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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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Welcome to Once Upon a Crime!

THE podcast for the true crime addict.

Join me for each episode as I dive in to some of the most fascinating true crime cases told one chapter at a time.

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Dec 18, 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.  

Yolanda's Podcast: www.notperfectorfunctional.com or look for it under "Not Perfect or Functional" on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Resources: 

Book: A Killer in My House: The Darlie Routier Story by David Kennedy

Link to DNA results: www.dallascounty.org/public_access.php  Choose "accept" on main page and then enter case number F9639973 to see Darlie Routier's case-related documents. 

Video: "The Wrong Man?" (says 20/20 Full Episode, but it's not that show). 

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Dec 11, 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 fit none of these stereotypes and yet, made the decision to go on a murder spree that would shock his community.  

#MarvallousKeene #DaytonOhio #thrillkillers #Christmascrimes 

Dec 4, 2018

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

 

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: 

The State of Washington v. McEnroe and Anderson, Certification for Determination of Probable Cause, Dec 28, 2007.

Natalie Singer, Seattle Times, "Court papers tell of victims' terrifying last moments," Dec 29, 2007. 

Steve Miletich, Jennifer Sullivan, Sara Jean Green and Sonia Krishnan, Seattle Times, "Carnation slaying suspects: a history of arguments, paranoia," Dec 28, 2007. 

Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle News, "Man admits to Carnation killings in bid to dodge death sentence," www.seattlepi.com, Jan 9, 2014. 

 

Nov 27, 2018

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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Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: 

Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun, "Erika Sifrit is found guilty in Ocean City double-killing," June 11, 2003. 

Sifrit v. State of Maryland, Court of Appeals Decision, retrieved from www.FindLaw.com, Aug 27, 2008. 

 

Nov 20, 2018

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 Paulo, Brazil. Their own daughter soon becomes a suspect and the case becomes a media sensation in Brazil. 

 

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:

Murder in Brazil #5 - The von Richthofen Case, www.murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com 

Rogerio Pagnan, UOL, Sao Paulo, "Suzane Richthofen, Sentenced for Murdering her Parents to Marry Female Prisoner," Oct 29, 2014. 

The Creepy Case of Suzane von Richthofen: The Evil Blonde. YouTube, uploaded by Brief Case, May 27, 2018, https://youtu.be/gEyjSBDZuCk

 

Nov 13, 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.

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Photo: Diane Zamora (left), Adrienne "AJ" Jones (right), David Graham and Diane (bottom)

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:

Bryan Robinson, "Texas v. Diane Zamora: The Diane Zamora Trial," www.CourtTV.com

Confessions of Diane Zamora and David Graham to Grand Prairie Police Department dated Sept, retrieved from www.Murderpedia.com

 

Nov 6, 2018

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. 

 

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

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:

Helen O'Neill, San Francisco Chronicle, "Juvenile Serial Killer Remains in Prison," Dec 15, 2007. 

Rachael Bell, CrimeLibrary.com, "Craig Price: Confessions of a teenage serial killer".  

Tim White, WPRI.com, "Brother of murder victim calls Craig Price's shrinking sentence 'ridiculous'," April 23, 2015. 

 

 

Oct 22, 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".  

Resources: 

Ozzy and Jack's World Detour - https://www.aetv.com/shows/ozzy-and-jacks-world-detour

Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess Revealed by Victoria Cosner Love and Lorelei Shannon

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Oct 15, 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.  

#ThomasBecket #WilliamWallace #HenryVIII #AnneBoleyn #ThePrincesintheTower #RichardIII #TudorEngland #ElizabethI

In a scene from the series "The Tudors" Anne Boleyn presents her executioner with a purse of coins as a "tip" before her beheading. 

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Books: Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

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Oct 8, 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 homicide committed there? 

#Amityville #AmityvilleHorror #DeFeoMurders #RonaldDeFeo 

112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York - photographed on the night of the DeFeo family murders. 

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Audio Clip from documentary My Amityville Horror (2013) directed by Eric Walter.  Click here to rent or purchase.  

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Oct 1, 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 Homicide".  

Fox Hollow Farm in Carmel, Indiana where serial killer Herb Baumeister took his victims.  Many bones were found in the woods just behind the home. 

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:

The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm (2011), Directed by Dan T. Hall, Vizmo Films.  

Investigative Reports: Herb Baumeister: Secret Life of a Serial Killer (2010), A&E Television Network.  

Joe Geringer, CrimeLibrary.com, "Baumeister: Skeletons Beyond the Closet,". 

Richard Jerome, People, "While Julie Was Away," Dec 23, 1996. 

Fox Hollow Farm, Paranormal Witness, Season 2, Episode 8. www.paranormalwitness.com/episodes

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Sep 17, 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. 

Photos from top left (clockwise): Tennessee map, Paul Dennis Reid, Baskin Robbins restaurant, McDonald's restaurant, the Nashville skyline, Captain D's restaurant

 

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:

State of Tennessee v. Paul Dennis Reid, Court of Criminal Appeals Decision, retrieved from CourtListener.com, October 2, 2002. 

It Takes a Killer: The Fast Food Killer, Oxygen Channel, YouTube, uploaded by dolly hostetter, Feb 12, 2017, https://youtu.be/74o5kdqra44

Sep 10, 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. 

#CharlotteStrangler #serialkiller #HenryLouisWallace #FBIprofilers 

Photo: Some of the young women whose lives were cruelly snuffed out by Henry Louis Wallace. 

Clockwise from top left: Caroline Love, Shawna Hawk, Valencia Jumper, Deborah Slaughter, Betty Baucom, Vanessa Mack, and Michelle Stinson

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: 

It Takes a Killer: Bad Henry. YouTube, uploaded by Crime Vault, July 14 2018, https://youtu.be/mjETNnsA9NU

Jason Lapeyre, Crime Magazine, "The Serial Killer the Cops Ignored: The Henry Louis Wallace Murders," Oct. 14, 2009. 

 

Aug 27, 2018

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 it's brutality as well as because, it was soon discovered, it had been perpetrated by two teenaged girls.  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 40 years before her true identity was discovered. 

Today's episode also includes Patreon supporter shout outs and the winner of this month's prize drawing.  www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime 

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Resources: 

Book: Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham

Movie: Heavenly Creatures (1994) directed by Peter Jackson

 

Aug 20, 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. 

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

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

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Aug 13, 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 

Resources: 

For Domestic Violence resources and help:

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In the U.K.: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk 0808 2000 247

In Australia: www.1800respect.org.au 1800-737-732

 

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Aug 6, 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 #TheExecutionersSong #Japan #cannibalism 

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: 

Sewell Chan, The New York Times, "Mailer and the Murderer," Nov 12, 2007. 

Bruce Jackson, Buffalo Report, "Jack Henry Abbott, 58," Mar 1 2002. 

M.A. Farber, The New York Times, "Freedom for Convict-Author: Complex and Conflicting Tale," 1981. 

Katherine Ramsland, CrimeLibrary.com, "The Cannibal Celebrity: Issei Sagawa,". 

Julian Ryall, Post Magazine, "Poetic Justice: is the Japanese cannibal finally paying a price?," Dec 7, 2013. 

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Jul 23, 2018

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 incident and how the owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, made matters worse by insisting they had no responsibility for Whipple's death. This is part two of The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case. 

Photo: Diane Whipple

Photo: One of the two Presa Canarios involved in the attack is removed from the Pacific Heights apartment building.

 

Resources:
Book: Red Zone: The Behind the Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones

Article:  "Mad Dogs and Lawyers" by Evan Wright, Rolling Stone Magazine, February 28, 2002. 

Jul 16, 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.

Join me for part one of this two-part episode as I detail the tragic death of a young, lacrosse coach and the strange and unusual backstory that lead to her demise. 

Resources:

Book: Red Zone: The Behind the Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones

Article: Mad Dogs and Lawyers by Evan Wright, Rolling Stone Magazine, February 28, 2002. 

 

Jul 9, 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 Dian Fossey was found brutally murdered in her cabin at the primate research center she founded.  People around the world wanted to know who killed Dian Fossey?

#Rwanda #poachers #gorillaconservation #Virunga #Karisoke 

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: 

Nicholas Gordon, Murders in the Mist: Who Killed Dian Fossey? (London: Hodder & Stoughton) 1993. 

Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist (2017), National Geographic Channel. 

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Jul 2, 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 cases of animal cruelty.

First up, a tiger escapes its enclosure at a zoo and attacks three men? Was the tiger provoked? What would cause an animal to attack humans out of the blue? 

Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: 

Patricia Yollin, Tanya Schevitz, and Kevin Fagan, SFGate.com, "SF Zoo visitor saw 2 victims of tiger attack teasing lions," Jan 3, 2008. 

Linda Goldston, San Jose Mercury News, "Tiger attack: San Jose brothers receive $900,000 settlement from San Franciscio Zoo," May 29, 2009. 

 

Jun 28, 2018

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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https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/dead-north/about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfAvQ-DZtzo

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Jun 25, 2018

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

 

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#Season3 #bonusepisode #patreon #thankyou

Jun 7, 2018

A young, Canadian college students goes missing from the Cecil while visiting Los Angeles in 2013.  The hotel's surveillance camera captures bizarre behavior by the young woman adding to the mystery.  

#ElisaLam #mysteriousdeaths #elevatorvideo 

 

Photos: Elisa Lam (right), Elisa in the elevator (left), scene from the recovery of the body from the water tanks on the roof of The Cecil Hotel (below)

Resources:

Elevator video - last sighting of Elisa Lam: https://youtu.be/3TjVBpyTeZM

TX Files episode where I discuss the connection between the Elisa Lam case and the film Dark Water. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/27-the-sierra-diablo-murders-part-1/id1153817822?i=1000385825759&mt=2

 

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