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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
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Audible Audio, 7 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by Audible Studios
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Erin You would be fine without I'll Be Gone, but both are great in their own ways. Evil Has A Name gave me a really satisfying conclusion or epilogue for…moreYou would be fine without I'll Be Gone, but both are great in their own ways. Evil Has A Name gave me a really satisfying conclusion or epilogue for I'll Be Gone, but if you read both I would also recommend some time between because it can seem repetitive since it's the same case. Both are great, but can be read separately.(less)
Brynn My guess is no. This is actually structured in more of a long podcast style. There are numerous interviews with law enforcement and victims, not just…moreMy guess is no. This is actually structured in more of a long podcast style. There are numerous interviews with law enforcement and victims, not just narration of the story. I signed up for a free trial from audible to get it. (less)
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Peter Monn
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg this was so good! If you liked I’ll Be Gone in the Dark you’ll love this. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks
Kathleen
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This compels binge listening! This Audible Original is comprised of interviews with both investigators and victims. It feels very much like a true crime documentary; and is the perfect follow-up to Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

Catching the Golden State Killer (also known as The East Area Rapist, The Original Night Stalker, and The Visalia Ransacker) involved the use of DNA evidence and genealogical research. This aspect was fascinating. Investigators used the DNA datab
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Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chilling and the perfect companion to I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Natalie Alsis-Benninghoff
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this “book” but I can’t honestly review it without staying the obvious: This is clearly an Audible podcast series that they decided to change into a “book” so that they could charge for it knowing that most Murderinos and fans of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark will buy it because Paul Holes is a goddamn angel. He is essentially the Patron Saint of catching old creeps and Audible capitalized on the fact that we would, at this point, probably listen to him read a take out menu and pay for it.

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The Story Girl
The first 5 of 6 hours of this is just a re-hash of what was already covered in Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark, which was excellent, but that made this quite a disappointing read. It might just be that I had different expectations, but I thought this would be a sequel to that, with it focusing more on how they caught him, and maybe go more into detail about him/what he had to say after he was caught/did he give any interviews, etc. But that was only the last hour of this, and even ...more
Jade Wright
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What's great about Evil Has a Name is that it's all about HOW they caught The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker. The hideous man with many aliases.
Michelle McNamara's book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, is about how she researched the case. Her book was published when Joseph James DeAngelo was still at large - Evil Has a Name was after his capture in April 2018.

I do recommend reading I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara first. It'
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Allison
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, audio
There was a time when I read all the true crime I could get my hands on. Then I stopped. A friend told me about a true crime podcast and that she enjoyed The Golden State Killer episodes. I also knew that Michelle McNamara's book, I'll be Gone in the Dark, was being released in audio and snatched that up immediately. It stands to reason that I had to listen to this as well. Although I don't think there was more detail here than in McNamara's book, being able to hear it from the people that were ...more
Lindsay
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Paul Holes is my nerd hero.

Audible is up to something really interesting here re: the book format. This story unfolds with similar editing techniques to miniseries. At times, the story doesn’t offer enough depth, but I suspect that’s a result of the GSK case still being in process.
Becks
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is more like a well-produced podcast than an audiobook due to the numerous interviews and music. Definitely informative and provided a great sense of closure to the case.
Jaime Arkin
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting listen from the perspective of the investigators and the victims
Lauren
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's amazing that they were able to create a narrative that was so comprehensive while remaining so accessible. I can't say I loved it, because you can't love the story of what this man did, but it was satisfying to hear the voices of his victims and how they were able to triumph in the end.
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Listening to this audio book was like watching a well-made documentary. The cast is outstanding – investigators, police, criminologists, a genealogist, a journalist, a profiler and the poignant voices of some of the victims and family of the victims. The narration was perfectly delivered.

This is a narrative that will remind you that crime, violent crimes in particular, have a heavy impact not only on the victims but on the friends, family, the first responders, the investigators and the
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Morgan  McCallum
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I saw that Audible Original had produced several chapters on the investigation of the Golden State Killer (also known as the Visalia Ransacker, The original night stalker and the East Area Rapist)  I was a little apprehensive as I didn’t know what to expect having never listened to an audible original before. But this 14 chapter story (series?) blew my mind. It was presented as more of a documentary which includes several interviews with Lead investigators both past and present, as well as ...more
Chris Sosa
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The early segments of "Evil Has a Name" had me concerned that I'd be listening to an exploitative work that used horrific crimes to create what amounted to a horror podcast. I'm glad I stuck with it until the end. What emerged was a powerful story of resilience, bravery and dedication to public service that led to closure for survivors who deserved answers so they could close a monstrous chapter in their lives.

For those willing to confront the extreme darkness of the content, this is a worthwhil
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Alison
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly interesting follow up to “I’ll be gone in the dark” by Michelle McNamara, around the GSK case. I was highly anticipating this release ever since reading Michelle’s book. It was amazing to have the opportunity to listen to the own victims voices tell their own stories, and hear all of the detectives voices as well. Things that didn’t work so much: it was a little repetitive, and I already knew much about the cases from reading Michelle’s book, which took up the first basically 5 hour ...more
Evan Wondrasek
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great complement and follow-up to Michelle McNamara's 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark'. If you've read that, check this out. A bit redundant in the facts of the first part (although the firsthand interviews were more compelling in this book), but the second half was extremely interesting because it covers the specifics of how they caught the Golden State Killer. Really horrific, of course, but a good read nonetheless.
Angus McKeogh
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
With all the recent attention thrown at this case (which involves some other very good books before the case was ultimately solved) it was extremely fascinating to hear how the case was cracked with modern DNA technology and genealogy. If you were intrigued by the mystery of the case then you’ll be equally entertained by how it was closed. My only knock on it is that it’s an audiobook original and not available in print form.
Mandy!
Well, I devoured this within 24 hours of buying it; which is pretty obsessive, for me. But the emphasis on the victims, and with new details of how they caught the GSK--including the steps of how they actually used genealogy (there's a database of all the DNA, did ya know?)--had me hooked. This is a nice complement to "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" and was engrossing to listen to. The audio has a documentary feel to it, with actual voices of the victims and investigators. As a result, I binge-listen ...more
Jenny
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely well worth the money to spend. It's an audio documentary, which I've never really heard before, but it's basically like a 14 chapter true crime podcast. Paul, Jim, Carol Daley, other investigators, and the various victims and family members speak in their own voice and tell their own story. I cried multiple times throughout listening. It was just wonderful.
Lori Rosendahl
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this Audible Original audiobook. It was very compelling. It is a true story. This is not the type of book I am attracted to, but, I am so glad I listened to this one. It is very well done, with the actual detective and others who worked on the case, along with victim and family members telling their part in the story.
Patrick
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good. I didn't know anything about the Golden State Killer before reading this. At first I didn't think an investigation will interest me, but I was certainly wrong about it. Not only it's a huge case spanning decades that's solved just in 2018, there were lots of ups and downs with new technologies, which I am interested in. The book is very well written and the audible production top-notch.
Katie Marsh
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a fascinating case. It was amazing to learn about the forensic genealogy they used to solve this case. It was far different than this case just being solved with dna.
Lindsay
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It really doesn’t count to call this “reading,” but since I listened and loved it, I’m sharing my recommendation!
Moises
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Muy duro! No puedo entender como existe gente que pueda hacer este tipo de cosas con tan frialdad!
Monica
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, non-fiction
This book is SUPER intense. I would recommend reading Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in The Dark first.

This is mostly interviews with the detectives and the victims. It is direct and pulls no punches. You will be listening to victims describe their attacks, so be prepared.
Mandy
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't seem to get enough of this story, and I'm not really a true crime person. I just love that there's some closure here. This was a very well produced and engaging audio documentary. I'm only counting it in my book count because audible told me I could. Basically.
Tia
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly put together. This reads more of a "Story about Paul Holes' investigation" through the years, rather than a book about Joseph DeAngelo himself - which is good! Because I was wondering how they were going to tackle that before the trial happens. This is definitely more about the /process/ of catching the Golden State Killer than the man himself.

I love the actual in-person interviews with the victims and investigators. It reads like a great radio documentary more than an audiobook. You
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Gabe
This is a must listen! It is only available from Audible and it tells the story of Paul Holes' (et al) 24 year investigation into the then cold case of the EARON/Original Night Stalker/Golden State Killer. With chapters read by victims, original investigators, genealogists, and Paul Holes, it is an exhaustive look into what it took to take down the Golden State Killer. I am currently on my second listen!
Britain
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I can remember,  I have been drawn to true crime.  I remember being 7 years old and telling my parents I wanted to be a lawyer and I wanted to put away bad guys.  From age 12-22 I was convinced that my dream job was to be a profiler for the FBI, where I would hunt the worst of the worst types of criminals and just be an overall crime fighting bad ass.  But as life goes, things do not always pan out the way you dreamed it would, and honestly, for me, I've learned to be okay with that. ...more
Andrea
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
It’s difficult to imagine a reign of terror quite like that of the length and level of ferocity delivered by the Golden State Killer. Those who have jumped onto the true crime podcast bandwagon in the last few years will have already heard a tonne of discussion about the collection of frightening cases that were all eventually attributed to the one serial perpetrator. Spread over a large geographic area, these sadistic crimes spurned enormous manhunts and were able to make entire Californian tow ...more
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