Paul Holes, the former East Bay sleuth who gained worldwide fame for helping to track down the suspected “Golden State Killer,” has joined TV’s true-crime craze.
Premiering on Saturday Oct. 12 with a 90-minute episode is “The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” (7 p.m., Oxygen). It’s an unscripted series that has its magnetic star crisscrossing the country and working with local investigators and experts as he pokes his nose into unsolved homicides.
“In many ways, I’m doing the same things that I did when I was active,” Holes says. “… We’re looking into cases involving lovers triangles and serial murders and everything in-between.”
Holes spent more than two decades as the Cold Case Investigator/Chief of Forensics for the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office before retiring in March of 2018. But he continued to stay close the Golden Gate Killer case — one that had haunted him for two-plus decades — until Joseph James DeAngelo was apprehended. DeAngelo is suspected of killing at least 13 people and committing more than 50 rapes throughout California.
Paul Holes (Oxygen)
His role in that investigation made Holes an instant celebrity — a “true-crime icon,” as he’s described in Oxygen’s publicity material. Soon after DeAngelo’s arrest, he became the subject of swooning social media attention as the hashtag #HotForHoles became a thing.
Weeks later, at a CrimeCon event in Nashville, he was swarmed by (mostly female) fans seeking autographs and photos of the “hottie detective.”
“I was shocked by all the attention. It just blew up,” Holes recalled. “In the two weeks after the arrest, I was getting 100 phone calls a day from media all over the world.”
Holes, who is married and now lives in Colorado Springs, had considered spending his post-retirement days working as a media consultant. But TV came calling and last September he signed an overall development deal with Oxygen Media.
At the time, network programming chief Rod Aissa said, “Paul embodies what Oxygen is all about. His story is of the highest stakes, a career journey with brilliant investigation work that resulted in justice for dozens of victims and their families.”
Holes’ 10-episode series begins with a fascinating 90-minute episode that spotlights a 1980 murder case in Williamsburg, Iowa, where two hotel guests were found bludgeoned to death in their room at a Holiday Inn. Upcoming cases take Holes to Kansas City, where a young woman was stabbed to death along a stretch of railroad tracks, and …
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