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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

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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Nov 28, 2017

Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.

 

Resources:

Books: Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness and Multiple Murder by Jerry Bledsoe

Movies/Television: In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness (Also known as "Bitter Blood") starring Harry Hamlin and Kelly McGillis (1994)

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 21, 2017

A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes.

Sante & Kenny Kimes on 60 Minutes.

#serialkillers #SanteKimes #KennyKimes #conartists

Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime

 

Nov 14, 2017

One of the most prolific serial killer families in history was discovered in Jalisco, Mexico in 1964.  This is the story of the Gonzalez Sisters. 

Serial killers, sex slavery 

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Nov 7, 2017

Our new series "Murder in the Family" details cases where family members commit murder together. First up, the story of The Briley Brothers who went on an 8-month crime spree in Richmond Virginia.

Left to right: Linwood, James (JB), and Anthony Briley, Douglas Meekins

serial killers, death row, prison escapes, executions

 

 

Oct 23, 2017

As a special treat I'll share a couple of creepy urban legends...with a twist. These tales are actually based on true crime stories.

Son of Sam, The Zodiac Killer, 3x Killer, The Watcher

Podcast Recommendations:

Murder Road Trip

They Walk Among Us

Ticklish Business

 

 

Oct 16, 2017

A pregnant mother dies as a result of a car accident. Thousands of Facebook friends mourn her loss. Could her whole life have been fabricated online? Chapter 2 tells the fascinating story of a case of Munchausen by Internet. 

Thanks to Taryn Harper Wright for her help with this episode. Find her at www.warriorelihoax.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warriorelihoax

One of the hundreds of supporter bracelets sent out to supporters of Eli Dirr.  

Oct 9, 2017

In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet.

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Oct 2, 2017

In our last chapter of "With Friends Like These" four young people are gunned down in Clear Lake City, Texas. A bullied girl had been taken under their wing - did their kindness cost them their lives?

Marcus Precella, Tiffany Rowell, Adelbert Sanchez and Rachel Koloroutis

Christine Paolilla

Resources:

Book: Never See Them Again by M. William Phelps

 

Sep 25, 2017

A woman goes missing in a small town in Tennessee. Soon, a kidnapper calls demanding a ransom. The communication from him becomes more bizarre and townspeople begin to believe the culprit might be one of their own community members.

 

Podcasts:

Not Perfect of Functional, Twisted Philly, Murder Road Trip, The Minds of Madness, True Crime Fan Club, Generation Why, The Peripheral, Pleasing Terrors, Killafornia Dreaming, The Fall Line

 

 

Sep 11, 2017

A group of teens conspire to kill a young man - the best friend of one of the conspirators - in Hollywood, Florida in 1993. 

Bobby Kent was proud of his muscles and sometimes used them to bully his friends.

The 7 conspirators (clockwise from top left):

Marty Puccio, Ali Willis, Donny Semenec, Heather Swallers,

Derek Dzvirko, Derek Kaufman, Lisa Connelly

Resources:

Book: Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze

Movie (based on this case): Bully

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Sep 4, 2017

Our new series "With Friends Like These" I detail cases where friends turn upon friends - and become deadly. The first is a case of high school jealousy. Kirsten Costas is attacked by a classmate in Orinda, California.

Kirsten Costas (left) and Bernadette Protti (right) were classmates at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. Bernadette became obsessed with Kirsten and wanted to be included in her circle of popular girls.

Recommendations for other true crime podcasts:

Kiwi Crimes (New Zealand Crimes)

Canadian True Crime

S'laughter (UK Crimes)

Aug 28, 2017

Marie Hilley poisons her husband to death and attempts to kill her daughter in Alabama. When her crime is discovered she goes on the run. What she does next is one of the most bizarre tales of true crime in U.S. history.

 

Resources:

Book: Poisoned Blood by Philip E. Ginsburg

Television show: American Monster - Alabama Murder Mystery 

 

 

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Aug 21, 2017

The story of Marie Hilley's life is one of the most strange and bizarre true crime cases I've encountered. There are so many twists and turns in this case that I've split it into two parts.

Frank and Marie Hilley early in their marriage.

 

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Aug 14, 2017

Our second chapter focuses on a case of Munchausen by Proxy - but this time the perpetrator is a health care worker preying on unsuspecting hospital patients.

Beverley Allitt was a British serial killer dubbed "The Angel of Death". Many believe she killed because she had Munchausen's Syndrome. Others simply believe she was an evil person who used her position to attack the most vulnerable - the young and helpless.

 

 

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Aug 7, 2017

A rare phenomenon causes a mother to make her children ill for her own selfish gain. Chapter 1 of "Sick and Murdered".

Laurie Williamson is wheeled into court to face charges (she claimed to be paralyzed).

Resources:

Podcasts featuring the Dee Dee & Gypsy Blanchard Case -

Generation Why - Episode 234

Sword and Scale - Episode 49

Documentary: Mommy Dead and Dearest

 

Jul 31, 2017

Part 2 of "Murder in the Hamptons" tells of the ugly and costly divorce of Ted and Generosa Ammon and how hate a resentment boiled over to murder.


Clockwise from top: Greg & Alexa Ammon, The East Hampton beach house, Danny Pelosi, Ted Ammon, Generosa Ammon

Check out this independent podcast! The Noir Factory Podcast

Book: Almost Paradise: The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon by Kieren Crowley

Jul 24, 2017

A love story turn into a murder when a multi-millionaire finds himself in an ugly and vicious divorce.

The Ammon family in happier times.

Thanks for sharing independent podcasts! This week's recommendations:

Murder Dictionary - Join Kelly & Brianna as they discover true crime cases from A-Z focusing on a new type of crime for each letter of the alphabet. You'll laugh, you'll scream, you'll come back for more!

www.Patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime

 

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Jul 17, 2017

Edmond Safra was a billionaire banker who lived in a highly secure penthouse in Monaco. So, how did attackers get in - or was the story all a fabrication by an insecure employee? This is the strange and tragic story with many questions yet to be answered.

La Leopolda, one of the most opulent villas on the French Riviera was just one of  the residences owned by the vastly wealthy couple, Edmond & Lily Safra.

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Jul 10, 2017

The new series details cases of the rich who were targeted for their wealth. In our first chapter a young man's greed prompts him to plot a heinous crime.

The Ewell family from L to R: Dana, Glee, Tiffany and Dale

 

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Jun 26, 2017

Two couples collide on a deserted island in the South Seas. Only one would leave the island alive. 

  

Mac & Muff Graham on the Sea Wind, Duane Buck Walker, Stephanie Stearns

Book: And the Sea Will Tell - Vincent Bugliosi

Video: The FBI Files: Season 1: Deadly Paradise

 

www.Facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod 

 

Jun 19, 2017

A woman goes missing on the beautiful island of Aruba in 2011 under mysterious circumstances.

 

www.Patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime

 

 

Jun 12, 2017

This week I'll take you the beautiful Italian countryside - where a serial killer will stalk and kill young lovers. 

  The Monster of Florence strikes again the the area surrounding Florence, Italy.

 

Jun 5, 2017

A serial killer is hunting and killing women in Yosemite National Park in 1999. His ties to another well-known true crime case would make this story even more bizarre. 

Cary Stayner after his arrest for the murders of four women in Yosemite National Park in 1999.

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May 22, 2017

A woman finds out her husband of 10 years is having an affair and takes matters into her own hands - in a particularly gruesome way.

David, Lindsay and Clara Harris in happier times.

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May 15, 2017

Part 2 tells about the investigation, interrogation, arrest and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander. This is Chapter 3 of "A Woman Scorned"

Jodi Arias was on the stand for 18 days during her trial.

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