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

TNT

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.

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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United States

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TNT

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Welcome to Relative Unknown

8/11/2020
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...

Duration:00:04:02

Introducing "California City"

7/17/2020
It was supposed to be a simple story about the California drought. Instead, reporter Emily Guerin became obsessed with the bizarre history of a sprawling, half-built desert city.

Duration:00:07:08

Introducing "The Plot Thickens"

4/28/2020
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! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:02:43

Introducing "Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders"

2/5/2020
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:02:31

Introducing Gangster House

10/21/2019
The incredible true story of Mike Thevis, family man, and one of the most notorious criminals you've never heard of. Listen to Gangster House for free right now. via Knit

Duration:00:03:07

Introducing Somebody Somewhere: The Jungle Murders

6/13/2019
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:03:31

Introducing Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal

5/14/2019
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...

Duration:00:05:15

You Only Have One Family

4/3/2019
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:34

Introducing "The Ballad of Billy Balls" from Crimetown Presents

3/28/2019
Downtown New York, early summer, 1982. A man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots musician Billy Balls. The motive? Unknown. Billy's body? It just disappears. Rebecca, Billy's girlfriend, doesn't know what to do and has no way to say goodbye. Now, thirty-seven years later, iO Tillett Wright helps give Rebecca the opportunity to unravel the mystery.

Duration:00:05:08

The Troubling Questions

3/27/2019
Fauna Hodel and her mother, Tamar, both leave their own unique legacies, and their children try to make sense of it all. In doing so, unresolved emotions and crucial questions are raised. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:22

Supposin' I Did Kill The Black Dahlia

3/20/2019
Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murder See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:08:46

Traumatic Reenactment

3/13/2019
The vicious cycle of family trauma continues as George Hodel's daughter, Tamar becomes a mother. Her children tell the heartbreaking story of growing up in a shockingly toxic environment. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:57:56

The Minotaur

3/6/2019
Steve Hodel receives a phone call that pulls him out of retirement to investigate the Black Dahlia, a murder that had been ice cold for more than 50 years. The deeper Steve gets, the more he comes to accept his father was a sadistic killer. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:58

George's Gift

2/27/2019
A deeper look into the life of George Hodel and his children; his interests, his parties, and the horrifying incident in 1949 that would reshape the Hodel family forever. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:07

A Skilled Surgeon

2/20/2019
Former LAPD Homicide Detective, Steve Hodel, explains the identity of the Black Dahlia, the circumstances of her murder in 1947 Los Angeles, and how the LAPD's profile of her killer fit Steve's own father, George Hodel. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:41

Sneak Peek: "You couldn't make this story up."

2/15/2019
Steve Hodel, a former LAPD homicide detective, and son of George Hodel - the prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder, takes us through the gruesome discovery found in Los Angeles on January 15, 1947. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:04:42

Saved By The Ghetto

2/13/2019
Fauna Hodel, a biracial girl living in Sparks, Nevada, finds out the truth about who she really is, where she came from, and her terrifying family history. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:25

Introducing Root of Evil

1/22/2019
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...

Duration:00:03:14