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Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

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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Saved By The Ghetto

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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A Skilled Surgeon

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

36mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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George's Gift

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Traumatic Reenactment

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Supposin' I Did Kill The Black Dahlia

Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murderSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 5mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #5