11 episodes

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.

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

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    • 4.6, 6.5K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
6.5K Ratings
6.5K Ratings
chm1963 ,

Great until episode 8

Episodes 1-7 are some of the best and most interesting stories and history I’ve ever experienced with a podcast. Episode 8 was terrible and not interesting. Overall a great experience until the end.

VivaLaVigne ,

Trash Panda

All of these reviews are fake. Nothing about the Black Dahlia murders, at all. True crime? They talk to no detectives! This is nothing but a self promotional puff piece about two women who are looking to get famous because of a TV show and adding “Black Dahlia” into the name of a podcast about a mom. Bland and boring, no thread of any crime story, or any story for that matter. The subjects are completely random. I’ve seen better storytelling from my students. Each episode has no relation to the last. So if you want to listen about a mother who has the unique ability to name her children random verbs and adjectives, and two daughters who think their lives are vastly different from every other middle class family, this is the podcast for you.

Erinrussell7 ,

NOT about the Black Dahlia

Saying this is the story of the Hodel Family AND the Black Dahlia is basically clickbait. It is only about the Hodel Family and their minimal connection to the black dahlia murder. There is essentially no discussion about the VICTIM (Elizabeth Short), rather only discussion of the crime and random bits of evidence that *might* tie George Hodel to the crime. It’s distasteful to claim a podcast will uncover secrets about her murder only to pull in a larger audience. This podcast would have been much better had they not implied that it was about the Black Dahlia as much as it was about the Hodels. If you’re not interested in learning more about the murder of Elizabeth Short, then this is a wonderfully produced podcast about a seriously messed up Family and the descendants who are trying to undo the damage done over decades of abuse.

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