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Esther Ludlow

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Join me as I dive into some of the most fascinating and thought provoking true crime stories told one chapter at a time. Kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more will be covered.

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

2:02:53 | Dec 18th, 2018

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

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

34:02 | Aug 27th, 2018

Part 2 of The Parker-Hulme Murder Case. In the conclusion, we'll discover that one of the convicted murderers would go on to an illustrious career as one of the world's most well known crime-fiction writers.  Her past would stay concealed for almost ...Show More

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

53:34 | Aug 20th, 2018

A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954.  Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers.  The crime would become infamous in New Zealand and the girl exposed as a well-known writer decades later.  This is Part 1. ...Show More

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

39:28 | Apr 2nd, 2018

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

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

41:40 | Oct 9th, 2017

This series kicks off with a case from Australia and one of the most well-known cases of Munchausen's by Internet.

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

54:18 | Aug 7th, 2017

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). Resources: Podcasts featuring the Dee Dee & ...Show More

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

1:31:03 | Jul 31st, 2017

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 house, Danny Pelosi, Ted Ammon, Generosa...Show More

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

1:00:49 | Jul 24th, 2017

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

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

1:11:22 | May 15th, 2017

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. Today's sponsors are: The Great C...Show More

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

1:07:55 | May 9th, 2017

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 case became one of the most sensationalized trials on record.   Chapter 2 of "A Woman Scorned" is th...Show More

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

36:03 | Nov 29th, 2016

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 out of her own bedroom.   Thanks to this week's sponsor, Audible. For a free audiobook and a 30-day fre...Show More

Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 1: Kitty Genovese

58:13 | Nov 8th, 2016

A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported . Resources: Film: The Witness Book: Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America - Kevin Cook

Introducing - Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime!

03:15 | Feb 13th

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 drops on February 1...Show More

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

29:22 | Feb 12th

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 another and still released to continue her murderous ways. This is Part One of the case of Louise Peet...Show More

The Next Chapter: The Amityville Murders with Daniel Farrands

38:34 | Feb 7th

On this bonus episode I discuss the new movie "The Amityville Murders" with the director Daniel Farrands.  "The Amityville Murders" wil be released in theaters, streaming and on demand on February 8th.

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

41:27 | Feb 5th

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

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

29:35 | Jan 29th

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 who set up murder syndicates for ...Show More

The Next Chapter: The Acid King with Author Jesse Pollack

44:58 | Jan 25th

In this episode of The Next Chapter I interview author Jesse Pollack about his book The Acid King that details a true crime case that happened in Northport, New York in the summer of 1984.

January Announcement

01:39 | Jan 18th

Just a short announcement about January's release schedule.

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

1:02:24 | Jan 15th

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

Introducing Monstruo

09:30 | Jan 11th

The heart of a man is darkness... No person, place or culture is immune to extreme violence.  Be prepared to take a journey, a tour of the world, where the most horrible atrocities have occurred.  Based on actual events, this immersive audio exper...Show More

The Next Chapter - The Lost Pilots Author Corey Mead

33:08 | Dec 28th, 2018

In this episode of The Next Chapter I interview author Corey Mead about his book The Lost Pilots which details a fascinating true crime case from the 1920s.

Introducing: Mind's Eye

30:46 | Dec 25th, 2018

Introducing "Mind's Eye" the new fiction podcast from the Parcast network. Homicide detective Kate McClay is plagued with terrifying dreams and the only thing that can stop them is to catch a serial killer.'sEye

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

44:14 | Dec 11th, 2018

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 delinquency, dysfunctional family issues or just plain bad kids.  The identified “ringleader” would ...Show More

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

38:00 | Dec 4th, 2018

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

Introducing: Generation Why

11:18 | Dec 3rd, 2018

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world.  Sit down with two friends, Justin and Aaron, who break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies...Show More

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

40:13 | Nov 27th, 2018

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

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

32:21 | Nov 20th, 2018

In 2002, a wealthy couple is found murdered in their home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their own daughter soon because a suspect and the case becomes a media sensation in Brazil.

Episode 110: Listener Suggestions: The Texas Cadet Murder

55:03 | Nov 13th, 2018

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

44:28 | Nov 6th, 2018

When a series of brutal crimes takes place in one neighborhood in Rhode Island in 1989, investigators zero in on an unlikely suspect - a teenage boy who would be considered one of the country's youngest serial killers.

The Next Chapter - Jeffrey Rinek

57:27 | Oct 30th, 2018

On this bonus episode I talk to retired FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Rinek, author of the new book "In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators".  We discuss his work with the FBI and the role he played...Show More

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

52:05 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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 socialite serial killer".

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

1:03:52 | Oct 15th, 2018

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 dark history.   #ThomasBecke...Show More

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

53:39 | Oct 8th, 2018

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.  Was it a result of their imaginations run wild? A hoax? Or the after effects of a horrific multiple ...Show More

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

53:36 | Oct 1st, 2018

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 the most haunted places in the midwestern United States.  This is chapter one of the series, "Haunted ...Show More

Episode 104: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 3: The Wendy's Chili Finger Scam

35:31 | Sep 24th, 2018

A woman finds a finger in a fast food item. A lawsuit is filed and investigators quickly learn that something's not quite right with her claim and a scam is discovered.  #scams #hoaxes

Bonus: American Scandal

16:05 | Sep 18th, 2018

Heres a preview of a new podcast from Wondery, the people who brought you "Dirty John" and "Business Wars". American Scandal tells the stories of Americas biggest scandals, the who, how and why, to discover what happened, how they changed our country...Show More

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

42:34 | Sep 17th, 2018

A series of fast food restaurant robberies take place in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997.  The accused, Paul Dennis Reid, would claim that his early history of brain damage was to blame.  #serialkillers

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

49:28 | Sep 10th, 2018

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 they could all be linked to one man - a manager at a Taco Bell restaurant in Charlotte.  #Charlot...Show More

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

45:08 | Aug 13th, 2018

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.  #domesticviolence #authors #writers

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

47:06 | Aug 6th, 2018

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 #NormanMailer #GaryGilmore #TheExecution...Show More

The Next Chapter: Author and Podcast Host Jerri Williams

1:05:12 | Jul 26th, 2018

In this special bonus episode I bring another creator to "The Next Chapter". This time I had the privilege of speaking with Jerri Williams, retired FBI Special Agent, podcaster and author. Her new book Greedy Givers is now available on Amazon.  You ...Show More

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

46:24 | Jul 23rd, 2018

This week we wrap up the Pacific Heights dog mauling case. The attack on Diane Whipple was horrific and lead to a public outcry against the dog owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, who continued to deflect responsibility and blame the victim.

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

55:47 | Jul 16th, 2018

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 owners the story took a bizarre twist. #dianewhipple #marjorieknoller #robertnoel #sfdogmauling #paul...Show More

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

1:13:33 | Jul 9th, 2018

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 few days after Christmas 1985 D...Show More

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

42:37 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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 behavior results in wild animals becoming involved in crime stories.   This series will NOT detail case...Show More

Bonus Episode: "Dead North"

1:53:36 | Jun 28th, 2018

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

Announcing Season 3 and News

14:22 | Jun 25th, 2018

Season 3 will begin on July 2nd! Bonus episode will release this week! Get all the news, announcements and info here! #Season3 #bonusepisode #patreon #thankyou

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

31:00 | Jun 7th, 2018

A young, Canadian college student goes missing from the Cecil Hotel while visiting Los Angeles in 2013.  The hotel's surveillance camera captures bizarre behavior by the young woman adding to the mystery.   #ElisaLam #mysteriousdeaths #elevatorvid...Show More

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

58:37 | Jun 4th, 2018

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, "The Vienna Woods Killer".  #...Show More

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

56:11 | May 28th, 2018

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 Hotel's history. #serial kille...Show More

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

1:12:12 | May 21st, 2018

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 cases related to what I learned in...Show More

Bonus: The Wonderland Murders

06:39 | May 17th, 2018

New from Wondery and Hollywood and Crime comes a new podcast, The Wonderland Murders which takes you on a journey back to the drug and sex-fueled world of 1970s Los Angeles all building to a brutal multiple murder just off the Sunset Strip.

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

47:34 | May 14th, 2018

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 Murders. But, there was possibly a second serial murderer operating at the same time. Journey with u...Show More

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

1:01:08 | May 7th, 2018

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 the area cursed?  #beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichas...Show More

Bonus Episode - Patreon Sneak Peek Bonus Story

33:42 | May 3rd, 2018

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 members, but I'll give you a little sneak peek of Patreon bonus content by sharing it with everyone. ...Show More

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

1:02:12 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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

The Next Chapter: True Crime Author Harold Schechter

23:39 | Apr 18th, 2018

On this second installment of "The Next Chapter" I speak with serial killer expert and true crime author Harold Schechter about his new book, Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men and about his work researching and writing abo...Show More

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

55:15 | Apr 16th, 2018

On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway and release deadly sarin gas. The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara. #massmurder #cults #Japan #terrorism #chemicalweapons

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

54:02 | Apr 9th, 2018

Hostages are taken on a bus in central Rio de Janeiro in 2000. The entire incident would be televised live. #hijacking #Brazil

Bonus: Felonious Florida

07:54 | Apr 3rd, 2018

A new podcast brought to you by Wondery and The Sun Sentinel shares "only in Florida" true crime cases.  This new podcast launches April 3rd! Here's a sneak peek.

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

45:39 | Mar 26th, 2018

Wealthy and overprivileged youth commit crimes and then their defense attorneys use their indulgent upbringing to claim "diminished responsibility". I'll discuss the cases of Ethan Couch and Leopold and Loeb.

The Next Chapter: PureLand Author Annette McGivney

26:54 | Mar 21st, 2018

In this first episode of a new feature on Once Upon a Crime called "The Next Chapter" I recommend the book Pure Land, the story of the brutal murder of a young Japanese tourist named Tomomi Hanamure who was found stabbed to death while hiking to Gra...Show More

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

37:27 | Mar 12th, 2018

Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to keep him from being sentenced to death. The media dubbed this "The Twinkie Defense". But, what really...Show More

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

42:43 | Mar 6th, 2018

Our first chapter of "Unusual Criminal Defenses" outlines three cases where killers claimed to be sleepwalking while committing their crimes. #kennethparks #scottfalater #alberttirrell

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

49:42 | Feb 27th, 2018

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 tragic story of the Oscar Night Streaker and a murder committed by the son of an Oscar winning songwrit...Show More

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

36:06 | Feb 20th, 2018

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

Bonus Episode: Introducing West Cork

04:24 | Feb 13th, 2018

Audible’s first serial crime drama, West Cork, explores Ireland’s longest standing murder investigation: the chilling Christmastime killing of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier on Dec. 23, 1996.

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

58:14 | Feb 13th, 2018

Roman Polanski lives a life of hardship and tragedy before becoming an award winning director - and a fugitive from justice after being charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.  #hollywoodcrimes #charlesmanson #sharontate

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

45:39 | Feb 6th, 2018

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 story of the crime portrayed in the Academy Award winning film Dog Day Afternoon.  #bankrobberies ...Show More

Episode 076: Survivor Stories: Chapter 4: Mary Vincent

45:01 | Jan 30th, 2018

The last chapter of "Survivor Stories" is the terrifying story of the attack on Mary Vincent by Larry Singleton in Northern California in 1978. Singleton would become one of the most despised and feared criminals in California history. #Californi...Show More

Episode 075: Survivor Stories: Chapter 3: Tracey Thurman

31:13 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Tracey Thurman survives a vicious attack by her estranged husband, Buck Thurman, in broad daylight and in front of police officers. She will file a federal lawsuit against the Torrington Police Department for failure to protect. #domesticviolence...Show More

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

1:16:06 | Jan 16th, 2018

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 infamous serial killer, Ted Budy. #serial killers #tedbundy #rhondastapley #survivors

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

42:13 | Jan 9th, 2018

A 14-year-old girl masterminds her own rescue when a pedophile kidnaps her and hides her in an underground bunker deep in the woods.

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

1:15:26 | Dec 19th, 2017

Part 2 of my discussion of the Laci Peterson case will finish up the timeline of the investigation and do a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson. I'll give my analysis of what factors contributed to Scott Peterson's crime.

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

1:38:20 | Dec 19th, 2017

This very special episode details the disappearance of Laci Peterson on Christmas Eve, 2002. Laci, 8-months pregnant at the time was found murdered months later. Her husband, Scott was charged with her murder and the murder of their unborn child. Me...Show More

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

25:22 | Dec 12th, 2017

We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.   Hear holiday greetings from some of my pod friends including Canadian True Crime, True Crime Garage, Southern Fr...Show More

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

28:15 | Dec 5th, 2017

This month's series is all about holiday-related true crimes. First up, crimes committed by bad Santas.

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

1:16:12 | Nov 21st, 2017

A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes. serial killers, Sante Kimes, Kenny Kimes, con artists, true crime

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

39:00 | Nov 14th, 2017

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

47:42 | Nov 7th, 2017

Three brothers going on a killing spree in Richmond, Virginia in 1979. murder, serial killers, death row, prison escapes, executions

Episode 064: Halloween Tales: Volume 2

42:11 | Oct 23rd, 2017

In this special Halloween episode I share creepy urban legends...with a twist - they are based on true crimes.

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

34:04 | Oct 16th, 2017

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? Chapter 2 tells the fascinating story of a case of Munchausen by Internet.

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

1:12:51 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Christine Paolilla was befriended by Rachel Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell and her life changed for the better. Why, then, did she turn on them in such a deadly way?

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

1:11:15 | Sep 25th, 2017

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 townspeople begin to believe the culprit might be one of their own community members. Today's Sponsors...Show More

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

1:28:38 | Sep 11th, 2017

This series details cases where friends turn on friends - with deadly results. This is Chapter 2 - The Murder of Bobby Kent.

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

43:55 | Sep 4th, 2017

Jealousy and a deep desire to be accepted by the popular crowd drives a high school student to murder.

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

1:20:15 | Aug 28th, 2017

Marie Hilley becomes a fugitive after murdering her husband and poisoning her daughter in Alabama.

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

1:26:42 | Aug 21st, 2017

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 in their marriage. Our sponsor...Show More

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

1:12:17 | Aug 14th, 2017

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 Angel of Death". Many believe she k...Show More

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

48:37 | Jul 17th, 2017

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 with many questions yet to be answ...Show More

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

1:02:35 | Jul 10th, 2017

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 www.fac...Show More

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

1:00:38 | Jun 26th, 2017

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 Buck Walker, Stephanie Stearns Book: And the Sea Will Tell - Vincent Bugliosi Video: The FBI Files: Season...Show More

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

38:45 | Jun 19th, 2017

A woman goes missing on the beautiful island of Aruba in 2011 under mysterious circumstances. Today's sponsors: MHZ Choice - Use the offer code ONCE at checkout to get a 30-day free trial and 50% off your first month's subscri...Show More

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

33:07 | Jun 12th, 2017

This week I'll take you the beautiful Italian countryside - where a serial killer will stalk and kill young lovers.    The Monster of Florence strikes again the the area surrounding Florence, Italy. This week's sponsors and discount codes: MHZ Choice...Show More

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

59:42 | Jun 5th, 2017

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 even more bizarre.  Cary Stayner after his arrest for the murders of four women in Yosemite National...Show More

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

1:00:52 | May 22nd, 2017

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 and Clara Harris in happier times. Thanks to our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus - Get a 30 day free ...Show More

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

1:07:41 | May 2nd, 2017

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, premeditated murder? This is Chapter 1 of our new series "A Woman Scorned".              Betty and Dan Broder...Show More

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

38:26 | Apr 25th, 2017

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 crime Charles Rothenberg committed on his 6-year-old son.   Show links: www....Show More

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

51:04 | Apr 18th, 2017

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 missing on October 25, 1994. www....Show More

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

1:19:21 | Apr 11th, 2017

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

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

1:07:59 | Apr 3rd, 2017

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 mother be to blame? Diane Downs and her children - Danny, Christie and Cheryl. #truecrimepodcast #truecr...Show More

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

25:45 | Mar 27th, 2017

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 Goleta, California in 2006 Res...Show More

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

31:20 | Mar 20th, 2017

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, California and killed 21 men, women and children before the siege was over. San Diego police escort Mc...Show More

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

52:16 | Mar 14th, 2017

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 - Dennis Breo and William J. M...Show More

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

1:09:55 | Feb 21st, 2017

Two teens go on a killing spree in America's heartland in 1958. Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate Music: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen Spree killers, American murderers, teenage killers, couples who kill

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

35:30 | Feb 13th, 2017

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 apprehend the serial killers. Alton Coleman and Debra Brown in court, 1984.

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

35:54 | Feb 7th, 2017

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 more sordid than originally thought.   This week's sponsors: - Get a free audiobook and a ...Show More

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

41:22 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 and grab over a half billion dollars of art at the Isabella  Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.   Save

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

44:28 | Jan 24th, 2017

A young aspiring writer shoots pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1968. Valerie Solanas, just after shooting Andy Warhol, June 3, 1968.   Resources: Book: Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol) by Breanne Fahs ...Show More

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

55:46 | Jan 17th, 2017

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 murderer before the age of 35. true crime artists murderers historical crime Resrouces: Book: Caravagg...Show More

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

56:49 | Jan 10th, 2017

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 - suicide or murder?   Resources: Book: Van Gogh: A Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith Music: Vin...Show More

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

53:25 | Dec 30th, 2016

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 of sex, murder, drugs and money.     Resources: Book: Winter of Frozen Dreams - by Karl Harter Video: ...Show More

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

58:59 | Dec 20th, 2016

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 Family Murders. The Lawson family portrait - part of Charlie Lawson's "Christmas surprise". The crime s...Show More

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

36:17 | Dec 12th, 2016

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 Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness...Show More

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

26:07 | Dec 5th, 2016

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 responds to missing and abducted children   You can find the video about Amber and her family here: WFAA A...Show More

Episode 020: Bonus Episode: Holiday Schedule and Shout Outs

16:17 | Nov 21st, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Just sharing some info about the holiday schedule of podcast releases and some shout outs to listeners and podcasters! Thanks to our new sponsor Audible who is offering our listeners a 30-day free trial and a free audiobook downl...Show More

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

1:13:16 | Nov 17th, 2016

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 into her own hands. Resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Vic...Show More

Episode 017: Bonus Episode: Halloween Tales

30:31 | Oct 28th, 2016

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 #ghoststories #spooky Please rate...Show More

Episode 016: Fatal Fans: Chapter 4: John Hinckley

47:27 | Oct 11th, 2016

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 Fan". John Hinckley's mug shot - dated 3/30/81 - the day he tried to kill President Reagan. Plea...Show More

Episode 015: Fatal Fans: Chapter 3: John Lennon

1:08:16 | Oct 11th, 2016

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 December 8, 1980. Music: Mother -...Show More

Episode 014: Fatal Fans: Chapter 2: Rebecca Schaeffer

28:21 | Oct 4th, 2016

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

40:56 | Sep 13th, 2016

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 2 weeks after her near fatal at...Show More

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

40:59 | Sep 9th, 2016

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 Twitter: @uponacrime On Facebook and ...Show More

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

1:00:13 | Aug 28th, 2016

Two of music's biggest rap stars are cut down in their prime. But, who killed them? This week's episode - Tupac and Biggie. Follow us on Twitter @UponACrime and on Facebook and Instagram @OnceUponaCrimePod Resources for this episode: Music: 2Pac's Gr...Show More

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

1:38:35 | Aug 17th, 2016

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 weighs in on "Soaked in Bleach"...Show More

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

54:34 | Aug 2nd, 2016

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. You can purchase some of his songs...Show More

Episode 008: Killer Kids Chapter 3 Brenda Spencer

49:04 | Jul 26th, 2016

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 "lucky" hat. Brenda Spencer goes to court. "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats "Does Anyone Like ...Show More

Episode 007: Killer Kids: Chapter 2 Mary Bell

42:37 | Jul 19th, 2016

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 Generation Why Podcast as well as a shout out to Aurelia305! And, my thoughts on the Adnan Syed case - new ...Show More

Episode 006 Bonus Episode Making a Murderer in Conversation

33:04 | Jul 13th, 2016

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 iTunes, click here. To subscri...Show More

Episode 005: Killer Kids: Chapter 1 Jesse Pomeroy

27:52 | Jul 5th, 2016

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 Montillo Fiend: The Shocking True ...Show More

Episode 004: Bonus Episode: Stockholm Syndrome and Patty Hearst

17:31 | Jun 23rd, 2016

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 psychological phenomenon known as "Stockholm Syndrome", how it might apply to the victims I discussed in the ser...Show More

Thanks to all the new listeners!

0:00 | Jun 13th, 2016

Just wanted to say "thanks" for all the downloads in just the first few days of the show! I launched Once Upon a Crime on June 9th and I'm so incredibly amazed at how quickly people have found it!  I want you all to know that this show is the culmina...Show More

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

1:02:23 | Jun 9th, 2016

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 find that the perpetrator had b...Show More

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

27:03 | Jun 9th, 2016

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 Lake City, Utah. The family's kindness towards a local transient would make her a target for kidnapping....Show More

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

23:04 | Jun 9th, 2016

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 you hold out hope for your loved one to be found? Many never give up hope and, for a few, a miracle hap...Show More