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The amazing true story of a mysterious murder. In 1999, Emmon Bodfish was murdered in his home in the wealthy enclave of Orinda, CA, just east of San Francisco. For the young crime scene analyst, Paul Holes, it quickly became the most bizarre and surprising case of his storied career. It was immediately clear how Emmon had died: by being hit over the head with a heavy object. What wasn’t clear was who did it and why. Each clue was like a doorway to an expanding labyrinth of leads -leads involving pagan ceremonies, stolen artwork, a mysterious disease, an elusive shoe pattern, entomology, a blue demon, a family inheritance, an enigmatic child, a struggle for identity, and passages written in a secret language throughout two decades of Emmon’s diaries. No matter how deep Paul went into the tunnels of the mystery, the shapeshifting shadow of Emmon’s antagonist stayed just out of reach. Paul had never faced anything like it. He became obsessed with solving it. For himself, and for Emmon.
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Fascinating

A well written account and telling of an extraordinary person in an extraordinary story. Love anything to to with Paul Holes crime analysis as his passion for his work is second to none. Jim Clemente is a fab narrator. RIP Emmon.

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Another fabeicated "transgender" drama!

Why is this marketed as a true "trans" murder?
It is so obvious that this man's / woman's sexuality problems have NO relevance to her murder. So why do you keep pushing the word trans is our faces everywhere?!!! The victim was beyond creepy and had eccentric beliefs, according to her own diaries. The most plausible theory is that she staged her own death exactly as she wanted according to her diaries.

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fascinating, informative, unbiased, real

Well presented, loads of detail, reality is stranger than fiction. Will listen to this again

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unsatisfactory ending

I enjoyed this overall it's narrated well and is very interesting.

I appreciate this gives a bit more clarity on an interesting mystery, especially for those involved but it leaves too many open questions at the end.

I only realised how short this was towards the end and quickly guessed it was going to leave me with many questions.

If you want a clear ending with the outcomes wrapped up, this probably isn't for you.

Its like a great TV show that permanently ends mid-season leaving you with a thousand questions.

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Wait a minute! this. is. BRILLIANT!!??

I write this in a way to avoid any spoilers. There are
many voices that cover the investigators, friends, and professionals involved. This production, doesn't just cover your typical true crime story and all the events and clues as they develop. this also covers a profound understanding and separate investigation into the mental frame work and psychological profile of the victim and some other people too. I was in tears in the 5th episode listening to the investigator sympathetically unravel some of the victims history. It really makes you think about the past, and what you choose to do with it. I'll say no more but if you like true crime, this is one of the best.

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Interesting, but ultimately disappointing

I did enjoy listening to this but there were several aspects that I felt let it down, not least the outcome of the case.

The whole thing starts off because Emmon Bodfish misses his psychologist's appointment... And that seems to be the last time she is mentioned. She surely would have provided SOME clues as to his state of mind, because CLEARLY Emmon had big mental health problems. The investigator talks about finding out details from the diaries, but what about the psychologist? Would she not have given useful information? Everyone seems to treat Emmon as if he is a rational human being, yet he bashes himself on the head (so severely he leaves marks) to get rid of some "force" that seems to inhabit his body. And this goes on for decades, it seems. People seem to have been impressed by his erudition -- could they not look past that? I'm including the investigator in that question. Emmon wrote his diaries partly in a code he invented -- the investigator only seems to care about the content of the mysterious passages, not why he was writing them like this.

The police seemed to be pretty slow off the mark in many respects, but maybe that's just an observer's point of view. Perhaps at the time, links were less easy to make... or doors less easy to open?

I enjoyed listening to people involved in the case -- investigators, witnesses, friends. And it was interesting to hear Emmon himself on archive recordings. But the ending was not a surprise to me, given Emmon's obvious mental problems. In fact, I pretty much guessed it in the first episode.

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Great intriguing read

Loved this story. Well told and I loved the use of different narrators. Paul Holes narration is great, honest and straightforward.

An intriguing mystery that gets you thinking and wondering.

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Amateurish questions unasked a lot of unnecessary

amateurish. so many questions unasked- e.g. Swiss Bank account trail if any.Too much useless bumpf. No wonder it is free to listen to. Go back to your day jobs.