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Once Upon A Crime

THE podcast for the true crime addict. True crime stories are told chapter by chapter - kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime 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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Dec 12, 2016

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

Dec 5, 2016

A 9-year-old girl is abducted in Arlington, Texas. The community and, ultimately, the country would call for changes in the way law enforcement responds to missing and abducted children  

You can find the video about Amber and her family here: WFAA Amber Hagerman Documentary

Click here to find out more about the AMBER Alert System

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be contacted at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.missingkids.org .

You can see a list of active AMBER alerts here.

Tips to keep your children safe:

1) Have a code word phrase. This is a phrase that you would share with your children, especially as it relates to adults they should and can trust. They should know that if you send someone to pick them up from school or any activity, the code word will be used. Make it something funny or personal so it’s easy for the kids to remember. A child should only go with someone who tells them that phrase. 2) Teach your kids that adults don’t need help from kids. If an adult needs directions, help finding a pet or anything else, they should ask another adult, not a child.

3) Let your child know it’s OK to yell, scream, and say no to an adult if they feel uncomfortable or scared. We teach children to listen to adults and not to be disruptive, but there are times they should disobey and be loud. It’s a good idea to practice with your kids. Give them a scenario and have them practice say no firmly and loudly, screaming, and running away.

4) Be careful of sharing too much identifying information on the internet. Of course, we like to share pictures and information about the cute and fun things are children do on Facebook and other social media. But predators can get information about a child's location, routine, etc., if identifying information is shared such as school names, names of parks you frequent, even locations of meeting places like scout troop meetings, sports fields, etc. So, just keep that information to a minimum and without details. Family members and good friends already probably know it so it's not necessary to share.  

Nov 29, 2016

The murder of a young girls leads to sweeping changes in sentencing laws.

Polly Hannah Klaas was 12 years old when she was abducted by a stranger out of her own bedroom.

  Thanks to this week's sponsor, Audible. For a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial go to www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime.

Book recommendation: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin   

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.

 

Nov 17, 2016

An abused woman spends years being beaten and terrorized by her husband while police and others turn a blind eye. In desperation, she takes the law into her own hands.

Resources:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Victim Support (U.K.) www.victimsupport.org.uk

Domestic Violence Resource Centre (AU) www.dvrcv.org.au

U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women www.justice.gov/ovw

Book: The Burning Bed by Faith McNulty  

People show support for the defendant at the trial of Francine Hughes./Farrah Fawcett's portrayal of Francine in "The Burning Bed".    

Nov 8, 2016

A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported

. Kitty Genovese

Resources:

Film: The Witness Book: Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America - Kevin Cook

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!

Oct 11, 2016

John Hinckley, Jr. tries to impress an actress by killing President Ronald Reagan. Was he legally insane? This is the final chapter in the series "Fatal Fan".

John Hinckley's mug shot - dated 3/30/81 - the day he tried to kill President Reagan.

Please rate and review us on iTunes! Twitter: @UponACrime Facebook: OnceUponaCrimePod    

Oct 11, 2016

Mark David Chapman stalks and murders John Lennon on a New York city street in 1980. This is Chapter 3 of Fatal Fans.

 

John Lennon autographs his album for Mark Chapman a few hours before Chapman shoots him dead on December 8, 1980.

Music:

Mother - John Lennon

Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Imagine - John Lennon  

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Oct 4, 2016

An unhinged fan has murderous plans towards young actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

 

 

Rebecca Schaeffer

Robert John Bardo in court.

Sep 13, 2016

A young actress is stalked by an unhinged drifter who is intent on killing her. Facebook: OnceUponACrimePod Twitter: @UponACrime Celebrity crime, stalking victims, true crime.

Theresa Saldana arrives at the court house 2 weeks after her near fatal attack.

 

Arthur Jackson in court charged with first degree attempted murder.

   

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Sep 9, 2016

The Queen of Tejano Music is gunned down by a fan in 1995.

Resources: Music: Selena - Ones - (Greatest Hits Album)

DVD: Selena - the Movie 

Book: To Selena with Love - by Chris Perez

To connect with the show: On Twitter: @uponacrime On Facebook and Instagram @OnceUponaCrimePod Website: www.truecrimepodcast.com    

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Aug 28, 2016

Two of music's biggest rap stars are cut down in their prime. But, who killed them? This week's episode - Tupac and Biggie.

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Resources for this episode:

Music: 2Pac's Greatest Hits The Notorious B.I.G. Greatest Hits  

Books: Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon - Tayannah Lee McQuillar and Fred L. Johnson III, PhD Notorious C.O.P.: The Inside Story of Tupc, Biggie and Jam Master Jay Investigations - Derrick Parker The Rose that Grew from Concrete: Poems by Tupac Shakur

Movies and Documentaries: Tupac: Resurrection Notorious Biggie and Tupac: The Story Behind the Murders of Rap's Biggest Superstars  

Aug 17, 2016

The second installment in the series about the tragic endings of musical icons this time I discuss the life and death of Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain. Justin Evans from the Generation Why and The Peripheral podcasts weighs in on "Soaked in Bleach" and the murder theory.

www.TheGenerationWhyPodcast.com

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Click on the links below for resources and to purchase the music.

Songs: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana All Apologies - Nirvana

Books: Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross

Videos: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Soaked in Bleach  

Aug 2, 2016

This series tells the tragic stories of recording artists who were killed or died under mysterious circumstances. In the first chapter, Marvin Gaye, a top R&B recording artist is murdered by a family member in 1984.

You can purchase some of his songs here: What's Going On - Marvin Gaye Got to Give it Up - Marvin Gaye 

Books: Marvin Gaye: My Brother by Frankie Gaye Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz      

Jul 26, 2016

The first school mass shooting in the U.S. is committed by a 16-year-old year girl. Brenda Spencer mugshot wearing her "lucky" hat.

   Brenda Spencer's mugshot. January 29, 1979. Wearing her "lucky" hat.

Brenda Spencer goes to court.

Brenda Spencer goes to court.

"I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats

"Does Anyone Like Mondays? The Brenda Spencer Murder Case" by Eric Hart

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Jul 19, 2016

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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Jul 13, 2016

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A bonus episode partially recorded at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. Making a Murderer's Dean Strang and Jerry Buting on their speaking tour "A Conversation on Justice".

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Jun 23, 2016

When kidnap victims are held for a period of time the public often wants to know "why didn't they try to escape?" This episode explains a psychological phenomenon known as "Stockholm Syndrome", how it might apply to the victims I discussed in the series "Lost and Found", and share probably the most well-known case of Stockholm Syndrome, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Kidnappings, true crime, Stockholm Syndrome, Patty Hearst  

Jun 13, 2016

Just wanted to say "thanks" for all the downloads in just the first few days of the show! I launched Once Upon a Crime on June 9th and I'm so incredibly amazed at how quickly people have found it! 

I want you all to know that this show is the culmination of over a year of planning, study, investing and setting up of the podcast studio and a dream to create a true crime podcast that I hope you'll love. 

I've been fascinated by true crime and the psychology behind it for most of my life. I've read many, many, many books and watched documentaries until my eyes were bloodshot and still, I want to know more. So, this was a way to do it and share it with others. I even have a degree in psychology with an emphasis in correctional psych (psychology of the criminal - specifically understanding the criminal mind and using this knowledge to counsel towards rehabilitatation). 

I also hope to share information to keep my listeners aware and informed and help them and their loved ones stay safe.

More shows coming up very soon! In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter for updates @uponACrime and on Facebook @OnceUponACrimePod.  

Thanks!

Esther Ludlow 

Jun 9, 2016

Three girls go missing over as many years in a Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood.  Years go by before they are ever seen again. When it was revealed who had taken them and what they were subjected to the city was stunned to find that the perpetrator had been right under their nose all along.

Book: The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions by John Glatt   

True crime stories told one chapter at a time: kidnappings.  

Jun 9, 2016

This is our second installment in the series "Lost and Found". Elizabeth Smart was a 14-year-old girl from a loving, Mormon family living in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family's kindness towards a local transient would make her a target for kidnapping. Her ordeal would encompass months of captivity and hundreds of miles before the final outcome in her story. True crime stories told one chapter at a time.  

Jun 9, 2016

This is the first installment in our series "Lost and Found". When a loved one goes missing the families are left in a terrible limbo. How long do you hold out hope for your loved one to be found? Many never give up hope and, for a few, a miracle happens and their prayers are answered. In this first episode, an 11-year-old girl is abducted by strangers in broad daylight. The abductors have carefully planned for their captive. The story of this well-publicized kidnapping is even more bizarre and unbelievable than you might have heard.                   True crime stories told one chapter at a time. In this series kidnappings are discussed. Books about the Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping: A Stolen Life: A Memoir - Jaycee Dugard Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Dugard and the Abduction that Shocked the World - John Glatt    

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