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

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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.
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Introducing Root of Evil

Introducing Root of Evil

2019-01-2200:03:5390

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 TNT's 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.
Saved By The Ghetto

Saved By The Ghetto

2019-02-1300:47:12206

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.
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.
A Skilled Surgeon

A Skilled Surgeon

2019-02-2000:41:20132

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.
George's Gift

George's Gift

2019-02-2700:42:39127

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.
The Minotaur

The Minotaur

2019-03-0600:47:42100

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.
Traumatic Reenactment

Traumatic Reenactment

2019-03-1300:58:5088

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.
Steve Hodel uncovers a pile of evidence connecting his father, George Hodel, to the Black Dahlia murder
The Troubling Questions

The Troubling Questions

2019-03-2700:43:0654

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.
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.
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Comments (116)

Tara Lacey

I'm obsessed too!! Probably gonna have to buy the book

Apr 25th
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Tara Lacey

Such a heart breaking episode.

Apr 24th
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Tara Lacey

The whole family, kids especially, are brainwashed So sick and twisted, the symbolism in everything is crazy!! From the naming of his daughter all the way into the murder of Elizabeth Short

Apr 24th
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Carrie T

One of the most fascinating and horrific stories I’ve ever heard.

Apr 24th
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Brooke Venning

I understand that Tamar also victimized and abused her children. And I understand why it'd be difficult for them to not be angry with her... though the youngest does feel for her. But it's more difficult for me to hear people from the outside talking about her like she's a monster. She did monstrous things but I can't even begin to imagine just how traumatized she was. To live with George and to see what she did, to be molested, to have your father rape you, to be forced in to an excruciating illegal abortion, to be raped RIGHT AFTER that, to go to the authorities finally for some help, and then to be called a liar by your own mother and father in open court after recounting your trauma, to have your father's baby... it permanently shattered her mind/psyche. I got the feeling that she still had some sense and reason when she went to the cops as a 15 yr old. But after what happened in court it seemed like she went off the deep end. I think she was certifiably insane at that point. She should have been locked up in a psychiatric hospital for the rest of her life.

Apr 23rd
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Tara Lacey

the ending about how he chose her name!?! OMG, effing LUNATIC!

Apr 23rd
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Jennifer Fitzgerald

It is such a testament to love and survival and how families can actually come together and find themselves in each other. Thank you all for sharing your story!!! You may not understand it this way, but I see it as so supremely beautiful and touching!!! You are all so incredible and loving!!! It's hard to understand but most families have this crazy dysfunction. But please know that you have gone far passed what most have ever done to make it better!!! You are a very incredible example of what healing can take place and I wish you all the best in your journey's!

Apr 23rd
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andrew buckler

I dont care as long its not 5mins

Apr 22nd
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Penny JustPenny

I totally agree. Entertaining but no real proof. Take it with a shaker of salt.

Apr 22nd
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Ryan Williams

man, this series had so many ups and downs!

Apr 21st
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Brooke Venning

this episode... so sad. I feel so much for Deborah. And I'm angry at Fauna for being so insensitive and selfish. Fauna had an overall good life full of love and then she refuses to even try to understand Deborah's reasoning. I mean, Deborah suffered soul-crushing abuse and emotional neglect... then to have her sister reject her over a damn name? ugh... this family.

Apr 19th
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Mike Lipsitz

M n nnvb envy m

Apr 18th
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Nina Peace

This was very good. The healing is beautiful. All families have secrets, isn't that the damn truth! Keep working, this is something I needed to listen to... thank you.

Apr 18th
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Liz Edwards

crazy

Apr 14th
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Liz Edwards

Oh dear 😲

Apr 13th
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Sandie Kemp Ward

I would like to hear stories of each child. also about George's wives. Maybe George up bringing. something made him this way.

Apr 11th
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Buzzy McNutt

how the hell do you start a trailer with an ad. lol stop this

Apr 11th
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Buzzy McNutt

Pam Kramer lol ty Pam, I know how it played for me.

Apr 12th
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Pam Kramer

Buzzy McNutt That is not correct

Apr 12th
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Shauna Hensley

Prayers and love to you and your family. it's horrible what happened but amazing you came out with the Outlook and determination you have to be better and good people. I hope they do the DNA comparisons one day soon and stop burying it.

Apr 5th
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GSPmom

Anyone else disturbed listening to Tamaur laughing on the cassette tape while talking about how her dad taught her to "give head" gave me the creeps

Apr 5th
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Samantha Jayne

incredible story. what strong survivors who so quickly rewrote their history into a story of survival, love and strength. thank you for sharing.

Apr 4th
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