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Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation

(10 customer reviews)

by Paul Holes (Author, Narrator), Jim Clemente (Author, Narrator), Peter McDonnell (Author)

Synopsis

The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.

The monster who preyed on Californians from 1976 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. After a decades-long hunt, a suspect was behind bars. Could it be that 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 bestseller, 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.

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.

Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

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6 - 6.5 Hours
Unabridged Version

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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 1976 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. After a decades-long hunt, a suspect was behind bars. Could it be that 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 bestseller, 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.

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.

Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

10 reviews for Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation

  1. M Garde

    It seems inappropriate to say that one “enjoys” a book like this, considering the subject matter, so I will stick with compelling and absorbing. I highly recommend it. I began following the GSK investigation when I saw the headlines regarding the unexpected and tragic death of Michelle McNamara. I have not read her book; my familiarity with the case, such as it is, comes from news articles and Reddit posts. Much of the factual material covered in this work is already known, but hearing the entire arc of the case and the investigation in a single work was nevertheless very enlightening. It is an amazing back story. Paul Holes has many fans, and some detractors. That dichotomy seems to come with any kind of celebrity. I would recommend hearing his story from him, if only as a piece of the whole picture of the investigation as it emerges over time.Hearing the stories of some of the victims was heartbreaking, no less so because I have heard some of them before. And, through Paul Holes’s account of his unsuccessful attempts to interview some of the other victims, we experience a piece of their stories as well.One cautionary tale that is woven through the latter part of the work, is the conviction of Paul Holes that successive prime suspects that he developed using conventional investigatory techniques were “the guy,” later to have them excluded by DNA testing. I wonder how many people are still sitting in jail, having been wrongfully convicted based upon similar investigations that didn’t have the benefit of exculpatory DNA evidence. That is not a criticism of Paul Holes, but rather, a concern about the investigatory mindset that is both a necessity and a flaw in the process of criminal investigation.You can count me as a fan of Paul Holes. If he has an ego about his role in this investigation, he is well entitled to it.

  2. Jane E. Butler

    I have read everything out there on the GSK bit I still enjoyed this immensely. I have also heard most of the voices included in the audible book at Crimecon. There was still much to learn from Paul about the case. Just great!

  3. Q

    Insightful and accurate. Paul and Jim do an admirable job of presenting the facts of the case as we know them so far. The insights shared are also helpful for us to develop better understanding of how these predators operate.

  4. Savannah Polcen

    I LOVED this book because for so long we only heard about one side of the search, the mystery. With this text we get to learn more about the actual man and his motives

  5. P. H.

    Great read.

  6. Joe H

    This is the most well done audiobook I’ve ever heard. And also the most engaging.

  7. Melissa Arzoumanian

    I absolutely loved this audio book! I don’t normally write book reviews but this one was so good I just had to! I listen to many true crime podcasts which is why my interest initially piqued. But I’ve never read a true crime book so I was concerned that it might be boring. Boy was I wrong, I couldn’t stop listening and it only took me 2 days to finish the entire audio book. What hooked me right away is that the actual people involved in the case do most of the narrating. I especially appreciate the fact that some of the victims were brave enough to tell their stories and contribute to the audio version. Paul Holes is a true American hero for dedicating 20 years of his career to catching this monster. I commend all of the people involved in the case and thank you for sharing your story with us!

  8. MRS HOLLY A BOWLER

    This is so good! Very interesting!

  9. Christina Carter

    Gotta love Paul Holes !

  10. Bud Gundy

    I read the Michelle McNamara book just a few weeks before Joseph DeAngelo was arrested and through this audio book I was able to experience, one more time, the relief and satisfaction that the killer was caught. This is marketed as an audio book but it’s more of a very well-polished, well-written, and skillfully produced podcast. It’s unflinching as it describes the crimes, but doesn’t focus on lurid details. I was very impressed with the courage of the victims who contributed their voices and added an essential perspective (of course, the victims who did not want to participate are not any less courageous for not wanting to relive the worst moments of their lives). The explanation of the DNA hunt was utterly fascinating. Bonus points for including DeAngelo’s insightful neighbors, who simply knew him as “Freak”. Definitely not for the squeamish but absolutely absorbing and, again, comes with the immense satisfaction that such a brutal rapist and killer will pay for his crimes.

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