Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

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Reviews: 16


 Jul 22, 2020

Becka Jordan
 Feb 5, 2020
I personally loved this podcast, it was hard hitting and awful to hear about what was suffered, but it absolutely had me engrossed start to finish. my fave of this type of podcast.

Steffen
 Nov 22, 2019

Carlos
 Nov 1, 2019


 Sep 18, 2019
The bravery of the family members to talk about their horrific experiences is amazing. Plus, the fact that the three uncles and aunt turned out to be such loving people is a testament to their strength and resiliency and is an inspiration.

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When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. More than 70 years later, it remains America's most infamous unsolved murder. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel's own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations. Now, through never-before-heard archival audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up to reveal their shocking story. In this eight-part documentary series, sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile, the great grand daughters of George Hodel, take a deep dive into their family history to try to figure out what really happened, and where do they all go from here? Root of Evil is the companion podcast to TNTs limited series I Am the Night. Inspired by the true story of the Hodel family, the series stars Chris Pine and comes from acclaimed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.

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Welcome to Relative Unknown
243
From the Peabody Award nominated C13 Originals Studio, and the creators of Root of Evil, comes a new documentary series about the stories, and family we can’t escape. Jackee Taylor has been hidden in WITSEC, better known as the Witness Protection Program, for almost 40 years.  But after a strange and violent incident reveals secrets about her past, Jackee begins a journey to find out the truth about herself, and her family.  Hers is a twisted tale of darkness, murder, mystery, tragedy, and resilience, which traverses the country, and lands in the most violent era of one of the country’s most violent cities - 1970s Cleveland.  At the heart of this story, is Jackee’s relative - a former member of the world’s most powerful motorcycle club, a sociopath, a killer, and an informant.  Jackee can’t move forward unless she reconciles with his past, and she’s finally telling this story in the hopes that others don’t have to live kind of life that she has. ​
Aug 11, 2020
Introducing "California City"
429
It was supposed to be a simple story about the California drought. Instead, reporter Emily Guerin became obsessed with the bizarre history of a sprawling, half-built desert city.  
Jul 17, 2020
Introducing "The Plot Thickens"
164
Peter Bogdanovich was a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood's top directors. But he soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn – and a devastating crime.  Now, he looks back on a life of fame and failure, and through it all, an enduring love of the movies. A new seven-part documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies. Subscribe today!
Apr 28, 2020
Introducing "Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders"
148
Abby and Libby - two young girls murdered. Investigators are searching for the killer using their biggest clue: a recording of his voice from one of the victims' phones ordering the girls Down the Hill. Almost three years later, it's a mystery that still haunts the small town of Delphi, Indiana...and the police say the killer may walk among them. via Knit
Feb 05, 2020
Introducing Gangster House
00:03:07
The incredible true story of Mike Thevis, family man, and one of the most notorious criminals you've never heard of. Listen to Gangster House for free right now. via Knit
Oct 22, 2019
Introducing Somebody Somewhere: The Jungle Murders
188
In Season 2, David Payne and Jody Gottlieb take you into a world few people ever experience as they investigate a 2016 mass shooting in a Seattle homeless encampment known as "The Jungle." Three teenage brothers were arrested for the crime, but are they the real killers? Only the Jungle knows.
Jun 14, 2019
Introducing Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal
314
From the creators of Root of Evil, Gangster Capitalism Season 1 is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian, Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education in America. The final chapter of this story is still being written, as the federal investigation into these crimes grows and unfolds.
May 14, 2019
You Only Have One Family
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For the first time in decades, the Hodels gather together in one room to confront their difficult family secrets. They try to collectively make sense of their story and answer the question of how to move forward, knowing they can never escape their past.
Apr 03, 2019
Introducing "The Ballad of Billy Balls" from Crimetown Presents
00:04:16
Downtown New York, early summer, 1982. A man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots musician Billy Balls. The motive? Unknown. Billy's body? It just disappears. Rebecca, Billy's girlfriend, doesn't know what to do and has no way to say goodbye. Now, thirty-seven years later, iO Tillett Wright helps give Rebecca the opportunity to unravel the mystery.
Mar 28, 2019
The Troubling Questions
2308
Fauna Hodel and her mother, Tamar, both leave their own unique legacies, and their children try to make sense of it all. In doing so, unresolved emotions and crucial questions are raised.
Mar 27, 2019
Supposin' I Did Kill The Black Dahlia
3916
Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murder
Mar 20, 2019
Traumatic Reenactment
3266
The vicious cycle of family trauma continues as George Hodel's daughter, Tamar becomes a mother. Her children tell the heartbreaking story of growing up in a shockingly toxic environment.
Mar 13, 2019
The Minotaur
2618
Steve Hodel receives a phone call that pulls him out of retirement to investigate the Black Dahlia, a murder that had been ice cold for more than 50 years. The deeper Steve gets, the more he comes to accept his father was a sadistic killer.
Mar 06, 2019
George's Gift
2382
A deeper look into the life of George Hodel and his children; his interests, his parties, and the horrifying incident in 1949 that would reshape the Hodel family forever.
Feb 27, 2019
A Skilled Surgeon
2195
Former LAPD Homicide Detective, Steve Hodel, explains the identity of the Black Dahlia, the circumstances of her murder in 1947 Los Angeles, and how the LAPD's profile of her killer fit Steve's own father, George Hodel.
Feb 20, 2019
Sneak Peek: "You couldn't make this story up."
272
Steve Hodel, a former LAPD homicide detective, and son of George Hodel - the prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder, takes us through the gruesome discovery found in Los Angeles on January 15, 1947.
Feb 15, 2019
Saved By The Ghetto
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Fauna Hodel, a biracial girl living in Sparks, Nevada, finds out the truth about who she really is, where she came from, and her terrifying family history.
Feb 13, 2019
Introducing Root of Evil
195
When Elizabeth Short, also known as "The Black Dahlia," was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. More than 70 years later, it remains America's most infamous unsolved murder. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel's own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations.  Now, through never-before-heard archival audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up to reveal their shocking story.  In this eight-part documentary series, sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile, the great grand daughters of George Hodel, take a deep dive into their family history to try to figure out what really happened, and where do they all go from here?   
Root of Evil is the companion podcast to TNT's limited series I Am the Night. Inspired by the true story of the Hodel family, the series stars Chris Pine and comes from acclaimed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
Jan 22, 2019