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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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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.

May 9, 2017

A young woman who felt spurned by her on-again-off again lover and realizaing she couldn’t have him for herself, decides to take deadly revenge. This case became one of the most sensationalized trials on record.  

Chapter 2 of "A Woman Scorned" is the murder of Travis Alexander by Jodi Arias.

 

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May 2, 2017

In 1989, Betty Broderick guns down her ex-husband and his new wife. Did her cheating husband cause her to snap or did she commit cold-blood, premeditated murder?

This is Chapter 1 of our new series "A Woman Scorned". 

            Betty and Dan Broderick on their wedding day in 1969. Their love would not last forever.

 

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Apr 25, 2017

A divorced dad takes revenge out on his ex-wife by attempting to murder his own son.

A 1988 television movie titled "David" detailed the terrible crime Charles Rothenberg committed on his 6-year-old son.

 

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Apr 18, 2017

A woman reports her car stolen with her 2 young sons inside. After a 9 day search, the unthinkable would be discovered.

Michael and Alex Smith went missing on October 25, 1994.

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Apr 11, 2017

An entire family is found murdered in their home in 1971. The patriarch, John List, murdered his wife, mother and children and then disappeared.

 

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Apr 3, 2017

Three children are shot on a lonely road one night in 1983. Was it the work of a violent stranger or was it even more horrifying? Could their own mother be to blame?

Diane Downs and her children - Danny, Christie and Cheryl.

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Mar 27, 2017

In this episode I detail a rare phenomenon - female mass murderers. You'll hear three cases of women who killed several people in a single incident in the U.S., Germany and Kuwait. 

Jennifer San Marco killed 7 people in Goleta, California in 2006

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Mar 20, 2017

The worst case of mass murder in the U.S. at the time occurred on July 18, 1984. The shooter entered a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California and killed 21 men, women and children before the siege was over.

San Diego police escort McDonald employees out of the restaurant after a shooter killed 21 employees and customers in 77 minutes.

 

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Mar 14, 2017

Eight student nurses are found dead one morning in 1966. There was only one survivor. This is the case of mass murderer Richard Speck.

Book: The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders that Shocked a Nation - Dennis Breo and William J. Martin

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Feb 28, 2017

A couple deceive, rob and, ultimately, kill women who place ads in "Lonely Hearts" columns in the 1940s.

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Feb 21, 2017

Two teens go on a killing spree in America's heartland in 1958.

Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate

Music: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

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Spree killers, American murderers, teenage killers, couples who kill

 

Feb 13, 2017

A couple begin a reign of terror across several states in the Midwest United States in the summer of 1984.  The FBI would be called in to find and apprehend the serial killers.

Alton Coleman and Debra Brown in court, 1984.

   

Feb 7, 2017

A young girl infatuated with an older, married man sets out to eliminate her rival - his wife of 15 years. But, the story is soon discovered to be more sordid than originally thought.

 

Jan 31, 2017

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts is robbed of over a half a billion dollars of rare art in 1990.

Image: Thieves smash and grab over a half billion dollars of art at the Isabella  Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

 

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Jan 24, 2017

A young aspiring writer shoots pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1968.

Valerie Solanas, just after shooting Andy Warhol, June 3, 1968.

 

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Jan 17, 2017

The great artist Caravaggio lives an unparalleled life as a painter of masterpieces and as a mercurial and violent young man who became a convicted murderer before the age of 35.

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Jan 10, 2017

The series "Artful Crimes" details cases of crimes committed by and against artists. In Chapter 1 we'll explore the death of Vincent Van Gogh - suicide or murder?  

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Music: Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean

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Dec 30, 2016

A man leads police to a body buried in a snowbank on Christmas Day, 1977. This murder in Madison, Wisconsin, would captivate the public with a tale of sex, murder, drugs and money.    

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Book: Winter of Frozen Dreams - by Karl Harter

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Dec 20, 2016

On Christmas Day, 1929, one of the country's worst mass murders took place in North Carolina. This is Chapter 2 of Holiday Homicides: The Lawson Family Murders.

The Lawson family portrait - part of Charlie Lawson's "Christmas surprise".

The crime scene became a tourist attraction complete with blood splatter.

 

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Book: The Meaning of Our Tears: The True Story of the Lawson Family Murders by Trudy J. Smith

Ballad: The Lawson Family Murder by Doc Watson

 

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

 

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

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