For all you murderinos out there you will understand why I absolutely had to listen to Evil Has a Name on Audible. Seriously, how could I pass up something involving Paul Holes? If you are a little confused, fans of the popular podcast My Favorite Murder are named murderinos and Paul Holes is a criminologist who was this sort of icon of the podcast who has also been a guest. Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation was written by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, and Peter McDonnell and primarily narrated by Paul Holes and Jim Clemente. What makes this Audible original so captivating is the use of additional voices, but I will admit the soothing tones of Paul Holes help to make the truly awful crimes more easy to listen to.
I have a slightly personal connection to the case of The Golden State Killer, which also influenced my decision to listen to this particular book. My mother is from Sacramento, California and was living there during the time of The Golden State Killer crimes. Beyond that, Joseph James DeAngelo, lived in an area near where some of our extended family live. This combined with my previously mentioned love of true crime meant that Evil Has a Name was at the top of my listening list. Throughout the Audible production there are moments that highlight survivors of The Golden State Killer. While they could have chosen to have one of the narrators tell these stories instead they have the actual people share what happened to them. These moments are heartbreaking and frightening, but I applaud these women for having the strength to share their stories in their own voices. This adds so much to Evil Has a Name by truly showing just how evil DeAngelo was in his behavior.
There is one section that completely enthralled me and it was also one of these first person accounts. Debbi Domingo was only a teenager when her mother and her mother’s boyfriend were murdered by DeAngelo, though this crime was not initially tied to The Golden State Killer. She talks about her mother and Greg and how prior to the murders she had been living as a runaway. When the crime occurred she had not been living at home and had no clue how to handle what had happened and instead repressed her emotions and refused to deal with it at that time. Domingo discusses the investigation and what elements she took part in and the amount she shares is not only interesting, but shows how deeply this moment in her life impacted her. Evil Has a Name is so full of information and allows listeners to understand more about the investigation and how difficult it was to find DeAngelo and finally bring him to justice. If you are a murderino or a true crime fanatic I you cannot miss this production. You can listen to Evil Has a Name on Audible today!