Evil Has a Name

The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.

The monster who preyed on Californians from 1976 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. To be sure, the chances of obtaining closure—or any form of justice—after so many years were slim to none, at best.

Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. After a decades-long hunt, a suspect was behind bars. Could it be that evil finally had a name?

Delivering all-new details about the investigation and a stunning final act to the events of Michelle McNamara's haunting bestseller, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, this is the true story of how the suspected Golden State Killer was captured, as told, first-hand, by those closest to the case:

Paul Holes—the forensic criminologist and retired Costa County detective who spent 20 years trying to crack the Golden State Killer case, and finally did.

Jim Clemente (Host)—a retired FBI profiler and former New York City prosecutor who has investigated some of the highest profile criminal cases in U.S. history, including the Unabomber.

Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners. 

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

There's not another true crime book like this. In fact, I'm not sure this is a book. It's a collection of interviews woven together to tell the story of capturing the Golden State killer. It's like a very well put together audio documentary. Instead of giving the single perspective of one author, the book gives many perspectives of people speaking in their own voices. From victims to police, the story goes behind the scenes in a way few books do.

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  • JD
  • 11-15-18

True Crime Audio Documentary

This is more than an audiobook. It’s a full production including interviews with survivors, investigators and more. I finished it in one day because it’s that good.

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Fascinating interviews

An excellent audio documentary in the same very effective format as West Cork, this is a collection of interviews with victims, law enforcement figures, scientists and investigators involved in this recently solved, epic case. If you were mesmerized by Michelle McNamara’s “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” you’ll find in this book a satisfying resolution to the mysteries she addressed. A must-read for true crime fans.

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Much respect for the Victims and the Families

Full Disclosure: I am one of the narrators of this project. But I have to say, being given the opportunity to work with Ret. Det. Paul Holes and the Survivor Sisters has been amazing and humbling. They are all true Heroes and Sheroes! The insights they provide and the courage they all displayed is epic.

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Couldn’t put it down!

I looked forward to being in traffic- this was so interesting. I loved the twists and turns in the investigation. I learned a lot about geneology.

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Chapter 12

This was well done very informative but also sad and tragic as it should be because what that man did was horrid. GSK was, is a monster and thank God it seems (I believe) he has been captured after so long and will have what's coming to him. Out of all the chapters, the chapter that stood at the most for me was chapter 12. Sitting in my truck, listening at a local grocery store just before I was ready to go in and shop. Couldn't go in until I finished the very and had wiped away the tears. I just can't even imagine.

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Rank this with the best in true crime.

This was the most compelling book I have listened to in years. It's not like any other audio book.
Interwoven stories, research, interviews, from multiple points of view. If you're interested in true crime, detective work, profiling, sensitive accounts from victims and police investigators... you will be captivated. I can't really say enough about it. 6 hours flew by in a flash. And such a relief to have an ending like this one.

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Listened all in one sitting

Jim Clemente and Paul Holes together my two true crime heroes , yes please! Thank you Paul for never giving up!

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Excellent!

Very nicely put together and love the fact that it was mostly narrated by Paul. Thank you Paul for your passion in law enforcement to provide justice.

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Bravo!

I’m in awe at the tenacity and strength of, not only the victims of this cockroach, but the team of investigators who have put their hearts and souls into ridding the public of a dangerous killer. This audiobook includes the voices of the victims and their families, a well as the voices of the the main actors in this true crime story. Well done.

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  • 01-09-19

Captivating

I am only new to Audiobooks and I don't think this story would have the same impact via a book. I found myself sighing and groaning as the many disappointments were elaborated. It was so well compiled and informative. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Brad Stewart
  • 08-14-19

Best audio book I've ever downloaded

All I'll say is... Don't start listening to this in the middle of the night and by yourself. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

Thrilling story highly recommend

Paul and Jim do an amazing job narrating this story. If you like listening to true crime stories this one wont disappoint

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-20

A riveting experience

An Incredible investigation that shows true grit, dedication and overwhelming intelligence. The narration is fantastic and enthralling and the crime in of itself is both fascinating and utterly depraved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

Excellent story

Anyone interested in true crime will love this book. One of the best parts was the multiple people giving their first hand experiences with the Golden State killer such as law enforcement, victims and witnesses- it made the story come alive to hear from these people. The scientific elements were explained simply but also still engaging to the non-scientists.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-20

Amazing story

Loved Evil has a Name. It lived up to everything I had heard about it. Recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-20

Addictive

had to binge listem to this book. explained a complicated investigation tool so I understood

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-20

Brilliant!!

Absolutely loved this! recommend to any true crime buffs but in particular it's a must for anyone with an interest in EAR/Golden State Killer. another reviewer complained due to it not being a book. No, it's not a book, but does that really matter if the content is A+?

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  • 04-21-20

outstanding

loved it, just another one I couldn't stop listening to. great work to all the authorities

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  • Iwbar
  • 03-23-20

Compelling and interesting

I had not heard of this crime before so found it very interesting and I truly admired the determination and dedication of some of the police departments, but also found myself angry at others. Lots interviews from those around what happened from victims, investigators, friends and work colleagues of the murderer. Such cruelty is unbelievable yet the determination to catch him inspiring.

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