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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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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  • 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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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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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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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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OMG

I NEVER finish a booking 2 days, I did not want to put it down, have told everyone about it

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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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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-18

Fantastic

I couldn't turn it off. I particularly liked that they had real recordings from the incident nights and victims were willing to tell their story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-18

Such a great recount!

Well done Jim and Paul and the rest of the participants. I really loved this book. This book is the reason I joined Audible and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this.

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  • Andrew & Kath Paton
  • 12-16-18

Real eye opener honest book

Great audible book not dramatise just honest history from many courageous individuals.
Make you think how lucky many of as are not having such horrific crime happening in communities that we live in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-18

Incredible!

Congratulations everyone, this was truly incredible! Also with a great New Zealand connection that really has gone under the radar there for some reason.

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  • Kevin bilbie
  • 12-15-18

pretty awesome

in depth review of the whole story . interesting and thorough. well worth a listen

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  • 12-14-18

goosebumps

This story gave me full body goosebumps throughout the story. I felt like I was right there with the investigators and victims alike.
great book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-18

A consuming read!

I read the whole audiobook is just over a day. The interviews and narrating was emotional, accurate and focused on the survivors and their experiences rather than ignoring the long term ramifications of these attacks. I was enthralled from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-18

Amazing!

Absolutely incredible to hear the insights of this investigation!!!! Thrilling to the very end, cannot wait to listen to it all over again!

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  • Pamela Kermode
  • 12-08-18

Justice Served

I couldn’t stop listening to this. I want to play it again and again. How it was told and how everything was explained is just fascinating. It’s raw, provoking and emotional.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-18

Must listen

well delivered and a must listen for anyone interested in the case. Very hard to stop listening.