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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

THE podcast for the true crime addict. True crime stories are told chapter by chapter - kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more.

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  • Episode 123: Murder Memories: Chapter 2: Eileen Franklin - Part 2

    Mar 18 2019

    I conclude the story about Eileen Franklin who claimed to have witnessed her friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason's murder in 1969. She would say her memory of the event was only recovered after 20 years.  Her story would begin a debate about the validity of "recovered memories" used in criminal trials. Sponsors: Better Help - www.BetterHelp.com/ONCE - use discount code ONCE to get 10% your first month of online counseling. Daily Harvest - www.Daily-Harvest.com - enter promo code ONCE to get three fre...more

  • Episode 122: Murder Memories: Chapter 1: Eileen Franklin - Part 1

    Mar 11 2019

    In this series I'll share crime stories that feature a very strange and rare phenomenon - recovered memories of murder.  Is it possible to forget about a murder?  Could a traumatic event, like witnessing a violent crime, cause a person to repress the memory so completely that they, in essence, “forget” they ever saw such a horrific event? In this first chapter, Eileen Franklin recalls a 20-year-old murder.  She will claim that she witnessed the murder of her best friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason i...more

  • Episode 121: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 4: Michael Keith Moon

    Feb 26 2019

    A career criminal commits multiple murders plus an attempted murder and continues to be released on parole.  This is the case of Michael Keith Moon.  CrimeCon: www.crimecon.com  Use discount code ONCE19 for 10% off your standard registration.  Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime - The Podcast - subscribe on Apple Podcasts.  

  • Bonus Episode: The Next Chapter: Alison Sweeney, "Chronicle Mysteries"

    Feb 24 2019

    On this bonus episode, I interview actor and producer Alison Sweeney about the new Hallmark Channel mystery series Chronicle Mysteries.  Alison plays Alex McPherson, a true crime podcaster who finds herself investigating crimes in her small town.  The series began on February 18th with Recovered.  The Wrong Man, debuts tonight, February 24th on the Hallmark Channel.  It wraps up on March 4th with Vines that Bind. You can find additional airdates and info at www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com  On...more

  • Episode 120: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 3: Louise Peete - Part 2

    Feb 19 2019

    In the conclusion of the story of Louise Peete, the convicted murderess is released from prison and, before long, goes on to commit another violent crime.  Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:  Dead Woman Walking:Louise Peete by Joan Renner - www.derangedlacrimes.com Black Widow, Mara Bovsun, Daily News New York, November 18, 2001 She Buried Them All by Bill Walker in Saga: The Magazine for Men, January 1962.  Sponsor:  BetterHelp - www.BetterHelp.com/once and ...more

  • Introducing - Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime!

    Feb 13 2019

    I'm pleased to announce my new podcast "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime"!  Each episode will feature me and a special guest host talking about what's new, hot, and trending in true crime - in a fun and casual format.  First episode drops on February 19th!  Subscribe here on Apple Podcasts or search for "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime" on your favorite podcast platform.  It's rolling out to more podcast platforms as we speak!

  • Episode 119: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 2: Louise Peete - Part 1

    Feb 12 2019

    In this episode. I share a story about a particularly lethal woman who's long criminal career saw her acquitted of a murder, sentenced to life for another and still released to continue her murderous ways. This is Part One of the case of Louise Peete.  Photo: Louise Peete on her way to San Quentin to serve her sentence for murder.  Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:  Dead Woman Walking:Louise Peete by Joan Renner - www.derangedlacrimes.com Black Widow, Mara ...more

  • The Next Chapter: The Amityville Murders with Daniel Farrands

    Feb 07 2019

    On this bonus episode I discuss the new movie "The Amityville Murders" with the director Daniel Farrands.    With his new film, Farrands out to tell the real story of the DeFeo family mass murder that took place in Amityville, New York in 1974.  Many became familiar with the story of the haunting that the Lutz family reported after moving into the DeFeo home a year after the murders.  A best-selling book and film both titled “The Amityville Horror” focused on the Lutz’s paranormal experiences in...more

  • Episode 118: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 1: Kenneth Allen McDuff

    Feb 05 2019

    A man murders three innocent teens in 1966, is sentenced to death and later is released from prison to kill again.  This is the case of Kenneth Allen McDuff aka "The Broomstick Killer".  Photo: Kenneth Allen McDuff at his first trial in 1966 for the murder of three teenagers.  Research for this episode came from several sources including: Articles: "Free to Kill" by Gary Carthwright, Texas Monthly, August 1992.  "McDuff Likely to Take Grisly Secrets to Grave" by Mike Cochran for the Associated ...more

  • Episode 117: Black Widows: Chapter 2: Black Widow Sisters

    Jan 29 2019

    A rare form of serial killer are Black Widows - women who kill their spouses and other family members - usually for financial gain.  Even more rare are Black Widow Sisters.  This week I'll share two stories of sisters who set up murder syndicates for profit.   #BlackWidowsofLiverpool #BlackWidowsofElSalvador #serialkillers  Photo: Margaret Higgins and Catherine Flanagan - The Black Widows of Liverpool www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime 

  • Episode 116: Black Widows: Chapter 1: Betty Lou Beets

    Jan 15 2019

    A woman is discovered to have murdered two of her husbands and hid their bodies in her yard.   Resources:  Book: Buried Memories: The Bloody Crimes and Execution of the Texas Black Widow by Irene Pence Article: CNN.com - "Texas Executes Betty Lou Beets for Husband's Murder", February 24, 2000 Sponsors: www.daily-harvest.com - Use promo code ONCE to get three free cups in your first box.  Podcasts:  Southern Fried True Crime:  www.southernfriedtruecrime.com The Nighttime Podcast: www.nighttimepod...more

  • Episode 115: The Darlie Routier Case with Guest Co-Host Yolanda from Not Perfect or Functional Podcast

    Dec 18 2018

    As a special holiday episode Yolanda from Not Perfect or Functional Podcast aka my little sister returns! This time we discuss the ever-debated Darlie Routier case.   Yolanda's Podcast: www.notperfectorfunctional.com or look for it under "Not Perfect or Functional" on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Resources:  Book: A Killer in My House: The Darlie Routier Story by David Kennedy Link to DNA results: www.dallascounty.org/public_access.php  Choose "accept" on main page and t...more

  • Episode 114: Mistletoe and Murder: Chapter 2: Marvallous Keene - The Christmas Murder Spree

    Dec 11 2018

    On Christmas week 1992, a series of murders took place in Dayton, Ohio.  Some would call it a case of “thrill killing” others would point to juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family issues or just plain bad kids.  The identified “ringleader” would fit none of these stereotypes and yet, made the decision to go on a murder spree that would shock his community.   #MarvallousKeene #DaytonOhio #thrillkillers #Christmascrimes 

  • Episode 113: Mistletoe and Murder: Chapter 1: The Carnation Christmas Murders

    Dec 04 2018

    Three generations of one family are murdered on Christmas Eve, 2007 in Carnation, Washington.   Sponsors:  Away Travel - www.awaytravel.com/ONCE - use promo code ONCE for $20 off a suitcase.  Daily Harvest - www.daily-harvest.com - use promo code ONCE to get three cups FREE in your first box. Simple Contacts - www.simplecontacts.com/onceupon20 to get $20 off your first order. 

  • Episode 112: Listener Suggestions: Erika and Benjamin Sifrit - Killer Couple

    Nov 27 2018

    A young couple play a deadly game with perfect strangers on Memorial Day weekend, 2002 in Ocean City, Maryland.  #homicide #killercouples #thrillkillers Sponsors: Away Travel - www.awaytravel.com/once and use promo code ONCE at checkout for $20 off a suitcase.  Swap.com - www.swap.com - use promo code ONCE to get 35% off your first order.  ******** www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime   

  • Episode 111: Listener Suggestions: Suzane von Richthofen "Evil Blonde"

    Nov 20 2018

    Thank you to listener Alexandre Guglielmelli from Brazil for this case suggestion! In 2002, a wealthy couple is found murdered in their home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their own daughter soon becomes a suspect and the case becomes a media sensation in Brazil.  How to Help California Fire Victims:  American Red Cross - www.redcross.org California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund - www.calfund.org Humane Society of Ventura County - www.hsvc.org Sponsors:  Brooklinen - www.brooklinen.com and us...more

  • Episode 110: Listener Suggestions: The Texas Cadet Murder

    Nov 13 2018

    A young couple conspire to kill a romantic rival in Texas in 1995.  Thanks to listener Casey Graham for the suggestion of this case.  This is the case of Diane Zamora and David Graham - The Texas Cadet Murder case. Make-a-Wish North Texas - www.ntx.wish.org   Photo: Diane Zamora (left), Adrienne "AJ" Jones (right), David Graham and Diane (bottom) Sponsors:  Swap.com - www.swap.com and use promo code ONCE for 35% off your first order. Policygenius - www.policygenius.com to get quotes and apply in...more

  • Episode 109: Listener Suggestions: Craig Price - The Warwick Slasher

    Nov 06 2018

    This month I'm picking cases from listener suggestions as a "thank you" to my audience.  First up is a case from Warwick, Rhode Island suggested by Mikala Fortin. When a series of brutal murders takes place in one neighborhood in 1989, investigators zero in on an unlikely suspect - a teenage boy who would be considered one of the country's youngest serial killers.  Photo: Craig Price is taken into custody and charge with four murders in Rhode Island.  Sponsors: Brooklinen - www.brooklinen.com an...more

  • Episode 108: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 4: The LaLaurie Mansion

    Oct 22 2018

    The last chapter of "Haunted Homicide" is the story of the LaLaurie Mansion known as "the most haunted house in America".  In this episode you'll hear the TRUE story of Madame Delphine LaLaurie who is called "the socialite serial killer".   Resources:  Ozzy and Jack's World Detour - https://www.aetv.com/shows/ozzy-and-jacks-world-detour Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess Revealed by Victoria Cosner Love and Lorelei Shannon Sponsors: Holly and Tanager - www.hollyandtanager.c...more

  • Episode 107: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 3: The Tower of London

    Oct 15 2018

    The Tower of London has a long history of torture, murder and royal intrigue.  It has also been the scene of many ghostly sightings over its 950-year history.  Travel with me to through the Tower to uncover some of its dark history.   #ThomasBecket #WilliamWallace #HenryVIII #AnneBoleyn #ThePrincesintheTower #RichardIII #TudorEngland #ElizabethI In a scene from the series "The Tudors" Anne Boleyn presents her executioner with a purse of coins as a "tip" before her beheading.  Resources: Books: T...more

  • Episode 106: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 2: The Amityville Horror House and Ron DeFeo

    Oct 08 2018

    A house with a dark history is purchased by a young couple in 1975.  They soon begin experiencing unexplained and terrifying events inside the home.  Was it a result of their imaginations run wild? A hoax? Or the after effects of a horrific multiple homicide committed there?  #Amityville #AmityvilleHorror #DeFeoMurders #RonaldDeFeo  112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York - photographed on the night of the DeFeo family murders.  Resources:  Audio Clip from documentary My Amityville Horror (2013) ...more

  • Episode 105: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 1: Herb Baumeister and Fox Hollow Farm

    Oct 01 2018

    A serial killer uses his own home as his killing grounds.  After his crimes are discovered his property, Fox Hollow Farm, will be considered one of the most haunted places in the midwestern United States.  This is chapter one of the series, "Haunted Homicide".   Fox Hollow Farm in Carmel, Indiana where serial killer Herb Baumeister took his victims.  Many bones were found in the woods just behind the home.  Sponsors: Kopari: www.koparibeauty.com/ONCE to order Kopari aluminum-free coconut deodor...more

  • Episode 104: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 3: The Wendy's Chili Finger Scam

    Sep 24 2018

    A woman finds a finger in a fast food item. An investigation is launched and a crime will be uncovered.  Audio clips: Business and Media, January 16, 2008 SJSUCrusade, April 2, 2008 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central, April 14, 2005   Sponsors: BetterHelp - www.betterhelp.com/ONCE for your first week free Le Mystere - www.lemystere.com - For a free cosmetic bag with your order go to www.lemystere.com/gift and enter promo code ONCE at checkout.  Simple Contacts - www.simplecontacts....more

  • Episode 103: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 2: The Fast Food Killer

    Sep 17 2018

    A series of fast food restaurant robberies take place in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997.  The accused, Paul Dennis Reid, would claim that his early history of brain damage was to blame.  Photos from top left (clockwise): Tennessee map, Paul Dennis Reid, Baskin Robbins restaurant, McDonald's restaurant, the Nashville skyline, Captain D's restaurant Sponsors:  Simple Contacts: www.simplecontacts.com/onceupon20 for $20 off your first order.  Policy Genius: www.policygenius.com  West Coast Meetup Inf...more

  • Episode 102: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 1: The Taco Bell Strangler

    Sep 10 2018

    A series of women are found raped and strangled in their homes in Charlotte, North Carolina between 1992 and 1994.  Later it would be discovered that they could all be linked to one man - a manager at a Taco Bell restaurant in Charlotte.  #CharlotteStrangler #serialkiller #HenryLouisWallace #FBIprofilers  Photo: Some of the young women whose lives were cruelly snuffed out by Henry Louis Wallace.  Clockwise from top left: Caroline Love, Shawna Hawk, Valencia Jumper, Deborah Slaughter, Betty Bauc...more

  • Episode 101: Written in Blood: Chapter 4: Anne Perry - Part 2

    Aug 27 2018

    We continue the story of one of the most infamous murders ever committed in New Zealand. Known as the Parker-Hulme Murder it was shocking because of it's brutality as well as because, it was soon discovered, it had been perpetrated by two teenaged girls.  In the conclusion, we'll discover that one of the convicted murderers would go on to an illustrious career as one of the world's most well known crime-fiction writers.  Her past would stay concealed for almost 40 years before her true identity ...more

  • Episode 100: Written in Blood Chapter 3: Anne Perry - Part 1

    Aug 20 2018

    A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954.  Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers.  The crime would become infamous in New Zealand and the girl exposed as a well-known writer decades later.  This is Part 1.  #Parker-HulmeMurder #NewZealand #PaulineParker #JulietHulme #matricide  Photo: Pauline Parker (left), Juliet Hulme (right) during their trial. Sponsors:  Policy Genius - www.policygenius.com  Victorious - www.victorious.com/once to get one month of ...more

  • Episode 099: Written in Blood: Chapter 2: J.J. Paulsen and Richard Klinkhamer

    Aug 13 2018

    In this second chapter of "Written in Blood" I detail cases of two writers who became wife killers - and then hid their crime from the public.   #domesticviolence #authors #writers  Resources:  For Domestic Violence resources and help: In the U.S.: www.thehotline.org 1-800-799-7233 In the U.K.: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk 0808 2000 247 In Australia: www.1800respect.org.au 1800-737-732   Social Media links: www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod www...more

  • Episode 098: Written in Blood: Chapter 1: Jack Abbott and Issei Sagawa

    Aug 06 2018

    In this series I detail crimes committed by authors or writers.  First up, two authors who became literary celebrities despite their criminal history....or even because of it.  #JackHenryAbbott #IsseiSagawa #NormanMailer #GaryGilmore #TheExecutionersSong #Japan #cannibalism  Today's Sponsors: Victorious - your fitness studio at home.  www.victorious.com/once for a 30-day free trial. Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee - www.chameleoncoldbrew.com Social Media Links: www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod www...more

  • Episode 097: Wild Things: Chapter 4: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case

    Jul 23 2018

    Diane Whipple lost her life on January 26, 2001 after she was attacked by two dangerous dogs. You'll hear about the public outcry after this horrible incident and how the owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, made matters worse by insisting they had no responsibility for Whipple's death. This is part two of The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case.  Photo: Diane Whipple Photo: One of the two Presa Canarios involved in the attack is removed from the Pacific Heights apartment building. Sponsors: ...more

  • Episode 096: Wild Things: Chapter 3: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case

    Jul 16 2018

    A fatal dog mauling case shocked the San Francisco Bay Area and the world in early 2001.  When the details were revealed about the dogs and their owners the story took a bizarre twist. Join me for part one of this two-part episode as I detail the tragic death of a young, lacrosse coach and the strange and unusual backstory that lead to her demise.  Resources: Book: Red Zone: The Behind the Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones Article: Mad Dogs and Lawyers by Evan Wrig...more

  • Episode 095: Wild Things: Chapter 2: The Murder of Dian Fossey

    Jul 09 2018

    Dian Fossey became the foremost expert on the mountain gorillas of the Congo.  She conducted the first long-term field study of these animals and her story was immortalized in the book and movie Gorillas in the Mist. A few days after Christmas 1985 Dian Fossey was found brutally murdered in her cabin at the primate research center she founded.  People around the world wanted to know who killed Dian Fossey? #Rwanda #poachers #gorillaconservation #Virunga #Karisoke  Social Media Links: www.twitter...more

  • Episode 094: Wild Things: Chapter 1: The San Francisco Zoo Tiger Attacks

    Jul 02 2018

    If true crime stories teach us anything it's that man is the most dangerous animal of all. In this new series I will detail cases where human's behavior results in wild animals becoming involved in crime stories.   This series will NOT detail cases of animal cruelty. First up, a tiger escapes its enclosure at a zoo and attacks three men? Was the tiger provoked? What would cause an animal to attack humans out of the blue?  Today's sponsors: Poshmark - www.poshmark.com - To go to my closet: http:/...more

  • Bonus Episode: "Dead North"

    Jun 28 2018

    On this bonus episode I discuss the 4-part documentary series "Dead North" that premiered on A&E in late May.  My special co-host is my brother, Tony.   Ways to watch: https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/dead-north/about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfAvQ-DZtzo https://play.google.com/store/tv/show?id=hJP2D07sNYvoOnuQy60VqA&cdid=tvseason-iDb1vI20xZwH3DauTgXuyw&gdid=tvepisode-gfAvQ-DZtzo https://www.amazon.com/Winter-is-Coming-Part-1/dp/B07DC6WGST/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=...more

  • Announcing Season 3 and News

    Jun 25 2018

    Season 3 will begin on July 2nd! Bonus episode will release this week! Get all the news, announcements and info here!    www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime   #Season3 #bonusepisode #patreon #thankyou

  • Episode 093: Infamous Locales: Chapter 5: The Cecil Hotel - Part 3

    Jun 07 2018

    A young, Canadian college students goes missing from the Cecil while visiting Los Angeles in 2013.  The hotel's surveillance camera captures bizarre behavior by the young woman adding to the mystery.   #ElisaLam #mysteriousdeaths #elevatorvideo    Photos: Elisa Lam (right), Elisa in the elevator (left), scene from the recovery of the body from the water tanks on the roof of The Cecil Hotel (below) Resources: Elevator video - last sighting of Elisa Lam: https://youtu.be/3TjVBpyTeZM TX Files epi...more

  • Episode 092: Infamous Locales: Chapter 4: The Cecil Hotel - Part 2

    Jun 04 2018

    We continue the series "Infamous Locales" with another true crime story from the infamous Cecil Hotel. This time, I'll tell you about another serial killer who made the Cecil his base of operations -  Jack Unterweger, "The Vienna Woods Killer".  #serialkillers #Austria #Vienna #ViennaWoodsKiller  (Photo: A publicity shot of ex-con and writer, Jack Unterweger) Sponsors: FabFitFun: www.fabfitfun.com - use offer code ONCE for $10 off your first subscription box. TalkSpace: www.talkspace.com/ouac an...more

  • Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: The Cecil Hotel - Part 1

    May 28 2018

    The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has been home to at least two serial killers, numerous tragic deaths, a sniper shooting and one mysterious death.  Join me for this first installment of a 2-part episode covering the Cecil Hotel's history. #serial killers #RichardRamirez #TheNightStalker # Photo: The Exterior of the Cecil Hotel / Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" in court.  Sponsors: Canidae Pet Food - www.canidae.com/podcast for a free trial and special discounts. FabFitFun: www.fabfitfun.com an...more

  • Episode 090: Ted Bundy, Jon Benet and Jodi Arias or What I Learned at CrimeCon

    May 21 2018

    In this special episode I give a wrap-up of CrimeCon - all the true crime celebrity sightings, the true crime podcast rockstars I got to hang out with, and all the inside gossip and info.  I also discuss a couple of cases related to what I learned in CrimeCon sessions this year. I'll talk about the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias.  Shout outs to many, many podcasts including Southern Fried True Crime, Trace Evidence, InSight, True Crime Fan Club, The Fall Line, Minds of Madness, ...more

  • Episode 089: Infamous Locales: Chapter 2: Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper Murders

    May 14 2018

    The district of Whitechapel in London, England was the location of one of the most infamous, unsolved serial murders in history - the Jack the Ripper Murders. But, there was possibly a second serial murderer operating at the same time. Journey with us to Whitechapel for some historical true crime cases. Warning: This episode details more graphic details than normal. I give you a trigger warning before it begins in the episode if you'd like to skip ahead.  #whitechapel #London #JacktheRipper #hi...more

  • Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

    May 07 2018

    One intersection in Beverly Hills has been the site of many events from airplane crashes, car accidents, and murders. Could it be a coincidence or is the area cursed?  Photo: The intersection of Sunset Blvd, North Linden and North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, known as "The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle".  #beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen  Sponsor: Podern Love 2018 - Join over 40 independent podcasts for the first podcast convention for listen...more

  • Bonus Episode - Patreon Sneak Peek Bonus Story

    May 03 2018

    Surprise! Here's an extra episode for you since I'm off this week.  This is as bonus episode that I would normally make available only for Patreon members, but I'll give you a little sneak peek of Patreon bonus content by sharing it with everyone. This is the story of another murder committed by the Aum Doomsday Cult that did I did not talk about on Episode #86: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack.  To become a Patreon supporter of Once Upon a Crime go to www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime...more

  • Episode 087: Last Stop: Chapter 4: Diana the Hunter of Bus Drivers and the Murdered Women of Juarez

    Apr 23 2018

    A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers. Photo: Pink crosses spring up around Juarez with the words "Ni una mas" or "not one more" after hundreds of women are murdered beginning in 1993. Resources: For more information about women's organizations in Juarez: https://hiponline.org/how-casa-amiga-helps-free-the-women-of-juarez/ https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/meet-the-mexican-activists-fighting-for-wom...more

  • Episode 086: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack

    Apr 16 2018

    On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway system and release deadly sarin gas.  The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara. #massmurder #cults #Japan #terrorism #chemicalweapons Resources: Books: The Cult at the End of the World by David Kaplan and Andrew Marshall Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Mrakami Get a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime www.patreon.com/onceupo...more

  • Episode 085: Last Stop: Chapter 2: The Hijacking of Bus 174

    Apr 09 2018

    A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000.  #hijacking #hostagecrisis #Brazil  Resources: Documentary: Bus 174 (2002) directed by Jose Padilha Podcast Recommendations: Trace Evidence https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trace-evidence/id1239217007?mt=2 Not Perfect or Functional https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/not-perfect-or-functional-podcast-true-crime-sports/id1273572626?mt=2  

  • Episode 084: Last Stop: Chapter 1: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping

    Apr 02 2018

    In 1976, in the small farming community of Chowchilla, California, a school bus full of children is kidnapped for ransom.  #kidnappings #Chowchilla #ransom #crimehistory #California www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime www.twitter.com/uponacrime www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod      

  • Episode 083: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 3: The Affluenza Defense

    Mar 26 2018

    A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide.  His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged upbringing resulted in him not knowing how to discern right from wrong. The term "affluenza" was coined to describe defendants like Ethan Couch - wealthy, spoiled and held unaccountable for their bad behavior.              I'll also describe how this same defense was used in 1924 to defend the wealthy teenaged murderers Leopold and Loeb.  #LeopoldandLoeb...more

  • Episode 082: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 2: The Twinkie Defense

    Mar 12 2018

    Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to keep him from being sentenced to death. The media dubbed this "The Twinkie Defense". But, what really caused Dan White to become a double murderer? From L to R: Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone, Dan White Sponsors: KIND Snacks - www.kindsnacks.com/once to try 10 KIND Bars for free - just pay shipping. Bissell BarkBath - www.bissell.com/...more

  • Episode 081: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 1: The Sleepwalking Defense

    Mar 06 2018

    Three cases are outlined where a person commits murder and then blames the crime on sleepwalking.  First up, Albert Tirrell murders his mistress in 1846 claiming he was in a trance-like state at the time. Kenneth Parks travels 23 km to commit a murder - all while asleep, he claimed. Finally, another man tries to use the sleepwalking defense after killing his wife in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997. Sponsors: Simple Contacts - www.simplecontacts.com/onceupon Use offer code ONCEUPON for $30 off your firs...more

  • Episode 080: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 4: Stolen Oscars, Streakers and Deadly Deeds

    Feb 27 2018

    The last chapter of this series continues with stories of the darker side of the Academy Awards.  You'll hear about missing and stolen Oscars, the tragic story of the Oscar Night Streaker and a murder committed by the son of an Oscar winning songwriter. Note: Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served for almost a year before his murder. I apologize for the omission.  #Oscars #AcademyAwards #CelebrityCrimes #HollywoodCrime Sponsors: Bissell BarkBath - www.Bissel...more

  • Episode 079: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 3: The Killing Fields and Dr. Haing S. Ngor

    Feb 20 2018

    A man escapes the genocide in Cambodia and becomes an Academy Award Winning Actor in the U.S.  #genocide #Cambodia #VietnamWar #refugees #Hollywoodcrime                 Dr. Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran in The Killing Fields & with his Oscar Resources: Books: A Cambodian Odyssey by Haing. S. Ngor and Roger Warner, Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing S. Ngor Movies: The Killing Fields (1984), directed by Roland Joffe, starring Haing S. Ngor, Sam Waterston, John Malkovich Documentary: The Killing...more

  • Episode 078: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 2: Roman Polanski

    Feb 13 2018

    Roman Polanski lives a life of hardship and tragedy before becoming an award winning director - and a fugitive from justice after being charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.  We'll hear from my special guest AJ Benza, the host of the podcast Fame is a Bitch about the inner workings of Hollywood and his first-hand impressions of Roman Polanski.  Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate on their wedding day in 1968.  #hollywoodcrimes #charlesmanson #celebritycrime  This week's sponsors: Bissell BarkB...more

  • Episode 077: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 1: The Dog Day Afternoon Bank Heist

    Feb 06 2018

    The Academy Awards is held annually to honor the best of Hollywood. But, there is a darker side of this star-studded ceremony. The first is the true story of the crime portrayed in the Academy Award winning film Dog Day Afternoon.  #bankrobberies #johnwojtowicz #chasemanhattanbank #newyorkcrimes     Left: The real John Wojtowicz, Right: Al Pacino as "Sonny" in Dog Day Afternoon Resources: Movie: Dog Day Afternoon, Starring Al Pacino, John Cazale & Charles Durning (1975)  Documentary: The Dog, Wr...more

  • Episode 076: Survivor Stories: Chapter 4: Mary Vincent

    Jan 30 2018

    A teenage hitchhiker is picked up by a violent rapist in Northern California in 1978. The attack upon her would horrify the public and Lawrence Singleton would serve as a terrifying warning about accepting rides from strangers.  Mary Vincent soon after her attack by Larry Singleton. Mary Vincent testifies at Singleton's murder trial in 1998.   Music on today's episode is by St. Patrick. You can purchase the music on iTunes at this link or on the website www.captainfathands.com. Today's sponsor...more

  • Episode 075: Survivor Stories: Chapter 3: Tracey Thurman

    Jan 23 2018

    A woman leaves her abusive husband and spends months trying to get  law enforcement authorities to help her escape her abuser. In 1983, she survives one of the most brutal and vicious incidents of domestic violence I've ever encountered. She will file a civil lawsuit against the city an the police department for failing to protect her.  Tracey Thurman Motuzick Sponsors: Thrive Market: www.thrivemarket.com/once for $60 in free grocery credits, free shipping and a 30-day trial.  Zola: To sign up w...more

  • Episode 074: Survivor Stories: Chapter 2: I Survived Ted Bundy - Rhonda Stapley

    Jan 16 2018

    A young woman is offered a ride by a nice looking man in Salt Lake City in 1974. By the end of the day she would be attacked and almost killed by the infamous serial killer, Ted Budy.  My special guest, Rhonda Stapley, is the author of "I Survived Ted Bundy: The Attack, Escape and PTSD That Changed My Life".  You can find it here on Amazon. Rhonda can be found on Facebook here. If you are someone you know would like help and/or information about post-traumatic stress you can go to www.ptsd.va....more

  • Episode 073: Survivor Stories: Chapter 1: The Abduction of Elizabeth Shoaf

    Jan 09 2018

    A young girl is abducted on her way home from school in Lugoff, South Carolina in 2006.            14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf masterminded her own rescue from this underground bunker hidden deep in the woods. Today's sponsors: Thrive Market - www.thrivemarket.com/once for $60 in free, organic grocery credits plus free shipping and a 30-day trial. Harney and Sons - www.harney.com - Use offer code ONCE at checkout to get $15 off your first order of $49 or more. Twitter: @uponacrime Patreon: www....more

  • Episode 072: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 4: Laci Peterson - Part 2

    Dec 19 2017

    I continue my discussion of the Laci Peterson case with my co-host, Yolanda of the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast. In this episode we take a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson and what we believe contributed to his crime. Holiday Greetings in this episode from: The True Crime Guys The Fall Line Hillbilly Horror Stories Not Perfect or Functional Happy Holidays! 

  • Episode 071: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 3: Laci Peterson: Part 1

    Dec 19 2017

    On Christmas Eve day, 2002, an 8-month pregnant woman went missing from her home. A large-scale search was started right away, but suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Scott Peterson.  This episode will be a little different for OUAC. I have a special co-host, Yolanda Norris from the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast who will be discussing the case with me. Yolanda is my sister so this is a real holiday treat for me - and I hope it will be for you too! Also, while you may think you know ...more

  • Episode 070: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 2: Holiday Hijinx

    Dec 12 2017

    We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.   Hear holiday greetings from some of my pod friends including Canadian True Crime, True Crime Garage, Southern Fried True Crime, Insight Podcast, True Crime Island, Murder Road Trip, The Cleaning of John Doe, Killifornia Dreaming and Done Disappeared. Today's sponsors: Swap.com - www.swap.com and use offer code ONCEUPON40 for 40% off your first order and free ship...more

  • Episode 069: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 1: Very Bad Santas

    Dec 05 2017

    We kick our true crime holiday season with stores of Santas who go bad. #Christmascrime #badsantas #historicalcrime Today's sponsors: BarkBox - www.barkbox.com/truecrime for a free month of BarkBox with a 6 or 12-month subscription. Hello Fresh - www.hellofresh.com and use offer code onceuponacrime30 for $30 off your first week's delivery.  

  • Episode 068: Murder in the Family: Chapter 4: Fritz Klenner and Susie Lynch

    Nov 28 2017

    Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder. Today's sponsors: Sock Club: www.SockClub.com/ONCE  Get 15% off using offer code ONCE at checkout. LinkedIn Learning: www.linkedin.com/ONCE for a free 30-day trial.  Resources: Books: Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness and Multiple Murder by Jerry Bledsoe Movies/Television: In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness (Also known as "Bitter Blood") starring H...more

  • Episode 067: Murder in the Family: Chapter 3: Sante and Kenny Kimes

    Nov 21 2017

    A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes. Sante & Kenny Kimes on 60 Minutes. #serialkillers #SanteKimes #KennyKimes #conartists This episode's sponsors: Sock Club - www.sockclub.com/once - get 15% off your order by using offer code ONCE. Swap.com - www.swap.com and use offer code ONCEUPON40 for 40% off your first order and free shipping. Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime  

  • Episode 066: Murder in the Family: Chapter 2: The Gonzalez Sisters

    Nov 14 2017

    One of the most prolific serial killer families in history was discovered in Jalisco, Mexico in 1964.  This is the story of the Gonzalez Sisters.  Serial killers, sex slavery  Today's sponsors: LinkedIn Learning - www.linkedin.com/once for a free 30-day trial Hello Fresh - www.hellofresh.com and use offer code ONCEUPONACRIME30 for $30 off your first week.  www.Patreon.com/onceuponacrime - become a Patron starting at only $2 month for merch, early release episode, series wrap-up discussions and ...more

  • Episode 065: Murder in the Family: Chapter 1: The Briley Brothers

    Nov 07 2017

    Our new series "Murder in the Family" details cases where family members commit murder together. First up, the story of The Briley Brothers who went on an 8-month crime spree in Richmond Virginia. Left to right: Linwood, James (JB), and Anthony Briley, Douglas Meekins serial killers, death row, prison escapes, executions Today's sponsors: Policygenius - www.policygenius.com - compare insurance from the top providers online without speaking to an agent. ZipRecruiter - www.ziprecruiter.com/crimec...more

  • Episode 064: Halloween Tales: Volume 2

    Oct 23 2017

    As a special treat I'll share a couple of creepy urban legends...with a twist. These tales are actually based on true crime stories. Son of Sam, The Zodiac Killer, 3x Killer, The Watcher Sponsors: Storyblocks - www.storyblocks.com/ONCE to try it free for 7 days. Walter Presents: www.WalterPresents.com/ONCE for a free 30-day trial. Movies: When a Stranger Calls The Watcher Podcast Recommendations: Murder Road Trip They Walk Among Us Ticklish Business    

  • Episode 063: Fakes, Frauds & Liars: Chapter 2: The Warrior Eli Hoax

    Oct 16 2017

    A pregnant mother dies as a result of a car accident. Thousands of Facebook friends mourn her loss. Could her whole life have been fabricated online? Chapter 2 tells the fascinating story of a case of Munchausen by Internet.  Thanks to Taryn Harper Wright for her help with this episode. Find her at www.warriorelihoax.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warriorelihoax.  One of the hundreds of supporter bracelets sent out to supporters of Eli Dirr.   Sponsors: www.PolicyGenius.com to get instant...more

  • Episode 062: Fakes, Frauds and Liars: Chapter 1: Belle Gibson

    Oct 09 2017

    In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet. Sponsors: Kind Snacks - www.kindsnacks.com/ONCE for a free trial pack.  ZipRecruiter - www.ZipRecruiter.com/CRIMECASE to post your job for fee! To Donate Funds to Flood, Earthquake and Las Vegas Shooting Victims: Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Irma and PuertoRico as well as Mexico Earthquakes and California Wildfires: www.directreli...more

  • Episode 061: With Friends Like These: Chapter 4: Christine Paolilla

    Oct 02 2017

    In our last chapter of "With Friends Like These" four young people are gunned down in Clear Lake City, Texas. A bullied girl had been taken under their wing - did their kindness cost them their lives? Marcus Precella, Tiffany Rowell, Adelbert Sanchez and Rachel Koloroutis Christine Paolilla Sponsors: BarkBox: www.BarkBox.com/truecrime Get a FREE extra month when you subsribe to a 6 or 12 month plan! KINDSnacks: www.KINDSnacks.com/ONCE for a free 10 snack sample box and to try KIND's Snack Club...more

  • Episode 060: With Friends Like These: Chapter 3: Doe Roberts

    Sep 25 2017

    A woman goes missing in a small town in Tennessee. Soon, a kidnapper calls demanding a ransom. The communication from him becomes more bizarre and townspeople begin to believe the culprit might be one of their own community members. Today's Sponsors: KIND Snacks - www.KINDSnacks.com/ONCE for your free trial pack. Podcasts: Not Perfect of Functional, Twisted Philly, Murder Road Trip, The Minds of Madness, True Crime Fan Club, Generation Why, The Peripheral, Pleasing Terrors, Killafornia Dreaming...more

  • Episode 059: With Friends Like These: Chapter 2: Bobby Kent

    Sep 11 2017

    A group of teens conspire to kill a young man - the best friend of one of the conspirators - in Hollywood, Florida in 1993.  Bobby Kent was proud of his muscles and sometimes used them to bully his friends. The 7 conspirators (clockwise from top left): Marty Puccio, Ali Willis, Donny Semenec, Heather Swallers, Derek Dzvirko, Derek Kaufman, Lisa Connelly This week's sponsors: SendPro by Pitney Bowes: www.pb.com/once ZipRecruiter: www.ZipRecruiter.com/crimecase Resources: Book: Bully: A True Stor...more

  • Episode 58: With Friends Like These: Chapter 1: Kirsten Costas

    Sep 04 2017

    Our new series "With Friends Like These" I detail cases where friends turn upon friends - and become deadly. The first is a case of high school jealousy. Kirsten Costas is attacked by a classmate in Orinda, California. Kirsten Costas (left) and Bernadette Protti (right) were classmates at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. Bernadette became obsessed with Kirsten and wanted to be included in her circle of popular girls. Today's sponsors: Malicious Life Podcast Opinion Outpost - www.op...more

  • Episode 057: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 4: Marie Hilley - Part 2

    Aug 28 2017

    Marie Hilley poisons her husband to death and attempts to kill her daughter in Alabama. When her crime is discovered she goes on the run. What she does next is one of the most bizarre tales of true crime in U.S. history.   Resources: Book: Poisoned Blood by Philip E. Ginsburg Television show: American Monster - Alabama Murder Mystery  Sponsor: Malicious Life Podcast   Save Save

  • Episode 056: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 3: Marie Hilley - Part 1

    Aug 21 2017

    The story of Marie Hilley's life is one of the most strange and bizarre true crime cases I've encountered. There are so many twists and turns in this case that I've split it into two parts. Frank and Marie Hilley early in their marriage. Our sponsors: Malicious Life Podcast Send Pro by Pitney Bowes : www.pb.com/once for a free 90-day trial ZipRecruiter: www.ZipRecruiter.com/crimecase to post your job for free!   Once Upon a Crime Podcast Fan Page on Facebook

  • Episode 055: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 2: Beverley Allitt - Britain's "Angel of Death"

    Aug 14 2017

    Our second chapter focuses on a case of Munchausen by Proxy - but this time the perpetrator is a health care worker preying on unsuspecting hospital patients. Beverley Allitt was a British serial killer dubbed "The Angel of Death". Many believe she killed because she had Munchausen's Syndrome. Others simply believe she was an evil person who used her position to attack the most vulnerable - the young and helpless. This week's sponsors: Bonwi Travel - www.BONWI.com  Malicious Life Podcast     S...more

  • Episode 054: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 1: Laurie Williamson - Munchausen by Proxy

    Aug 07 2017

    A rare phenomenon causes a mother to make her children ill for her own selfish gain. Chapter 1 of "Sick and Murdered". Laurie Williamson is wheeled into court to face charges (she claimed to be paralyzed). Resources: Podcasts featuring the Dee Dee & Gypsy Blanchard Case - Generation Why - Episode 234 Sword and Scale - Episode 49 Documentary: Mommy Dead and Dearest This week's sponsors and offer codes: KIND Snacks - www.KINDsnacks.com/ONCE for a free 10-bar trial pack and to try KIND'S Snack C...more

  • Episode 053: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 4: Ted Ammon - Murder in the Hamptons - Part 2

    Jul 31 2017

    Part 2 of "Murder in the Hamptons" tells of the ugly and costly divorce of Ted and Generosa Ammon and how hate a resentment boiled over to murder. Clockwise from top: Greg & Alexa Ammon, The East Hampton beach house, Danny Pelosi, Ted Ammon, Generosa Ammon Today's Sponsor Bonwi Travel - www.BONWI.com Check out this independent podcast! The Noir Factory Podcast Book: Almost Paradise: The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon by Kieren Crowley

  • Episode 052: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 3: Ted Ammon - Murder in the Hamptons - Part 1

    Jul 24 2017

    A love story turn into a murder when a multi-millionaire finds himself in an ugly and vicious divorce. The Ammon family in happier times. Thanks for sharing independent podcasts! This week's recommendations: Malicious Life Podcast - Malicious Life explores the people and the stories behind the cyber security industry and its evolution.  Host Ran Levi interviews hackers and industry experts, discussing the hacking culture of the 1970s and 80s, the subsequent rise of viruses in the 1990s and today...more

  • Episode 051: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 2: Edmond Safra - Murder in Monaco

    Jul 17 2017

    Edmond Safra was a billionaire banker who lived in a highly secure penthouse in Monaco. So, how did attackers get in - or was the story all a fabrication by an insecure employee? This is the strange and tragic story with many questions yet to be answered. La Leopolda, one of the most opulent villas on the French Riviera was just one of  the residences owned by the vastly wealthy couple, Edmond & Lily Safra. Thanks for supporting independent podcasts! Check out this podcast from one of my podfrie...more

  • Episode 050: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 1: Spoiled Son - Dale Ewell

    Jul 10 2017

    The new series details cases of the rich who were targeted for their wealth. In our first chapter a young man's greed prompts him to plot a heinous crime. The Ewell family from L to R: Dana, Glee, Tiffany and Dale   www.twitter.com/uponacrime www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod www.mhzchoice.com/once  Use the offer code: ONCE at checkout SendPro by Pitney Bowes -  www.pb.com/once    

  • Episode 049: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 4: Murder on Palmyra

    Jun 26 2017

    Two couples collide on a deserted island in the South Seas. Only one would leave the island alive.     Mac & Muff Graham on the Sea Wind, Duane Buck Walker, Stephanie Stearns Book: And the Sea Will Tell - Vincent Bugliosi Video: The FBI Files: Season 1: Deadly Paradise Today's Sponsors: MHZ Choice - www.mhzchoice.com/once - Use the offer code "Once" at checkout Pitney Bowes/SendPro - pb.com/ONCE  Our Phone Number: 408-909-TRUE (8783) www.Facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod for Podcast Meetup Info!   ...more

  • Episode 048: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 3: Missing in Aruba

    Jun 19 2017

    A woman goes missing on the beautiful island of Aruba in 2011 under mysterious circumstances. Today's sponsors: MHZ Choice - www.mhzchoice.com/ONCE Use the offer code ONCE at checkout to get a 30-day free trial and 50% off your first month's subscription. The Great Courses Plus - www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/CRIME Use my special URL to get your first month free! www.Patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime    

  • Episode 047: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 2: The Monster of Florence

    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. This week's sponsors and discount codes: MHZ Choice - www.mhzchoice.com/ONCE - use the offer code ONCE at checkout The Great Courses Plus - www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/CRIME   

  • Episode 046: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 1: The Yosemite Murders

    Jun 05 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. Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation: www.carolesundfoundation.com Today's sponsors: MHZ Choice - www.mhzchoice.com/once The Great Courses Plus - www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/CRIME  Social Media Links: www.facebook.com/Once...more

  • Episode 045: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 4: Murder by Mercedes

    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. Thanks to our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus - Get a 30 day free trial when you sign up at www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/CRIME. and MHZ Choice - the streaming service that features top rated European mysteries, dramas, crime shows and comedies. Try it for free by going to my special URL www.MHZChoice.com/once  and u...more

  • Episode 044: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 3: Jodi Arias Part 2

    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. Today's sponsors are: The Great Courses Plus. Get a free month by using my special URL www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/CRIME. and TalkSpace, the online therapy company. Use coupon code OUAC  to get $30 off your first month by going to our special URL www.talkspace.com/OUAC www.CrimeCon....more

  • Episode 043: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 2: Jodi Arias

    May 09 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. Today's sponsor is The Great Courses Plus.  Get a free month by using my special URL www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Crime www.twitter.com/UponaCrime www.Facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.Instagram.com/OnceUp...more

  • Episode 042: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 1: Betty Broderick

    May 02 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.   Today's sponsor is Talkspace, the online therapy company. You can work with an experienced, licensed, therapist, hand-picked just for you for as little as $32 per week. Use coupon...more

  • Episode 041: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 4: Charles Rothenberg

    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.   Show links: www.suspectconvictions.com www.cafepress.com/onceuponacrime www.patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod

  • Episode 040: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 3: Susan Smith

    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. www.patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime http://truecrimelasvegas.podbean.com/ www.crimecon.com www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime         

  • Episode 039: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 2: John List

    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. www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponaCrime esther@truecrimepodcast.com www.facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.twitter.com/UponaCrime www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime    

  • Episode 038: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 1: Diane Downs

    Apr 03 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. #truecrimepodcast #truecrime #dianedowns www.patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime    

  • Episode 037: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 4: Female Mass Murderers

    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 Resources: Dept. of Homeland Security - How to Respond to Active Shooter Situation ADT Webinar: Active Shooter Preparedness and Response   www.truecrimepodcast.com esther@truecrimepodcast.com www.SuspectConvictions.com    

  • Episode 036: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 3: The San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre

    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.   #massmurderers  #SanYsidroMcDonaldsMassacre www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime  

  • Episode 035: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 2: Richard Speck and The Crime of the Century

    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 www.patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime     Save

  • Episode 034: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 1: Howard Unruh and the Walk of Death

    Mar 07 2017

    A WWII vet goes on a killing rampage in Camden, New Jersey in 1949. #massmurderers #spreekillers Subscribe on iTunes  www.Patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime www.truecrimepodcast.com www.facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.Instagram.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.Twitter.com/UponaCrime     Save

  • Episode 033: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 4: The Lonely Hearts Killers

    Feb 28 2017

    A couple deceive, rob and, ultimately, kill women who place ads in "Lonely Hearts" columns in the 1940s. www.truecrimepodcast.com www.facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.instagram.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.Twitter.com/UponaCrime www.Patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime Thank you and congrats to Podcast 1289 - our 1500th Twitter follower!

  • Episode 032: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 3: Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate

    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 www.patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime Spree killers, American murderers, teenage killers, couples who kill  

  • Episode 031: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 2; Alton Coleman and Debra Brown

    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.    

  • Episode 030: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 1: Amy Fisher - The Long Island Lolita

    Feb 07 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.   This week's sponsors: Audible.com - Get a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial by going to www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponaCrime . CrimeCon - CrimeCon is the first ever conference dedicated to all things true crime! June 9 - 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Register before February 28th to take advantage of discount...more

  • Episode 029: Artful Crimes: Chapter 4: The Gardner Museum Heist

    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.   Save

  • Episode 028: Artful Crimes: Chapter 3: Andy Warhol and Valerie Solanas

    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.   Resources: Book: Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol) by Breanne Fahs Movie:

  • Episode 027: Artful Crimes: Chapter 2: Caravaggio: The Bad Boy of Rome

    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. true crime artists murderers historical crime Resrouces: Book: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon For a free audio book and a 30-day free trial go to www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponaCrime Facebook & Instagram: @OnceUponACrimePod Twitter: @UponACrime    

  • Episode 026: Artful Crimes: Chapter 1: The Death of Vincent Van Gogh

    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?   Resources: Book: Van Gogh: A Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith Music: Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean www.truecrimepodcast.com www.CrimeCon.com - use offer code ONCEUPON20 for a 20% discount on your registration! Vincent Van Gogh Art History Artists Impressionism Suicide True Crime Murder

  • Episode 025: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 3: Murder in Madison

    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.     Resources: Book: Winter of Frozen Dreams - by Karl Harter Video: Winter of Frozen Dreams  

  • Episode 024: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 2: The Lawson Family Murders

    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.   Resources: 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 CrimeCon: www.crimecon.com  Use o...more

  • Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 1: The Ashland Tragedy

    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 This week's Audible recommendation is The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo. You can get a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponACrime. Poem: The Ashland Tragedy, composed as a ballad by Peyton Buckner Byrne of Gr...more

  • Episode 022: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 4: Amber Hagerman and the AMBER Alert

    Dec 05 2016

    A 9-year-old girl is abducted in Arlington, Texas. The community and, ultimately, the country would call for changes in the way law enforcement responds to missing and abducted children   You can find the video about Amber and her family here: WFAA Amber Hagerman Documentary Click here to find out more about the AMBER Alert System The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be contacted at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.missingkids.org . You can see a list of active AMBER alerts here. Tips...more

  • Episode 021: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 3: Polly Klaas

    Nov 29 2016

    The murder of a young girls leads to sweeping changes in sentencing laws. Polly Hannah Klaas was 12 years old when she was abducted by a stranger out of her own bedroom.   Thanks to this week's sponsor, Audible. For a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial go to www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime. Book recommendation: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin   

  • Episode 020: Bonus Episode: Holiday Schedule and Shout Outs

    Nov 21 2016

    Happy Thanksgiving! Just sharing some info about the holiday schedule of podcast releases and some shout outs to listeners and podcasters! Thanks to our new sponsor Audible who is offering our listeners a 30-day free trial and a free audiobook download! Go to www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime for your free offer.  

  • Episode 019: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 2: Francine Hughes and The Burning Bed

    Nov 17 2016

    An abused woman spends years being beaten and terrorized by her husband while police and others turn a blind eye. In desperation, she takes the law into her own hands. Resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Victim Support (U.K.) www.victimsupport.org.uk Domestic Violence Resource Centre (AU) www.dvrcv.org.au U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women www.justice.gov/ovw Book: The Burning Bed by Faith McNulty   People show support for the defen...more

  • Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 1: Kitty Genovese

    Nov 08 2016

    A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported. . Resources: Film: The Witness Book: Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America - Kevin Cook

  • Episode 017: Bonus Episode: Halloween Tales

    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!   #Halloween #ghoststories #spooky Please rate and review the show on iTunes! And tell a friend. Thanks!

  • Episode 016: Fatal Fans: Chapter 4: John Hinckley

    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. Please rate and review us on iTunes! Twitter: @UponACrime Facebook: OnceUponaCrimePod    

  • Episode 015: Fatal Fans: Chapter 3: John Lennon

    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. Music: Mother - John Lennon Helter Skelter - The Beatles Imagine - John Lennon   www.facebook.com/OnceUponACrimePod Save

  • Episode 014: Fatal Fans: Chapter 2: Rebecca Schaeffer

    Oct 04 2016

    An unhinged fan has murderous plans towards young actress Rebecca Schaeffer.     Rebecca Schaeffer Robert John Bardo in court.

  • Episode 013: Fatal Fans: Chapter 1 Theresa Saldana

    Sep 13 2016

    A young actress is stalked by an unhinged drifter who is intent on killing her. Facebook: OnceUponACrimePod Twitter: @UponACrime Celebrity crime, stalking victims, true crime. Theresa Saldana arrives at the court house 2 weeks after her near fatal attack.   Arthur Jackson in court charged with first degree attempted murder.     Save

  • Episode 012: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 4: Selena

    Sep 09 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 To connect with the show: On Twitter: @uponacrime On Facebook and Instagram @OnceUponaCrimePod Website: www.truecrimepodcast.com     Save

  • Episode 011: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 3: Tupac and Biggie

    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. Follow us on Twitter @UponACrime and on Facebook and Instagram @OnceUponaCrimePod 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 -...more

  • Episode 010: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 2 Kurt Cobain

    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. www.TheGenerationWhyPodcast.com www.theperipheral.libsyn.com Click on the links below for resources and to purchase the music. Books: Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross Videos: Kurt Cobain: Mont...more

  • Episode 009: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 1: Marvin Gaye

    Aug 02 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. You can purchase some of his songs here: What's Going On - Marvin Gaye Got to Give it Up - Marvin Gaye  Books: Marvin Gaye: My Brother by Frankie Gaye Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz      

  • Episode 008: Killer Kids Chapter 3 Brenda Spencer

    Jul 26 2016

    The first school mass shooting in the U.S. is committed by a 16-year-old year girl.    Brenda Spencer's mugshot. January 29, 1979. Wearing her "lucky" hat. Brenda Spencer goes to court. "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats "Does Anyone Like Mondays? The Brenda Spencer Murder Case" by Eric Hart Follow us on Twitter @UponACrime Subscribe on iTunes  Save Save Save Save

  • Episode 007: Killer Kids: Chapter 2: Mary Bell

    Jul 19 2016

    An 11-year-old is accused of murdering two boys in the 1960s.   Also this week - a thank you to Mike from Sword and Scale and Justin from The Generation Why Podcast as well as a shout out to Aurelia305! And, my thoughts on the Adnan Syed case - new trial granted this week. Mary Bell, true crime, murders, young killers, For more on Mary Bell check out "The Case of Mary Bell" by Gitta Sereny.  Save Save Save

  • Episode 006 Bonus Episode Making a Murderer in Conversation

    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". To subscribe to Once Upon a Crime on iTunes, click here. To subscribe to Once Upon a Crime on Stitcher, click here. Our Twitter feed is here. 

  • Episode 005: Killer Kids: Chapter 1: Jesse Pomeroy

    Jul 05 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  

  • Episode 004: Bonus Episode: Stockholm Syndrome and Patty Hearst

    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  

  • Episode 003: Lost and Found: Chapter 3: The Cleveland Kidnappings

    Jun 09 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.  

  • Episode 002: Lost and Found: Chapter 2: Elizabeth Smart

    Jun 09 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. 

  • Episode 001: Lost and Found: Chapter 1 - Jaycee Dugard

    Jun 09 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 ...more

  • Episode 000: Welcome to Once Upon A Crime!

    Jun 09 2016

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