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The amazing true story of a mysterious murder. In 1999, Emmon Bodfish was murdered in his home in the wealthy enclave of Orinda, CA, just east of San Francisco. For the young crime scene analyst, Paul Holes, it quickly became the most bizarre and surprising case of his storied career. It was immediately clear how Emmon had died: by being hit over the head with a heavy object. What wasn’t clear was who did it and why. Each clue was like a doorway to an expanding labyrinth of leads -leads involving pagan ceremonies, stolen artwork, a mysterious disease, an elusive shoe pattern, entomology, a blue demon, a family inheritance, an enigmatic child, a struggle for identity, and passages written in a secret language throughout two decades of Emmon’s diaries. No matter how deep Paul went into the tunnels of the mystery, the shapeshifting shadow of Emmon’s antagonist stayed just out of reach. Paul had never faced anything like it. He became obsessed with solving it. For himself, and for Emmon.
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  • Jan
  • 14-05-21

Fascinating

A well written account and telling of an extraordinary person in an extraordinary story. Love anything to to with Paul Holes crime analysis as his passion for his work is second to none. Jim Clemente is a fab narrator. RIP Emmon.

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  • Noha
  • 06-06-21

Another fabeicated "transgender" drama!

Why is this marketed as a true "trans" murder?
It is so obvious that this man's / woman's sexuality problems have NO relevance to her murder. So why do you keep pushing the word trans is our faces everywhere?!!! The victim was beyond creepy and had eccentric beliefs, according to her own diaries. The most plausible theory is that she staged her own death exactly as she wanted according to her diaries.

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  • ila
  • 04-06-21

Wait a minute! this. is. BRILLIANT!!??

I write this in a way to avoid any spoilers. There are
many voices that cover the investigators, friends, and professionals involved. This production, doesn't just cover your typical true crime story and all the events and clues as they develop. this also covers a profound understanding and separate investigation into the mental frame work and psychological profile of the victim and some other people too. I was in tears in the 5th episode listening to the investigator sympathetically unravel some of the victims history. It really makes you think about the past, and what you choose to do with it. I'll say no more but if you like true crime, this is one of the best.

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  • Janice
  • 04-06-21

fascinating, informative, unbiased, real

Well presented, loads of detail, reality is stranger than fiction. Will listen to this again

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  • Scott C
  • 09-06-21

unsatisfactory ending

I enjoyed this overall it's narrated well and is very interesting.

I appreciate this gives a bit more clarity on an interesting mystery, especially for those involved but it leaves too many open questions at the end.

I only realised how short this was towards the end and quickly guessed it was going to leave me with many questions.

If you want a clear ending with the outcomes wrapped up, this probably isn't for you.

Its like a great TV show that permanently ends mid-season leaving you with a thousand questions.

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  • Amy
  • 30-06-21

very long for content

this could have been three thirty minute episodes, rather than lots of varying length. There's a lot of repetition and dramatic interpretation of what is, ultimately, an unsolved and now likely unproveable case. Good contributions from various people but overall it comes across as an attempt to sensationalise and overcomplicate an admittedly strange death, by turning it in to something conspired at by many.

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  • LG
  • 20-08-21

Interesting and created compassionately

I liked hearing about emmons life and his honesty around his struggles. A sad but truthful and well balanced story

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  • Eleonora
  • 03-08-21

Compelling

Really compelling listening. Sorry it was so short,as I really became involved in Emmon Bodfish's story, thoughts,fears and haunting dialogues with his Bldc. I'm just so sorry the case remains unsolved and hope both Emmon and her son rest in peace.

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  • Caroline Berridge
  • 19-07-21

Twists and Turns

I trust Jim Clemente wouldn't narrate something which wasn't sound. A well told, rich story of fascinating people with ample levels of torment and the drive to grow beyond it.

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  • M. Brookes
  • 18-07-21

Good reader but repetitively told.

Well read but while a sad story despite what sounds like a interesting topic turned out quite repetitive and dull.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-09-21

Interesting Story

Story kept my interest to the end. Who dun it? Maybe one day this cold case will get an answer .Narration was very well done

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  • Dandeleo
  • 15-08-21

bizarre

bizarre but true, with so many twists and turns, but ultimately a satisfying resolution. probably.

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  • Gina L Sanderson
  • 06-08-21

Don't expect a resolution. Disappointing.

I kind of hung in there to see how it was solved. I'm left hanging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-21

Book title well chosen

Theme did not resonate with me.

I found the slow progress frustrating. Description of the detective process was interesting enough.

Well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-21

No conclusion!

Annoyingly long-winded with no satisfactory conclusion. It had promise but didn't deliver. I lost interest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-21

very intriguing story

interesting story tools from the genuine perspectives off this investigating. if this was fiction you would not believe it

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  • ELL
  • 28-06-21

well produced but underwhelming storyline

Well produced. Overall the storyline was disappointing and seemed to dwell on the facts that this was a tale of a person who was transgender and followed a pagan religion even though these things didn't really contribute much to solving the crime.