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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 (142 ratings)

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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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truth will out

clear narration. the interviews really pulled me into the story. to know the truth is to know something beautiful. I mean the whole truth - not just about the killer.

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Sad and Melancholy yet Beautiful

God, it’s so sad couldn’t believe like how much her daughter had to go through! Finally they got the justice they deserve. An awesome chapter, probably my favourite among the others :)

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Interesting case, innovative use of new technology

Interesting case, that showcases the innovative use of new technology for the first time to trace a serial rapist-killer

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Feed back on Evil has a name

Too many voices are making the hearing experience below average. Even the way the sequence is planned is also uninteresting.....👎

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Nice one

Its really unnerving and gripping at the same time. For any true crime fanatics, this is a must read.

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I couldn't stop listening

I was moved with the emotions. I was in my morning run routine, and I was literally laughing with joy when they finally caught him. WoW!

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Excellent production

A nail biting terror story told in a neat and perfect way. Would like to really appreciate the production of this audible original. I am sure this will go on to become a classic reference for many serial killers stories and the officers involved in catching the evils. May God be with the officers and victims.

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Amazing work

I was hooked the whole time. Please take the warnings of violence seriously. I was so paranoid after the first few chapters that I didn't want to be alone in my own home. I debated whether or not I could finish the book but I'm glad I did. It was so informative. So glad for the wonderful people that worked the case.

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Inspiring work for decades for the cause of justi

Hats off to the team and their belief in justice. It's truly amazing and emotional

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Interesting plot

Interesting Thriller, keeps you in hold & you will want to go to next chapter for sure.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • craig knight
  • 12-07-19

Excellent

I did this from start to finish in one sitting. I really enjoyed it and would advise everyone to give this a listen. Would love to listen to more like this.

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  • Left - Emjay & Above - Pip “Psyco”
  • 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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