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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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Mar 23, 2020

In 1991, Kurt Cobain released a song on the album Nevermind. Titled "Polly" the song was inspired by a kidnapping and rape of a young girl in Tacoma, Washington.  This is the story of that crime.

Listen to "Polly" by Nirvana here: https://youtu.be/3H0NHHKBemg

Resources: 

"Story Behind the Song - Polly" by Hayley Selfridge on YouTube

"Nirvana's Darkest Song" by The Nerdwriter on YouTube

"Police suspect rapist in serial killings", Tri-City Herald, June 19, 1987.

Links to episodes mentioned: 

The Day the Music Died: Kurt Cobain - Episode #10 - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-010-the-day-the-music-died-kurt-cobain/id1122650415?i=1000382663745

True Crime Game Changers: Polly Klaas - Episode #21 - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-021-true-crime-game-changers-polly-klaas/id1122650415?i=1000382668498

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Mar 9, 2020

A young girl is brutally murdered in New York's Central Park in 1986. Her killer, Robert Chambers, would be dubbed "The Preppy Killer" in the press and his victim's name would be dragged through the mud. This is the real story of "The Preppy Murder" you haven't heard before.  

Listen to "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" by The Killers here: https://youtu.be/1Bxx_h4vl8Y

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

"East Side Story" by Michael Stone for New York Magazine, June 27, 2008.

"Looking Back at the Preppy Killer Case, More Than 30 Years Later" by Elizabeth Angell for Town and Country Magazine, November 12, 2019. 

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Mar 5, 2020

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life.  He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.

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Mar 3, 2020

The mysterious death of a young girl inspires Jon Bon Jovi to record a song dedicated to her.  This is the case of Katherine Korzilius. 

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

Unsolved Mysteries, Season 10: Episode 7 - https://unsolved.com/gallery/katherine-korzilius/

"Family Searches for Answers, Peace" by Hank Stuever for Austin American-Statesman, Aug 7, 1997. 

"Jon Bon Jovi Busy with Singing, Newfound Acting Career" by Winnie Bonelli for The Herald-New, Passaic, New Jersey, June 20, 1997. 

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Links:

Song: "August 7th, 4:15" by Jon Bon Jovi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoABwDxs9q8 

CrimeCon tickets: www.crimecon.com - Use discount code ONCEUPON2020 for 10% off your registration

Music Credits:

Original theme music by http://AaronGoldberg.Bandcamp.com

Other music from Freesound.org - Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License. 

 

Feb 25, 2020

In Nebraska, in 1958, a high school junior holds animosity towards his mother and takes deadly revenge.  He is caught and imprisoned and, years later, disappears for decades.  Where is Leslie Arnold today? 

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

"Whatever Happened to Leslie Arnold, the Boy who Murdered his Parents?" by John William Tuohy,  www.mywriterssite.blogspot.com 

"The Mystery of Leslie Arnold" by Henry Cordes for The Omaha World-Herald, Sept 13, 2017. 

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Music Credits:

Original theme music by http://AaronGoldberg.Bandcamp.com

Other music:  Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

 

 

Feb 11, 2020

In Kansas in 1958, an 18-year-old kills both of his parents and his only sibling. Was it a case of greed, mental illness, or was Andrews just a "bad seed"?  

#parricide #InColdBlood #TheBrothersKaramazov #deathrow #familyannihilators 

Resources: 

"Lowell Lee Andrews Was 'The Nicest Boy' in Wolcott by Beth Elias for Ranker.com 

"Nicest boy in Wolcott" by David J. Krajicek for NYDailyNews.com, Feb. 21, 2010

"State vs. Andrews", Appeal Record, State of Kansas, Dec. 10, 1960. Retrieved on Justia.com

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Modern Library, Reprint Edition, 2013. 

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Music Credits:

Original theme music by http://AaronGoldberg.Bandcamp.com

Music from https://filmmusic.io - "March of the Mind" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Other music:  https://freesound.org/s/321070/  ,  https://freesound.org/s/243435/   Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

 

Feb 4, 2020

In 1975, a rebellious teen enlists her boyfriend to kill her parents in a small, Northern California town. The gruesome crime would be dubbed "The Barbecue Murders" in the press. 

Sources: 

"Kill My Parents: The story of Marlene Olive" by Denise Noe for Crime Library, June 23, 2014

"A Local Murder: Terra Linda was the setting for a real-life 1975 crime" by Jim Wood for Marin Magazine, October 21, 2008

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Music Credits:

Original theme music by http://AaronGoldberg.Bandcamp.com

Other music: https://freesound.org/s/131913/, https://freesound.org/s/403662/, https://freesound.org/s/147495/, https://freesound.org/s/147495/ - all licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License

Links:

Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-taco-bout-true-crime/id1452118167 

Affirmative Murder - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/affirmative-murder/id1296864488

www.CrimeCon.com - Use offer code ONCE2020 for 10% off your registration. 

Jan 28, 2020

In this special episode I'll do an in-depth look at the infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos.  

Time stamps:

Early Life: 02:41

Teen Years: 13:25

Young Adult Life: 32:17

On the Road: 35:30

Criminal Activity: 36:12

Tyra: 47:30

The Victims: 55:57

Closing In/The Arrest: 1:36:40

The Confession: 1:44:46

Arlene Pralle/Adoption: 1:51:50

The Trial: 1:56:42

Death Sentence: 2:04:26

Execution 2:12:44

Final Thoughts: 2:14:35

Sources: 

"Lethal Intent", written by Sue Russell, Published 2002 for Pinnacle Books

http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/wuornos805.htm

"A Mother's Love" by Mike Clary for the LA Times, Dec 17 1991, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1991-12-17-vw-496-story.html

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Music Credits: 

Aaron Michael Goldberg: https://aarongoldberg.bandcamp.com

Music from https://filmmusic.io "March of the Mind" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

 

Jan 5, 2020

On this bonus episode I share the highs and lows for 2019, list the top episodes of last year, talk about upcoming events and share the last word on the 2019 plagiarism scandal.  

Links:

Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-episode-lets-taco-bout-crime-junkie-plagiarism/id1452118167?i=1000447888185 

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CrimeCon 2019 - https://www.crimecon.com/cc20-orlando  - Use promo code ONCE2020 for 10% off your registration. 

 

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