A serial killer preys on vulnerable women in Tokyo, Japan. He will meet his victims on Twitter. (Caution: This episode contains the subject of suicide.) Resources: "Inside the mind of the Japanese serial killer who killed 9 people" by Walter Sim for The Straits Times, Nov 5, 2017. "Japan's 'Twitter Killer' Given Death Sentence for 9 Murders" by Ben Dooley for The New York Times, Dec 15, 2020. "Killer who kept heads in cool boxes advertised himself as a professional hangman to lure suicidal...more
Two women meet a man on Match.com. After they end the relationship, Wade Ridley vows deadly revenge. Resources: 20/20: In an Instant - "Match Made in Hell", ABC Television, aired July 1, 2017 Dating App Horrors: The Untold Story, A&E Network, aired May 2, 2019. "Mary Kay Beckman Sues Match.com", The Huffington Post, Jan 24, 2013 Sponsors: Prose - www.prose.com/once for 15% off Apostrophe - www.apostrophe.com/once - use discount code ONCE, click "Begin Visit", then use code ONCE at sign up to g...more
A Canadian man, inspired by the television show Dexter, lures his murder victims through online dating sites. Resources: Dateline: Deadly House of Cards, NBC Television, September 16, 2011. "Alleged First Victim Recalls His Escape" by Nahreman Issa for CTV News, April 1, 2011. "'Dexter Killer' Mark Twitchell among members of dating site for inmates" by Scott Stevenson for CBC News, Jan 9, 2017 Mark Twitchell's "Profile of a Psychopath", retrieved on Scribd.com. https://www.scribd.com/documen...more
In Part 3 of this miniseries, Curtis Dean Anderson confesses to a high-profile missing child case. He would be investigated for a series of abductions and murders of children in Northern California. Was he a serial killer as he claimed or was it just another manipulation by this serial predator? Resources: “Portrait of ‘an absolute monster’” by Kevin Fagan for The San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2009 “List of Bay Area child kidnapping cases”, San Jose Mercury News, August 27, 2009. “Murder...more
In part two of this miniseries the bravery of an 8-year-old girl unmasks a serial predator named Curtis Dean Anderson. He would be linked to the disappearance of Xiana Fairchild. Resources: "Portrait of 'an absolute monster'", by Kevin Fagan for The San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2009. "Midsi Sanchez finds purpose, peace 20 years after being kidnapped in Vallejo", by Amy Maginnis-Honey for The Daily Republic - Solano County, July 2020. Letters from a Serial Killer, Kristi Belcamino and Step...more
A 7-year-old goes missing from Vallejo, California in 1999. It would be some time before Xiana Fairchild would be linked to a serial predator who would ultimately be connected to several missing and murdered women and children in Northern California and beyond. This is the first part of a month-long series about serial predator Curtis Dean Anderson. Resources: Letters from a Serial Killer: The true story of a mother and a journalist's fight to save a little girl's life by Kristi Belcamino and...more
This week my special guest is Leroy Luna from Excuse Me, That's Illegal Podcast. We discuss some bizarre crimes, the dumbest criminals and crime stories that could only have happened in 2020. Links to resources: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/2020/06/09/naked-florida-man-accused-of-bizarre-crime-spree-that-included-trying-to-kiss-elderly-woman/ https://www.newser.com/story/296711/guy-gets-year-in-jail-for-covid-era-parties.html https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/man-gets-caricature-...more
In this episode I'll share three true crime cases you may not have heard of, but should have. My special guest host is Laurah from The Fall Line and One Strange Thing Podcasts. Resources: "Murder in a Silent Place" by David Van Biema for Time, Jun 17, 2001. People Magazine Investigates: The Sounds of Silence, Season 3, Episode 13, Investigation Discover Channel. "Gwen Araujo murder 14 years later: Trangender teen's killers face parole" by Malaika Fraley for The Bay Area News Group, Oct 14, ...more
Two women thought they'd met the man of their dreams. But one of them would be found dead of mysterious circumstances and one would go missing never to be seen again. Would justice prevail to convict Drew Peterson for these crimes? Resources: Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48: Drew Peterson, Investigation Discovery Channel, April 5, 2018 Justice Cafe, petersonstory.wordpress.com Sponsors: EverlyWell - www.everlywell.com/once and use ONCE at checkout for 20% off your test. SimpliSafe - www...more
A teenager goes missing in Morgan Hill, California never to be seen again. It would take meticulous detective work to prove she'd been the victim of a murder and bring her killer to justice. "Disappearance tests 'no-body' murder cases" by Jenna Lyons for The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 16, 2017 Statement of Facts: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Case #12-076-0868G, May 24, 2012 "Dissecting Torres' Past", Staff Writers, The Gilroy Dispatch, May 25, 2012. "No body, no weapon, no crime scene:...more
This month's series features crimes that were solved...without a body. Tom Capano thought he'd pulled off the perfect murder when his ex-girlfriend disappeared. Meticulous detective work and dogged determination would be needed to solve the crime. Resources: And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule, 1996, Simon & Schuster. The FBI Files: Deadly Obsession, Jan 18, 2020, retrieved on YouTube.com. Sponsors: Brooklinen - www.brooklinen.com and use promo code ONCE for 10% off your first order plus free shi...more
A story about a teenage stalker who hides in his victim's homes to prey upon them becomes an urban legend. But, the true life and crimes of Daniel J. LaPlante would be a real-life horror story. Resources: "Witness describes abduction by LaPlante", Paul Langner for The Boston Globe, Oct 21, 1988. Commonwealth v. Daniel J. LaPlante, Sept 14 - Nov 16, 1993, Middlesex County Superior Court filing. "A Teen Terrorized a Family by Living in Their Walls", Laura Allan for Ranker.com, June 14, 2019. ...more
The mysterious murder of Fred William Oesterreich in Los Angeles in 1922 would be revealed years later as one of the strangest and most bizarre true crime cases in California history Resources: A Crime to Remember: Guess Who?, Season 4, Episode 6, The Investigation Discovery Channel "The Story of Dolly Oesterreich" by Erin Kelly for All That's Interesting, Dec 19, 2017. Sponsor: Everlywell - www.everlywell.com/once and use promo code ONCE for 20% your first lab test.
In 1998, a 14-year-old disappeared from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. It would be feared she had become a victim of serial killer, Leonard Fraser, but this story would end with a shocking revelation. Sources: 60 Minutes Australia - ‘The Girl in the Cupboard’”(2003) - https://youtu.be/os_K-e_qwu8 "She had everyone fooled" in TheAge.com.au, Apr 11, 2003 "The girl who returned from death" by Greg Ansley for NZHerald.co.nz, Apr 18, 2003 "The 'dead' schoolgirl who fooled a nation" by Shanno...more
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
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 Sa...more
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 ...more
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 - ...more
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 ...more
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 Disappearan...more
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:...more
The life and tragic death of a young socialite in the 1930s inspires an Academy Award winning movie. But, Starr Faithfull's life was far from the glamorous treatment it would receive on the big screen. Sources: Ripped from the Headlines: The Shocking True Stories Behind the Movie's Most Memorable Crimes by Harold Schechter (Little A, 2020) The Passing of Starr Faithfull by Jonathan Goodman (Piatkus, 1990). Open Files: A Narrative Encyclopedia of the World's Greatest Unsolved Crimes by Jay Ro...more
As a bonus for this month's theme "Stranger Than Fiction" I interview author Harold Schechter about his new book, Ripped from the Headlines: The Shocking True Stories Behind the Movies' Most Memorable Crimes, an anthology of forty true crime cases that inspired films. Links: https://haroldschechter.com Purchase "Ripped from the Headlines" here.
Two women accused of murder in the Roaring 20s would become the inspiration for one of the best known and longest running shows in American musical theater history. This is the story of the real life Roxie and Velma from "Chicago". Resources: "1924 - Beulah Annan & Belva Gaertner". Newspaper articles compiled and posted on Chicagology.com. Ripped from the Headlines by Harold Schechter, Published by Little A, New York, 2020. "Musical Theater and Law: Chicago, The Musical" by Geraldine Davila...more
In 1986, a beautiful young mother discovers her husband is cheating on her and files for divorce. Soon afterward, she goes missing. Discovering what happened to Helle Crafts would take an small army of detectives, forensic scientists, serologists, forensic anthropologists, a police diving team and other investigators to unravel this bizarre crime and would inspire an Academy-Award winning film. Resources: Forensic Files: Season 1, Episode 1 - "The Disappearance of Helle Crafts", FilmRise TV....more
In the last chapter of "Till Death Do Us Part" a woman meets and quickly marries a man. He promises her a new life, but soon after the wedding she goes missing. It will take years of investigative and legal work to bring her killer to justice. Sources: "Till Death Do Us Part: True Stories of Newlywed Murder Cases" by JJ Slate, RJ Parker Publishing, 2015. "Father's Quest for Justice Ends" by Tom Long for The Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 13, 1989. People v. Crew, Supreme Court of California, A...more
A bride sees many red flags in her relationship before walking down the aisle, but her fear of angering her fiancee would compel her to go through with the ceremony. Within hours, that decision would become fatal. #domestic violence #coercive control Resources: "Murder-Suicide claims Indiana doctor, nurse on wedding night, police say", by Janet DiGiamcomo for CNN, Oct.. 9, 2014. "Indiana Doctor Kills His Wife and Himself on Wedding Night" by Steve Helling for People.com, Oct. 8 2014. Court ...more
A new bride decides she's made a mistake in tying the knot. The decision she makes in order to end the marriage will be a shocking act of cruelty. Resources: "A Murder in Glacier Park" by Justin Franz for The Flathead Beacon, Dec 17, 2013 "Newlywed Cliff Death" by Ryan Owens for ABC News, Sept 11, 2013 "Glacier Park Murder: Friends warned Kalispell man not to marry" by Alice Miller for The Missoulian, Sept 11, 2013 "Montana's Jordan Graham Case" by Crime Watch Daily. Uploaded by True Crime D...more
In this series, I'll share cases of newlyweds whose lives were cut short by the person who vowed to love them forever. In this first case, a young bride is unaware that her new spouse married her to collect on a $1 million dollar life insurance policy. Resources: 'The Other Woman' Testifies in Newlywed Murder, CBS Miami 4, March 25, 2014. Several articles on Wendy Trapaga murder case from CBS Miami 4 online. Till Death Do Us Part: A Collection of Newlywed Murder Cases by JJ Slate, RJ Park...more
This is Part 2 of "The Pelley Murders". In this episode I'll tell you about Jeff Pelley's trial, theories of the murders, and give you a strange and compelling story about who else may have been responsible for the murders of Bob Pelley and his family. Resources: The Prom Night Murders: The True Story of a Twenty Year Mystery by Carlton Smith, St. Martin’s Press, 2009 “A trail of broken promises, debt and death” by Peter Franceschina for The News-Press, Oct 6, 1991. “Cold case unsolved: For...more
A 17-year-old is suspected in the murder of four of his family members because he was forbidden from attending his prom. Was this a case of a homicidal teen or a rush to judgement? Resources: The Prom Night Murders: The True Story of a Twenty-Year Mystery by Carlton Smith, St. Martin's Press, 2009 "Inconsistent with the Laws of Nature" by Mark Gribben for The Malefactor's Register Links: Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime YouTube: https://bit.ly/2UDxhEG Website: www.truecrimepodcast.com...more
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/2UDxhE...more
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! h...more
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 ...more
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, Apri...more
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 Patr...more
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 D...more
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 B...more
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 2...more
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 ...more
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...more
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://f...more
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 Book...more
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% o...more
On this special episode my guest is Jack Luna from Crime Machine Podcast. We discuss the evidence and theories behind the JonBenet Ramsey Case. Sources: Foreign Faction: Who Really Killed JonBenet? by A. James Kolar, Ventus Publishing, 2012. JonBenet Ramsey Case Encyclopedia, www.jonbenetramsey.pbworks.com "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey". https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6mj3ze Crime Machine Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crime-machine/id1209610434
On this special episode, I discuss the death of Shawn Stephens Lewis. Shawn was the fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, the rock and country music star. When Shawn Lewis was found dead in Lewis's mansion on August 24, 1983, many questions would remain unanswered as to how she died. My very special guest this week is Erica Kelly from the Southern Fried True Crime podcast! www.southernfriedtruecrime.com www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime www.crimecon.com - use offer code ONCE20 for 10% off your standar...more
On this year-end wrap up episode, I answer listener questions and share updates on cases I've covered in past episodes.
In this last episode about fugitives on the run from the law I tell you the story of the very first woman ever to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Ruth Eisemann-Schier, along with her boyfriend, Gary Krist, carried out a bizarre kidnapping plot in 1968. Resources: "Femmes Fatals: The Ten Women on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List" by Anna Hopkins for DailyMail.com, Sep 11, 2017. "A kidnapping with Deltona ties gripped the nation 50 years ago" by Tony Holt for The Daytona Beach News Journal,...more
A young man from a wealthy family is accused of committing two rapes while still in high school. Before he could be tried on these charges he'd flee the jurisdiction and disappear for eight years before finally being brought to justice. Resources: "Accused Rapist and His Flight Trouble Darien" by Elizabeth Neuffer for The New York Times, Aug 27, 1987 "From Ski Slopes of Europe to a Rape Trial" by George Judson for The New York Times, Jan 31, 1995. "Judgment Days" by Bill Hewitt for People.com,...more
In this episode I’ll share two separate cases of women who became part of a very small and exclusive club - women who made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Nazira Ugalde killed for financial gain and flees to South America. A young woman in Texas, Brenda Delgado, plans the murder of her romantic rival and disappears soon after being questioned by police. Resources: "New details emerge about Reno 'Black Widow', Behind the Crime Tape Blog, Nov. 27, 2012 "Fugitive Black Widow wanted in ex-husb...more
A small time drug dealer kidnaps a rival's younger brother in order to settle a debt. The unfolding series of events would become one of California's most bizarre and tragic kidnapping cases on record and would even inspire an award-winning Hollywood movie. Resources: Jesse Katz for Los Angeles Magazine, "The Last Ride of Jesse James Hollywood", February 2002. Colby Frazier for Daily Sound, "Hollywood tells his story", June 24, 2009. Henry Chu and Solomon Moore for The Los Angeles Times, "F...more
In this episode I dig into my file of spooky stories to share some haunted happenings in the world of rock and roll. #themansionatlaurelcanyon #redhotchilipeppers #slipknot #hauntedhouses #bonscott #joshuatreeinn #halloween #ghoststories Resources: Corey Taylor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Or How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process), (Da Capo Press, 2013). Inside the Laurel Canyon Houdini Estate, www.wildabouthoudini.com, March...more
Bob Marley went from singing R&B harmonies in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica to becoming a pioneer of reggae music, bringing his own blend of reggae, rock and ska music to a global audience. But as a popular figure in Jamaica, he was unwillingly thrust into the country’s political strife. The situation became so dangerous for Marley that on December 3, 1976, he became a target of assassins. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Chris Salewicz, Bob Marley: The ...more
A free concert took place in northern California in December of 1969 featuring The Rolling Stones. It would descend into chaos due to poor planning, rampant drug use and the ill-advised use of the Hells Angels as concert security. Resources: Joel Selvin, Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day, (New York: Harper Collins), 2016. Lester Bangs, Reny Brown, John Burks, Sammy Egan, Michael Goodwin, Geoffrey Link, Greil Marcus, John Morthland, Euge...more
A woman begins receiving harassing phone calls and letters from a stalker. It would take years to discover who the anonymous man was, but when he was finally identified a shocking secret would be revealed. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Book: Little Girl Fly Away by Gene Stone Articles: 'Poet" makes life a living horror for Wichita Woman by Scott Kraft for AP in the Garden City Telegram, Jan 24, 1980 'Poet' strikes again and Wichita police still baffl...more
A 7-year-old goes missing while on a family camping trip in 1973. Anonymous calls would be placed demanding a ransom, but, the trail would grow cold until exactly one year later when the kidnapper would call her mother to brag about taking her daughter. Several resources were used in the research of this episodes including: Documentary: The FBI Files, "Dark Woods", Season 5, Episode 13. Articles: Bible Verse May Have Spurred Meirhofer, The Daily Interlake, October 4, 1974 Small Town Terror ...more
In a small French village, a little boy goes missing and the family receives anonymous letters from a person taking responsibility who is dubbed "The Crow". This strange case could be considered the Jon Benet Ramsey case of France. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Articles: The Long Shadow of the Crow by Scott Kraft for The Los Angeles Times, December 9, 1993 Gregory by Anthony Davis for CrimeMagazine.com, April 30, 2009 The Murder of Little Gregory: T...more
A young girl goes missing in South Carolina in 1985. Soon after, her kidnapper would begin calling her family - but not to make demands for her safe return, but only to cruelly taunt them. This is the first chapter in the series "Taunting Terrors". Several resources were used in the research for this episodes including: Book: Murder in the Midlands: Larry Gene Bell and the 28 Days of Terror that Shook South Carolina by Rita Y. Shuler Articles: South Carolina serial killer forced girl to wri...more
A horror film franchise is seemingly cursed when it experiences tragedies including hauntings, serious accidents, fatal illness and murder. Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime: https://www.truecrimepodcast.com/lets-taco-bout-true-crime Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: https://www.ranker.com/list/victims-of-the-poltergeist-curse/melissa-brinks https://www.grunge.com/35883/bizarre-things-happened-set-poltergeist/ http://www.the13thfloor.tv/2015/12/22/the-shockin...more
From 1922 to the 1940s over 40 child actors would be cast in a popular series of short films and many of them would later fall victim to strange accidents, illnesses, drug addiction, financial hardship, murder and suicide. This is The Curse of The Little Rascals. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Television Episode: E! True Hollywood Story: Curse of the Little Rascals Alfalfa's Mysterious Death - www.tvparty.com Convicted killer of "Little Rascal" dies - A...more
Every manifestation of the Man of Steel - comic books, television shows and films - has been marked by bad blood, shattered careers, tragic accidents and even murder. This is the Curse of Superman. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: George Reeves Revealed: An Inside Look at the Life and Tragic Death of Television's First Superman by Ed Gross for CloserWeekly.com, Feb. 27, 2019 Who Killed Superman? TheGuardian.com, Nov. 17, 2006
Three child actors become stars after being cast in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. But, all three would go on to live troubled adult lives including drug addiction, legal troubles and untimely death. These are the stories of Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: The Tragic Stars of Different Strokes, People Magazine, March 25, 1991 Gary Coleman dies at 42; child star of hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes by Dennis M...more
Susan Polk enters into a relationship with her therapist when she is a young girl. Years later, after 20 years of marriage, she will claim she has been abused by her husband for decades. After he is found dead in their guest house the question would be, was this a case of self-defense or a cold-blooded murder? Several resources were used in the research of this case including: Court record: The People, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Susan Mae Polk, Defendant and Applellant, Contra Costa County S...more
A mother seeks help for her special needs child, but a church prayer service ends tragically. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Book: True Stories of Law and Order by Kevin Dwyer and Jure Fiorillo Articles: Death by Exorcism by David Krajicek for the New York Daily News, October 8, 2006 Subscribe to "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime" On iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-taco-bout-true-crime/id1452118167 On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/s...more
In the second chapter of the series "Deadly Therapy" a young girl who grows up in an unstable home is placed up for adoption. Her adoptive mother finds her behavior problematic and has her undergo a new and controversial therapy - with tragic results. Several resources were used to research this episode including: Her Name was Candace by Carla Crowder and Peggy Lowe for Denver Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 29, 2000 https://culteducation.com/group/1115-rebirthing/17893-her-name-was-candace.ht...more
In this month's series, "Deadly Therapy", I’ll detail cases of people who sought help from experts, but rather than receiving healing and transformation, their journeys came to an abrupt and deadly end. In this first chapter, you’ll hear how James, Arthur Ray, a self-described success coach and guru required his followers to perform increasingly more extreme mental and physical challenges all in the pursuit of “enlightenment” with deadly results. Several resources were used in the research for...more
Identical twin sisters, Sunny and Gina Han were lifelong rivals. One sister's jealousy would lead her to plot her twin's murder. Several sources were used in the research for this episode including: Court Transcripts: People v. Han, Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 3, California, Feb. 25, 2000 Opposition of Parole letter from Orange County District Attorney's Office to Office of Governor Jerry Brown, November 20, 2017. Articles: 'Evil Twin' Granted Parole Despite DA's Objections...more
In this bonus episode, I interview Jan Broberg and Skye Borgman about their documentary film "Abducted in Plain Sight" LIVE at CrimeCon 2019 in New Orleans. #AbductedinPlainSight #truecrimedocumentary #CrimeCon2019
On this bonus episode I take you along with me to CrimeCon 2019 in New Orleans and my travels to New York City and Toronto for the Toronto True Crime Film Festival. #CrimeCon #NewOrleans #TorontoTrueCrimeFilmFestival #truecrimedocumentaries #NewYorkCity www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod
I continue the story of the Gibbons Sisters - twins who were locked in a battle their entire lives. Neither believed they could survive without the other, but controlled each other so completely they only spoke to or associated with one another. When they reached adolescence, they knew they had to find some way to break out of this destructive twin bond or both would perish. Their desperation lead them to commit increasingly antisocial and criminal acts. This is part two of "The Silent Twins"...more
June and Jennifer Gibbons were identical twins who, from a very young age, were so bonded to one another that they created their own “twin language” to communicate speaking only to one another. They rejected any other relationships including their own parents and siblings. Later, they would construct a fantasy world that only they inhabited. This lead to more serious anti-social behavior that resulted in a shocking crime spree. Several resources were used in the research for this episode in...more
"Lost and Found" was the very first series of Once Upon a Crime in June, 2016. In that series I covered the story of three young women who were held captive and abused by Ariel Castro for over a decade. In this bonus episode we give you an update about these survivors - Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina De Jesus. Links: Our website: www.truecrimepodcast.com CrimeCon: www.CrimeCon.com - Use offer code ONCE19 for 10% off your registration. Toronto True Crime Film Festival: www.torontot...more
A mother takes justice into her own hands in Jamestown, California in 1993 when she discovers her son has been abused by a child molester. Some called her a hero, others denounced her actions as vigilantism. This is Chapter 2 of "Disorder in the Court". Several resource materials were used for this episode including: The Nesler Family's Tragic Past - www.oprah.com Pushed Over Edge, Mother Chose Own Brand of Justice by Mark Arak, Times Staff Writer, April 11, 1993. William Nesler Still a Fug...more
In 2005, a man on trial for rape escapes custody in Atlanta's Fulton County Courthouse and goes on a violent rampage. This is Chapter 1 of "Disorder in the Court". Resources: Several articles were used in the creation of this episode. Some of them are listed here: 3 Slain in Atlanta Courthouse Rampage, The Washington Post, March 12, 2005, Staff writers Manuel Roig-Franzia and Melanie Lasoff Levs A Manhunt and a Woman's Story, Washington Post, March 15, 2005, writer Manuel Roig-Franzia A Yout...more
A summer ball game descends into chaos when a promotional event goes seriously awry. This is the last chapter in the series "Bad Sports" recounting the Cleveland Indians' "Ten Cent Beer Night" riot. Thanks to guest voice actors Lorne and Michael from The True Crime Guys podcast. www.truecrimeguys.com Some of the resources used in this episode include: Articles: The Night Beer and Violence Bubbled Over in Cleveland by Paul Jackson on ESPN.com Forty Years Ago, 10-cent Beer Makes Memories by An...more
A friendly soccer game on a dusty field in Brazil turns into a horrific act of violence. Resources: Article: A Yellow Card, Then Unfathomable Violence in Brazil by Jere Longman and Taylor Barnes for The New York Times, October 31, 2013 "Football Hooliganism" - a Wikipedia listing of instances of violence at soccer matches.
Ray and Sally McNeil were a married couple who were both accomplished athletes in the sport of professional bodybuilding. But, a combination of infidelity, abuse and anabolic steroid use would lead to a final, bloody confrontation on Valentine’s Day, 1995. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Court Records: McNeil v. Middleton, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Submitted April 8, 2003, Filed Sept 22, 2003. Articles: Sally McNeil...This is My Sto...more
This month I'll be sharing stories of outrageous crimes that occurred at sporting events or by sports figures. First up, a neighborhood ice rink, a pee-wee hockey pick-up game and some unsportsmanlike conduct leads to a confrontation between parents that ends with tragic results.
A man starts having vivid memories of a violent crime he believes he may have committed during an alcoholic blackout. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Kevin Dwyer and Jure Fiiorillo, True Stories of Law & Order (New York: Berkley Boulevard Books), 74-82. Cox v. Miller, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Decision, retrieved from www.Justia.com, July 17, 2002. David Goldnamn Biography, "AA vs DA: The Case of Paul Cox," March 2003, 21. www.patreon.com/onceu...more
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. ****** Click here to subscribe to "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime"!
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
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. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Michael Hemmingston, San Diego Reader, "Moon Arraigned in Escondido Cold Case," Jan 16, 2008. Randy Kalp, The Coast News Group, Rancho Santa Fe, "Convicted felon takes wrap for 31-year-old slaying," Dec 11, 2008. Pauline Repard, The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Double murderer ...more
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.
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!
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
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
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 Several resources were used in the research for this episode in...more
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 Podcasts: Southern Fried True Crime: www.southernfriedtruecrime.com The Nighttime Podcast: www.nighttimepodcast.com
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
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
Three generations of one family are murdered on Christmas Eve, 2007 in Carnation, Washington. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: The State of Washington v. McEnroe and Anderson, Certification for Determination of Probable Cause, Dec 28, 2007. Natalie Singer, Seattle Times, "Court papers tell of victims' terrifying last moments," Dec 29, 2007. Steve Miletich, Jennifer Sullivan, Sara Jean Green and Sonia Krishnan, Seattle Times, "Carnation slaying suspect...more
A young couple play a deadly game with perfect strangers on Memorial Day weekend, 2002 in Ocean City, Maryland. #homicide #killercouples #thrillkillers www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun, "Erika Sifrit is found guilty in Ocean City double-killing," June 11, 2003. Sifrit v. State of Maryland, Court of Appeals Decision, retrieved from www.FindLaw.com, Aug 27, 2008.
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. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Murder in Brazil #5 - The von Richthofen Case, www.murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com Rogerio Pagnan, UOL, Sao Paulo, "Suzane Richthofen, Sentenced for Murdering her Parent...more
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) Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Bryan Robinson, "Texas v. Diane Zamora: The Diane Zamora Trial," www.CourtTV.co...more
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. To give a donation or find out more about ...more
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
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
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
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. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: The Haunting of ...more
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 www.Patreon.com/onceuponacrime
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 Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: State of Tennessee v. Paul Dennis Reid, Court of Criminal Appeals Decision, r...more
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
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
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.
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
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 Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Sewell Chan, The New York Times, "Mailer and the Murderer," Nov 12, 2007. Bruce Jackson, Buffalo Report, "Jack Henry Abbott, 58," Mar 1 2002. M.A. Fa...more
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. Resource...more
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
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 Several resources were used in ...more
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? Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: P...more
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
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
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) Resources: Books: Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer by John Leake The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us...more
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. Resources: Book: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo
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
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
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 A.J. Benza: Fame is a Bitch - Subscribe on ITunes
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
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
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 www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime to become a patron and get bonus content and merchandise. Social Media Links...more
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
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 Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Dan Noyes, ABC7 News, "Parole hearing reveals new details about Chowchilla kidnapping," Nov 29, 2012. Holly Yan, CNN, "California mass kidnapping: After being buried alive, victims relive nightmare," Dec 28, 2015. Robert Lindsey, The New York ...more
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
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 Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: John Geluardi, SF Weekly, "Dan White's motive more about b...more
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. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Karen Abbott, Smithsonian.com, "...more
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 Resources: Documentary - Uncle Bob, wri...more
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
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 Several resources were used in th...more
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
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. Several resourc...more
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 Patricia Brennan, The Washington Post, "A Cry for Help," Oct 1, 1989. Thurman v. City of Torrington, Ruling on Motion to Dismiss, Retrie...more
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
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. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Sarah Beckett, Investigation Discovery Channel, "Surviving Evil: Underground Terror," 2013. Mike Celizic, Today, "Kidnapped teen describes bunker ordeal," Mar 7, 2008. Twitter: @uponacrime Patreon: www.patreon.co...more
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!
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
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.
We kick our true crime holiday season with stores of Santas who go bad. #Christmascrime #badsantas #historicalcrime
Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder. 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 Harry Hamlin and Kelly McGillis (1994)
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 Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime
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 www.Patreon.com/onceuponacrime - become a Patron starting at only $2 month for merch, early release episode, series wrap-up discussions and bonus episodes.
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
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 Podcast Recommendations: Murder Road Trip They Walk Among Us Ticklish Business
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.
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. 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.directrelief.org Relief for Puerto Rico: www.hispanicfederation.org Las Vegas Victims Fund - click here To help pets affected by natural disasters: The Hu...more
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 Resources: Book: Never See Them Again by M. William Phelps
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. 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, The Fall Line
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 Resources: Book: Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze Movie (based on this case): Bully Link to Survey: http://survey.libs...more
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. Recommendations for other true crime podcasts: Kiwi Crimes (New Z...more
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 Save Save
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. Once Upon a Crime Podcast Fan Page on Facebook
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. Save
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
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 Check out this independent podcast! The Noir Factory Podcast Book: Almost Paradise: The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon by Kieren Crowley
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: Murder Dictionary - Join Kelly & Brianna as they discover true crime cases from A-Z focusing on a new type of crime for each letter of the alphabet. You'll laugh, you'll scream, you'll come back for more! www.Patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime Save Save
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! Find me on Twitter @uponacrime and on Faceboo...more
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
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 www.Facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod
A woman goes missing on the beautiful island of Aruba in 2011 under mysterious circumstances. www.Patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime
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.
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 Social Media Links: www.facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod Once Upon a Crime Podcast Fan Page www.twitter.com/UponaCrime www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod ...more
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. Save
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.
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. www.twitter.com/UponaCrime www.Facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.Instagram.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.cafepress.com/OnceUponaCrime
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. Patreon: www.patreon.com/OnceUponaCrime Twitter: @UponaCrime Email: email@example.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod
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
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
An entire family is found murdered in their home in 1971. The patriarch, John List, murdered his wife, mother and children and then disappeared. firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/OnceUponaCrimePod www.twitter.com/UponaCrime www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime
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
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 email@example.com www.SuspectConvictions.com
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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 Facebook & Instagram: @OnceUponACrimePod Twitter: @UponACrime
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 Vincent Van Gogh Art History Artists Impressionism Suicide True Crime Murder
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
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
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 Poem: The Ashland Tragedy, composed as a ballad by Peyton Buckner Byrne of Greenup County, Kentucky. Music: The Cherry Tree Carol and Carol of the Bells from An Appalachian Christmas, Composer Mark O'Connor
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
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. Resources: People v. Davis, Appeal Record, Superior Court of California, June 1, 2009 "The Man Who Kept Going Free" by Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker, March 7, 1994. Polly's Story - www.pollyklaas.org "An Angel Named Polly" by Elizabeth Gleick and Maria Eftimiades for People Magazine, Nov 28, 1994. Book recommendation: A...more
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.
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
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
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!
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 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.
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 www.facebook.com/OnceUponACrimePod Save
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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. "Does Anyone Like Mondays? The Brenda Spencer Murder Case" by Eric Hart Follow us on Twitter @UponACrime Subscribe on iTunes
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Welcome to Once Upon a Crime the true crime podcast that tells the story behind the story of real life crime. New episodes release every Monday. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Pandora or wherever you listen to podcasts. Clips from show are from the following episodes: Episode 142: Taunting Terrors: Shari Faye Smith Episode 146: Rocktober: Altamont, The Rolling Stones and the Hells Angels Episode 158: Bad Seeds: Lowell Lee Andrews Episode 149: Fugitives from Justice: Jess...more