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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.

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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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Loved it

I absolutely loved this series. I was balling my eyes out when the arrest was made with tears of joy.

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Fascincating story

A really interesting story. Really pulled me in, from the 1970s right up to now, The dedication and determinedness of the investigators really stood out. The only small complaint was with the production, some editing problems with doubled up speaking, and some of the interviews sounded like they were done via low bandwidth internet phone and were hard to understand.

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Loved This!! I couldn't stop listening!

Interesting, heart-breaking, suspenseful, rollercoaster of emotions. Best documentary series I've ever listened to! 5 stars!

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I could not stop listening

This is a very well researched, narrated, and edited story following the heinous crimes omitted by the Golden State Killer in the 70's and early 80's. victims and survivors tell their story along with one of the primary detectives. " You did not get away with this."

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Very well done.

This was better then I expected. I really enjoyed how they interviewed real people related to the case. Very well done. Interesting, informative and scary true story.

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WOW! Fantastic! well done!

wow! well done! This is such a very sad read, but, it was put together and told in a way which brings the story to life yet maintains respect for the victims and their privacy. The various voices, the narrator, the music, the everything.... just the right amount of everything to form a weekend of non-stop listening. I resisted the strong urge to Google for more info until the very end. I couldnt believe evil had such a "normal" face/mask. Its frightening to accept. Blew me away how he was eventually found... but very interesting to think of the possibility of solving many cold cases. (trying to not give spoilers) THIS IS A GOOD PURCHASE. One of the top 3 I can recommend in the past five yrs. My sympathy to the victims, the investigators, detectives, and to the family of the accused. Everyone is a victim.

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That was so entertaining!

I'm off work sick and sitting at home bored out of my mind on self induced quarantine. This was fantastic and I burned through it in a day. Just wish there were more like it. Or maybe I havent found them yet? I would LOVE this at work.