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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.

Please subscribe to the show in iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher and tell a friend!

Oct 22, 2020

News, updates and announcements for our listeners!

Links:

Nominate Once Upon a Crime for the Discover Pods Awards at www.awards.discoverpods.com.  

To sign up for a Patreon membership go to www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime 

To register for Alta Asks Live Digital Event go to https://altaonline.com/true-crime-podcasts-alta-asks-live/

You can read my interview in Alta Magazine here: https://altaonline.com/true-crime-podcast-denise-hamilton/

Register for CrimeCon House Arrest online event here: https://www.crimecon.com/housearrest. You can enter to win one of two free live passes by following us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OnceUponACrimePod/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod/ to get all the information.  

To get information and register for CrimeCon 2021 in Austin, Texas, June 4-6, 2021 go to https://www.crimecon.com/CC21

To get information and register for CrimeCon UK in London, June 12 - 13, 2021 go to https://www.crimecon.com/international

Use my offer code ONCEUPON21 when registering for either event for 20% off your CrimeCon registration! 

Our website: www.truecrimepodcast.com 

 

 

Aug 24, 2020

On this first part of a 2-part episode, I share the fascinating story of the disappearance of the last imperial family of Russia, the Romanovs.  After their disappearance, most believed they had been executed by the Bolsheviks, but sightings of one or more of the Romanovs would continue for years.  Did some of Tsar Nicholas II's family members escape? 

Resources: 

The Resurrection of the Romanovs by Greg King and Penny Wilson, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2011. 

Romanovs: The Missing Bodies, produced by National Geographic, YouTube.com, Nov 5, 2019. 

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Music Credits: 

Spring In Russia by Alexander Nakarada. Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4845-spring-in-russia. License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Our website:  www.truecrimepodcast.com 

 

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. 

 

Dec 10, 2019

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! 

www.southernfriedtruecrime.com

www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime 

www.crimecon.com - use offer code ONCE20 for 10% off your standard badge. 

Resources: 

"The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis" by Richard Ben Cramer for Rolling Stone, March 1, 1984

"The Sudden Death of Wife No. 5 Confronts Jerry Lee Lewis with Tragedy - and Troubling Questions" by People Staff for People Magazine, Sept 12, 1983. 

"Jerry Lee Lewis: 'The Killer' Says the Wild Times are Behind Him" by Jim Sullivan for The Chicago Tribune

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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. 

 

Oct 9, 2017

In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet.

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To help pets affected by natural disasters:

The Human Society of the United States: www.humanesociety.org

Humane Society International: www.hsi.org

 

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Nov 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Just sharing some info about the holiday schedule of podcast releases and some shout outs to listeners and podcasters!

Thanks to our new sponsor Audible who is offering our listeners a 30-day free trial and a free audiobook download! Go to www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime for your free offer.

 

Oct 28, 2016

On this special bonus Halloween episode I share something a little different. Instead of the usual true crime case I'm sharing two ghost stories with you. Feel free to listen in the dark! Happy Halloween!

 

#Halloween #ghoststories #spooky Please rate and review the show on iTunes! And tell a friend. Thanks!

Jun 9, 2016

Welcome to Once Upon a Crime the true crime podcast that tells the story behind the story of real life crime. 

New episodes release every Monday. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Pandora or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Clips from show are from the following episodes:

Episode 142: Taunting Terrors: Shari Faye Smith

Episode 146: Rocktober: Altamont, The Rolling Stones and the Hells Angels

Episode 158: Bad Seeds: Lowell Lee Andrews

Episode 149: Fugitives from Justice: Jesse James Hollywood

Episode 156: Behind the Crime: Aileen Wuornos

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