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

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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 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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Saved By The Ghetto

Saved By The Ghetto

2019-02-1344:083

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A Skilled Surgeon

A Skilled Surgeon

2019-02-2037:521

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
George's Gift

George's Gift

2019-02-2740:48

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Minotaur

The Minotaur

2019-03-0644:48

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Traumatic Reenactment

Traumatic Reenactment

2019-03-1355:501

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Troubling Questions

The Troubling Questions

2019-03-2739:552

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
If you enjoyed Root of Evil, you might also like Very Scary People from ID. Listen to episode 1 here, and follow Very Scary People wherever you get your podcasts. In the late-80s and early 90s, the quaint suburbs of Toronto, Canada were blind-sided by an unprecedented flurry of violent crimes: a serial rapist on the loose and young girls vanishing… only to later discover their dead bodies, dismembered. As separate investigations developed, police across the region followed leads pointing to a young, blond-haired blue-eyed duo. Over seven episodes, host Donnie Wahlberg traces the twisted path of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka – a couple from Toronto that appeared loving and wholesome but had everybody fooled. We’ll explore how the boy and the girl next-door captivated Canada and became the killers known as “Ken and Barbie.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Comments (307)

Melissa

It's sad that she gave her kids these beautiful names but didn't treat them with Love, Joy and Peace. But then again she didn't know how to.

Mar 12th
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Melissa

omg!! Are you kidding me?? I hope this man is in Hell.

Mar 11th
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Megan

a little shocked to hear the one son say his mom was "a scaredy cat". has he effing forgotten what she did when she was fourteen? that took courage. it is an injustice in this world that she eventually became the monster she did. but once upon a time she was ab brave little girl, stronger than she should have had to be, in the last few days of not being completely destroyed, and not yet a monster. it is an unfortunate male perspective.

Sep 29th
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Megan

it makes sense. just following the "artistic" misogyny to its logical conclusion. it is sad and kind of nauseating to hear the art historian professor author guy reduce the surrealist movement and all the surrealists down to Man Ray, the Sexton monster, and their cabal of sociopaths and psychopaths. there were lots of other surrealists that official "art history" has ignored.

Sep 27th
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June Rusty Turner

Gawd in ALL episode's 🤦😞😭

Aug 14th
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June Rusty Turner

Loving story but my goodness, xylophone background noises 🤦🙄

Aug 14th
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Preshwhoa

This is by far my favorite true crime podcast story!

Jan 26th
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Kate G

Great podcast, well told and keeps you interested episode to episode. The Black Dahlia is not as famous outside of the US but I'm aware of the suspect list and this is quite convincing. American Surrealism is also Very different to European Surrealism! Man Ray's work should not be broadly viewed as what every surrealist was doing.

Jul 27th
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Kimica Z

Fauna Elizabeth is the most eloquent, thoughtful, and amazing person to have survived a lifetime of abuse and exploitation and come out the other side with love and wisdom. I have so much admiration for her and what she's accomplished in her life, truly an amazing and wonderful person. Thank you for sharing with us.

Mar 27th
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Kimica Z

Wait - so there was a WITNESS who saw him dump the body, and they didn't call the cops??? Wtf is wrong with people???! Also, it's never a mannequin.

Mar 24th
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Kimica Z

Abortions done in back alleys with no anesthetic are what Republicunts would have us return to. They didn't use anesthetic because 1) an order for anesthetic drugs would give away what they were doing, and 2) they didn't care.

Mar 23rd
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Emily Amos

where are all the full episodes?

Jan 7th
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Rene Romero

sick sick sick, this guy is very sick

Aug 11th
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Lolo Hubbard

When your in it..you cope the best way you can to stay safe.. I Believe George Hodel Murdered Elizabeth Short!

Feb 21st
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Jill Bertschinger-Kimmle

I just want to hug these people and tell them how sorry I am that this happened to them. To be betrayed by the one person who is supposed to protect you for all the bad in the world is so heartbreaking.

Oct 15th
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Saskia Passion

has g.h. committed even more murders? in the Philippines? #podcast#rootofevil#blackdahlia

Sep 16th
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Siri

This is very hard to listen to. My heart breaks for the people affected by Tamar but she too was traumatized and influenced by what happened to her. All of this is so fucked up.

Jun 9th
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Shayla Trevino

1q Qasim Chaz"

May 16th
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Jessica Girl

what a way to play with someone's identity and sense for who they are

May 7th
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Pat Edwards

most famous unsolved murder?? I'm 50yo, never heard of it....

Feb 26th
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