Evil Has a Name

The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
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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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  • LeighAna
  • LONGVIEW, TX, United States
  • 11-16-18

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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Maria
  • La Grande, OR, United States
  • 11-16-18

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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  • Douglas
  • Woodinville, WA, United States
  • 11-15-18

Great!!

Great insight into the Golden State Killer investigation. So much info put together in a really engaging way.

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  • Betty Mak
  • 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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  • 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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  • ayeayeandi
  • 01-20-19

Evil has been caught.

Wonderfully produced piece of work showing what a difference the determination of an individual can have when collaboration is allowed, and when victims and their families never give up their fight for justice.

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  • 01-19-19

Good people prevail

A great story that couldn't be imagined. There really are some very noble hard working and caring people that stop at nothing to bring justice for victims of violence and death and make the perpetrator answer for all the suffering they have caused.

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  • Pam
  • 01-19-19

The Golden State Killer by the experts

True crime lovers will probably know the names of Jim Clemente (Real Crime Profile podcast) and Paul Holes, the man who played such a central role in the investigation and ultimate arrest of the GSK. I refuse to write this person’s real name. Clemente, Holes, police and some of the brave survivors tell this story in their own voices, thus bringing additional authenticity to the audiobook. As always with the two key presenters, the victims of this man are given voice, whether they survived their attack or not. This must be the definitive account of GSK and should be essential listening for those with a keen interest in the solving of this case.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-19

Very good

It was probably the last chapter that was most interesting to me, hearing about his day to day life and from a few people who knew him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-19

Brilliant

This is all you need to know about the EARONS /Golden State Killer
It is a brilliant production

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  • Marisa Monagle
  • 01-08-19

wow great book

excellant book with heaps more information than podcasts. Couldnt stop listening to it highly recommend

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  • cliff willumsen
  • 01-07-19

this is an amazing story that I really enjoyed I t

this is an amazing story I think than anyone the purchase is the best book will not be disappointed

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  • Whipper
  • 01-05-19

Extra pieces to this extraordinary story

For those of you that are familiar with the Golden State Killer story already, this book provides insights into the investigation process, victim impact and a taste of who this person is. There is still an enormous amount of this story to unfold. It feels like it is just the beginning again.

It is not just the story that is compelling, we also see the importance of the introduction of DNA testing and matching and public DNA databases. This science has turned criminology around and this case is a profound testament to it.

This is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand and follow the arc of this incredible story and this despicable person.