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Evil Has a Name

The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
Written by: Audible Original
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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Highly Recommended

Incredible, well told story. Intense, gripping and at times emotional scenes make for an excellent portrayel of an unbelievable story.

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I lost myself in this book

I completely lost myself in this book. I lost track of time as well. It was riveting and showed the detailed steps it took to track down one of the most prolific rapists and murderer in recent history. If you're into true crime and forensics, this is definitely for you!

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I loved this!

This was so informative and interesting! Ive heard of the golden state killer but didnt know much about it and I learned alot and it was well narrated

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very interesting

enjoyed listening
story written very well
glad they caught the monster, feel bad for his daughters and grand children

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Unbelievable story told incredibly well

As good as a true crime docuseries can get. I binged on the series and I’m about to start it all over again.

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A great supplement to Michelle McNamara's book

I read I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara last summer and a few months later, I realized that the GSK or EAR had been caught! This podcast is the perfect supplement to the other book because Joseph DeAngelo wasn't caught yet, so this finishes off the saga. Though I'm interested to know what happens in the trial and I hope that Audible will add more recordings during/after the trial to wrap this up.

The podcast interviews the police, investigators and victims which paints a real picture of the horror of the crimes that DeAngelo is accused of committing. That it took more than 3 decades to prove DNA evidence. How genealogy was used to finally get him another 10 years later. The tragedy and frustration of rape kits being destroyed because of statute of limitations on unsolved rapes which led to the loss of valuable evidence.

It brought tears to my eyes listening to all the roadblocks that investigators and how long victims waited for justice thanks to legal bureaucracy or the fact that technology wasn't far enough yet to make the link.

If you are a fan of true crime, this production is a no-brainer to download!

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Excellent

This series ‘Evil has a Name’ is one of the most interesting and encouraging I have listened to. The long and tedious work from the police departments over a long number of years and the story telling is all of the best and I will listen to it all again.

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Evil Has a Name — My Latest Obsession

I have been excited to get out the door and on the streetcar every morning for work, just so I can continue listening to “Evil Has a Name.” I avoid getting on the bus at the end of the day with coworkers, so I don’t have to talk to them and can get my headphones back in — this series is clearly affecting my social life. Lol.

I’ve been absolutely hooked! For those of you who love crime and investigative series, you won’t regret listening to”Evil Has a Name.”


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So glad I got this

A detailed firsthand recounting of one of the longest running and frustrating pursuit of a monster. Everyone did a great job of sharing their experiences during the investigation and the attacks. You will not regret adding this to your library! I have recommended this to many friends alreadyand i know that I will revisit thismany times in the future!

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This series was beautiful and fascinating

I thought I knew everything about this case and was surprised by a bunch of new details.
Manages to be full of information and still very respectful and compassionate towards those impacted by the case.