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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: September, 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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Sep 21, 2020

A multimillionaire in a feud with his family over money and property perpetrates a bizarre hoax in order to get revenge on his children and hold on to his assets.  

Resources: 

"Professor Donovan's Magnificent Entanglements" by John Wolfson for Boston Magazine, July 1, 2006

"Ex-professor found guilty of staging own shooting" by John R. Ellement for The Boston Globe, Aug 18, 2007. 

"When Hollywood Moved In" by Sara Rimer for The New York Times, July 29, 2009

"John J. Donovan III" by Ray Lamont for The Gloucester Times, April 28, 2015. 

"Hamilton Estate Auction to Feature English Antiques, Cars" by Taylor Rapalyea for The Patch, July 12, 2017

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Smokescreen: Fake Priest - Listen in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher. 

Links:

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Sep 14, 2020

A well-respected educator in Bakersfield, California is accused of a brutal crime - the murders of five of his family members.  

Resources: 

"The Mystery of the Lost Weekend", by Keith Morrison for Dateline NBC, July 24, 2009. 

"Vincent Brothers and murdered wife had rocky relationship say witnesses" by Jessica Logan for Bakersfield.com, March 7, 2007. 

"Vice Principal is still a suspect in fatal shootings of wife, kids, mother-in-law" by Kerri Ginis for The Fresno Bee, July 10, 2003. 

"Woman Says Officials Covered Up Abuse by Murder Suspect" by John Johnson for The Los Angeles Times, Aug 11, 2004. 

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Music Credits:

Original theme music by http://AaronGoldberg.Bandcamp.com

Other music: https://freesound.org/s/131913/, https://freesound.org/s/403662/, https://freesound.org/s/147495/, https://freesound.org/s/147495/ - all licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License

 

Sep 7, 2020

In this month's series "Bad Teacher" I'll share cases of educators who committed newsworthy crimes. 

First up, a 34-year-old teacher scandalizes the nation when she is convicted of child rape with one of her 6th grade students. 

Sources:

"Strange Love: Mary Kay Letourneau", 7 News Spotlight, July 8, 2020, retrived on YouTube. 

"Mary Kay Letourneau: 15 Shocking Facts" by John Whitefoot for Crimeola.com, May 29, 2018. 

"How the Media Turned Child Rape into a 'Tryst' for Mary Kay Letourneau" by EJ Dickson for Rolling Stone, July 8, 2020. 

"Lawsuit over Letourneau affair blames police, school", HeraldNet, March 21, 2002

"Letourneau is a predator and don't forget it", Susan Paynter for Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 8, 2004. 

Video Interview: 

Mary Kay Letourneau, 7News Spotlight, July 8, 2020 - https://youtu.be/7mowKsGWuW4 

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