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  • Trailer

    Jul 29 2021

    Hear the trailer for A Devil in the Valley now, and the full podcast on Thursday, August 5.
     

    This is a true story. 

    In 1994, an aspiring young cold case investigator in California’s East Bay, Paul Holes, puts aside trying to solve the Golden State Killer case as he waits for science to catch up.

    Paul returns to an old file cabinet at the back of the forensic lab to look for another cold case he can work - something with DNA. He finds one. The 1978 murder of a married mother who went for a morning jog in a nearby park. The original investigators believed that a serial killer named Phillip Hughes was responsible; they just couldn’t prove it. But Hughes was headed to prison for three other local homicides, all because of an unexpected break in those cases. Without it, Hughes might have gotten away with everything. In the years since though, as Hughes sat in prison, so did his secrets. And now he’s coming up for parole.

    In a race against time, Paul commits to solving the 1978 cold case before Hughes is let out. The victim’s family needs an answer. And, if Paul can prove that Hughes is the killer, he’ll use it as leverage to force Hughes to confess to everything else he may have done. 

    Little does Paul know, however, that the 1978 cold case he opens will take an unexpected turn, lead to other cases and killers he never knew about and haunt him for his entire career. It turns out that the small towns of Contra Costa County were home to a more sinister history than anyone had imagined. But the clues didn’t disappear. They just needed the right person, at the right time, to see them.

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  • Episode 1: Into the Shadows

    Aug 5 2021
    In 1994, young cold case investigator Paul Holes tries to use DNA to solve a 1978 murder. The main suspect is a convicted serial killer named Phillip Hughes. As Paul waits for the DNA to be tested, he digs into the first case Hughes was convicted of to see what he can learn about him.
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  • Episode 2: Accomplice

    Aug 5 2021
    When Paul turns to the second case Hughes was convicted of, he sees why it almost went unsolved. And he discovers that Hughes groomed someone close to him into being his accomplice.
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    16 mins

Publisher's Summary

This is a true story. In 1994, an aspiring young cold case investigator in California’s East Bay, Paul Holes, puts aside trying to solve the Golden State Killer case as he waits for science to catch up. Paul returns to an old file cabinet at the back of the forensic lab to look for another cold case he can work - something with DNA. He finds one. The 1978 murder of a married mother who went for a morning jog in a nearby park. The original investigators believed that a serial killer named Phillip Hughes was responsible; they just couldn’t prove it. But Hughes was headed to prison for three other local homicides, all because of an unexpected break in those cases. Without it, Hughes might have gotten away with everything. In the years since though, as Hughes sat in prison, so did his secrets. And now he’s coming up for parole. In a race against time, Paul commits to solving the 1978 cold case before Hughes is let out. The victim’s family needs an answer. And, if Paul can prove that Hughes is the killer, he’ll use it as leverage to force Hughes to confess to everything else he may have done. Little does Paul know, however, that the 1978 cold case he opens will take an unexpected turn, lead to other cases and killers he never knew about and haunt him for his entire career. It turns out that the small towns of Contra Costa County were home to a more sinister history than anyone had imagined. But the clues didn’t disappear. They just needed the right person, at the right time, to see them.
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About the Creator and Performer

Paul Holes retired as a cold case investigator after spending over 27 years working for the Sheriff and District Attorney’s Offices in Contra Costa County, California.
Paul has applied his expertise in forensics, investigations, and criminal behavior to solve cold cases and serial predator crimes. He's worked many notable cases, including the Golden State Killer, Zodiac Killer, and the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard. His work on an FBI Task Force and with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office led to the use of an innovative forensic tool and identified Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific and cunning serial predator in US history.
Since DeAngelo's arrest, Paul frequently consults on complex and high profile cases. Through his work in the media, he also assists law enforcement and victims' families by bringing attention to unsolved cases. He is a co-author of the Audible Original Evil Has a Name, a host of The Murder Squad podcast, host of the TV series The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes, and an expert on the relaunch of America's Most Wanted.

About the Creator and Writer

Peter McDonnell is a creator and writer of The New York Times best seller Evil Has a Name, as well as Call Me God (selected as one of Audible’s Top 10 Listens of 2019), Shootout, Brooklyn North, and The Riddle of Emmon Bodfish. He was a producer of the 2020 Netflix documentary series Pandemic and the NBC documentary series The Forgotten West Memphis Three. McDonnell runs the audio department at XG Productions. He’s a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has an MFA from Oregon State University, where he also taught writing. A native of St. Louis, he lives in Los Angeles.

About the Writer

Mark Gantt is a writer, director, actor, and producer who co-created, co-wrote, and starred in Crackle's Streamy award-winning series, The Bannen Way. Originally from Stockton, California, he came from a law enforcement family and drew upon those experiences as part of the backstory for the title character in The Bannen Way. Gantt is fascinated with true crime and directed the Lifetime original film Murder In Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story. He's since written and directed four feature films for A&E and Lifetime and directed national campaigns for Nissan, GMC, Capital One, Kohls, and ESPN. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Brianne, and son, Davis.

About the Performer

Jim Clemente is a podcast host, writer, producer, and retired FBI agent and profiler. He is a host of the podcasts Real Crime Profile and Best Case Worst Case. For all 15 seasons of Criminal Minds, he was a technical adviser, then writer and producer for the TV drama. He is also the co-creator and co-writer of the Discovery limited series Manhunt: Unabomber, and wrote and produced on the upcoming HBO Max series Crime Farm. He is an executive producer of the new FOX series America’s Most Wanted, a co-author of the Audible Original series Call Me God and Evil Has a Name, and the author of the novel Without Consent. Before his writing and producing career, Clemente was a prosecutor for the New York City Law Department and then a supervisory special agent and profiler for the FBI with a focus on serial killers, child abductions, and other violent and serial crimes. He has investigated some of the highest-profile criminal cases in US history, including the Unabomber, JonBenet Ramsey, Amanda Knox, the DC snipers, 9/11 attacks, and many more.

XG Production Credits

Created by: Paul Holes, Peter McDonnell
Written by: Peter McDonnell, Paul Holes, Mark Gantt
Narrated by: Jim Clemente, Paul Holes
Executive Producer: Peter McDonnell
Co-Executive Producer: Mark Gantt
Edited by: Peter McDonnell, Emily Martinez, and Mariana Clemente
Senior Producer: Francey Hakes
Story Producer: Mariana Clemente
Production Coordinator: Sydney Sidell
Dialogue Editing: Matt Gurgol
Sound Design and Mix: Reel Audiobooks
Detective Alex Smith is played by: Doug Gochman
Susanne Perrin is played by: Keaton Talmadge
Phil Hughes is played by: Patrick Pedraza
Cover illustration by: Ivan Canu
Produced by XG Productions

Dear Listener,

Why did I start investigating these cold cases?
"This Audible Original is about my pursuit of a serial killer, but the cases in this series were atypical. I wasn't trying to identify the offender. In these cases I had the killer's name—or so I thought. Phillip J. Hughes Jr. had been convicted of three murders he committed back in the 1970s. However, I was confident—and still am—that he has done much more. My initial goal when I started looking into other unsolved cases in the Bay Area was to prove Hughes was responsible. My goal dramatically shifted when I attended one of Hughes's parole hearings and met the family members of the three victims he was known to have killed. I was stunned by the ongoing trauma the families were subjected to, having to relive the loss of their loved ones at these parole hearings every few years. How, I thought, could a serial killer who was convicted of three horrific crimes against women and girls be eligible for parole? He should be locked up for life for these types of crimes. He never should have been afforded the hope of being released to, in all likelihood, kill again. My new goal was to solve a cold case that proved Hughes committed more murders, which would remove any possibility of him seeing the light of day. But even I was stunned at what happened as several of these cold cases were solved. In A Devil in the Valley you will hear my story, you will hear from family members, and you will learn that the serial predator is not as rare of a beast as most think, even in the safest of communities." –Paul Holes, author of A Devil in the Valley

What listeners say about A Devil in the Valley

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Excellent!!!

Waited up past midnight for the series to drop and was not disappointed. I was very unfamiliar with the case, but Paul's incite on every bit of evidence brings so much fascination of what it was like when DNA , became a tangible device for law enforcement, literally traveling through time to solve cold cases. My one and only gripe is I burned through it to quickly, but that's on me. Excellent performance, excellent production, and all around a story that will stay with you. Another testament to the importance of forensic science and the passion of those who chase and catch real life monsters.

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Well Done Reveal Of Cold Case Investigation

I have tried to listen to several True Crime type podcasts and found the repetitive chit chat and slow, wandering pace of them in no way contributing to the value of the story.

Paul Holes covers this situations in a smooth blend of eye witness accounts and investigator/author narration. The well made editing choices kept me very interested. and my heart went out to families and friends of the victims.

Especially disturbing was the reveal of specific instances where our "justice" system utterly failed to keep dangerous people behind bars.

Definitely worth listening to.

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Moving and at times very disturbing

An incredibly moving narrative of “cold” cases, though the victim’s are not forgotten. Wonderful producing, writing and narration including the voices of the relatives.

The predators, as they really should be called are, I believe, fairly represented without completely demonising clearly very disturbed people.

It will always raise the debate on the death penalty or not. I shall not comment on that.

Be prepared to be upset by the description of the crimes - very painful to hear but necessary.

And of course-let’s not forget the courage and determination of the investigators who try to give families some peace and closure.

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This was fantastic. All the work these dedicated people put into solving crimes is incredible.
I like the format- they interview loved ones of the victims (which is hard to hear though), along with
everyone involved in the investigations.
Excellent!

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Compelling!

NO SPOILERS! This was a really compelling podcasts. It presents a great mystery and provides some good insight into the birth of criminal profiling. I am a big fan of Paul Holes, who relentlessly searched for the Golden State Killer.

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Quickly captivating, easy listen

Caught my interest quickly, held my interest through all episodes. narration was easy to listen to and follow.

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  • 08-18-21

Love both Jim and Paul. Both are extraordinary

Jim Clemente former FBI profiler, attorney, podcaster and director is simply the best ( other than his brother) behavioral analyst out there. Paul is an excellent and experienced investigator and has hosted crime shows.the story is well laid out, riveting and a great listen if you e joy true crime. Listen to real experts

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Intriguing!

Holes & McDonnell weave a fascinating account that kept me on the edge of my seat. So interesting that I binge-listened the entire series in one evening.

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Listen to this!

Paul Holes and Jim Clemente- what more could you ask for? Jim has several podcasts so he knows how to narrate. Plus, his credentials are so impressive. Paul Is a brilliant investigator; there’s not much this man doesn’t know.

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Paul Holes is a hero

An excellent series of podcasts. Just listen to it. Fascinating history of a hunt that revealed more than one serial killer in Costa county.

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  • 08-15-21

moving and intriguing throughout

Paul Holes has had an amazing career from catching the Golden State Killer to identifying numerous other murderers and serial killers. As usual, he deals with the disturbing facts in this case with sensitivity and respect at the same time teaching the reader what they need to know. Everyone in this podcast is the same. Well worth listening to, just a shame these things happen at all.

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  • kimberlee daly
  • 08-21-21

Captivating & very moving

A brilliant production that was gripping from start to finish. So sensitively done & gave a voice to all those affected by the crimes. I highly recommend.

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  • Liz Vardy
  • 08-13-21

Chillingly riveting..........

I was transfixed by this Audibles Originals production. Could not 'put it down'. The detail that Paul goes into in his painstaking search for evidence in these cold cases is phenomenal. A huge feat in police work and investigative endeavour.

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  • Michael
  • 08-11-21

terrible

don't waste your time, voice performance are god awful, waste of time, jumping on the band wagon of true crime stories

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  • Victoria Pointon
  • 09-12-21

An engrossing listen for any fan of Paul Holes

A broader examination of how this criminalist has brought relief to many families. Excellent listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-21

Too many stories and one fatal flaw

The story keeps changing, there are too many topics after the middle part, there's no focus and main theme. The biggest flaw though is that they decided the first character murdered more people and tried hard to fit other cases. He was guilty without any proof, just DNA test weren't cooperative lol

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-21

Fascinating, disturbing and so sad!!!

I really enjoyed this, totally fascinating seeing how cold cases can be revisited with current science!! Tragic though listening to all the family losses.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-21

distinctly average true crime fodder

if you are into the current wave of true crime then I suppose this will do for you. Went in expecting some sort of emotional or psychological investigation into the crimes in question but it just seemed to be the same trashy true crime, dramatised to make it nothing more than a shallow, hollow podcast, exactly the same as all the others at the moment.

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  • K. X. Hu
  • 08-09-21

The qualityTrue Crime Bar is right here

Beautifully crafted storytelling. Great empathy, incredible insights and a masterclass in True Crime audio. The focus is perfectly balanced between the victims and perp. While this tale makes neck hair stand up, its also incredibly moving. I love the way Jim Clemente and Paul holes sound together. Paul holes is far too good for his podcast partner... This is where he belongs. The efforts that have been made producing this are so very worthwhile. Miss this at your peril.

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  • Michelle
  • 08-08-21

Absolute Evil

Another fascinating podcast with the ever incredible caring Paul Holes. Well worth the listen.