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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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Now displaying: August, 2020

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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Aug 31, 2020

We conclude this two-part episode with a young woman who comes forward claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. The investigation into her claim would take decades to solve the mystery. 

Time Stamps: 

05:03 - "Miss Unknown"

22:47 - Investigating the Claim

28:06 - "Fraulein Annie" 

30:20 - Anastasia Tchaikovsky - Rescue Story

53:30 - Anna Anderson - United States

57:41 - Anna the Hoarder

01:01:00 - Mrs. Manahan

01:07:00 - What Really Happened to The Romanovs?

01:16:00 - The DNA

01:19:00 - Who Was Anna Anderson? Franziska Schanzkowska

01:34:00 - Why Was She Believed? 

Resources: 

Resurrection of The Romanovs, Greg King and Penny Wilson, Turning Publishing, 2010. 

The Woman Who Convinced the World She was Grand Duchess Anastasia, Crime Vault, Nov 8, 2018, retrieved on YouTube.

Romanovs: The Missing Bodies, National Geographic, Nov 5, 2019, retrieved on YouTube. 

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Aug 24, 2020

On this first part of a 2-part episode, I share the fascinating story of the disappearance of the last imperial family of Russia, the Romanovs.  After their disappearance, most believed they had been executed by the Bolsheviks, but sightings of one or more of the Romanovs would continue for years.  Did some of Tsar Nicholas II's family members escape? 

Resources: 

The Resurrection of the Romanovs by Greg King and Penny Wilson, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2011. 

Romanovs: The Missing Bodies, produced by National Geographic, YouTube.com, Nov 5, 2019. 

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Music Credits: 

Spring In Russia by Alexander Nakarada. Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4845-spring-in-russia. License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Aug 15, 2020

A few summer news items and announcements for Once Upon a Crime listeners.

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Email: esther@truecrimepodcast.com

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Aug 10, 2020

On this second part of a two-part episode we continue the story of 9-year-old Walter Collins who went missing from Los Angeles in 1928.  In part two, we discover that a serial killer, Gordon Stewart Northcott, has been preying on boys and young men in the LA area.  Was Walter Collins a victim of Northcott's? 

Sources: 

The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, retrieved online at crime museum.org. https://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-library/serial-killers/wineville-chicken-coop-murders/

The Disappearance of Walter Collins, by Gabriela Serrato for STMUhistorymedia.org.  https://stmuhistorymedia.org/author/gabriela.serrato/ 

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Aug 3, 2020

In this month's series I'll tell you stories about people who missing and then, months or years later, miraculously reappeared.  But, these stories all have a twist - were they who they claimed to be or were they imposters? 

In this first episode, you'll hear about a young boy who goes missing in 1928.  When he returns home, his mother will say he's an imposter, but her claims are dismissed.  Who was the boy claiming to be her missing son and what happened to the real Walter Collins? 

Resources: 

The 1920s boy who impersonated a kidnapping victim, Suzanne Raga for MentalFloss.com, Jan 20, 2016

Collins Hoax Comes to an End, The Los Angeles Times, Oct 3, 1928

The Disappearance of Walter Collins, Gabriela Serrato, STMU History Media, March 26, 2017 

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