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

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New episodes post every Wednesday. 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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You Only Have One Family

You Only Have One Family

2019-04-0300:46:3046

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.
The Troubling Questions

The Troubling Questions

2019-03-2700:43:0654

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.
Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murder
Traumatic Reenactment

Traumatic Reenactment

2019-03-1300:58:5088

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.
The Minotaur

The Minotaur

2019-03-0600:47:42100

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.
George's Gift

George's Gift

2019-02-2700:42:39127

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.
A Skilled Surgeon

A Skilled Surgeon

2019-02-2000:41:20132

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.
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.
Saved By The Ghetto

Saved By The Ghetto

2019-02-1300:47:12206

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.
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Vee

Tamar is the female Melvin Just

May 20th
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pants pants

incredible story

May 17th
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Lisa Reardon

this is my life. my brother raped me for 3 years because my father was also doing it. I want to save this episode!!

May 16th
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Christine Johnson

The fact that she says her middle name Elizabeth after Elizabeth Short.... more evidence.

May 15th
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Amanda George

The oldest son kind of sounds like a bit of a jerk to fauna 2. He brushes off the things she says in this episode like he is annoyed by her. Like he's aggravated she is still crying and hurt over what happened.

May 13th
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Amanda George

Is there no way that they can do a DNA test on their mother and George?

May 13th
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Christine Johnson

Amanda George They should be able to!

May 15th
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SoDa Pop 20T$19

Shocking story😳

May 13th
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Yasir Najeep

the wrong side of internet

May 13th
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Grace Daniel

I've seen so many stories in regards to the Black Dahlia. This podcast by far is so intriguing.

May 10th
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Sabrina Yvonne Veit

Wow, what a family story. I just finished the last episode and can't even describe how I feel. You guys are just amazing people. Despite all the unbelievable things that happen to each of you individually, you are truly survivors. Thank you all for sharing your family story with the world. Sending you the most appreciation from Munich, Germany

May 9th
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April

This was super intense and dark. I learned a lot of things that have never really been talked about. Many thanks to the family for doing this. Be prepared to watch dog videos on repeat after to lighten the mood.

May 9th
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*nefelibata*

I was just wondering what Fauna Elizabeth said in the voice messages she sent her sister Fauna after her death that upset the daughter so much. Did anyone catch that?

May 8th
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Jamie Rhines-Romero

*nefelibata* I heard it, but there was no mention of what was said in the messages. Hopefully, we'll learn as we go on.

May 12th
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Sifu Natalie Kravetz

THIS STORY IS BANANAS.

May 8th
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Todd Sarantopulos

This was one of the best and most disturbing podcasts I have ever heard. Just beyond words. Really riveting and still really disturbing! Glad the family has moved on and not continue down that dark path.

May 7th
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Todd Sarantopulos

Fuck Cancer! I will never ever do chemo or radiation, ever! That type of treatment has killed too many people I have personally known, including my brother. They got sicker and weaker than the cancer made them to begin with.

May 7th
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Chungwoo

what ever happened to the other families that were affected by George? Did anyone contact them? You know they're likely dealing with the same shit, and need someone tell them they're not alone.

May 6th
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Rane dae

I had never heard about the torture before. That part really broke my heart.

May 3rd
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ken carpenter

We’re only on episode 4 and the first 15 minutes is basically a repeat.

Apr 30th
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Brenda Nichols

This was an AMAZING podcast and I appreciate the survivors of this family had the courage to share their story with the world. I have personal experience with being the victim of molestation. My father did sadistic sexual acts against my older siblings and some of them continued the abuse. Most of them have passed away and much like these fearless people, I am left with torn feelings about family. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate them sharing this peice of their lives with me. Much love and happiness to them all 😘 Brenda

Apr 30th
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Tara Lacey

This is such an amazing podcast. I am almost without words after listening to it. pardon my lack of exclamation points and question marks. But it touched me deeply and truly. Thank you so much to the Hodel sisters for sharing your family with us!

Apr 25th
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