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

TNT / Cadence13
True CrimeSociety & Culture

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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4.6 out of 5 stars from 20.7k ratings
  • Not impressed

    This podcast is and the whole set of stories being peddled by the Hodel family are doing more harm than good for the case of Elizabeth Short. It makes me very sad that people seem so certain of what mostly equates to family folklore as concrete proof of the gruesome torture and murder of Elizabeth Short. I would recommend any to listen to Wondery “The Black Dahlia Serial Killers” It’s more fact based and based in investigated to find suspects rather than settling on a suspect and confirmation bi... more

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    United States5 months ago
  • Amazing story

    I can’t tell you how grateful I am to hear your truth. Your brave individuals and shave each other. Thank you for sharing your story . My heart is with with you all for bravery, for truth and changing your lives♥️

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • Best True Crime Podcast

    This is probably my favorite true crime podcast of all time. Great listen. Masterfully done.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago
  • Scripted Fiction

    Root of evil podcast is scripted misinformation, hypocrisy and Hodel family perpetuated falsehoods involving Fauna, the great story-teller (and court proven pathological liar)Tamar, George Hodel, the Hodel family torchbearers and the Black Dahlia. It involves self-imposed victimization, re-victimization and exploitation involving Elizabeth Short, the Short family and other victims and their families. George Hodel was proven innocent by the LAPD in 1950 and in 2019. The proof is out there. Anythi... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States7 months ago
  • This one’s for the true crime FREAKS

    This is my ALL TIME favorite true crime podcast. This is the show that got me hooked for life, so very well told! I greatly appreciate the storytelling by the family, it makes it that much more bone chilling! This is always a great listen, regardless of how many times I’ve heard it!

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    Tea nikol
    United States7 months ago

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