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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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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!

 

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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.

Resources:

Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman by Jack Jones 

 

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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 Fans". 

 

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

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Resources: "At the Edge of Death" by Edmund Morris for Newsweek, October 4, 1999.

Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Regan by Edmund Morris, Random House, 1999. 

Oct 4, 2016

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

 

 

Rebecca Schaeffer

Robert John Bardo in court.

Resources:

"An Innocent Life, A Heartbreaking Death" by Pete Axthelm, People Magazine, July 31, 1989. 

"In the Mind of a Stalker" by M. Tharp, U.S. News and World Report, Feb 17, 1992. 

Sep 13, 2016

A young actress is stalked by an unhinged drifter who is intent on killing her.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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.

"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.

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

Gitta Sereny, The Case of Mary Bell (London:Pimlico), 1995. 

Audio Clip: The Mary Bell Case. YouTube, uploaded by chewyisacat, March 7, 2013. https://youtu.be/moFhGzE_xRI 

 

 

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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Jul 5, 2016

A young serial killer terrorizes South Boston in 1872.                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book links: The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo

Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America's Youngest Serial Killer by Harold Schecter

The Autobiography of Jesse H. Pomeroy written by Himself Murder, serial killers, true crime, Jesse Pomeroy, Boston, Massachusetts  

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 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. 

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.                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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