The Doodler

Publisher:
Neon Hum Media, SF Chronicle, Ugly Duckling Films

The Doodler

4.5/5

Critic Rating

The Golden State Killer. The Unabomber. Ted Bundy. You’re probably familiar with these serial killers. But in the mid-1970s, another monster terrorized San Francisco’s gay community. He was coined “The Doodler,” and he may have been responsible for as many victims as the Zodiac Killer, yet you’ve probably never heard of him. Plagued by a complicated investigation, a frightened public, and the hesitation of many to come forward, the case went cold, and a killer walked free. Nearly 50 years later, a renewed hunt for a forgotten serial killer seeks to change that. Have a tip? Email thedoodler...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.5

Hannah Verdier • The Guardian Apr 2, 2021

"It’s true crime with a purpose, painting a picture of a glamorous scene that was terrorised by a string of murders."

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Score: 4.5

Amy Wilkinson • Vulture Mar 19, 2021

"No, this is not another Zodiac Killer podcast — this is the case of the Doodler, so named for the perp’s habit of sketching his intended victims and using the portraits to lure them in. It wouldn’t be the first time a podcast has helped nab a criminal, and after nearly 50 years, these men deserve justice — and a whole lot more."

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