Saturday, November 24, 2018

[Audible Original Review] Evil Has A Name

Audible Original Review of Evil Has A Name

Evil Has A Name is a very well put together series about the monster that has become known as The Golden State Killer.

I had previously read I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara and was chilled to the bone with the case. When I first heard about this being released as a Audible Original, I couldn't wait to give it a listen because I wanted to learn more about the investigation and all of the work that went into it.

Let's dive in!

Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer

Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

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. Amazingly, it seemed, 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 best seller, 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.

My thoughts:
This series was put together so wonderfully. The quality of everything was top notch, the interviews and narrative from the various people involved were captivating, and the overall organization of the timeline was filled with suspense and heartbreak.

Hearing more about the case from the investigators side of things was so interesting! We learn about various suspects that ended up being cleared. Each time someone was cleared, though we now know who the culprit is, I still felt so let down. Like there was a rock in my stomach. The narration was just that powerful.

Learning more about how DNA processing changed over the course of this case was fascinating! It’s so amazing to see how far the technology has come!

Hearing from the victims or the family members of the victims was absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking. My heart goes out to these individuals.

Hearing Paul Holes talk about Michelle MacNamera was so powerful. I loved how he told this part of the story. Of course hearing about him learning about her death was so upsetting. The emotion that was thick in his voice made me tear up. What an amazing relationship these two had as both were simply determined to catch this monster.

The background music is just perfect for the entire series. If you listen in to this element, pay special attention to the music in chapter 12; it’s so intense, and so perfect for what occurs in that part of the story!

I highly recommend this series to anyone who is interested in this case. However, please keep the warning from the details in mind: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

Thanks for reading!
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  1. It sounds like this is a series which has completely fascinated you beginning to end, and I love that it has been composed and put together so well. Great review x

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    1. For sure! The subject matter is very difficult to listen to, but it's also so powerful to hear from the victims and their families!

  2. Sounds pretty intense but also fascinating! Glad it turned out to be really good!

    Happy weekend!!!

  3. Very fascinating! I didn't actually pick up an Audible Original so far. Will change that now, thanks for posting about it :-)

  4. I also loved McNamara's book and have been wanting to grab this Audible original. Glad it's a good one and look forward to listening soon. I haven't followed up on the case other than through some podcasts here and there.