15 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

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 17.3K 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.

    Welcome to Relative Unknown

    Welcome to Relative Unknown

    From the Peabody Award nominated C13 Originals Studio, and the creators of Root of Evil, comes a new documentary series about the stories, and family we can’t escape.

    Jackee Taylor has been hidden in WITSEC, better known as the Witness Protection Program, for almost 40 years.  But after a strange and violent incident reveals secrets about her past, Jackee begins a journey to find out the truth about herself, and her family.  Hers is a twisted tale of darkness, murder, mystery, tragedy, and resilience, which traverses the country, and lands in the most violent era of one of the country’s most violent cities - 1970s Cleveland.  At the heart of this story, is Jackee’s relative - a former member of the world’s most powerful motorcycle club, a sociopath, a killer, and an informant.  Jackee can’t move forward unless she reconciles with his past, and she’s finally telling this story in the hopes that others don’t have to live kind of life that she has. ​

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    • 4 min
    Introducing "The Plot Thickens"

    Introducing "The Plot Thickens"

    Peter Bogdanovich was a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood's top directors. But he soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn – and a devastating crime.  Now, he looks back on a life of fame and failure, and through it all, an enduring love of the movies. A new seven-part documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies. Subscribe today!

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    • 2 min
    Introducing "Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders"

    Introducing "Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders"

    Abby and Libby - two young girls murdered. Investigators are searching for the killer using their biggest clue: a recording of his voice from one of the victims' phones ordering the girls Down the Hill. Almost three years later, it's a mystery that still haunts the small town of Delphi, Indiana...and the police say the killer may walk among them.

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    • 2 min
    Introducing Somebody Somewhere: The Jungle Murders

    Introducing Somebody Somewhere: The Jungle Murders

    In Season 2, David Payne and Jody Gottlieb take you into a world few people ever experience as they investigate a 2016 mass shooting in a Seattle homeless encampment known as "The Jungle." Three teenage brothers were arrested for the crime, but are they the real killers? Only the Jungle knows.

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    • 3 min
    Introducing Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal

    Introducing Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal

    From the creators of Root of Evil, Gangster Capitalism Season 1 is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian, Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education in America. The final chapter of this story is still being written, as the federal investigation into these crimes grows and unfolds.

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    • 5 min
    You Only Have One Family

    You Only Have One Family

    For the first time in decades, the Hodels gather together in one room to confront their difficult family secrets. They try to collectively make sense of their story and answer the question of how to move forward, knowing they can never escape their past.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17.3K Ratings

17.3K Ratings

jaelin :) ,

AMAZING!!

this was an emotional rollercoaster and as a psychology student…. i LOVED it. learning about the psyche of george, tamar, and learning the family dynamics really was everything i want in a podcast. i’ve been debating between two minors: gender and sexuality studies or family studies. this has made me lean to family studies. i hope the whole family is doing well and is growing their bond

littleporkbao ,

Hooked

I was skeptical at first but absolutely hooked at the beginning. I’m only on episode 5 and don’t want it to end! A binger. Very well told, interesting, compelling. It’s just overall f’ed up. Recommended!

feltab ,

A lesson on healing disguised as a True Crime podcast

This podcast is a lot of things. It is a chilling, gripping oration of the black dahlia murder and gives incredible evidence against George Hodel as the perpetrator. However, it truly struck me as the story of a family and how the cycle of abuse took its toll on each member. Be mindful that there is quite a bit of explicit content in this show that some may find disturbing or unsettling, but the narrative is laid out beautifully to show how a family born from evil and abuse recovers itself and learns to find good. It had such an emotional effect on me and if listened to carefully, could help so many victims of abuse seek help and change for themselves.

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