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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

Once Upon a Crime is a weekly true crime podcast that tells “the story behind the story” of real life crime. Told in a storytelling style, listeners are presented facts and information about each case they won’t hear anywhere else.

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Episode 138: Cursed Hollywood: Diff'rent Strokes

Three child actors become stars after being cast in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes in 1978.  But, all three would go on to live troubled adult lives including drug addiction, legal troubles and untimely death. These are the stories of Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman.

45mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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

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.

39mins

6 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 131: Twin Terrors: The Gibbons Sisters - Part 1

June and Jennifer Gibbons were identical twins who, from a very young age, were so bonded to one another that they created their own “twin language” to communicate speaking only to one another.  They rejected any other relationships including their own parents and siblings.  Later, they would construct a fantasy world that only they inhabited.  This lead to more serious anti-social behavior that resulted in a shocking crime spree.

1hr 6mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 003: Lost and Found: The Cleveland Kidnappings

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 been right under their nose all along. Ariel Castro, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, abductions,

1hr 2mins

9 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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

Cousins get revenge by murdering family members.

1hr 2mins

28 Nov 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 154: The Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis w/Erica Kelly

On this special episode, I discuss the death of Shawn Stephens Lewis. Shawn was the fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, the rock and country music star.  When Shawn Lewis was found dead in Lewis's mansion on August 24, 1983, many questions would remain unanswered as to how she died. My very special guest this week is Erica Kelly from the Southern Fried True Crime podcast!

1hr 29mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 155: Analyzing the JonBenet Ramsey Case with Jack Luna

On this special episode my guest is Jack Luna from Crime Machine Podcast.  We discuss the evidence and theories behind the JonBenet Ramsey Case.

1hr 34mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 149: Fugitives from Justice: Jesse James Hollywood

A small time drug dealer kidnaps a rival's younger brother in order to settle a debt.  The unfolding series of events would become one of California's most bizarre and tragic kidnapping cases on record and would even inspire an award-winning Hollywood movie.

48mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 005: Killer Kids: Jesse Pomeroy

A young serial killer terrorizes South Boston in 1872. historical crime, serial killers

25mins

5 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 007: Killer Kids: Mary Bell

An 11-year-old is accused of murdering two boys in the 1960s.British crime, kids who kill, killer kids

40mins

19 Jul 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 122: Murder Memories: Eileen Franklin - Part 1

A woman reports that she witnessed the murder of her best friend and then forgot about it for decades until her memory resurfaced about the terrible event.

49mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 088: Infamous Locales: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

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 #ronnichasen

56mins

7 May 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 008: Killer Kids: Brenda Spencer

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

47mins

26 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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Episode 116: Black Widows: Betty Lou Beets

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

1hr

15 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Kitty Genovese

A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reportedKitty Genovese, Kew Gardens, Queens, New York, Winston Mosley

57mins

8 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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

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 and my co-host, Yolanda Norris of the Not Perfect of Function Podcast provide analysis of this case and details you may not have heard before.

1hr 32mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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

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. #Parker-HulmeMurder #NewZealand #PaulineParker #JulietHulme #matricide

50mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: The Ashland Tragedy

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

36mins

12 Dec 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 042: A Woman Scorned: Betty Broderick

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".

1hr 5mins

2 May 2017

Rank #19

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

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 killers #RichardRamirez #TheNightStalker

52mins

28 May 2018

Rank #20