Rank #1: Episode 109: Listener Suggestions: Craig Price - The Warwick Slasher
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 neighborhood in 1989, investigators zero in on an unlikely suspect - a teenage boy who would be considered one of the country's youngest serial killers.
Photo: Craig Price is taken into custody and charge with four murders in Rhode Island.
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Rank #2: Episode 068: Murder in the Family: Chapter 4: Fritz Klenner and Susie Lynch
Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.
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Books: Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness and Multiple Murder by Jerry Bledsoe
Movies/Television: In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness (Also known as "Bitter Blood") starring Harry Hamlin and Kelly McGillis (1994)
Rank #3: Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 1: The Ashland Tragedy
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, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo. You can get a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponACrime.
Poem: The Ashland Tragedy, composed as a ballad by Peyton Buckner Byrne of Greenup County, Kentucky.
Music: The Cherry Tree Carol and Carol of the Bells from An Appalachian Christmas, Composer Mark O'Connor
Rank #4: Episode 030: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 1: Amy Fisher - The Long Island Lolita
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.
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Rank #5: Episode 025: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 3: Murder in Madison
Rank #6: Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: 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?
Photo: The intersection of Sunset Blvd, North Linden and North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, known as "The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle".
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Rank #7: Episode 003: Lost and Found: Chapter 3: 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.
True crime stories told one chapter at a time: kidnappings.
Rank #8: Episode 024: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 2: The Lawson Family Murders
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 scene became a tourist attraction complete with blood splatter.
Book: The Meaning of Our Tears: The True Story of the Lawson Family Murders by Trudy J. Smith
Ballad: The Lawson Family Murder by Doc Watson
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Rank #9: Episode 002: Lost and Found: Chapter 2: Elizabeth Smart
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. Her ordeal would encompass months of captivity and hundreds of miles before the final outcome in her story.
Rank #10: Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: 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 #
Photo: The Exterior of the Cecil Hotel / Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" in court.
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Resources: Book: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo
Rank #11: Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 1: Kitty Genovese
A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported.
Rank #12: Episode 130: Disorder in the Court: Ellie Nesler
A mother takes justice into her own hands in Jamestown, California in 1993 when she discovers her son has been abused by a child molester. Some called her a hero, others denounced her actions as vigilantism. This is Chapter 2 of "Disorder in the Court".
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Several resource materials were used for this episode including:
The Nesler Family's Tragic Past - www.oprah.com
Pushed Over Edge, Mother Chose Own Brand of Justice by Mark Arak, Times Staff Writer, April 11, 1993.
William Nesler Still a Fugitive by Lloyd Vries for CBS News, July 29, 2004.
Ellie Nesler's Family Buries their Hero in Angels Camp, by John Holland in The Modesto Bee, January 2, 2009.
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Rank #13: Episode 019: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 2: Francine Hughes and The Burning Bed
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.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Victim Support (U.K.) www.victimsupport.org.uk
Domestic Violence Resource Centre (AU) www.dvrcv.org.au
U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women www.justice.gov/ovw
People show support for the defendant at the trial of Francine Hughes./Farrah Fawcett's portrayal of Francine in "The Burning Bed".
Rank #14: Episode 031: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 2; Alton Coleman and Debra Brown
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.
Rank #15: Episode 129: Disorder in the Court: The Atlanta Courthouse Killer
In 2005, a man on trial for rape escapes custody in Atlanta's Fulton County Courthouse and goes on a violent rampage. This is Chapter 1 of "Disorder in the Court".
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Several articles were used in the creation of this episode. Some of them are listed here:
3 Slain in Atlanta Courthouse Rampage, The Washington Post, March 12, 2005, Staff writers Manuel Roig-Franzia and Melanie Lasoff Levs
A Manhunt and a Woman's Story, Washington Post, March 15, 2005, writer Manuel Roig-Franzia
A Youth Drifted from Deep Family Ties to Deep Trouble, The Baltimore Sun, March 18, 2005, writers Abigail Tucker and Stephen Kiehl
10 Years Later, Courthouse Safer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 11, 2015, by Ernie Suggs
Rank #16: Episode 100: Written in Blood Chapter 3: 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.
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Photo: Pauline Parker (left), Juliet Hulme (right) during their trial.
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Rank #17: Episode 122: Murder Memories: Chapter 1: Eileen Franklin - Part 1
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 about a murder? Could a traumatic event, like witnessing a violent crime, cause a person to repress the memory so completely that they, in essence, “forget” they ever saw such a horrific event?
In this first chapter, Eileen Franklin recalls a 20-year-old murder. She will claim that she witnessed the murder of her best friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason in 1969 and then repressed the memory for years.
Several articles, court records and other materials were used to research this case. One resource was the book Once Upon a Time by Harry Maclean, published in 1993.
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Rank #18: Episode 084: Last Stop: Chapter 1: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping
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