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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Jul 13, 2016


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.  


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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