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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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Introducing Root of Evil

Introducing Root of Evil

2019-01-2200:03:53154

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.
Saved By The Ghetto

Saved By The Ghetto

2019-02-1300:45:52349

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.
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.
A Skilled Surgeon

A Skilled Surgeon

2019-02-2000:39:48213

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.
George's Gift

George's Gift

2019-02-2700:42:44195

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.
The Minotaur

The Minotaur

2019-03-0600:46:33168

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.
Traumatic Reenactment

Traumatic Reenactment

2019-03-1300:57:23163

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.
Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murder
The Troubling Questions

The Troubling Questions

2019-03-2700:41:23108

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.
You Only Have One Family

You Only Have One Family

2019-04-0300:45:51107

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.
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.
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.
Introducing Gangster House

Introducing Gangster House

2019-10-2200:03:078

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
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Jenice Vd Berg

O my this episode brought me to tears

Dec 2nd
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Travis Bordes

I am wondering if anyone else experiences very choppy audio segments where you can hear clicks as words are literally skipped, it makes listening difficult, is it Castbox, if so I will look for an alternative app. to listen to podcasts

Dec 1st
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Melissa Powell

This entire podcast is disturbing, but this episode was horrifying. 😞

Nov 21st
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ilovepodcasts41

Family is supposed to protect family. Period. Tragic.

Nov 1st
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ilovepodcasts41

Literally want to vomit hearing what her father did to her. Sick!

Nov 1st
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ilovepodcasts41

What the sctual f!?

Nov 1st
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ShaW

This podcast blows my mind like no other! I am at a lost of words and thoughts. I have listened to numerous true crime podcast, but this one here....wow!

Oct 23rd
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Elizabeth Carvalho

fauna Elizabeth talks with such pain in her voice, I just hope that she isn't soooo nice in everyday dealings to get walked all over

Oct 21st
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Elizabeth Carvalho

So interesting, But I still need to know...Who was the. biological father of the women's mom??

Oct 19th
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Mallory Martinez

omg i cant play the end how can it just do that to me!!!

Oct 7th
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Heather Paxton

Love this podcast. Very interesting. Binge-worthy

Sep 24th
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Claudia Schneider

so fucking tragic when she talks about wanting to be her older sister 😭

Sep 15th
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oliver w

"we love each other we really love each other" the way she said that made my skin crawl

Sep 14th
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oliver w

"aside from the whole incest thing"

Sep 14th
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Anne Connelly Partello

ono

Sep 9th
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Laura Beck

Is there a secret to replaying episodes. Trying to listen again and it just skips to the previews for upcoming titles (episode 11/12)

Aug 29th
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Andy Kourafas

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

Aug 21st
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snosaer

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

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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