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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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Published November 15th 2018 by Audible Studios
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Roro I actually liked this better. IBGITD was good, but jumped around a lot. This book pretty much stuck to the time line and hearing how they caught this …moreI actually liked this better. IBGITD was good, but jumped around a lot. This book pretty much stuck to the time line and hearing how they caught this P.O.S was so awesome! Persistence and determination for the win!(less)
Timon It's only available in audio format on Audible. It's 6 hours and 13 minutes to listen to it.…moreIt's only available in audio format on Audible. It's 6 hours and 13 minutes to listen to it.(less)

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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I have had this on my audible wish list since I saw it was being released months and months ago. I became a little bit obsessed with the case after listening to Ill Be Gone in the Dark last year. Quickly after listening to that I went a bit nuts, reading all the articles, listening to all the podcasts on it and informing all my friends and family (much to my husband's annoyance) of the case and the fact that the guy had NEVER BEEN CAUGHT!! Stuff of nightmares!

So imagine my surprise when two week
This isn’t really a book. It’s a podcast.

I’m not saying that’s a good thing or a bad thing because I like podcasts. In fact, I’ve listened to several hours of them about the Golden State Killer already. The difference is that those I downloaded for free while I used one of my monthly credits for this Audible Original so I’m feeling a little cheated. Plus, I already had read or heard about 99% of the information in here already so calling it 'the untold story' isn't exactly true either.

In fairne
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
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 ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Starting in 1974 the Visalia Ransacker burglarized over a hundred homes and killed at least one person.
Between 1976 and 1979 the East Area Rapist broke into the homes of and raped at least 50 women and girls.
From 1979 to 1986 the Original Night Stalker commited 12 cases of homicide or attempted homicide. Usually breaking into the homes of couples and raping the women before he then either shot the couple or bludgeoned them to death.

All three crime sprees remained unsolved.

At some point in the mi
Monica (is working the heck out of
***Trigger Warning***

Joseph James DeAngelo, AKA the Visalia Ransacker, aka The East Area Rapist, AKA the Original Night Stalker, AKA the Golden State Killer stole from and raped over 50 women and murdered 13 people over the course of thirteen years.

From 1973 to 1986, DeAngelo progressed from burgling homes to binding and raping women and girls to murdering them and their significant others.

One of DeAngelo’s favorite “games” was to arrange plates on the backs of his rape victims’ parents and si
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this “book” but I can’t honestly review it without stating 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.

Natasha Niezgoda
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, true-crime
Gimme all the Golden State Killer updates!

So my friend Heather told me about this very telling audiobook 🎧that covers the forensics 🧫 collected throughout the Golden State Killer’s case (from 1976 to 1986) which ultimately led to the arrest of De Angelo last year. And I had to give it a listen!


What’s unique about this GSK story is it ends! For the past 40 years, there’s been no ending to the Golden State Killer case and most people thought he’d be another Zodiac or Jack the Ripper and would just
Kitty G Books
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
After just having read 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' which tells the same story as this audible show, I found it perfect to lead straight into this. The book 'I'll Be Gone...' is written by a woman who investigated the crimes of this rapist and killer from the comfort of her home, this series is the in-depth analysis from the detectives who worked the case both when it first came to light and later as a cold case.

We have a whole load of people involved in the operation to find out who this killer
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chilling and the perfect companion to I'll Be Gone in the Dark ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars
This is an excellent true crime audiobook that provided a comprehensive account of the investigation into the Golden State Killer. Produced as an Audible exclusive, this felt more like listening to a podcast than an audiobook. Compared to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, the information was much better organized and edited in this book.  

I appreciated that the narrative was victim-centered, giving voices to those affected by the crimes. I was most interested in the last few chapters that expla
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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audible audiobook/podcast


This was intense, frustrating, heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time. The story is all kinds of awful but it was so very well told and handled so very respectful. I had goosebumps, I had some tears in my eyes, towards the end of the book I may have cried a few tears of joy. What a rollercoaster ride.

Also, I could listen to Paul Holes reading the names and numbers of the telephone book (are they even still a thing?
Laura Peden
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve read I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara and you’re craving more, look no further..This is an Audible only book, you can’t even get you’re hands on an ebook or hardcover...you have to actually listen. This book is comprised of recordings from the investigators, witnesses, and victims/survivors. It’s chilling. You won’t find any fiction out there that’s more terrifying than reading this book. Especially when you’re listening alone at night, OUTSIDE with one candle on the deck. ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audible originals + Flying time are made for each other!

Closure of some sorts for the Golden State Killer, though you wonder if it is too little too late. This book made Michelle Mcnamara's book seem like book of theories and archive research with the last piece missing.

Coming to the production, the book traces the crimes of Golden State Killer's escapades by starting with the identification of Joseph James Deangelo as the identified suspect. Along the way, it discusses the various prime suspec
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Paul Holes, oohh be still my true crime loving little heart!!  His dogged drive to solve this case and bring this evil monster out into the light of day is nothing short of amazing.  Hearing first hand accounts from some of these women who were attacked, as well as families of the victims, and some of the other pivotal team players who helped to solve this case makes this an unquestionably fascinating listen. I highly recommend this one to any fans of true crime, it is well told and is so in dep ...more
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite true crime stories to date!
I highly recommend this one.
Jul 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-other
I read about this case when the Golden State Killer was arrested but this one showed the victim's side of the story and fascinating details related to the investigation. The narration is 5+++ stars. ...more
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
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-january
Absolutely amazing! It's a very well put together story of all the hard work that went into the capture of The Golden State Killer. I am so amazing at all the detail that was put into this Audible. I may have to go back and listen again to pick up any things I may have missed in my excitement! ...more
Brendan Monroe
I've gotten really into the true crime stuff recently, and this is about as recent as true crime stories get outside of the newspaper.

The case of the "Golden State Killer" — aka "the Original Nightstalker", aka "the East Area Rapist", aka "the Visalia Ransacker" — was only solved last year. This is hot off the press stuff, and it is fascinating.

That "Serial" podcast everyone was going bananas over a couple years back (booooring)? This is WAY better than that.

After committing like 50-something
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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
 Sarah Lumos
I know this isn't a book, but it's free for audible members and I would highly recommend listening to it if you have a membership. I listened to this podcast awhile ago, but I never got around to reviewing it because of its sensitive content. When it comes to true crime, I try to remember that these are real stories. They feature real people, emotions, and devastating outcomes.

Evil Has a Name is an engrossing listen. I started listening to it before I went to bed and ended up finishing it in
Tracy Fenton
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is another Audible exclusive PodCast – split into 14 fascinating and gripping chapters.

I’ve only just starting listening to PodCasts and this one is EXCEPTIONAL. I literally listened to it over the space of 24 hours and I am still reeling.

This is the terrifying story of The Golden State Killer and the 20+ years it took to finally catch him. Narrated by the forensic criminologist and retired FBI profiler and full of recordings and interviews with the witnesses, victims and survivors I really
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'
I started listening to this as soon as I finish listening to I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. So yes, some of it was repetitive of that but also not because this was the perspective of law enforcement and IBGITD was the perspective of a civilian and amateur sleuth. So both of these books are valuable and have interesting information. Plus this one has interviews with survivors and relatives of victims which amped up this book a notch. It was com ...more
Dec 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Joe DeAngelo was not a police officer. He was a person masquerading as a police officer.”
- Nick Willick, Former Auburn Police Chief

Actually, he was a police officer, that is a huge part of why he was able to commit all these crimes without being caught in the first place. You don’t get to remove the label of “police officer” when somebody does something awful. In fact, you should take the reality that he worked for you and leveraged his authority to rape and murder countless people to… oh I d
Rating 4.5 stars.

This was a really well done, podcast-styled audiobook. It included interviews from investigators, victims and family members. Since this perpetrator was caught recently (2018) even though some of his crimes were from 40 years ago, there has been a lot about him in various forms. However, this podcast also included a more emotional side from the people involved, which made connecting to the material more meaningful.
Jan 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I listened on Audible and it was amazing!
Kath Lambert
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It makes perfect sense that Paul Holes would have written his version of events in the telling of this now rather famous story, but until I saw this "book" for sale on Audible I had no idea it existed. I say "book" because it's more like a podcast or series really, and is broken down into bitesized episodes. However, I loved every minute of it so please don't take this as a bad thing. It really wasn't in my eyes. I only mention it because I've seen other reviews where people were disappointed th ...more
Mindy Taylor
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars ⭐️ SO GOOD!

I LOVE true crime and found this to be fascinating!! I understand there have been multiple podcasts already dedicated to the GSK case but I hadn’t listened to any of those so this was all new information to me. I did know the killer had finally been captured using ancestry DNA but I didn’t realize how it had actually come together. FASCINATING. I listened to the podcast Bearbrook a while ago which explains the first time DNA genetic testing actually helped solve a cold case, h
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Paul Holes retired as a Cold Case Investigator after spending over 27 years working for the Sheriff and District Attorney’s Offices during his tenure in Contra Costa County located in the Bay Area, California. Having experience in both forensic and investigative assignments, Paul throughout his career specialized in cold case and serial predator crimes, developing and applying investigative, behav ...more

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