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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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May 4, 2020

In this series, "Last Dance", I share stories of crimes that happened on prom night.  In the first episode, a teenager commits an act of parricide then attends his prom and holds a party at the crime scene. 

Resources: 

Adam Sapikowski - crime and trial reported by WRAL.com over several articles - https://www.wral.com/news/local/asset_gallery/1066030/

"Adam Sapikowski Sentenced" - ABC 11 News, Feb 8, 2008.

 

Links: 

Facebook Fan Page: https://bit.ly/2VuSgtM

YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2UDxhEG

 

 

Apr 27, 2020

An abusive stepfather gets his comeuppance when his stepsons turn on him resulting in a grisly murder. 

Resources:

"Joshua and Jerome Ellis guilty of stepfather killing", BBC News, Feb 26, 2014. 

"Kids Who Kill: Responsible Child inspired by the true story of two young brothers who stabbed their stepfather", Graeme Culliford for The Sun, Dec 17, 2019. 

Links: 

Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime - Listen here: https://www.truecrimepodcast.com/lets-taco-bout-true-crime

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! https://bit.ly/2UDxhEG 

Once Upon a Crime Facebook Fan Page: https://bit.ly/2VuSgtM 

Apr 20, 2020

A child, unwanted from birth and neglected by her birth parents, is hopeful that her new stepmother will love her like a daughter. It is not to be and her story will become a cautionary tale in the U.K. of how the child protective system spectacularly failed Lauren Wright. 

Resources: 

"Tragic tale of a child unwanted from the day of her birth" by Terri Judd for The Independent, Oct 2, 2001. 

"A Life of Abuse and Neglect" by Paul Kelso for The Guardian, Oct 1, 2001. 

A series of articles in BBC News - "Doctor examine girl before death", Sept 5, 2001; "Stepmother 'loved Lauren'", Sept 20, 'Mum punched Lauren' says son", Sept 25; "Lauren inquiry demanded", "A lifetime of abuse" - all Oct 1, 2001.  

Links:

To listen and subscribe to "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime" : https://www.truecrimepodcast.com/lets-taco-bout-true-crime

Once Upon a Crime Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505/

 

 

Apr 6, 2020

In our new series, “StepMonsters,” I’ll share stories of bad stepparents whose actions became true crime news.  In this first episode I'll share the story of a young boy who went missing and was found in a very unlikely place.  Was he the victim of abuse as he would claim and, if so, who was the person most responsible - his stepmother, his own father or both?  

Resources: 

"Charlie Bothuell V, Boy Found in Basement, Says His Home was a 'Terrible Place'", by Tara Fowler for People Magazine, April 29, 2015.

"Dad of Boy Found in Basement Wants Trial" by Holly Fournier for The Detroit News, January 5, 2016. 

Audio Clip: "Nancy Grace tells dad missing son found alive", retrieved from HLN on YouTube, https://youtu.be/TAQTR6_FTyI

Links:

CrimeCon: www.crimecon.com - use discount code ONCEUPON2020 for 10% off your registration

Once Upon a Crime's YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2UDxhEG

Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime

Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime: https://www.truecrimepodcast.com/lets-taco-bout-true-crime

 

 

 

Mar 30, 2020

A gruesome crime would become a media sensation in Canada in 1946 when a beautiful young woman was accused of the grisly murder.  This is the case of the infamous Evelyn Dick and the Torso Murder of 1946.

Link to listen to the song "Evelyn Dick" by The Forgotten Rebels - https://youtu.be/OAkxFSM_rNs 

Resources: 

The Torso Murder by Brian Vallee published by Key Porter Books, Canada, 2001. 

Evelyn Dick on Murderpedia.org - http://murderpedia.org/female.D/d/dick-evelyn.htm

Links: 

To become a Patreon member go to:  www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime 

 

Mar 23, 2020

In 1991, Kurt Cobain released a song on the album Nevermind. Titled "Polly" the song was inspired by a kidnapping and rape of a young girl in Tacoma, Washington.  This is the story of that crime.

Listen to "Polly" by Nirvana here: https://youtu.be/3H0NHHKBemg

Resources: 

"Story Behind the Song - Polly" by Hayley Selfridge on YouTube

"Nirvana's Darkest Song" by The Nerdwriter on YouTube

"Police suspect rapist in serial killings", Tri-City Herald, June 19, 1987.

Links to episodes mentioned: 

The Day the Music Died: Kurt Cobain - Episode #10 - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-010-the-day-the-music-died-kurt-cobain/id1122650415?i=1000382663745

True Crime Game Changers: Polly Klaas - Episode #21 - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-021-true-crime-game-changers-polly-klaas/id1122650415?i=1000382668498

 

Mar 9, 2020

A young girl is brutally murdered in New York's Central Park in 1986. Her killer, Robert Chambers, would be dubbed "The Preppy Killer" in the press and his victim's name would be dragged through the mud. This is the real story of "The Preppy Murder" you haven't heard before.  

Listen to "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" by The Killers here: https://youtu.be/1Bxx_h4vl8Y

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

"East Side Story" by Michael Stone for New York Magazine, June 27, 2008.

"Looking Back at the Preppy Killer Case, More Than 30 Years Later" by Elizabeth Angell for Town and Country Magazine, November 12, 2019.  

Mar 3, 2020

The mysterious death of a young girl inspires Jon Bon Jovi to record a song dedicated to her.  This is the case of Katherine Korzilius. 

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

Unsolved Mysteries, Season 10: Episode 7 - https://unsolved.com/gallery/katherine-korzilius/

"Family Searches for Answers, Peace" by Hank Stuever for Austin American-Statesman, Aug 7, 1997. 

"Jon Bon Jovi Busy with Singing, Newfound Acting Career" by Winnie Bonelli for The Herald-New, Passaic, New Jersey, June 20, 1997. 

 

Links:

Song: "August 7th, 4:15" by Jon Bon Jovi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoABwDxs9q8 

CrimeCon tickets: www.crimecon.com - Use discount code ONCEUPON2020 for 10% off your registration

Music Credits:

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

Other music from Freesound.org - Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License. 

 

Feb 25, 2020

In Nebraska, in 1958, a high school junior holds animosity towards his mother and takes deadly revenge.  He is caught and imprisoned and, years later, disappears for decades.  Where is Leslie Arnold today? 

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

"Whatever Happened to Leslie Arnold, the Boy who Murdered his Parents?" by John William Tuohy,  www.mywriterssite.blogspot.com 

"The Mystery of Leslie Arnold" by Henry Cordes for The Omaha World-Herald, Sept 13, 2017. 

Music Credits:

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

Other music:  Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

 

 

Feb 11, 2020

In Kansas in 1958, an 18-year-old kills both of his parents and his only sibling. Was it a case of greed, mental illness, or was Andrews just a "bad seed"?  

#parricide #InColdBlood #TheBrothersKaramazov #deathrow #familyannihilators 

Resources: 

"Lowell Lee Andrews Was 'The Nicest Boy' in Wolcott by Beth Elias for Ranker.com 

"Nicest boy in Wolcott" by David J. Krajicek for NYDailyNews.com, Feb. 21, 2010

"State vs. Andrews", Appeal Record, State of Kansas, Dec. 10, 1960. Retrieved on Justia.com

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Modern Library, Reprint Edition, 2013. 

Music Credits:

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

Music from https://filmmusic.io - "March of the Mind" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Other music:  https://freesound.org/s/321070/  ,  https://freesound.org/s/243435/   Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

 

Feb 4, 2020

In 1975, a rebellious teen enlists her boyfriend to kill her parents in a small, Northern California town. The gruesome crime would be dubbed "The Barbecue Murders" in the press. 

Sources: 

"Kill My Parents: The story of Marlene Olive" by Denise Noe for Crime Library, June 23, 2014

"A Local Murder: Terra Linda was the setting for a real-life 1975 crime" by Jim Wood for Marin Magazine, October 21, 2008

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

Links:

Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-taco-bout-true-crime/id1452118167 

Affirmative Murder - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/affirmative-murder/id1296864488

www.CrimeCon.com - Use offer code ONCE2020 for 10% off your registration. 

Jan 28, 2020

In this special episode I'll do an in-depth look at the infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos.  

Time stamps:

Early Life: 02:41

Teen Years: 13:25

Young Adult Life: 32:17

On the Road: 35:30

Criminal Activity: 36:12

Tyra: 47:30

The Victims: 55:57

Closing In/The Arrest: 1:36:40

The Confession: 1:44:46

Arlene Pralle/Adoption: 1:51:50

The Trial: 1:56:42

Death Sentence: 2:04:26

Execution 2:12:44

Final Thoughts: 2:14:35

Sources: 

"Lethal Intent", written by Sue Russell, Published 2002 for Pinnacle Books

http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/wuornos805.htm

"A Mother's Love" by Mike Clary for the LA Times, Dec 17 1991, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1991-12-17-vw-496-story.html

Other links: 

Deadly Misadventures Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deadly-misadventures/id1494774552 

CrimeCon: www.crimecon.com - Use promo code ONCEUPON2020 for 10% off your standard registration. 

Music Credits: 

Aaron Michael Goldberg: https://aarongoldberg.bandcamp.com

Music from https://filmmusic.io "March of the Mind" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

 

Jan 5, 2020

On this bonus episode I share the highs and lows for 2019, list the top episodes of last year, talk about upcoming events and share the last word on the 2019 plagiarism scandal.  

Links:

Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-episode-lets-taco-bout-crime-junkie-plagiarism/id1452118167?i=1000447888185 

Facebook Fan Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505/

CrimeCon 2019 - https://www.crimecon.com/cc20-orlando  - Use promo code ONCE2020 for 10% off your registration. 

 

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