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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 25, 2019

A man starts having vivid memories of a violent crime he believes he may have committed during an alcoholic blackout. 

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

Kevin Dwyer and Jure Fiiorillo, True Stories of Law & Order (New York: Berkley Boulevard Books), 74-82. 

Cox v. Miller, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Decision, retrieved from www.Justia.com, July 17, 2002. 

David Goldnamn Biography, "AA vs DA: The Case of Paul Cox," March 2003, 21. 

 

 

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Mar 18, 2019

I conclude the story about Eileen Franklin who claimed to have witnessed her friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason's murder in 1969. She would say her memory of the event was only recovered after 20 years.  Her story would begin a debate about the validity of "recovered memories" used in criminal trials.

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Mar 11, 2019

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. 

Feb 26, 2019

A career criminal commits multiple murders plus an attempted murder and continues to be released on parole.  This is the case of Michael Keith Moon. 

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

Michael Hemmingston, San Diego Reader, "Moon Arraigned in Escondido Cold Case," Jan 16, 2008. 

Randy Kalp, The Coast News Group, Rancho Santa Fe, "Convicted felon takes wrap for 31-year-old slaying," Dec 11, 2008. 

Pauline Repard, The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Double murderer paroled to downtown San Diego," March 15, 2015. 

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Feb 19, 2019

In the conclusion of the story of Louise Peete, the convicted murderess is released from prison and, before long, goes on to commit another violent crime. 

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

Dead Woman Walking:Louise Peete by Joan Renner - www.derangedlacrimes.com

Black Widow, Mara Bovsun, Daily News New York, November 18, 2001

She Buried Them All by Bill Walker in Saga: The Magazine for Men, January 1962. 

Feb 13, 2019

I'm pleased to announce my new podcast "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime"!  Each episode will feature me and a special guest host talking about what's new, hot, and trending in true crime - in a fun and casual format. 

First episode drops on February 19th! 

Subscribe here on Apple Podcasts or search for "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime" on your favorite podcast platform.  It's rolling out to more podcast platforms as we speak!

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). 

Social Media: 

Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime 

Facebook - www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod 

Twitter - www.twitter.com/uponacrime

Instagram - www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod 

 

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

 

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. 

Resources: 

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

 

 

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

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:

In the U.S.: www.thehotline.org 1-800-799-7233

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. 

 

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.  

Ways to watch:

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

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

https://play.google.com/store/tv/show?id=hJP2D07sNYvoOnuQy60VqA&cdid=tvseason-iDb1vI20xZwH3DauTgXuyw&gdid=tvepisode-gfAvQ-DZtzo

https://www.amazon.com/Winter-is-Coming-Part-1/dp/B07DC6WGST/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1530203353&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=dead+north+documentary

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May 21, 2018

In this special episode I give a wrap-up of CrimeCon - all the true crime celebrity sightings, the true crime podcast rockstars I got to hang out with, and all the inside gossip and info.  I also discuss a couple of cases related to what I learned in CrimeCon sessions this year. I'll talk about the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias. 

Shout outs to many, many podcasts including Southern Fried True Crime, Trace Evidence, InSight, True Crime Fan Club, The Fall Line, Minds of Madness, Misconduct, Crime and Precedents, Undisclosed, Red Wing Audio Drama, and many, many more. 

With The Manks (Josh Mankiewicz, Dateline)

Resources: 

The Netflix series I referenced is "Manhunt: Unabomber".  

The CBS special I referenced was "The Case of Jon Benet Ramsey".  You can find it at www.dailymotion.com.

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May 7, 2018

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 

A.J. Benza: Fame is a Bitch - Subscribe on ITunes

 

Apr 23, 2018

A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers.

Photo: Pink crosses spring up around Juarez with the words "Ni una mas" or "not one more" after hundreds of women are murdered beginning in 1993.

Resources:

For more information about women's organizations in Juarez:

https://hiponline.org/how-casa-amiga-helps-free-the-women-of-juarez/

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/meet-the-mexican-activists-fighting-for-womens-rights/

https://web.archive.org/web/20040414134540/http://www.mujeresdejuarez.org/

Book: The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez

Paper: The Femicide Machine by Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, published by Semiotext (c) with support from Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts 2011-2013.

 

 

 

Apr 9, 2018

A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000. 

#hijacking #hostagecrisis #Brazil 

Resources:

Documentary: Bus 174 (2002) directed by Jose Padilha

Podcast Recommendations:

Trace Evidence https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trace-evidence/id1239217007?mt=2

Not Perfect or Functional https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/not-perfect-or-functional-podcast-true-crime-sports/id1273572626?mt=2

 

Mar 26, 2018

A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide.  His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged upbringing resulted in him not knowing how to discern right from wrong. The term "affluenza" was coined to describe defendants like Ethan Couch - wealthy, spoiled and held unaccountable for their bad behavior. 

           

I'll also describe how this same defense was used in 1924 to defend the wealthy teenaged murderers Leopold and Loeb. 

#LeopoldandLoeb #CrimeoftheCentury #EthanCouch #Affluenza 

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

Manny Fernandez, Richard Perez-Pena and Azam Ahmed, The New York Times, "Ethan Couch, 'Affluenza' Teenager, Had Last Party Before Fleeing," Dec 29, 2015. 

Michael J. Mooney, D Magazine, "The Worst Parents Ever," May 2015.  

American Experience, PBS Television, "The Perfect Crime: Leopold and Loeb". 

 

Mar 12, 2018

Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to keep him from being sentenced to death. The media dubbed this "The Twinkie Defense". But, what really caused Dan White to become a double murderer?

From L to R: Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone, Dan White

 

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

John Geluardi, SF Weekly, "Dan White's motive more about betrayal than homophobia," Jan 30, 2008.

Carol Pogash, SFGate.com, "Myth of the 'Twinkie Defense', Nov 23, 2003. 

 

 

Mar 6, 2018

Three cases are outlined where a person commits murder and then blames the crime on sleepwalking. 

First up, Albert Tirrell murders his mistress in 1846 claiming he was in a trance-like state at the time. Kenneth Parks travels 23 km to commit a murder - all while asleep, he claimed. Finally, another man tries to use the sleepwalking defense after killing his wife in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997.

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

Karen Abbott, Smithsonian.com, "The Case of the Sleepwalking Killer," April 30, 2012.

 Paul Rubin, NewTimes.com, "A Killer Sleep Disorder," Nov 19, 1998. 

True Crime Truant, "Scott Falater: Sleepwalking Killer Gets a Wakeup Call," July 20, 2017. 

Berit Brogaard and Kristian Marlow, Psychology Today, "Sleep Driving and Sleep Killing: The Kenneth Parks Case," Dec 13, 2012. 

 

Jan 30, 2018

A teenage hitchhiker is picked up by a violent rapist in Northern California in 1978. The attack upon her would horrify the public and Lawrence Singleton would serve as a terrifying warning about accepting rides from strangers. 

Mary Vincent soon after her attack by Larry Singleton.

Mary Vincent testifies at Singleton's murder trial in 1998.

 

Music on today's episode is by St. Patrick. You can purchase the music on iTunes at this link or on the website www.captainfathands.com.

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

Paul Dean, The Los Angeles Times, "Mary Vincent Speaks Out: 'He Destroyed Everything About Me'," Feb 25, 1997. 

People v. Singleton, Court of Appeals Decision, Fourth District, Div I, California, Nov 20, 1980. 

Jacqui Morice Crawford, I Survived, Mary/Brooke/Sharene (2009). 

 

 

 

Dec 19, 2017

I continue my discussion of the Laci Peterson case with my co-host, Yolanda of the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast. In this episode we take a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson and what we believe contributed to his crime.

Holiday Greetings in this episode from:

The True Crime Guys

The Fall Line

Hillbilly Horror Stories

Not Perfect or Functional

Happy Holidays! 

Dec 12, 2017

We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.  

Hear holiday greetings from some of my pod friends including Canadian True Crime, True Crime Garage, Southern Fried True Crime, Insight Podcast, True Crime Island, Murder Road Trip, The Cleaning of John Doe, Killifornia Dreaming and Done Disappeared.

 

 

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