincerely hope there are more productions like this to come!

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Fascinating story

This will be a hard act to follow for several reasons. Not only is this an incredible story with a remarkable outcome, the production and narration are top notch! I was hooked from episode one. Well done.

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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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Dark & Disturbing

So dark and chilling... I had to put it away a few times because of how disturbing it was to hear them recount what happened. It was very captivating and well narrated.

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Chilling read

Beautifully written and narrated. Absolutely chilling to know that this is real, and that there are people out there capable of the crimes committed by the Golden State Killer.

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well done & extremely interesting!

The performance was really well done & easy to follow. Loved that it was told by ppl that it affected.

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wow... whatta trip!

Amazing story and how dna has proven once again that you can run but you can't hide.
Criminals be warned.


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Summarize it Please

The story was captivating. I enjoyed the science, and ingenuity that was used to overcome the bureaucratic challenges that ultimately lead to closing the case. I did not enjoy the constant recaps.

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True Crime over a 20 year span

Joe wasn’t your ‘typical’ serial killer- he wasn’t personable, nor dashing to look at, nor good at his daily occupation. He did carry a trait that wove a common thread through the veins of all serial killers- he loved to kill and through this act he enjoyed frightening and severely harming his victims. I liked the book because over the years I too wanted to unravel the name of this killer who continued to kill over decades. Finally, in Sacramento and surrounding areas families can sleep in peace not fearing that their rapist many years later was going to return and kill them. I’d recommend this book to anyone who follows serial killers and to those who can appreciate how DNA can now solve mysteries that in earlier times may have gone unsolved.

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Informative and Emotional

TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, VIOLENCE AND GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS

I had never heard of the Original Nightstalker, or the East Area Rapist, or even the Golden State Killer as he became known as. This audiobook was informative on what the detectives and cold case detectives knew at the time and how they came to catch the Golden State Killer. It is heartbreaking to hear from the victims, but it makes the justice at his being caught so rewarding.

Would highly recommend if you are interested in serial killer stories, or criminology. The explanations are graphic in some cases, so use caution if you are a survivor of assault.