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.
My Thoughts on 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.
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.
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