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Root of Evil
The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia
New episodes post every Wednesday. 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...
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4.5 stars from 10,941 ratings
If you’re like me, you’ll want a podcast you can binge, if possible. Additionally you’ll want one that will catch your attention initially, but continually keep you entertained and fascinated with every turn. Finally you’ll want something that borders the line between “so awful I almost want to...Read full review »
Natatat667 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/19
Love respect and admiration
From start to finish a truly amazing podcast. Tears, joy and terror throughout. Admiration for all the family to come out the other end and make this. Steve Hodle is a hero.
Aten2019 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/17/19
Don’t do it!
The most boring, lame podcast of all time. Tried to get through episode 1 but couldn’t. Super painful.
yyyuuehrvrvvr via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/19
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