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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
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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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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loved it

loved it... I was hooked. i listened to this book while walking every morning. it is so well narrated. and it is inspiring to never give up

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classic creation

to those peoples who faced that evil...
and hat's off to Paul Holes..😐😐😐
good work

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Evil in the truest sense!

This gives an idea about how low a "human being" can reach to fulfill his dark carnal desires and the real evil one can become. But the highlight of the series has to be Paul Holes' breakthrough and the patience with which he had carried out the investigation, without giving up. How he did it, what he did are all too well described! Must listen!

Only thing that could have been made better was the length of it. Could have been trimmed down a bit, without harming the impact which the series desired to have on the audience.

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it's an easy timepass audio, topic is good

a well written, chaptered, voiced narrative of the investigation of one of the most intriguing crimes of 70s. an easy listening during daily walks or journeys.

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The experience was authentic

The narration was very good. The story was explained very well. The crime solving process and the struggles they were facing and how the technology evolution helped solving crimes were all very interesting to hear.

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persistance paid.. and evil was felled

I have read about and seen many documentaries, this was amore focused and precise approach to the investigation and the final arrest of the killer.

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Just superb

Excellent story, beautiful narration , aweful effects. Full of excitement to the last word. Great!

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Epic

Highly recommended. Loved the story telling and sound effects. Can't complain about anything in this series.

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Justice finally served....

Narration was crystal clear... Was engrossed at evwrt new turbing point. This being my first experience at listening over reading, I chose something with reality and thrilling and this book was the correct choice.

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Good one

This is a good one time listen for people who are curious and seek how GSK for caught.

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  • 30-05-19

Frustrating

The story is interesting but it's dragged out a bit. I'm not sure why the free ones are split into short episodes. It's very frustrating as they don't carry on, you have to select each one. This is a bad idea since listeners are often driving.

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  • Var
  • 10-02-19

Brilliantly told

love this, finished all 14 episodes in one day. has you booked start to finish. a very interesting story told by the detective and other people that lived it. stars deducted as in a couple of episodes audio snippets over lap each other to the point you can't make out what is being said. otherwise, brilliant.

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  • 04-03-19

easy to follow, tense and facinating

loved it! great documentary. very technical and shows you how hard detective work actually is. loved narration and would love to hear more of series like this. episodes are a good length and were easy to follow who is speaking and when.

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  • mark
  • 02-03-19

I now hate this man more than any other human ever

A story of ineptitude of the American police forces in the 70's when it came to sharing information , of a truly evil man and of the birth of a DNA technique which may render serial crimes like this a thing of the past. An incredible overview of a mans determination to bring a faceless man to justice. Well told, well structured and well narrated. A must listen.

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  • Sasperella
  • 16-02-19

Had me hooked

Is it wrong to say I really enjoyed this? It was compelling. I almost found myself cheering at the end. My thoughts go out to all the victims of such horrendous crimes.
A fascinating, interesting listen.
Please audible, bring us more.

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  • Sequinn
  • 11-07-19

Breathtaking

An amazing piece of work. I was gripped, horrified, terrified and inspired by this brilliant podcast. I felt the terror if the victims, the anger and dispair of the families and friends of the victims, and the volcanic frustration of the investigating team. At times I felt voyeuristic hearing the horror of the attacks, but it clarified how evil can exist among us, in disguise, in amongst familiar people. How glad I am that the clever guys got this monster. How good it was to hear those he had attacked, clearly and powerfuly tell him he had not controlled their lives. Incredible brilliant work all involved.

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  • Nigel
  • 04-03-19

Excellent

Excellent book/listen... in depth, heart rendering but informative... and best of all... it was free!

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  • 12-02-19

Great Series

I could not believe that this person managed to escape every time when he was sighted or came face to face with someone. It is scary that he managed to evade capture for so long and how he escalated each time after he was nearly caught in the act. DNA is a great tool, The authorities in the USA & here in the UK won’t allow every bit of evidence to be tested because of the privacy of people. What about the privacy of the murdered person or the victim of a sexual attack? I think their justice should be put above privileged privacy. If you have done nothing wrong then you don’t need to hide.

Anyway. This is Well worth a listen and you get drawn in and start to feel for the people who take part of this program. This is one of the best I have come across but I think you should read/listen to I’ll be Gone in the dark 1st.

Well done & Congratulations

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  • Numaan
  • 14-07-19

A Great Series.

This is a very well written story of the crimes of the Golden State killer. The story manages to fit an incredible tale of over 40 years worth of information into 14 episodes. The most touching episode for me was Cheri and Greg's story, truly there is not enough justice for any of the victims and what the criminal had put them through. This was my first audible series to listen to, and it was truly captivating, Although the science behind the forensics could have been explained a little better. Overall I highly recommend listening to this series of the victim's stories and how science had advanced over the course of 40 years to aid in solving crime.

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  • J. Etherington
  • 15-08-19

Terrifying - for more than one reason

Firstly I would recommend any survivors of sexual violence, home invasion or other violence think hard about listening to this. There are multiple graphic descriptions with only a cursory content warning at the beginning of the episode.

Secondly it's important to note that - as of time of recording - the person finally arrested in 2018 has not stood trial yet.

The person arrested in all probability is guilty. But the way the investigation was conducted is highly problematic. That fact coupled with the high profile of the case and publicity (including this series proclaiming their absolute guilt) I fear may lead to the accused being released due to the undue influence it would have on the jury. I think the investigators and Audible may have done the victims and survivors a grave injustice.

Removing ourselves from this particular case the series highlights the staggering incompetence, lack of foresight and unethical methods police and investigators will take to make a case fit a suspect. But all this goes completely unchallenged by the series.

Paul Holes was absolutely convinced on more than one occasion that he had the killer, but they were later discounted. He went and talked to their friends and family and implanted the idea they were the GSK/EAR. Even after they were discounted you can imagine the psychological damage that was caused. Despite admitting that his mistake in cherry picking evidence with the first suspect he went on to do it again...and again...and again

Methods of collecting DNA from suspects were unethical and uncontrolled which I would imagine render them inadmissible at best and leading to false-positives or false-negatives at worst.

Fraudulently uploading someone's DNA to a public and open source database without any kind of oversight constitutes a gross violation of privacy. Things such as warrants exist exactly for this purpose. Why not get a warrant and search the official databases? How reliable is the data on there in the first place in order to make the links? This is not only the the person to whom the DNA belongs but also anyone it links to.

The methods of investigation are sloppy and so prone to error even the most incompetent of defenders will be able to poke holes in it.

I have to hope there is supporting evidence other than the DNA and the fact the alleged killer sometimes acted a bit weird and once lost his job as a police officer.

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