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

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Rank #11 in Society & Culture category

Society & Culture
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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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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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My jaw was dropped the entire podcast

By m.wyo - Jun 18 2019
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This is a very compelling podcast. I loved the use of different mediums to tell the family’s story. It was the craziest thing I have ever heard and anyone who has the stomach for it should listen to them tell it.

My jaw was dropped the entire podcast

By m.wyo - Jun 18 2019
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This is a very compelling podcast. I loved the use of different mediums to tell the family’s story. It was the craziest thing I have ever heard and anyone who has the stomach for it should listen to them tell it.

iTunes Ratings

10086 Ratings
Average Ratings
7993
1049
413
232
399

My jaw was dropped the entire podcast

By m.wyo - Jun 18 2019
Read more
This is a very compelling podcast. I loved the use of different mediums to tell the family’s story. It was the craziest thing I have ever heard and anyone who has the stomach for it should listen to them tell it.

My jaw was dropped the entire podcast

By m.wyo - Jun 18 2019
Read more
This is a very compelling podcast. I loved the use of different mediums to tell the family’s story. It was the craziest thing I have ever heard and anyone who has the stomach for it should listen to them tell it.
Cover image of Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

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

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #11 in Society & Culture category

Read more

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.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Introducing Root of Evil

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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 TNT's 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.
Jan 22 2019
3 mins
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Rank #2: Saved By The Ghetto

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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.
Feb 13 2019
42 mins
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Rank #3: Sneak Peek: "You couldn't make this story up."

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Steve Hodel, a former LAPD homicide detective, and son of George Hodel - the prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder, takes us through the gruesome discovery found in Los Angeles on January 15, 1947.
Feb 15 2019
4 mins
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Rank #4: A Skilled Surgeon

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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.
Feb 20 2019
36 mins
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Rank #5: George's Gift

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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.
Feb 27 2019
39 mins
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Rank #6: The Minotaur

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Steve Hodel receives a phone call that pulls him out of retirement to investigate the Black Dahlia, a murder that had been ice cold for more than 50 years. The deeper Steve gets, the more he comes to accept his father was a sadistic killer.
Mar 06 2019
43 mins
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Rank #7: Traumatic Reenactment

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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.
Mar 13 2019
56 mins
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Rank #8: Supposin' I Did Kill The Black Dahlia

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Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murder
Mar 20 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #9: The Troubling Questions

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Fauna Hodel and her mother, Tamar, both leave their own unique legacies, and their children try to make sense of it all. In doing so, unresolved emotions and crucial questions are raised.
Mar 27 2019
43 mins
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Rank #10: You Only Have One Family

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For the first time in decades, the Hodels gather together in one room to confront their difficult family secrets. They try to collectively make sense of their story and answer the question of how to move forward, knowing they can never escape their past.
Apr 03 2019
46 mins
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