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

Hosted By: Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile
Produced By: TNT & Cadence 13

Root of Evil is an eight part series that explores the Hodel family story – one mixed with horrifying secrets that span generations.

With archival audio and brand new interviews, sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile pull back the curtains on their family, on hopes of finding closure.

From their grandfather, Dr. George Hodel, being investigated as the person behind the murder of Elizabeth Short to the son who lead the investigation, listeners will soon learn how much more there is to the story of this family than what has been shared in the past.

Root of Evil Podcast Hosts:

With a background in documentary filmmaking and storytelling, Rasha Pecoraro brings her investigative skills and passion for uncovering hidden truths to Root of Evil.

Yvette Gentile, a seasoned journalist and researcher, complements the podcast with her expertise in historical analysis and meticulous attention to detail.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • In-depth Research: Listeners appreciate the deep level of research that goes into each episode, ensuring that every detail is examined and presented.
  • Unique Perspective: Root of Evil offers a fresh and unique perspective on the Black Dahlia murder case, shedding light on the potential involvement of the Hodel family and uncovering lesser-known aspects of the investigation.
  • Compelling Interviews: Interviews with key individuals, including family members and experts, add a human element to the story and provide valuable insights, leaving listeners captivated and wanting more.
  • Thought-Provoking Themes: Root of Evil delves into broader themes such as trauma, family dynamics, and the pursuit of justice, sparking thought-provoking discussions among listeners and leaving a lasting impact.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Pacing and Length: Some listeners feel that the podcast could be condensed or edited down, as they find certain episodes to be unnecessarily long or slow-paced, potentially diluting the impact of the narrative.
  • Speculation and Lack of Closure: Given the complexity and historical nature of the case, some listeners have expressed frustration with the podcast’s reliance on speculation and unresolved theories. They hoped for more conclusive evidence or closure regarding the Hodel family’s involvement in the Black Dahlia murder.
  • Repetition: A few listeners have pointed out instances of repetitive information or reiteration of details across multiple episodes, which they find to be slightly redundant and could have been streamlined for a smoother listening experience.
  • Bias and Subjectivity: While the podcast aims to provide an objective exploration of the Hodel family’s story, some listeners have perceived a slight bias towards supporting the theory of their involvement in the Black Dahlia murder.
  • Lack of Diverse Perspectives: Critics have noted that the podcast predominantly focuses on the perspective of the Hodel family, which may limit the exploration of alternative theories or voices from different angles. They would have appreciated a more comprehensive examination of the case.

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Content 5.0
Audio 5.0
Host(s) 5.0
  • cathie joy young
    July 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    This is an engrossing podcast. I really enjoy the story more when people closely associated with the subject are included, as is the case with the relatives of Hodel interviewed throughout the podcast. Great flow and very professional.

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