The Academy Awards is held annually to honor the best of Hollywood. But, there is a darker side of this star-studded ceremony. The first is the true story of the crime portrayed in the Academy Award winning film Dog Day Afternoon.
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Left: The real John Wojtowicz, Right: Al Pacino as "Sonny" in Dog Day Afternoon
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Eight student nurses are found dead one morning in 1966. There was only one survivor. This is the case of mass murderer Richard Speck.
Two teens go on a killing spree in America's heartland in 1958.
Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate
Spree killers, American murderers, teenage killers, couples who kill
The series "Artful Crimes" details cases of crimes committed by and against artists. In Chapter 1 we'll explore the death of Vincent Van Gogh - suicide or murder?
Resources: Book: Van Gogh: A Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
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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.
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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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
A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported.
An 11-year-old is accused of murdering two boys in the 1960s.
Also this week - a thank you to Mike from Sword and Scale and Justin from The Generation Why Podcast as well as a shout out to Aurelia305!
And, my thoughts on the Adnan Syed case - new trial granted this week.
Mary Bell, true crime, murders, young killers,
For more on Mary Bell check out "The Case of Mary Bell" by Gitta Sereny.
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A young serial killer terrorizes South Boston in 1872.
The Autobiography of Jesse H. Pomeroy written by Himself Murder, serial killers, true crime, Jesse Pomeroy, Boston, Massachusetts