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

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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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You Only Have One Family

You Only Have One Family

2019-04-0300:46:3089

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

2019-03-2700:43:0684

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

2019-03-1300:58:50132

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

2019-03-0600:47:42137

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

2019-02-2700:42:39167

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

2019-02-2000:41:20185

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.
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Andy Kourafas

I loved all the episodes, but I found this one so gross.

Aug 21st
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Drew Brid

Andy Kourafas :(

Aug 22nd
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snosaer

Chloe Fineman recommended this i think. oh she is crazy funny

Aug 19th
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Deven Johannessen

snosaer haha, I agree!!

Aug 19th
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Lindsey Tofflemoyer-Dickinson

can't tear myself away.

Aug 17th
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H

amazing. captivating. how the family got to where they are is amazing. couldn't stop listening.

Aug 15th
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Amy Jo Samuel

This had a lot of potential but just ended up being dramatized shock value. There are so many things they tee up and don't bother to explain, instead they spend really way too much time detailing out horrific abuse. Look, that's fine and cathartic and I realize important but then don't leave huge threads dangling like the audio at the beginning with Tamar and Fauna breaking into franklin house to search for a body, or how George made tons of money - so much that he could live in a penthouse in SF for 9 years, or just as a passing comment note that you believe Hodel killed over 50 women. Or what was George's cx with Short? Did you have further details or did you just want to clarify you don't know? I'm so confused by your narratives. But the abuse is hashed rehashed and drawn out. I wasn't impressed with the editing or the storytelling. I am impressed with the remaining family members and their bravery.

Aug 8th
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Samuel Anderson

Amy Jo Samuel Me too! I am also impressed with the remaining family members and their bravery.

Aug 9th
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Juliana Meowth

REALLY GOOD but disturbing podcast. I had to take a break from listening when the details of Tamar's abuse were recounted. It sounds like she developed Borderline Personality DIsorder. However, it's inspiring how her family is actively working to heal from the collective damage, and also reminding us that Elizabeth Short and her family were victimized as well by Hodel. Not an easy listen but definitely worth it.

Aug 6th
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Emmanuel

Juliana Meowth Ok, I can have a try!

Aug 6th
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Akwaaba B

Tamar sounds like my mother, in terms of having me, my brother and my sister distrusting one another. I can totally relate to Peace!

Jul 29th
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Nicola Evans

cant listen to this anywhere...strange

Jul 29th
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Martin Perchard

Nicola Evans Found the same, through phone and laptop

Jul 30th
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Kristi Chessmore

This story was the epitome of "truth is stranger than fiction." I have so much respect and admiration for those that thrived beyond their circumstances. Thank you for your courage in sharing your story.

Jul 26th
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Michelle Griffin

Big thanks to the family members for bravely sharing their story with such honesty & vulnerability. This was an outstanding podcast, very well done & with high production quality too. To anyone looking for reviews as a matter of helping to decide if they want to listen, be forewarned: the story is incredibly intense & may have trauma triggers for some people. While the basis of this podcast surrounds the Black Dahlia murder, it goes deeply into the history of horrific abuse within the family of the primary suspect, which includes violence, rape, incest & psychological terrorizing.

Jul 25th
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Owen Jenkins

Michelle Griffin Ok, thanks for your sharing!

Jul 26th
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Sharon Foskett

My god what a nightmare created by one evil man. Thank you to all the family for sharing this heart wrenching story to us all. I hope as you move through the rest of your lives you can finally find some peace and happiness. I hope Steve can get the DNA he needs to prove he did it and get a conclusion for the sake of all families concerned. Shame on the Government for not allowing a simple test to be performed to prove 100% that this evil man is a monster and give Elizabeth Short's family an end so she can RIP. Don't let one man stop any of you from being proud of your Surname he is not worthy of his name but you should walk tall, you are all amazing people.

Jul 25th
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His FD Girl

I've listened to this whole podcast and I have been haunted by the woman killed and buried in the surveillance tapes ever since. Has this poor woman ever been identified? Has the basement of that house ever been dug up to see if her remains are there? I have so many questions and the podcast has no answers regarding her. Is anyone trying to discover who this unfortunate victim was?

Jul 24th
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Lars Wood

His FD Girl Good question!

Jul 25th
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Bobbie P'Mosley

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! In my family, We too are scattered! Your strength has inspired me to reach out to my siblings!

Jul 22nd
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Colbert Williams

Bobbie P'Mosley congratulations! I

Jul 22nd
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Annie Graham

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Jul 19th
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His FD Girl

Just wow. What an evil man George was. Then Tamer ended up passing the pain on to her children. It's amazing how this next generation is facing the darkness, pulling it all out into the light, and vanquishing it with love. My heart breaks for all of George's victims, his descents and the people outside of his family that he tortured and killed. In memory of Elizabeth Short.

Jul 19th
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yoyo_mama

I have so much anxiety listening to this poor woman.... the cycle of abuse keeps rolling on, it's hard to stomach. oof.

Jul 11th
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His FD Girl

yoyo_mama I've listened to the entire podcast now. I feel sorry for Debbie, but I was not terribly disturbed by her story. Disgusted and angry, yes, but not disturbed to the point I could no longer listen. Here is what has been disturbing me, however, since it's finished the podcast I've a week ago: the poor woman heard on the police surrvelience tapes... her screaming, being beaten, heard in real time at the police station, heard in real time and they did nothing. I am haunted by this poor victim who was not worth the police's time it effort to sorry the house and at least stop the crime they were audibly witnessing. Had 6 this poor victim ever been found? She was someone's daughter. She has value. She deserves to be known. Had the basement been dug up? Has anyone or is anyone trying to discover who this poor woman or girl was?

Jul 24th
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His FD Girl

yoyo_mama thank you for clarification. I'm listening to the first episode. they're in Hawaii.

Jul 12th
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Caleb Michael

Gangster 'Capitalism'? Linked with the college admissions scandal. Are you serious? What a way to show anyone with a brain that you don't even know don't have a clue what you're talking about.

Jul 11th
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Danni Elle

I wish there were some way to help Steve get the LAPD to give him the time of day

Jul 10th
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Cover Time

this is sooooooooo messed up......

Jul 9th
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Miki Amsterdam

Amazing

Jul 7th
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Priscilla Jones

Miki Amsterdam I agree

Jul 7th
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