Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

132 EpisodesProduced by Esther Ludlow

Once Upon a Crime is a true crime podcast that researches the crime, criminals and victims to discover the “why” behind some infamous crimes as well as fascinating lesser known cases. Host, Esther Ludlow presents “the story behind the story” you won’t hear anywhere else. Each month a new true crime … read more

132 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

Episode 127: Bad Sports: Soccer Brawl in Brazil

April 15th, 2019

35:52

A friendly soccer game on a dusty field in Brazil turns into a horrific act of violence. 

Resources: 

Article: A Yellow Card, Then Unfathomable …

Episode 126: Bad Sports: Sally "Killer" McNeil

April 8th, 2019

30:46

Ray and Sally McNeil were a married couple who were both accomplished athletes in the sport of professional bodybuilding.  But, a combination of …

Episode 125: Bad Sports: Thomas Junta - "Hockey Dad"

April 1st, 2019

36:24

This month I'll be sharing stories of outrageous crimes that occurred at sporting events or by sports figures.  

First up, a neighborhood ice rink, a pee-wee hockey pick-up game and some unsportsmanlike conduct leads to …

Episode 124: Murder Memories: Chapter 3: Paul Cox

March 25th, 2019

36:15

A man starts having vivid memories of a violent crime he believes he may have committed during an alcoholic blackout. 

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Episode 123: Murder Memories: Chapter 2: Eileen Franklin - Part 2

March 18th, 2019

47:57

I conclude the story about Eileen Franklin who claimed to have witnessed her friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason's murder in 1969. She would say her …

Episode 122: Murder Memories: Chapter 1: Eileen Franklin - Part 1

March 11th, 2019

50:40

In this series I'll share crime stories that feature a very strange and rare phenomenon - recovered memories of murder.  Is it possible to forget …

Episode 121: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 4: Michael Keith Moon

February 26th, 2019

30:28

A career criminal commits multiple murders plus an attempted murder and continues to be released on parole.  This is the case of Michael Keith Moon. 

Episode 120: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 3: Louise Peete - Part 2

February 19th, 2019

38:56

In the conclusion of the story of Louise Peete, the convicted murderess is released from prison and, before long, goes on to commit another violent …

Introducing - Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime!

February 13th, 2019

3:15

I'm pleased to announce my new podcast "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime"!  Each episode will feature me and a special guest host talking about what's new, hot, and trending in true crime - in a fun and casual format. 

First …

Episode 119: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 2: Louise Peete - Part 1

February 12th, 2019

29:22

In this episode. I share a story about a particularly lethal woman who's long criminal career saw her acquitted of a murder, sentenced to life for …

Episode 118: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 1: Kenneth Allen McDuff

February 5th, 2019

41:27

A man murders three innocent teens in 1966, is sentenced to death and later is released from prison to kill again.  This is the case of Kenneth Allen McDuff aka "The Broomstick Killer". 

Photo: Kenneth Allen McDuff at …

Episode 117: Black Widows: Chapter 2: Black Widow Sisters

January 29th, 2019

29:35

A rare form of serial killer are Black Widows - women who kill their spouses and other family members - usually for financial gain.  Even more rare are Black Widow Sisters.  This week I'll share two stories of sisters …

Episode 116: Black Widows: Chapter 1: Betty Lou Beets

January 15th, 2019

1:02:24

A woman is discovered to have murdered two of her husbands and hid their bodies in her yard.  

Resources: 

Book: Buried Memories: The Bloody Crimes and Execution of the Texas Black Widow by Irene Pence

Article: CNN.com …

Episode 115: The Darlie Routier Case with Guest Co-Host Yolanda from Not Perfect or Functional Podcast

December 18th, 2018

2:02:53

As a special holiday episode Yolanda from Not Perfect or Functional Podcast aka my little sister returns! This time we discuss the ever-debated …

Episode 114: Mistletoe and Murder: Chapter 2: Marvallous Keene - The Christmas Murder Spree

December 11th, 2018

44:14

On Christmas week 1992, a series of murders took place in Dayton, Ohio.  Some would call it a case of “thrill killing” others would point to juvenile …

Episode 113: Mistletoe and Murder: Chapter 1: The Carnation Christmas Murders

December 4th, 2018

38:00

Three generations of one family are murdered on Christmas Eve, 2007 in Carnation, Washington.  

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Episode 112: Listener Suggestions: Erika and Benjamin Sifrit - Killer Couple

November 27th, 2018

38:36

A young couple play a deadly game with perfect strangers on Memorial Day weekend, 2002 in Ocean City, Maryland. 

#homicide #killercouples #thrillkillers

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Episode 111: Listener Suggestions: Suzane von Richthofen "Evil Blonde"

November 20th, 2018

32:21

Thank you to listener Alexandre Guglielmelli from Brazil for this case suggestion! In 2002, a wealthy couple is found murdered in their home in Sao …

Episode 110: Listener Suggestions: The Texas Cadet Murder

November 13th, 2018

55:03

A young couple conspire to kill a romantic rival in Texas in 1995.  Thanks to listener Casey Graham for the suggestion of this case.  This is the case of Diane Zamora and David Graham - The Texas Cadet Murder case.

Episode 109: Listener Suggestions: Craig Price - The Warwick Slasher

November 6th, 2018

44:28

This month I'm picking cases from listener suggestions as a "thank you" to my audience.  First up is a case from Warwick, Rhode Island suggested by Mikala Fortin.

When a series of brutal murders takes place in one …

Episode 108: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 4: The LaLaurie Mansion

October 22nd, 2018

52:05

The last chapter of "Haunted Homicide" is the story of the LaLaurie Mansion known as "the most haunted house in America".  In this episode you'll hear the TRUE story of Madame Delphine LaLaurie who is called "the …

Episode 107: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 3: The Tower of London

October 15th, 2018

1:03:52

The Tower of London has a long history of torture, murder and royal intrigue.  It has also been the scene of many ghostly sightings over its 950-year history.  Travel with me to through the Tower to uncover some of its …

Episode 106: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 2: The Amityville Horror House and Ron DeFeo

October 8th, 2018

53:39

A house with a dark history is purchased by a young couple in 1975.  They soon begin experiencing unexplained and terrifying events inside the home. …

Episode 105: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 1: Herb Baumeister and Fox Hollow Farm

October 1st, 2018

53:36

A serial killer uses his own home as his killing grounds.  After his crimes are discovered his property, Fox Hollow Farm, will be considered one of …

Episode 103: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 2: The Fast Food Killer

September 17th, 2018

42:34

A series of fast food restaurant robberies take place in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997.  The accused, Paul Dennis Reid, would claim that his early …

Episode 102: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 1: The Taco Bell Strangler

September 10th, 2018

47:59

A series of women are found raped and strangled in their homes in Charlotte, North Carolina between 1992 and 1994.  Later it would be discovered that …

Episode 101: Written in Blood: Chapter 4: Anne Perry - Part 2

August 27th, 2018

34:02

We continue the story of one of the most infamous murders ever committed in New Zealand. Known as the Parker-Hulme Murder it was shocking because of …

Episode 100: Written in Blood Chapter 3: Anne Perry - Part 1

August 20th, 2018

53:34

A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954.  Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers.  The crime would become …

Episode 099: Written in Blood: Chapter 2: J.J. Paulsen and Richard Klinkhamer

August 13th, 2018

43:51

In this second chapter of "Written in Blood" I detail cases of two writers who became wife killers - and then hid their crime from the public.  

Episode 098: Written in Blood: Chapter 1: Jack Abbott and Issei Sagawa

August 6th, 2018

47:06

In this series I detail crimes committed by authors or writers.  First up, two authors who became literary celebrities despite their criminal history....or even because of it. 

#JackHenryAbbott #IsseiSagawa …

Episode 097: Wild Things: Chapter 4: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case

July 23rd, 2018

46:24

Diane Whipple lost her life on January 26, 2001 after she was attacked by two dangerous dogs. You'll hear about the public outcry after this horrible …

Episode 096: Wild Things: Chapter 3: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case

July 16th, 2018

55:47

A fatal dog mauling case shocked the San Francisco Bay Area and the world in early 2001.  When the details were revealed about the dogs and their …

Episode 095: Wild Things: Chapter 2: The Murder of Dian Fossey

July 9th, 2018

1:13:33

Dian Fossey became the foremost expert on the mountain gorillas of the Congo.  She conducted the first long-term field study of these animals and her story was immortalized in the book and movie Gorillas in the Mist. A …

Episode 094: Wild Things: Chapter 1: The San Francisco Zoo Tiger Attacks

July 2nd, 2018

42:37

If true crime stories teach us anything it's that man is the most dangerous animal of all. In this new series I will detail cases where human's …

Bonus Episode: "Dead North"

June 28th, 2018

1:53:28

On this bonus episode I discuss the 4-part documentary series "Dead North" that premiered on A&E in late May. 

My special co-host is my brother, Tony.  

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Announcing Season 3 and News

June 25th, 2018

14:22

Season 3 will begin on July 2nd! Bonus episode will release this week! Get all the news, announcements and info here! 

 

Episode 093: Infamous Locales: Chapter 5: The Cecil Hotel - Part 3

June 7th, 2018

31:00

A young, Canadian college students goes missing from the Cecil while visiting Los Angeles in 2013.  The hotel's surveillance camera captures bizarre …

Episode 092: Infamous Locales: Chapter 4: The Cecil Hotel - Part 2

June 4th, 2018

58:37

We continue the series "Infamous Locales" with another true crime story from the infamous Cecil Hotel. This time, I'll tell you about another serial killer who made the Cecil his base of operations -  Jack Unterweger, …

Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: The Cecil Hotel - Part 1

May 28th, 2018

56:11

The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has been home to at least two serial killers, numerous tragic deaths, a sniper shooting and one mysterious death.  Join me for this first installment of a 2-part episode covering the Cecil …

Episode 090: Ted Bundy, Jon Benet and Jodi Arias or What I Learned at CrimeCon

May 21st, 2018

1:12:12

In this special episode I give a wrap-up of CrimeCon - all the true crime celebrity sightings, the true crime podcast rockstars I got to hang out with, and all the inside gossip and info.  I also discuss a couple of …

Episode 089: Infamous Locales: Chapter 2: Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper Murders

May 14th, 2018

47:34

The district of Whitechapel in London, England was the location of one of the most infamous, unsolved serial murders in history - the Jack the Ripper …

Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

May 7th, 2018

1:01:08

One intersection in Beverly Hills has been the site of many events from airplane crashes, car accidents, and murders. Could it be a coincidence or is …

Bonus Episode - Patreon Sneak Peek Bonus Story

May 3rd, 2018

33:42

Surprise! Here's an extra episode for you since I'm off this week.  This is as bonus episode that I would normally make available only for Patreon …

Episode 087: Last Stop: Chapter 4: Diana the Hunter of Bus Drivers and the Murdered Women of Juarez

April 23rd, 2018

1:02:12

A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers.

Photo: Pink crosses spring up around Juarez with the words "Ni una mas" or "not one more" after hundreds of …

Episode 086: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack

April 16th, 2018

55:15

On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway system and release deadly sarin gas.  The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth …

Episode 085: Last Stop: Chapter 2: The Hijacking of Bus 174

April 9th, 2018

54:02

A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000. 

#hijacking #hostagecrisis #Brazil 

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Episode 084: Last Stop: Chapter 1: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping

April 2nd, 2018

39:28

In 1976, in the small farming community of Chowchilla, California, a school bus full of children is kidnapped for ransom. 

#kidnappings #Chowchilla …

Episode 083: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 3: The Affluenza Defense

March 26th, 2018

45:39

A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide.  His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged …

Episode 082: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 2: The Twinkie Defense

March 12th, 2018

37:27

Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to …

Episode 081: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 1: The Sleepwalking Defense

March 6th, 2018

42:43

Three cases are outlined where a person commits murder and then blames the crime on sleepwalking. 

First up, Albert Tirrell murders his mistress in 1846 claiming he was in a trance-like state at the time. Kenneth Parks …

Episode 080: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 4: Stolen Oscars, Streakers and Deadly Deeds

February 27th, 2018

49:42

The last chapter of this series continues with stories of the darker side of the Academy Awards.  You'll hear about missing and stolen Oscars, the …

Episode 079: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 3: The Killing Fields and Dr. Haing S. Ngor

February 20th, 2018

36:06

A man escapes the genocide in Cambodia and becomes an Academy Award Winning Actor in the U.S. 

#genocide #Cambodia #VietnamWar #refugees …

Episode 078: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 2: Roman Polanski

February 13th, 2018

56:47

Roman Polanski lives a life of hardship and tragedy before becoming an award winning director - and a fugitive from justice after being charged with …

Episode 077: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 1: The Dog Day Afternoon Bank Heist

February 6th, 2018

45:39

The Academy Awards is held annually to honor the best of Hollywood. But, there is a darker side of this star-studded ceremony. The first is the true …

Episode 076: Survivor Stories: Chapter 4: Mary Vincent

January 30th, 2018

45:01

A teenage hitchhiker is picked up by a violent rapist in Northern California in 1978. The attack upon her would horrify the public and Lawrence …

Episode 075: Survivor Stories: Chapter 3: Tracey Thurman

January 23rd, 2018

31:13

A woman leaves her abusive husband and spends months trying to get  law enforcement authorities to help her escape her abuser. In 1983, she survives …

Episode 074: Survivor Stories: Chapter 2: I Survived Ted Bundy - Rhonda Stapley

January 16th, 2018

1:16:06

A young woman is offered a ride by a nice looking man in Salt Lake City in 1974. By the end of the day she would be attacked and almost killed by the …

Episode 073: Survivor Stories: Chapter 1: The Abduction of Elizabeth Shoaf

January 9th, 2018

42:13

A young girl is abducted on her way home from school in Lugoff, South Carolina in 2006. 

         

14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf masterminded her own …

Episode 072: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 4: Laci Peterson - Part 2

December 19th, 2017

1:15:26

I continue my discussion of the Laci Peterson case with my co-host, Yolanda of the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast. In this episode we take a deep …

Episode 071: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 3: Laci Peterson: Part 1

December 19th, 2017

1:38:20

On Christmas Eve day, 2002, an 8-month pregnant woman went missing from her home. A large-scale search was started right away, but suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Scott Peterson. 

This episode will be a …

Episode 070: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 2: Holiday Hijinx

December 12th, 2017

25:22

We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.  

Hear holiday …

Episode 069: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 1: Very Bad Santas

December 5th, 2017

28:15

We kick our true crime holiday season with stores of Santas who go bad.

#Christmascrime #badsantas #historicalcrime

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Episode 068: Murder in the Family: Chapter 4: Fritz Klenner and Susie Lynch

November 28th, 2017

1:05:31

Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.

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Episode 067: Murder in the Family: Chapter 3: Sante and Kenny Kimes

November 21st, 2017

1:16:12

A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes.

Sante & Kenny Kimes on 60 Minutes.

#serialkillers #SanteKimes #KennyKimes #conartists

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Episode 066: Murder in the Family: Chapter 2: The Gonzalez Sisters

November 14th, 2017

39:00

One of the most prolific serial killer families in history was discovered in Jalisco, Mexico in 1964.  This is the story of the Gonzalez Sisters. 

Episode 065: Murder in the Family: Chapter 1: The Briley Brothers

November 7th, 2017

47:42

Our new series "Murder in the Family" details cases where family members commit murder together. First up, the story of The Briley Brothers who went on an 8-month crime spree in Richmond Virginia.

Left to right: …

Episode 064: Halloween Tales: Volume 2

October 23rd, 2017

42:11

As a special treat I'll share a couple of creepy urban legends...with a twist. These tales are actually based on true crime stories.

Son of Sam, The Zodiac Killer, 3x Killer, The Watcher

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Episode 063: Fakes, Frauds & Liars: Chapter 2: The Warrior Eli Hoax

October 16th, 2017

34:04

A pregnant mother dies as a result of a car accident. Thousands of Facebook friends mourn her loss. Could her whole life have been fabricated online? …

Episode 062: Fakes, Frauds and Liars: Chapter 1: Belle Gibson

October 9th, 2017

38:56

In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet.

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Episode 061: With Friends Like These: Chapter 4: Christine Paolilla

October 2nd, 2017

1:12:51

In our last chapter of "With Friends Like These" four young people are gunned down in Clear Lake City, Texas. A bullied girl had been taken under …

Episode 060: With Friends Like These: Chapter 3: Doe Roberts

September 25th, 2017

1:11:15

A woman goes missing in a small town in Tennessee. Soon, a kidnapper calls demanding a ransom. The communication from him becomes more bizarre and …

Episode 059: With Friends Like These: Chapter 2: Bobby Kent

September 11th, 2017

1:28:38

A group of teens conspire to kill a young man - the best friend of one of the conspirators - in Hollywood, Florida in 1993. 

Bobby Kent was proud of …

Episode 58: With Friends Like These: Chapter 1: Kirsten Costas

September 4th, 2017

43:55

Our new series "With Friends Like These" I detail cases where friends turn upon friends - and become deadly. The first is a case of high school …

Episode 057: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 4: Marie Hilley - Part 2

August 28th, 2017

1:20:15

Marie Hilley poisons her husband to death and attempts to kill her daughter in Alabama. When her crime is discovered she goes on the run. What she does next is one of the most bizarre tales of true crime in U.S. history.

Episode 056: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 3: Marie Hilley - Part 1

August 21st, 2017

1:26:42

The story of Marie Hilley's life is one of the most strange and bizarre true crime cases I've encountered. There are so many twists and turns in this case that I've split it into two parts.

Frank and Marie Hilley early …

Episode 055: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 2: Beverley Allitt - Britain's "Angel of Death"

August 14th, 2017

1:12:17

Our second chapter focuses on a case of Munchausen by Proxy - but this time the perpetrator is a health care worker preying on unsuspecting hospital patients.

Beverley Allitt was a British serial killer dubbed "The …

Episode 054: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 1: Laurie Williamson - Munchausen by Proxy

August 7th, 2017

54:18

A rare phenomenon causes a mother to make her children ill for her own selfish gain. Chapter 1 of "Sick and Murdered".

Laurie Williamson is wheeled into court to face charges (she claimed to be paralyzed).

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Episode 053: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 4: Ted Ammon - Murder in the Hamptons - Part 2

July 31st, 2017

1:31:03

Part 2 of "Murder in the Hamptons" tells of the ugly and costly divorce of Ted and Generosa Ammon and how hate a resentment boiled over to murder.

Clockwise from top: Greg & Alexa Ammon, The East Hampton beach …

Episode 052: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 3: Ted Ammon - Murder in the Hamptons - Part 1

July 24th, 2017

1:00:49

A love story turn into a murder when a multi-millionaire finds himself in an ugly and vicious divorce.

The Ammon family in happier times.

Thanks for …

Episode 051: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 2: Edmond Safra - Murder in Monaco

July 17th, 2017

48:37

Edmond Safra was a billionaire banker who lived in a highly secure penthouse in Monaco. So, how did attackers get in - or was the story all a fabrication by an insecure employee? This is the strange and tragic story …

Episode 050: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 1: Spoiled Son - Dale Ewell

July 10th, 2017

1:02:35

The new series details cases of the rich who were targeted for their wealth. In our first chapter a young man's greed prompts him to plot a heinous crime.

The Ewell family from L to R: Dana, Glee, Tiffany and Dale

 

Episode 049: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 4: Murder on Palmyra

June 26th, 2017

1:00:38

Two couples collide on a deserted island in the South Seas. Only one would leave the island alive. 

  

Mac & Muff Graham on the Sea Wind, Duane …

Episode 048: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 3: Missing in Aruba

June 19th, 2017

38:45

A woman goes missing on the beautiful island of Aruba in 2011 under mysterious circumstances.

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Episode 047: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 2: The Monster of Florence

June 12th, 2017

33:07

This week I'll take you the beautiful Italian countryside - where a serial killer will stalk and kill young lovers. 

  The Monster of Florence …

Episode 046: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 1: The Yosemite Murders

June 5th, 2017

59:42

A serial killer is hunting and killing women in Yosemite National Park in 1999. His ties to another well-known true crime case would make this story …

Episode 045: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 4: Murder by Mercedes

May 22nd, 2017

1:00:52

A woman finds out her husband of 10 years is having an affair and takes matters into her own hands - in a particularly gruesome way.

David, Lindsay …

Episode 044: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 3: Jodi Arias Part 2

May 15th, 2017

1:11:22

Part 2 tells about the investigation, interrogation, arrest and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander. This is Chapter 3 of "A Woman Scorned"

Jodi Arias was on the stand for 18 days during her trial.

Episode 043: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 2: Jodi Arias

May 9th, 2017

1:07:55

A young woman who felt spurned by her on-again-off again lover and realizaing she couldn’t have him for herself, decides to take deadly revenge. This …

Episode 042: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 1: Betty Broderick

May 2nd, 2017

1:07:41

In 1989, Betty Broderick guns down her ex-husband and his new wife. Did her cheating husband cause her to snap or did she commit cold-blood, …

Episode 041: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 4: Charles Rothenberg

April 25th, 2017

38:26

A divorced dad takes revenge out on his ex-wife by attempting to murder his own son.

A 1988 television movie titled "David" detailed the terrible …

Episode 040: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 3: Susan Smith

April 18th, 2017

51:04

A woman reports her car stolen with her 2 young sons inside. After a 9 day search, the unthinkable would be discovered.

Michael and Alex Smith went …

Episode 039: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 2: John List

April 11th, 2017

1:19:21

An entire family is found murdered in their home in 1971. The patriarch, John List, murdered his wife, mother and children and then disappeared.

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Episode 038: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 1: Diane Downs

April 3rd, 2017

1:07:59

Three children are shot on a lonely road one night in 1983. Was it the work of a violent stranger or was it even more horrifying? Could their own …

Episode 037: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 4: Female Mass Murderers

March 27th, 2017

25:45

In this episode I detail a rare phenomenon - female mass murderers. You'll hear three cases of women who killed several people in a single incident in the U.S., Germany and Kuwait. 

Jennifer San Marco killed 7 people in …

Episode 036: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 3: The San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre

March 20th, 2017

31:20

The worst case of mass murder in the U.S. at the time occurred on July 18, 1984. The shooter entered a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, …

Episode 035: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 2: Richard Speck and The Crime of the Century

March 14th, 2017

52:16

Eight student nurses are found dead one morning in 1966. There was only one survivor. This is the case of mass murderer Richard Speck.

Book: The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders that Shocked a Nation …

Episode 033: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 4: The Lonely Hearts Killers

February 28th, 2017

34:41

A couple deceive, rob and, ultimately, kill women who place ads in "Lonely Hearts" columns in the 1940s.

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Episode 032: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 3: Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate

February 21st, 2017

1:09:55

Two teens go on a killing spree in America's heartland in 1958.

Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate

Music: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

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Spree killers, American murderers, teenage …

Episode 031: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 2; Alton Coleman and Debra Brown

February 13th, 2017

35:30

A couple begin a reign of terror across several states in the Midwest United States in the summer of 1984.  The FBI would be called in to find and …

Episode 030: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 1: Amy Fisher - The Long Island Lolita

February 7th, 2017

35:54

A young girl infatuated with an older, married man sets out to eliminate her rival - his wife of 15 years. But, the story is soon discovered to be …

Episode 029: Artful Crimes: Chapter 4: The Gardner Museum Heist

January 31st, 2017

41:22

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts is robbed of over a half a billion dollars of rare art in 1990.

Image: Thieves smash …

Episode 028: Artful Crimes: Chapter 3: Andy Warhol and Valerie Solanas

January 24th, 2017

44:28

A young aspiring writer shoots pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1968.

Valerie Solanas, just after shooting Andy Warhol, June 3, 1968.

 

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Episode 027: Artful Crimes: Chapter 2: Caravaggio: The Bad Boy of Rome

January 17th, 2017

55:46

The great artist Caravaggio lives an unparalleled life as a painter of masterpieces and as a mercurial and violent young man who became a convicted …

Episode 026: Artful Crimes: Chapter 1: The Death of Vincent Van Gogh

January 10th, 2017

56:49

The series "Artful Crimes" details cases of crimes committed by and against artists. In Chapter 1 we'll explore the death of Vincent Van Gogh - …

Episode 025: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 3: Murder in Madison

December 30th, 2016

53:25

A man leads police to a body buried in a snowbank on Christmas Day, 1977. This murder in Madison, Wisconsin, would captivate the public with a tale …

Episode 024: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 2: The Lawson Family Murders

December 20th, 2016

58:59

On Christmas Day, 1929, one of the country's worst mass murders took place in North Carolina. This is Chapter 2 of Holiday Homicides: The Lawson …

Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 1: The Ashland Tragedy

December 12th, 2016

36:17

In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, 1881, a brutal attack was perpetrated on three sleeping teens in Ashland, Kentucky.

The three suspects in the Ashland murders

This week's Audible recommendation is The …

Episode 022: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 4: Amber Hagerman and the AMBER Alert

December 5th, 2016

26:07

A 9-year-old girl is abducted in Arlington, Texas. The community and, ultimately, the country would call for changes in the way law enforcement …

Episode 021: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 3: Polly Klaas

November 29th, 2016

36:03

The murder of a young girls leads to sweeping changes in sentencing laws.

Polly Hannah Klaas was 12 years old when she was abducted by a stranger …

Episode 020: Bonus Episode: Holiday Schedule and Shout Outs

November 21st, 2016

16:17

Happy Thanksgiving! Just sharing some info about the holiday schedule of podcast releases and some shout outs to listeners and podcasters!

Thanks to …

Episode 019: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 2: Francine Hughes and The Burning Bed

November 17th, 2016

1:13:16

An abused woman spends years being beaten and terrorized by her husband while police and others turn a blind eye. In desperation, she takes the law …

Episode 017: Bonus Episode: Halloween Tales

October 28th, 2016

30:31

On this special bonus Halloween episode I share something a little different. Instead of the usual true crime case I'm sharing two ghost stories with you. Feel free to listen in the dark! Happy Halloween!

 

#Halloween …

Episode 015: Fatal Fans: Chapter 3: John Lennon

October 11th, 2016

1:05:39

Mark David Chapman stalks and murders John Lennon on a New York city street in 1980. This is Chapter 3 of Fatal Fans.

 

John Lennon autographs his album for Mark Chapman a few hours before Chapman shoots him dead on …

Episode 016: Fatal Fans: Chapter 4: John Hinckley

October 11th, 2016

47:27

John Hinckley, Jr. tries to impress an actress by killing President Ronald Reagan. Was he legally insane? This is the final chapter in the series "Fatal Fans". 

 

John Hinckley's mug shot - dated 3/30/81 - the day he …

Episode 014: Fatal Fans: Chapter 2: Rebecca Schaeffer

October 4th, 2016

28:21

An unhinged fan has murderous plans towards young actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

 

 

Rebecca Schaeffer

Robert John Bardo in court.

Episode 013: Fatal Fans: Chapter 1 Theresa Saldana

September 13th, 2016

40:56

A young actress is stalked by an unhinged drifter who is intent on killing her.

Facebook: OnceUponACrimePod Twitter: @UponACrime Celebrity crime, stalking victims, true crime.

Theresa Saldana arrives at the court house …

Episode 012: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 4: Selena

September 9th, 2016

38:06

The Queen of Tejano Music is gunned down by a fan in 1995.

Resources: Music: Selena - Ones - (Greatest Hits Album)

DVD: Selena - the Movie 

Book: To Selena with Love - by Chris Perez

To connect with the show: On …

Episode 011: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 3: Tupac and Biggie

August 28th, 2016

59:52

Two of music's biggest rap stars are cut down in their prime. But, who killed them? This week's episode - Tupac and Biggie.

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Episode 010: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 2 Kurt Cobain

August 17th, 2016

1:36:50

The second installment in the series about the tragic endings of musical icons this time I discuss the life and death of Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain. Justin Evans from the Generation Why and The Peripheral podcasts …

Episode 009: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 1: Marvin Gaye

August 2nd, 2016

54:17

This series tells the tragic stories of recording artists who were killed or died under mysterious circumstances. In the first chapter, Marvin Gaye, a top R&B recording artist is murdered by a family member in 1984.

Episode 008: Killer Kids Chapter 3 Brenda Spencer

July 26th, 2016

49:04

The first school mass shooting in the U.S. is committed by a 16-year-old year girl.

   Brenda Spencer's mugshot. January 29, 1979. Wearing her …

Episode 007: Killer Kids: Chapter 2: Mary Bell

July 19th, 2016

42:37

An 11-year-old is accused of murdering two boys in the 1960s.

 

Also this week - a thank you to Mike from Sword and Scale and Justin from The …

Episode 006 Bonus Episode Making a Murderer in Conversation

July 13th, 2016

33:04

A bonus episode partially recorded at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. Making a Murderer's Dean Strang and Jerry Buting on their speaking tour "A Conversation on Justice".

To subscribe to Once Upon a Crime on …

Episode 005: Killer Kids: Chapter 1: Jesse Pomeroy

July 5th, 2016

27:52

A young serial killer terrorizes South Boston in 1872.                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book links: The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne …

Episode 004: Bonus Episode: Stockholm Syndrome and Patty Hearst

June 23rd, 2016

17:31

When kidnap victims are held for a period of time the public often wants to know "why didn't they try to escape?" This episode explains a …

Episode 003: Lost and Found: Chapter 3: The Cleveland Kidnappings

June 9th, 2016

1:02:23

Three girls go missing over as many years in a Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood.  Years go by before they are ever seen again. When it was revealed who had taken them and what they were subjected to the city was stunned to …

Episode 002: Lost and Found: Chapter 2: Elizabeth Smart

June 9th, 2016

27:03

This is our second installment in the series "Lost and Found". Elizabeth Smart was a 14-year-old girl from a loving, Mormon family living in Salt …

Episode 001: Lost and Found: Chapter 1 - Jaycee Dugard

June 9th, 2016

23:04

This is the first installment in our series "Lost and Found". When a loved one goes missing the families are left in a terrible limbo. How long do …

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