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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 30, 2020

A gruesome crime would become a media sensation in Canada in 1946 when a beautiful young woman was accused of the grisly murder.  This is the case of the infamous Evelyn Dick and the Torso Murder of 1946.

Link to listen to the song "Evelyn Dick" by The Forgotten Rebels - https://youtu.be/OAkxFSM_rNs 

Resources: 

The Torso Murder by Brian Vallee published by Key Porter Books, Canada, 2001. 

Evelyn Dick on Murderpedia.org - http://murderpedia.org/female.D/d/dick-evelyn.htm

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

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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:

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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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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

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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:

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Dec 17, 2019

On this special episode my guest is Jack Luna from Crime Machine Podcast.  We discuss the evidence and theories behind the JonBenet Ramsey Case.

Sources: 

Foreign Faction: Who Really Killed JonBenet? by A. James Kolar, Ventus Publishing, 2012. 

JonBenet Ramsey Case Encyclopedia, www.jonbenetramsey.pbworks.com 

"The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey". https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6mj3ze 

Crime Machine Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crime-machine/id1209610434 

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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! 

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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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Dec 3, 2019

On this year-end wrap up episode, I answer listener questions and share updates on cases I've covered in past episodes. 

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Nov 26, 2019

In this last episode about fugitives on the run from the law I tell you the story of the very first woman ever to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.  Ruth Eisemann-Schier, along with her boyfriend, Gary Krist, carried out a bizarre kidnapping plot in 1968.  

Resources:

"Femmes Fatals: The Ten Women on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List" by Anna Hopkins for DailyMail.com, Sep 11, 2017. 

"A kidnapping with Deltona ties gripped the nation 50 years ago" by Tony Holt for The Daytona Beach News Journal, Dec 20, 2017. 

Krist v. The State of Georgia, Appeal Record, Dec 3, 1970. Retrieved online at www.Cite.Case.Law

"Gary Krist: The Einstein of Crime" by David Krajicek for www.TruTV.com 

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Music Credits: 

"On My Way" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Outro Music by Chesare Gray Music

 

Nov 19, 2019

A young man from a wealthy family is accused of committing two rapes while still in high school. Before he could be tried on these charges he'd flee the jurisdiction and disappear for eight years before finally being brought to justice.

Resources: 

"Accused Rapist and His Flight Trouble Darien" by Elizabeth Neuffer for The New York Times, Aug 27, 1987

"From Ski Slopes of Europe to a Rape Trial" by George Judson for The New York Times, Jan 31, 1995. 

"Judgment Days" by Bill Hewitt for People.com, Nov 4, 1996.

"Son of Darien" by Susan Cheever for The New York Times, April 27, 1997. 

Vanity Fair Confidential: Fugitive Son, based on reporting by Jennet Conant for Vanity Fair Magazine, first aired on Jan 24, 2017. 

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Nov 12, 2019

In this episode I’ll share two separate cases of women who became part of a very small and exclusive club - women who made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.  

Nazira Ugalde killed for financial gain and flees to South America.  A young woman in Texas, Brenda Delgado, plans the murder of her romantic rival and disappears soon after being questioned by police.  

Resources: 

"New details emerge about Reno 'Black Widow', Behind the Crime Tape Blog, Nov. 27, 2012

"Fugitive Black Widow wanted in ex-husband's 2008 murder arrested i Peru", by Nina Golgowski for New York Daily News, Jun 5, 2014. 

"Mother of Hygenist at center of deadly love triangle sas her daughter is 'not the jealous type'", by Shekhar Bhatia for DailyMail.com, Sep 12, 2015. 

"Duo Behind Killing of Dentist in Murder-for-Hire Plot May be Linked to Drug Cartel", Chicago 5 News, Oct 23, 2015. 

"Brenda Delgado: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know", Heavy.com, Jun 7, 2019. 

"The State of Texas vs Brenda Delgado", Criminal Indictment, October 2, 2018. 

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Podcast Recommendations: 

Crime Machine by Jack Luna and Sam Swenson.  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crime-machine/id1484881599 

You can now find us on Stitcher Premium! https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/esther-ludlow/once-upon-a-crime 

 

Nov 5, 2019

A small time drug dealer kidnaps a rival's younger brother in order to settle a debt.  The unfolding series of events would become one of California's most bizarre and tragic kidnapping cases on record and would even inspire an award-winning Hollywood movie.  

Resources:

Jesse Katz for Los Angeles Magazine, "The Last Ride of Jesse James Hollywood", February 2002. 

Colby Frazier for Daily Sound, "Hollywood tells his story", June 24, 2009. 

Henry Chu and Solomon Moore for The Los Angeles Times, "Fugitive Kept Low Profile in Quiet Brazilian Beach Town", March 11, 2005. 

Chris Hansen for Dateline, "The Real Story Behind 'Alpha Dog', Jan 15, 2007. 

Tyler Hayden for The Santa Barbara Independent, "Meet Mrs. Jesse James Hollywood", Feb 4, 2014. 

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Music Credits: 

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

"Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

 

 

Oct 21, 2019

In this episode I dig into my file of spooky stories to share some haunted happenings in the world of rock and roll.  

#themansionatlaurelcanyon #redhotchilipeppers #slipknot #hauntedhouses #bonscott #joshuatreeinn #halloween #ghoststories 

Resources: 

Corey Taylor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Or How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process), (Da Capo Press, 2013). 

Inside the Laurel Canyon Houdini Estate, www.wildabouthoudini.com, March 30, 2012. 

Funky Monks - Uncut Full Documentary (1st edit uncut w/bonus footage), YouTube, uploaded by MakingMonstersInk, April 10, 2013. https://youtu.be/z0tTJ4SakE0 

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Music credits from https://filmmusic.io - License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

"Halloween Theme 1" by Alexander Nakarada (https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/)

"Graveyard Shift" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Myst on the Moor" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Waltz of Treachery" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"On My Way" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

 

 

Oct 14, 2019

Bob Marley went from singing R&B harmonies in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica to becoming a pioneer of reggae music, bringing his own blend of reggae, rock and ska music to a global audience. But as a popular figure in Jamaica, he was unwillingly thrust into the country’s political strife.  The situation became so dangerous for Marley that on December 3, 1976, he became a target of assassins. 

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

Chris Salewicz, Bob Marley: The Untold Story, (New York: Faber and Faber), 2010. 

Biolgraphy.com, "Bob Marley", https://www.biography.com/musician/bob-marley

Vivien Goldman, The Guardian, "Dread, beat and blood", July 16, 2006. 

Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Manufacturing Bob Marley", July 17, 2017

Mike Lanchin, BBC World Service, "I was there when gunmen tried to kill Bob Marley," December 4, 2016. 

Kief Davidson, Remastered: Who Shot the Sheriff?, Netflix, 2015. 

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Music Credits: 

Music from https://filmmusic.io

Sunny Rasta" by Alexander Nakarada (https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

"Stealth Groover" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

"Dub Feral" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

 

Oct 7, 2019

A free concert took place in northern California in December of 1969 featuring The Rolling Stones.  It would descend into chaos due to poor planning, rampant drug use and the ill-advised use of the Hells Angels as concert security.  

Resources:

Joel Selvin, Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day, (New York: Harper Collins), 2016. 

Lester Bangs, Reny Brown, John Burks, Sammy Egan, Michael Goodwin, Geoffrey Link, Greil Marcus, John Morthland, Eugene Schoenfeld, Patrick Thomas, and Langdon Winner, Rolling Stone Magazine, "The Rolling Stones Disaster at Altamont: Let It Bleed," January 21, 1970. 

Albert & David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, Gimme Shelter (1970), http://watchdocumentaries.com/rolling-stones-gimme-shelter/ 
Note: Meredith Hunter can be seen in the crowd at timestamp 1:18:50. The attack on him begins at 1:23:26. 

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Sep 30, 2019

A woman begins receiving harassing phone calls and letters from a stalker.  It would take years to discover who the anonymous man was, but when he was finally identified a shocking secret would be revealed. 

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

Book: Little Girl Fly Away by Gene Stone

Articles:  

'Poet" makes life a living horror for Wichita Woman by Scott Kraft for AP in the Garden City Telegram, Jan 24, 1980

'Poet' strikes again and Wichita police still baffled by Scott Kraft for AP in Garden City Telegram, Feb 21, 1980

Harassed by an Unknown Author of Vicious Rhymes, Ruth Finley Confronts the Stranger Within Herself by Gene Stone for People Magazine, Sept. 5, 1988

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Sep 23, 2019

A 7-year-old goes missing while on a family camping trip in 1973.  Anonymous calls would be placed demanding a ransom, but, the trail would grow cold until exactly one year later when the kidnapper would call her mother to brag about taking her daughter.  

Several resources were used in the research of this episodes including:

Documentary: The FBI Files, "Dark Woods", Season 5, Episode 13. 

Articles: 

Bible Verse May Have Spurred Meirhofer, The Daily Interlake, October 4, 1974

Small Town Terror by Joseph MacNamara for The New York Daily News, December 22, 1994

The Quality of Mercy by Antoinette Martin for The Detroit Free Press, August 21, 1994

Not Another Victim by Amy Linn for The Missoula Independent, November 5, 2015

Music Credits:  Music from https://filmmusic.io"Floating Cities" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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Sep 16, 2019

In a small French village, a little boy goes missing and the family receives anonymous letters from a person taking responsibility who is dubbed "The Crow".  This strange case could be considered the Jon Benet Ramsey case of France.  

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

Articles: 

The Long Shadow of the Crow by Scott Kraft for The Los Angeles Times, December 9, 1993

Gregory by Anthony Davis for CrimeMagazine.com, April 30, 2009

The Murder of Little Gregory: The unsolved case that haunted France by John Henley for The Guardian, August 28, 2017

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Links: 

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

Sep 9, 2019

A young girl goes missing in South Carolina in 1985.  Soon after, her kidnapper would begin calling her family - but not to make demands for her safe return, but only to cruelly taunt them.  This is the first chapter in the series "Taunting Terrors". 

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

Book: Murder in the Midlands: Larry Gene Bell and the 28 Days of Terror that Shook South Carolina by Rita Y. Shuler

Articles: 

South Carolina serial killer forced girl to write a farewell note and tormented his victims' families after sick spree in mid-80s by Mara Bovsun, New York Daily News, November 15, 2014

Left Behind: Survivors of Capital Crimes Don't want the Victims to be Forgotten by Becky Beane for PFM.org

Court Records: 

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Larry Gene Bell v. Parker Evatt, Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Corrections, T. Travis Medlock, Attorney General, State of South Carolina, December 18, 1995

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Aug 19, 2019

From 1922 to the 1940s over 40 child actors would be cast in a popular series of short films and many of them would later fall victim to strange accidents, illnesses, drug addiction, financial hardship, murder and suicide.  This is The Curse of The Little Rascals.

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

Television Episode: E! True Hollywood Story: Curse of the Little Rascals

Alfalfa's Mysterious Death - www.tvparty.com

Convicted killer of "Little Rascal" dies - AP, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas, July 19, 2014

 

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