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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

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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 topic is covered - kidnappings, mass murders, tragic deaths of musical icons, killer kids and deadly duos and more.

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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 topic is covered - kidnappings, mass murders, tragic deaths of musical icons, killer kids and deadly duos and more.

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Wonderful

By Kim, Boulder - Jun 10 2019
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Just so thoroughly enjoy her podcast, she knows her stuff and is empathetic! Great job!!

Wonderful storytelling

By lydiepearl - Jun 10 2019
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I look forward to this every week!

iTunes Ratings

2453 Ratings
Average Ratings
2088
176
78
51
60

Wonderful

By Kim, Boulder - Jun 10 2019
Read more
Just so thoroughly enjoy her podcast, she knows her stuff and is empathetic! Great job!!

Wonderful storytelling

By lydiepearl - Jun 10 2019
Read more
I look forward to this every week!
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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

Updated 11 days ago

Rank #37 in History category

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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 topic is covered - kidnappings, mass murders, tragic deaths of musical icons, killer kids and deadly duos and more.

Rank #1: Episode 109: Listener Suggestions: Craig Price - The Warwick Slasher

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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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To give a donation or find out more about Rhode Island Relay for Life go to www.relayforlife.org/northernRI 

Nov 06 2018
44 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 068: Murder in the Family: Chapter 4: Fritz Klenner and Susie Lynch

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

Today's sponsors:

Sock Club: www.SockClub.com/ONCE  Get 15% off using offer code ONCE at checkout.

LinkedIn Learning: www.linkedin.com/ONCE for a free 30-day trial. 

Resources:

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)

Nov 28 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 1: The Ashland Tragedy

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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

Dec 12 2016
36 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 030: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 1: Amy Fisher - The Long Island Lolita

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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: Audible.com - Get a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial by going to www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponaCrime . CrimeCon - CrimeCon is the first ever conference dedicated to all things true crime! June 9 - 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Register before February 28th to take advantage of discounted prices - AND get an additional 20% discount my using my discount code ONCEUPON20 at checkout. www.crimecon.com  

Feb 07 2017
35 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 025: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 3: Murder in Madison

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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: Winter of Frozen Dreams  

Dec 30 2016
53 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

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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". 

#beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen 

Sponsor:

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May 07 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #7: Episode 003: Lost and Found: Chapter 3: The Cleveland Kidnappings

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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.

Book: The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions by John Glatt 

True crime stories told one chapter at a time: kidnappings.  

Jun 09 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 024: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 2: The Lawson Family Murders

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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.

Resources:

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

CrimeCon: www.crimecon.com  Use offer code "ONCEUPON20" for a 20% registration discount.

Dec 20 2016
58 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 002: Lost and Found: Chapter 2: Elizabeth Smart

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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. 

Jun 09 2016
27 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: The Cecil Hotel - Part 1

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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. 

Sponsors: Canidae Pet Food - www.canidae.com/podcast for a free trial and special discounts.

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Resources: Book: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo 

May 28 2018
56 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 1: Kitty Genovese

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A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported.

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Resources:

Film: The Witness Book: Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America - Kevin Cook

Nov 08 2016
58 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 130: Disorder in the Court: Ellie Nesler

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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".

Sponsors:

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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. 

Links:

www.CrimeCon.com - use ONCE19 for 10% off your registration

www.TorontoTrueCrimeFilmFestival.com - June 14th & 15th

www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod

www.truecrimepodcast.com

May 13 2019
37 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 019: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 2: Francine Hughes and The Burning Bed

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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)

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

Book: The Burning Bed by Faith McNulty

People show support for the defendant at the trial of Francine Hughes./Farrah Fawcett's portrayal of Francine in "The Burning Bed".    

Nov 17 2016
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 031: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 2; Alton Coleman and Debra Brown

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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.

Feb 13 2017
35 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 129: Disorder in the Court: The Atlanta Courthouse Killer

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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".  

Today's Sponsor: 

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Resources:

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 

May 06 2019
48 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 100: Written in Blood Chapter 3: Anne Perry - Part 1

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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 

Photo: Pauline Parker (left), Juliet Hulme (right) during their trial.

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Aug 20 2018
53 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 122: Murder Memories: Chapter 1: Eileen Franklin - Part 1

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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.

Resources: 

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.

Sponsor:

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Mar 11 2019
50 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 084: Last Stop: Chapter 1: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping

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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

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Apr 02 2018
39 mins
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