I’ve always been intrigued by true crime and figuring out “whodunit.”
As a child I devoured new episodes of “Unsolved Mysteries” and loved Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Detective VHS Series, where the twin girls solved weird and zany mysteries.
In my teens I obsessed over mystery novels and books about unsolved cold cases.
By high school I was sure I was going to be the next member of the “CSI Miami” team. Yes, I know the folks on that show weren’t really forensic scientists (just as Mary Kate and Ashley weren’t pint-sized detectives), but they still inspired me.
Western Carolina University had a noted Forensic Science Program and I was sure I had the smarts to become the next great investigator, so I applied for the program and focused my first two years of school on core forensic science classes.
Unfortunately, my confidence was a little too high. I did excel in classes about the decomposition rate of the human body, crime scene excavating and field work, but learning anatomy and the structure of tissues in the human body was a little too complex for my brain.
By my third year of college, I had switched my major to communications and had hopes of being a news anchor, and maybe, eventually, the next Nancy Grace, but those goals changed.
My fascination with true crime didn’t subside.
For the last few years, I’ve listened to just about every podcast I could find that discusses both cold and solved murder cases. Hearing the science and evidence that leads to a criminal’s arrest is interesting to me.
I’m currently listening to “Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family.”
The podcast is hosted by two sisters, Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile, whose mother, Fauna, spent years trying to find her birth mother only to discover deep, dark family secrets that tie the sisters’ grandfather, Dr. George Hodel, to the infamous 1947 Black Dahlia murder.
Through a series of pre-recorded interviews between Fauna and her relatives about Dr. Hodel, present day interviews with investigators and excerpts from historical documents, the sisters weave a tale that links their grandfather to the Black Dahlia murder and uncovers grisly stories about their family.
If you love true crime, don’t mind some sometimes sickening details about crime cases and need something new, and may I say squirm-worthy to listen to, I recommend you give “Root of Evil” a listen.
The show’s well produced narrative will leave you wondering why you’ve never heard about Dr. Hodel and his possible links to the Black Dahlia case. You should be able to find the show on most podcast providers, including Stitcher and Apple.