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Join me as I dive into some of the most fascinating and thought provoking true crime stories told one chapter at a time. Kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more will be covered.

Esther Ludlow

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Episode 227: Murder in My Hometown: Jeanine Sanchez Harms

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 49:48

July 27, 2001 Jeanine Sanchez Harms went missing after a night out with friends in Campbell, California. A man she'd only become acquainted with that night, Maurice Xavier Nasmeh, would be suspected of involvement in her disappearance. After a problematic investigation and numerous delays, the case would end in a shocking conclusion.  Resources: "Whatever Happened to Jeanine Harms?" by Loren Stein for MetroActive News, March 20, 2003. Jeanine Sanchez Harms, The Charley Project.  "Jeanine Harms 'Case Closed” by Lori Preuitt for NBC Bay Area News, Aug 24, 2011.  More about the Show:  Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast for free wherever you're listening or using this link: https://bit.ly/OnceUponACrimePodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Bonus Episode: Introducing: Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 5:27

FAMILIES WHO KILL: THE DONUT SHOP MURDERS is a story about the McCrarys, a family who terrorized small-town America, committing murders, robberies, abductions and general mayhem everywhere they went. Led by the criminal duo of Sherman, and his son-in-law Carl, this extremely disturbed family targeted people working in donut shops.  Make sure you follow FAMILIES WHO KILL on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, or you can binge all six episodes ad-free when you subscribe to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery App.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Bonus Episode: Introducing Lost Hills: Dead in the Water

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 21:49

In this bonus episode, I speak with Dana Goodyear, host of the true crime podcast series Lost Hills: Dead in the Water. In January 1981, Verna Johnson-Roehler and her young son, Doug, drowned while boating thirty miles off the coast of Malibu. Verna's husband, Fred Roehler, was the sole survivor and only witness.Initially, the deaths were ruled accidental. But a phone call from a Malibu neighbor changed everything. Was Fred a monster, masquerading as the perfect Malibu dad? Or was an innocent man convicted by his gossiping neighbors?Lost Hills is a true crime podcast hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries.Look for Lost Hills: Dead in the Water on your favorite podcast app or go to www.Pushkin.fm to listen or sign up for Pushkin Plus.

Episode 226: Breaking Down Chris Watts with Lorena.

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 119:21

Show Notes: On the last episode of the year, Lorena and I break down the case of family annihilator, Chris Watts. Resources: “Chris Watts: A Complete Timeline of the Murder of His Wife and Daughters” by Rachel Change for Biography.com, Sept 29, 2020. https://www.biography.com/news/chris-watts-wife-daughters-murder-mistress-confession-timeline“New Christopher Watts confession details how he murdered his wife, two daughters” by Elise Schmelzer for The Denver Post, March 7, 2019. https://www.denverpost.com/2019/03/07/christopher-watts-confession-murder-details/The Perfect Father: The True Story of Chris Watts, John Glatt, St. Martin's Press, (2021). “The Case of Chris Watts, Parts 1 - 3“, JCS - Criminal Psychology, YouTube; Jan 23, 2019. https://youtu.be/Xfg861hO-Ag American Murder: The Family Next Door, Netflix, (2020). Sponsors: TalkSpace - www.Talkspace.com - Get $100 off when you use promo code ONCE.Breathwrk - www.breathwrk.com/once for 40% off Breathwrk Premium.

Episode 225: Breaking Down the OJ Simpson Case with Yolanda

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 118:54

This week I'll discuss the Nicole Brown/Ron Goldman murders with my sister, Yolanda. We'll go over the evidence, timeline, and motivation for the crimes that all point to OJ Simpson as the killer. We'll also discuss why the jury may have decided to acquit Simpson of the double homicide even in the face of overwhelming evidence of his guilt.Resources: Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson, authors: Tom Lange, Phillip Vanatter, Dan Moldea, ©️1997, 2016. (If) I Did It: Confessions of the Killer, written by O.J. Simpson and Pablo Fenjves, introduction by Fred and Kim Goldman, Beaufort Books, New York, ©️2007. The OJ Simpson Case (1995), retrieved from Famous-Trials.com, https://famous-trials.com/simpson“What Happened to Al Cowlings, O.J. Simpson's Former Teammate and White Bronco Driver?”, Luke Norris for Sportscasting.com, August 11, 2020. https://www.sportscasting.com/what-happened-to-al-cowlings-o-j-simpsons-former-teammate-and-white-bronco-driver/“Murder Timeline, June 12, 1994,” retrieved from BobAugust.com. http://www.bobaugust.com/timeline3.htm“Inside the Short, Tragic Life of Nicole Brown Simpson and Her Hopeful Final Days,” by Natalie Finn for E!Online, June 12, 2019. Chronology of O.J. Simpson Case, The Associated Press, Jan 21, 1995. “5 other pieces of evidence that pointed to OJ as the killer,” by Debbie Lord for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar 4, 2016. Sponsor: Ana Luisa - Go to https://shop.analuisa.com/once for Ana Luisa's biggest jewelry sale of the year. Save 20% off your purchase using our link.

Episode 224: Breaking Down Kemper with Emerson Murray

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 84:43

In this episode I break down the myths and realities of infamous serial killer, Edmund Emil Kemper, “The Co-Ed Killer”. My special guest is Emerson Murray, author of The Murder Capital of the World. You can find out more about Emerson and purchase the book at www.emersonmurray.com/murder-capital-of-the-world To enter a drawing to receive a copy of Murder Capital of the World sign up for texts from OUAC by texting “OUAC” to 408-676-1770 (Texting rates may apply. U.S. listeners only are eligible for this giveaway. Text messaging provided by Text Sanity). Deadline to enter drawing is December 22nd. Winners will be randomly chosen December 23rd.Sponsors: Away Travel - www.awaytravel.com/once20 for a 100-day trial on every non-personalized item Away makes. Best Fiends - Download for FREE from the Apple App Store or Google Play.First Leaf - www.tryfirstleaf.com/once to received 6 bottles of wine for just $29.95 and free shipping when you join First Leaf's Wine Club.

Episode 223: Listener Suggestions - Aarushi Talwar

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 81:13

A young girl living outside of New Delhi, India is found murdered in her own bedroom in a high-security apartment building with her parents sleeping mere feet away. Was her murder an inside job or caused by an unknown intruder? Join us for this “whodunit” that has been called the “JonBenet Ramsay case of India”. Resources: “Behind Closed Doors: How a 13-Year-Old's Murder Ignited Class Warfare” by Nick Schager for The Daily Beast, July 14, 2019. “Arushi murder case: A timeline of events”, The Hindu, October 12, 2017. “2008 Noida double murder case”, retrieved from Wikipedia.com. The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors (2017), Directed by P.A. Carter for HBO Asia and Star World. Sponsors: Uncommon Goods - www.uncommongoods.com/once for 15% off your order.Olive and June - www.oliveandjune.com/once - use code ONCE for 20% off your first mani system. Nutrafol - www.nutrafol.com - use code ONCE for $15 off your first month's subscription plus free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends on the Apple App Store or Google PlayLinksGet links to all our social media at our website www.truecrimepodcast.com

Episode 222: Listener Suggestions: Jamison Bachman

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 45:37

Jamison Bachman spent his adult years being “the roommate from hell”. He destroyed property, bullied his housemates, filed lawsuits for petty complaints, and rarely paid his rent. But, growing more desperate once his history of scamming people was revealed, he crossed the line from annoying to dangerous. Resources:“Worst Roommate Ever” by William Brennan for New York Magazine, Feb 19, 2018. “Philadelphia judge to squatter in viral roommate story: ‘You're frightening'” by Andrew Parent, for The Philly Voice, Feb. 22, 2018. “Woman details terrifying ordeal of roommate from hell” by Aoibhinn McBride for The Daily Mail, Feb. 23, 2018 Sponsors: Ana Luisa - https://shop.analuisa.com/once to get 20% off your order Talkspace - www.talkspace.com - Get $100 off your first month with promo code ONCE.

Episode 221: Listener Suggestions: Paulette Gebara Farah

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 32:11

The mysterious disappearance of a 4-year-old from her own bedroom takes a bizarre twist and rumors and conspiracy theories soon follow. This case would come to be known as “The JonBenet Ramsey Case of Mexico.” Resources:“Resignation in Mexican missing girl Paulette case”, BBC News, May 26, 2010“Mexico Shocked by Discovery of Girl's Body,” CBS News, April 5, 2010Misterios favoritos en espanol/Unresolved Mysteries, reddit.com - https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/80s8r6/request_misterios_favoritos_en_espanol_what_are/Sponsors: Ana Luisa - www.analuisa.com/once - use code ONCE for 10% off your entire purchase.FirstLeaf - www.tryfirstleaf.com/once to get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 plus free shipping. Magic Mind - www.magicmind.co/onceupon and use code ONCEUPON20 for 20% off your order.

Introducing: Shadow of Truth

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 5:56

It's one of the most haunting murder cases you'll ever hear about, and it takes place in a small town in Israel. Tair Rada was only 13-years-old when her body was found inside a locked bathroom stall. She was viciously murdered during a school day, and yet no one saw or heard a thing. The police arrested the janitor, Roman Zadorov, and he eventually confessed, but this was far from being the end of it. Based on the hit true-crime series from Netflix, the podcast "Shadow of Truth" will take you on a journey into one of the wildest and most contested murder cases in the history of Israel, as it reaches its final resolution, 15 years after it all started.Listen to Shadow of Truth http://wondery.fm/SOT_OnceUponaCrime

Episode 220: Creepy AF Halloween Tales

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 33:02

On this special Halloween episode, I'll share creepy tales of corpses that were mistaken for Halloween displays. I'll also share the bizarre tale of a failed outlaw who became a successful carnival oddity…after his death. Resources: “Was a Suicide Mistaken for Halloween Decoration?” by David Mikkelson for Snopes.com, Oct. 28, 2005. “75-Year-Old Marina Man Found Dead on Apartment Balcony” by Vince Echavaria for The Argonaut, October 22, 2009.“Body is Mistaken for a Halloween Display” by Rebecca Cathcart for The New York Times, Oct. 17, 2009. “Dead man slumped on balcony mistaken for Halloween decoration” by Seema Mehta for LA Now, October 16, 2009“Woman's Dead Body Mistaken for Halloween Decorations” by Maya Rhodan for Time, October 15, 2015. “Murdered woman hanging from fence mistaken for Halloween decoration”, WKRC/WSYK/Sinclair Broadcast Group, Oct 15, 2015. “Man faces murder charges after woman's body found” by Sara Nealeigh for The Chillicothe Gazette, Oct 13, 2015.“See the Funhouse ‘Mannequin' that was Actually the Body of an Old Bank Robber”, retrieved from All That's Interesting, December 20, 2017. “How a Real Corpse Ended Up in a California Fun Park Spookhouse” by Ella Morton retrieved from Atlas Obscura on Slate.com, April 11, 2014. Sponsors: Uncommon Goods - Go to www.uncommongoods.com/once for 15% off your order for a limited time.Nutrafol - Get $15 off your order by going to www.nutrafol.com and using promo code ONCE.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE today at the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Episode 219: The Devil Made Me Do It: Arne Cheyenne Johnson

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 37:24

In this episode, a family claims a family member has become possessed by a demon. When a young man challenges the demon in an attempt to save his friend, he may have gotten more than he bargained for. He would later claim that demons drove him to commit a brutal murder. Resources:“By Demons Possessed” by Lynn Darling for The Washington Post, September 13, 1981.https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1981/09/13/by-demons-possessed/3479fa6b-eee3-4233-a2fc-b9defa403504/ “The Murder That Inspired The Conjuring III” by Josie Klakstrom for Medium.com, June 8, 2021. https://medium.com/the-true-crime-edition/arne-johnson-the-devil-made-me-do-it-cf6ff04f611aSponsors:Olive and June - www.oliveandjune.com/once - use promo code ONCE for 20% off your first mani kit. Talkspace - www.talkspace.com and use code once for $100 off your first month PromoThe Fall Line Podcast - new episodes release every Wednesday. www.thefalllinepodcast.comVisit our website for music credits.

Episode 218: The Devil Made Me Do It: Sean Sellers

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 52:12

A teenager takes the life of family members as well as a random stranger and then claims his involvement in “satanic rituals” lead him to murder. Was 16-year-old Sean Sellers demon possessed, mentally ill, or simply a cold-blooded killer? Resources: On Thursday He Dies, The Mirror (London), Jan 30, 1999https://www.thefreelibrary.com/_/print/PrintArticle.aspx?id=60226483Reaching Out as Time is Running Out by Lois Romano, The Washington Post, Jan 22, 1999.https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1999/01/22/reaching-out-as-time-is-running-out/4a28249b-d5e3-4c50-908c-39226d069304/ Open Letter to Satanists, writings by Sean Sellers. Retrieved from The Wayback Machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20081120020450/http://www.seansellers.com/open_letter_to_satanists.htm#Sean Richard Sellers - from the files of Clark County Prosecutor http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/sellers512.htmSean Sellers: The Devil and Death Row, Doug Mesner for DailyKos.com, June 21, 2013.https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2013/6/21/1217873/-Sean-Sellers-The-Devil-and-Death-RowSponsor: First Leaf - Go to tryFirstLeaf.com/once to get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 plus free shipping. Links:Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimeTikTok - @OUACpod

Bonus Episode: Once Upon a Crime + A Psych for Sore Minds LIVE in London

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 35:02

In this bonus episode, you'll hear the live show from CrimeCon UK in London. Esther discusses the motivations and psychology behind mass shooters with Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Sohom Das, host of the YouTube channel A Psych for Sore Minds. Check out True Crime Week on Stitcher where they are kicking off the spookiest month of the year with the creepiest and crawliest True Crime Podcasts. Check out their curated homepage to find your next True Crime Pod obsession. If you're on your phone you can download Stitcher in your app store or go to Stitcher.comFor tickets to CrimeCon UK, June 11-12, 2022 go to www.crimecon.co.uk. You can still use ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your pre-sale tickets. For info on CrimeCon in Las Vegas in May 2022 go to www.crimecon.com.Dr. Das's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/APsychForSoreMinds

Introducing - Badlands: Sportsland

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 6:34

BADLANDS is a true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland is all about the shocking rise and fall of sports legends. Listen each week for wild stories about Mike Tyson, Oscar Pistorius, Aaron Hernandez, Evel Knievel, Tonya Harding, Pete Rose, Sonny Liston, Spider Sabich, Ty Cobb, and, of course, O.J. Simpson.This episode preview dives into legendary boxer Mike Tyson. His arrival as a prodigious 18-year-old professional boxer in the 1980s represented a major paradigm shift in the sport. But just as quickly as he rose, Mike Tyson began to fall. This is just a preview of Sportsland, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/SL_OnceUponACrime

Introducing This is Actually Happening

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 8:50

What would you do if a singular moment changed your life forever? This is Actually Happening is a weekly podcast from Wondery that features extraordinary life-changing stories told by the people who lived them. We've all had powerful moments in our lives that have given us the feeling of, “Nothing is ever going to be the same.” This is Actually Happening explores these moments head-on. These immersive, gripping stories will have you on the edge of your seat, waiting to hear what will happen next. This is just a preview of This is Actually Happening, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/TIAH_OnceUponACrime.Music from https://filmmusic.io"March of the Mind" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Episode 217: Spree Killers: Robert Garrow - Part 2

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 56:20

In this conclusion to our 2-part episode on spree killer, Robert Garrow, I'll detail Garrow's killing spree in the summer of 1973, his time as a fugitive, and his arrest and convcition. Resources: The Garrow Manhunt: A Serial Killer in the Adirondackshttps://www.adirondack.net/history/garrow-manhunt/ Crime Library: Robert Garrow https://web.archive.org/web/20140403090224/http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/predators/robert_garrow/2.htmlSworn to Silence: The Truth Behind Robert Garrow and the Missing Bodies Case, Jim Tracy, Post Hill Press, March 2021“When Robert Garrow's murders, manhunt terrified the Adirondacks”, Mark Frost, Glens Falls Chronicle, July 9, 2021. “Secrets and Death: Former reporter tackles the Robert Garrow story,” Will Doolittle, Adirondack Daily Enterprise. “Dannemora Manhunt Harkens Back to Robert Garrow, Source of ‘Terror in the Adirondacks', Bill Carey, New York State, June 16, 2015. “Garrow Reign of Terror 35 Years Later”, Lohr McKinstry, Press Publican, April 13, 2006. Sponsor: Best Fiends - Download for FREE today at the Apple App store or Google Play. Music Credit:https://www.truecrimepodcast.com/p/music-credits/ 

Episode 216: Spree Killers: Robert Garrow - Part 1

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 30:58

In 1973, a violent sexual predator went on a killing spree in the Adirondack Mountains. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, I detail Garrow's abusive childhood, history of violence, and the escalation of his crimes from theft, to kidnapping and assault, and ultimately to rape and murder. Resources: Robert Francis Garrow, Jr: American Spree Killerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu5e4RJKp9s&t=1235s Murderpedia.com: Robert Garrowhttps://murderpedia.org/male.G/g/garrow-robert-photos.htmThe Garrow Manhunt: A Serial Killer in the Adirondackshttps://www.adirondack.net/history/garrow-manhunt/ Crime Library: Robert Garrow https://web.archive.org/web/20140403090224/http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/predators/robert_garrow/2.htmlSworn to Silence: The Truth Behind Robert Garrow and the Missing Bodies Case, Jim Tracy, Post Hill Press, March 2021See website for music credits

Episode 215: Getting Away With Murder: Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 45:08

In 1969, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy was the front runner to become the next Presidential candidate on the Democratic Party ticket. But, decisions he would make one fateful night on Chappaquiddick Island would result in the death of a young woman and leave his reputation in tatters. Did Ted Kennedy get away with murder?Resources“‘Kennedy Passenger Dies in Car Plunge': How Chappaquiddick was covered by The Washington Post”, by Richard Harwood and Paul Blackwell for The Washington Post, July 18, 2019.“‘The Kennedy machine Buried What Really Happened': Revisiting Chappaquiddick, 50 years later”, by Josh Sanburn for Vanity Fair, July 17, 2019.“The End of Camelot”, Vanity Fair, September 1993. “Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Incident: What Really Happened”, by Sarah Pruitt for History, April 6, 2018. “Why the True Story of ‘Chappaquiddick' Is Impossible to Tell”, by Lorraine Boissoneault for Smithsonian Magazine, April 2, 2018.Background Cinematic Sad by MusicLFilesLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/8031-background-cinematic-sadLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseMisty Lights by Rafael KruxLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5686-misty-lights-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Introducing: Suspect

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 5:40

A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason? Host and reporter Matthew Shaer (Over My Dead Body) returns to the scene of the crime, speaks with everyone about a night that still haunts them years later. It's a series about race and policing, mislaid justice, cutting-edge science, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day -- choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.Listen to SUSPECT: http://wondery.fm/Suspect_UponACrime

Episode 214: Getting Away With Murder: Doris Duke

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 72:14

A billionaire heiress kills her friend in a “freak accident”. Was Eduardo Tirella's death actually an accident or did Doris Duke commit murder? Resources: Doris Duke: Facts, Death and Mansion, Biography.com:https://www.biography.com/personality/doris-dukeHomicide at Rough Point by Peter Lance for Vanity Fair, July 16, 2020 https://bit.ly/2VHjXC7The Fatal Crash that Plunged Doris Duke into a Scandal by Samantha Todd for Forbes Magazine, Oct 18, 2019https://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthatodd/2019/10/18/the-fatal-crash-that-plunged-doris-duke-into-scandal/?sh=5a23b31e2057The Doris Duke Cold Case Reopens: The Only Known Eyewitness Speaks for the First Time by Peter Lance for Vanity Fair, August 5, 2021https://bit.ly/3Ct9oDQSponsor: Best Fiends - Download for FREE today at the Apple App store or Google Play. Links: CrimeCon UK: https://www.crimecon.co.uk - Use promo code ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your registration. Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimeYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OnceUponACrimePodcast

Episode 213: Getting Away With Murder: Robert Durst

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 93:25

The wealthy son of a New York real estate family leaves town to avoid investigation in the decades-old disappearance of his wife. A year later, he will be the number one suspect in the murder of an elderly man in Texas. This is the first chapter in the series “Getting Away with Murder”, the case of Robert Durst. Resources:Books:A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst by Matt Birkbeck, Berkeley Books, 2005.He Killed them All: Robert Durst and my Quest for Justice by Jeanine Pirro, Gallery Books, 2015. Article links: https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/robert-durst-case-timeline/26/https://abcnews.go.com/US/robert-durst-killed-neighbor-words/story?id=29689667https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a31043951/robert-durst-murder-trial-details/https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-robert-durst-self-defense-20150316-story.htmlhttps://www.gq.com/story/killer-in-the-blue-dresshttps://www.cnn.com/2021/08/04/us/robert-durst-testimony/index.htmlSponsor:Small Town Murders - Download for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Links:True Crime Guys Podcast: https://truecrimelasvegas.podbean.comOnce Upon a Crime Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505

Episode 212: Deathbed Confessions: Diane Crawford Smith

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 57:00

In 1967, a double murder shocked a small town in Virginia. A suspect was quickly rounded up, but the case wasn't truly resolved until decades later when a chance encounter led to a series of events that would ultimately bring about a deathbed confession. Resources: “Thomas Free on Bond; Hearing Slated Oct 27”, The News Leader, Oct 17, 1967. “Prosecution Rests in Thomas Hearing”, The News Leader, April 10, 1968. “Getting away with murder? Former cop has serious questions about why Staunton's most infamous killer almost got away”, Lindsay Barnes for The Hook, Jan 8, 2009Sharron C. Smith, Obituary, retrieved from Legacy.com“Woman confesses to 1967 slayings”, Ashley Broughton for CNN, Jan 24, 2009. “Motive in Double Killing 42 Years Ago is Revealed”, The Associated Press, retrieved from The New York Times, Jan 24, 2009. “We just want the truth; Connie Hevener's family wants to know why a cop allegedly hid her killer for 40 years”, Lindsay Barnes for The Hook, Feb 26, 2009. “Bound by blood? Were cop and killer father and child?”, Lindsay Barnes for The Hook, April 23, 2009. “A $200M Wrong? One-time suspect in ‘67 slayings says Staunton cops framed him”, Brad Zinn for The News Leader, Dec 23, 2010. “High's case featured on Investigation Discovery”, Augusta Free Press, Feb 17, 2013.Sponsors: Hooked on Phonics - www.hookedonphonics.com/once to get your first month for $1 dollar. Small Town Murders - Download and play FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Links:Patreon - Join to become a Patreon member for bonus episodes, early release, ad-free episodes and more at www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime. CrimeCon UK - www.crimecon.co.uk and use my discount code ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your registration. Join the Once Upon a Crime Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505

Episode 211: Deathbed Confessions: James Washington

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 30:39

In this series I share cases where people on their deathbeds finally confess to terrible crimes. In his episode you'll hear about a brutal murder that went unsolved for over a dozen years when the perpetrator confessed before meeting his maker. But, this story ends with a twist when fate intervenes. Resources: State of Tennessee v. James Murray Washington, Direct Appeal from the Criminal Court for Davidson County, July 15, 2014The Crime Reel: A Brutal Murder and a Deathbed Confession, YouTube.com, May 26, 2021. https://youtu.be/5vD_KFlPbtwhttps://blogs.findlaw.com/legalgrounds/2012/11/deathbed-confession-leads-to-conviction-after-man-gets-better.htmlhttps://abcnews.go.com/US/inmate-james-washington-convicted-death-bed-murder-confession/story?id=17653264https://criminallawyerwashingtondc.com/blog/tennessee-man-on-deathbed-confesses-to-murder-then-recovers-and-gets-life-sentence/Sponsors: Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Links: CrimeCon UK - www.crimecon.co.uk - Use my promo code ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your registration. Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimeYou can sign up to receive texts from Once Upon a Crime by texting OUAC to 408-676-1770. Msg&DataRatesMayApply. Text messaging provided by Text Sanity.

Episode 210: Deathbed Confessions: Geraldine Kelley

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 29:16

In this series "Deathbed Confessions" I share cases that went cold and the perpetrator was only revealed when they made a deathbed confession. In this first episode, a dying woman reveals a long-held secret to her children, leading to a shocking discovery. Resources: “Slaying Victim had Fled a Troubled Past”, The Boston Globe, November 20, 2004. http://archive.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/11/20/body_found_in_storage_tentatively_identified?pg=full“John's in the Freezer”, What Lies Beyond, August 31, 2014. https://whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/2333/johns-freezer“Deathbed Confession Leads to Slain Husband”, Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times, Nov 20, 2004. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-nov-20-me-deathbed20-story.html“Murder Confession Confirmed”, Jay Lindsay/AP, Seacoast Online.com Nov 20, 2004“Slaying Victim was Cleared in 1981 Brawl”, Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe, Nov 25, 2004. “Lies of former Ventura woman, who kept body in freezer, went unchallenged”, Angelica Martinez and Aron Miller, Ventura County Star, Nov 20, 2004. “Authorities confirm woman's deathbed murder confession”, Jay Lindsay/AP, The Berkshire Eagle, Nov 20, 2004. Sponsor: Small Town Murders - Download this murder-mystery puzzle game for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Links: CrimeCon UK - www.crimecon.co.uk - Use my promo code ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your registration Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimeYou can sign up to receive texts from Once Upon a Crime by texting OUAC to 408-676-1770. Msg&DataRatesMayApply. Text messaging provided by Text Sanity.

Episode 209: Buried Truth: Dorothea Puente

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 88:17

In this final chapter of “Buried Truth” I share a story of one of the most rare categories of criminal - the female serial killer. Behind her grandmotherly exterior, Dorothea Puente was hiding some very dark secrets very close to home. This is the case of “The Killer Landlady”. Resources: Newspapers.com - Dorothea Puente by Julia Scheeres for TruTV.com Jailed Landlady: I Didn't Kill Anyone - The Sacramento Bee - Nov 18, 1988 Puente Guilty of Killing 3 - The Sacramento Bee - Aug 27, 1993Murderous Landlady Puente Dies - The Sacramento Bee - March 28, 2011The Life and Deaths of Dorothea Puente by Martin Kuz for Sactown Magazine, 2009. Sacramento serial killer's former home renovated, ready for visits - David Bienick for KCRA3, August 29, 2013Tours, documentary focus on Sacramento house of murderer Dorothea Puente - Ryan Lillis for The Sacramento Bee, Sept 1, 2015 California Superior Court (Sacramento County) case files for The People v. Dorothea Montalvo Puente - Retrieved from The Online Archive of California - oac.cdlib.org Sponsors: Acorn TV - www.Acorn.TV - Try Acorn TV free for 30 days by using my promo code "once" (all lowercase letters) Candid - Start straightening your teeth today and save $75 on Candid's starter kit by going to CandidCO.com/once.Small Town Murders - Download Small Town Murders FREE today on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Links: Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimeTo opt-in to receive texts from Once Upon a Crime text OUAC to 408-676-1770. Msg&DataRatesMayApply.

Episode 208: Buried Truth: Christopher Denoyer

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 43:39

A teenage boy goes missing in 1984. Authorities would quickly decide that he was a runaway, but his family didn't agree. Fourteen years later his fate would be learned in a shocking and unusual way. Resources: The New Detectives: Grave Secrets - Season 8, Episode 7, The Discovery Channel Articles (Jackson Vallarta/Christopher Denoyer/Dale Vallarta) from The Californian newspaper, Feb 17 1998 to Feb 10, 2000 - Clipped from Newspapers.comSponsors: Acorn TV - www.Acorn.TV - Try Acorn TV free for 30 days by using my promo code "once" (all lowercase letters) Hooked on Phonics - www.hookedonphonics.com/once to receive your first month for just $1 Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends free on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Episode 207: Buried Truth: Russell Tillis and "The House of Horrors"

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 51:33

In this month's series “Buried Truth” I share cases where a person goes missing never to be seen again. Just when it seemed their fate would remain a mystery, the truth would be uncovered. This time, a neighborhood menace harbors dark secrets in his own backyard. This is the case of Russell Tillis and The House of Horrors. You can now receive texts from Once Upon a Crime! Text OUAC to 408-676-1770 to opt-in! Links: www.truecrimepodcast.comResources:https://www.thedailybeast.com/womans-body-found-under-booby-trapped-mobile-homehttp://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/showthread.php?11401-Death-Penalty-Trial-Tentatively-Set-for-November-5-2018-for-Russell-David-Tillis-in-May-2015-FL-Murder-of-Joni-Lynn-Gunter&p=101924&viewfull=1https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/features/5-things-you-need-to-know-house-of-horrors-death-penalty-trial-starts-april-5-crime/77-611a8a49-232b-4d4e-b31f-fd367cf2b587https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2021/04/08/russell-tillis-expected-to-testify-in-own-defense-at-murder-trial/ Sponsors: Acorn TV - Get Acorn TV FREE for 30 days by going to Acorn.TV and use my promo code “once” (use all lower case letters). StoryWorth - Give your dad a special gift this Father's Day - go to StoryWorth.com/once to get $10 off your first purchase.Candid - Start straightening your teeth today and save $75 on Candid's starter kit by going to CandidCO.com/once.

Bonus Episode - OUAC Celebrating 5 Years in True Crime

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 36:21

Once Upon a Crime celebrates 5 years in true crime by summarizing the show by the numbers, sharing 5 Surprising True Crime Facts, and letting listeners in on a giveaway to win OUAC merchandise and prizes. Text OUAC to 408-676-1770 to opt-in to receive texts from Once Upon a Crime and enter our drawing! Text messaging provided by Text Sanity. Thanks so much for listening and supporting Once Upon a Crime over 5 years! OUAC episodes referenced in this bonus episode: Episode #3 - Lost and Found: The Cleveland KidnappingsEpisode #8 - Killer Kids: Brenda SpencerEpisode #39 - Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: John ListEpisode #14 - Fatal Fans: Rebecca SchaefferEpisode #156 - Behind the Crime: Aileen WuornosEpisode #130 - Disorder in the Court: Ellie Nesler Episode #127 - Bad Sports: Soccer Brawl in BrazilEpisode #42 - A Woman Scorned: Betty Broderick Episode #50 - Millionaire Murders: Spoiled Son - Dale EwellEpisode #200 - Chopped: Anjette Donovan LylesEpisode #110 - Listener Suggestions: The Texas Cadet MurderEpisode #45 - A Woman Scorned: Murder by MercedesEpisode #196 - Hookups from Hell: Wade Ridley, "The Match.com Murderer" Episode #189 - Body of Evidence: Stacy Peterson Episode #38 - Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Diane DownsEpisode #40 - Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Susan Smith Episodes #71 and 72 - The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Laci PetersonEpisode #46 - Murder in Paradise: The Yosemite Murders Episode #65 - Murder in the Family: The Briley BrothersLinks:www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimewww.crimecon.comwww.crimecon.co.uk - Use discount code ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your registration. Sponsors:Acorn TV - Try Acorn TV FREE for 30 days by going to Acorn.TV and using my promo code once (use all lowercase letters). Munk Pack - Get 20% off your first purchase of any Munk Pack product by visiting MunkPack.com and entering code ONCE at checkout.

Episode 206: The Trailside Killer, Part 3

Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 122:16

This is a double episode to conclude the month-long miniseries where I detail the case of serial killer David Carpenter, known as “The Trailside Killer”. Carpenter stalked and killed men and women on the hiking trails of Marin County, San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Other suspected victims would disappear from San Jose and Daly City, California. Timestamps: 00:08:28 - Point Reyes National Seashore00:15:32 - Investigation00:24:00 - Ad Break 00:26:48 - Kelly, Daly City00:30:11 - David Carpenter00:36:38 - Henry Cowell State Park, Santa Cruz00:56:00 - Manhunt1:13:00 - Ad Break1:17:00 - Suspect1:24:00 - Surveillance 1:34:00 - Arrest1:38:00 - More Victims Discovered1:42:00 - Murder Weapon/Charges1:45:00 - Trial #1 - Santa Cruz1:51:00 - Trial #2 - Marin County1:57:00 - Verdict 1:59:00 - Case UpdatesResources:The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate by Robert Graysmith, Penguin Books, (1990)People v. Carpenter, Supreme Court of California, Nov 29, 1999. “The Frightening Case of the Trailside Killer”, Strange Outdoors, November 27, 2020. “DNA ties Trailside Killer to ‘79 SF Slaying”, Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 24, 2010. Sponsors:Acorn TV - www.Acorn.TV and use promo code “once” (all lowercase letters) for your first 30-days freeBest Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Use my Best Fiends Friend Code to challenge me to play! Code 1798646. Munk Pack - www.munkpack.com - Enter my discount code ONCE at checkout to save 20% off your purchase. Warby Parker - Take advantage of the Home Try-On Program and order 5 pairs of eyeglasses to try at home FREE for 5 days by going to www.warbyparker.com/once.

Episode 205: The Trailside Killer, Part 2

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 35:21

In Part 2 of this 3-part mini-series, I’ll continue the story about a random series of attacks that took place on hiking trails in northern California beginning in 1979, soon after David Carpenter was released from prison for an earlier violent crime spree. After three women were found murdered on Mount Tamalpais, investigators began to suspect that a serial killer was on the loose and targeting local hikers. This is the case of “The Trailside Killer”. Resources:The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate by Robert Graysmith, Penguin Books, (1990)People v. Carpenter, Supreme Court of California, Nov 29, 1999. “The Frightening Case of the Trailside Killer”, Strange Outdoors, November 27, 2020. Links:Website: www.truecrimepodcast.comPatreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimeCrime Con UK: www.crimecon.co.uk - Use my promo code ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your registration Sponsors: Acorn TV - Try Acorn TV free for 30 days by going to www.acorn.tv and using my promo code “once” (use all lower case letters for discount code). Hooked on Phonics - To get your first month of Hooked On Phonics for just $1 go to www.hookedonphonics.com/once.

Episode 204: The Trailside Killer, Part 1

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 40:21

This month I’ll be sharing a 3-part miniseries. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Northern California was terrorized by a series of random murders that took place on hiking trails in state parks, national forests and coastal lands. The public began to suspect that a serial killer was lurking among them and the media began referring to him as “The Trailside Killer”.In this first part, I’ll detail some of the Trailside Killers earliest victims and describe how he was allowed to slip through the cracks in the criminal justice system and set loose to stalk and kill more than ten people. Resources:The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate by Robert Graysmith, Penguin Books, (1990)People v. Carpenter, Supreme Court of California, Nov 29, 1999. Sponsors: Acorn TV - Try Acorn TV free for 30 days by going to www.acorn.tv and using my promo code “once” (use all lower case letters for discount code). Candid - Love your smile again! Go to www.candidCO.com/once and use promo code ONCE to get $75 dollars off your starter kit for a limited time.

Episode 203 Artful Crimes, Volume 2: The Van Gogh Museum Heist

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 29:12

In 2002, two paintings were stolen from The Van Gogh Museum worth $30 million dollars. The investigation into this crime would involve law enforcement in several countries. Special investigators in both art crimes and organized crime units would also be brought in to solve the case of the missing Van Goghs. Resources: Documentary: Stealing Van Gogh (2018), Julian Hendy, Director.“How 20 Stolen Van Gogh Paintings were Recovered” by Erik Shilling for Atlas Obscura, Sept. 30, 2016. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-20-stolen-van-gogh-paintings-were-recovered-35-minutes-after-a-heist“As Stolen Van Goghs Return to View, a Thief Tells All” by Nina Siegal for The New York Times, Mar 19, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/19/arts/design/van-gogh-museum-theft-octave-dunham.html“Italian police bust drug trafficking Camorra Clan”. Posted on Gangsters, Inc., Mar 21, 2017. https://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/italian-police-bust-drug-trafficking-camorra-clan-and-retrieve-st“How Two Stolen Van Gogh Paintings Made it Home After a 14-Year Saga” by Isaac Kaplan for Artsy.Net, Mar 21, 2017. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-two-stolen-van-gogh-paintings-made-14-year-sagaSponsors:Acorn TV - www.Acorn.TV - Use my promo code ONCE to get your first 30 days free.StoryWorth - www.StoryWorth.com/once to get $10 off your first purchase. Links:CrimeCon UK - www.CrimeCon.co.uk - Use my promo code ONCEUPON21 to get 10% of your registration.

Bonus Episode - CrimeConVersations with Mens Rea

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 46:27

This bonus episode is brought to you by Once Upon a Crime in partnership with CrimeCon UK. I have a CrimeConVersation with Sinead from Mens Rea Podcast about true crime, being a true crime podcaster, women and true crime and more. You can listen to Mens Rea Podcast or connect with Sinead at www.mensreapod.com. To join me at CrimeCon UK go to www.crimecon.co.uk. When you register use my offer code ONCEUPON21 to get 10% off your ticket! To listen to more CrimeConVersations you can go to CrimeCon’s website at www.crimecon.co.uk or follow CrimeCon UK on Instagram @CrimeCon_UK.

Episode 202: Artful Crimes, Volume 2 - Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Massacre

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 44:01

Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright begins an affair with Martha “Mamah” Borthwick. When the scandal threatens his career and reputation, he builds a home near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Called “Taliesin”, it was supposed to be a place of peace and refuge for the couple, but in 1914, it became the site of a horrifying massacre. Resources: “Soulmate Stunt Loses its Zest”, Kokomo Daily Tribune, August 3, 1910.Frank Lloyd Wright by Jan Adkins, published by Penguin Random House, 2008 “Cook massacres seven at Wisconsin home Frank Lloyd Wright built for his mistress”, by Mara Bovsun for The New York Daily News, Jan 25, 2014. Sponsors: Acorn TV - www.Acorn.tv - Use my promo code ONCE for your first 30 days free. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends free at the Apple App Store or Google PlayLinks:Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime

Bonus Episode - Listener Q&A

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 59:04

To celebrate reaching 200 episodes we created a bonus episode to answer listener questions. Thanks everyone for submitting them!Links: www.Patreon.com/onceuponacrimeTo listen to our "haunted" episode go to Episode #108 - Haunted Homicides: The LaLaurie Mansion. Some hear a "ghost" at minute 20 or so. The Scott Peterson episodes with my sister, Yolanda is #71 and #72 - The 12 Crimes of Christmas - Laci Peterson, Part 1 and 2. Special thanks to Lorena Garcia for co-hosting this episode with me and to all the listeners who sent in questions!

Episode 201: Artful Crimes, Volume 2: The Murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 37:10

A contemporary artist is murdered in broad daylight in Washington D.C. Conspiracy theories about who was responsible begin to swirl after her close connection to John F. Kennedy is revealed. Resources: “The Last Painting of Mary Pinchot Meyer” by Maria Hummel for Counterpoint, June 5, 2019. https://crimereads.com/the-last-painting-of-mary-pinchot-meyer/“The forgotten female artist who may have been murdered by the CIA” by Alina Cohen for Artsy.net, May 16, 2019. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-forgotten-female-artist-murdered-cia“Dovey Johnson Rountree, Barrier-Breaking Lawyer Dies at 104 by Margalit Fox for The New York Times, May 21, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/obituaries/dovey-johnson-roundtree-dead.htmlSponsor Offers: Acorn TV - Get your first 30 days free by going to www.Acorn.TV and using promo code ONCE. Candid - For $75 dollars off Candid’s starter kit go to www.CandidCO.com/ONCE and use promo code ONCE.Links:Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrimeStitcher Premium - Use our promo code ONCEUPONACRIME to get your first month of Stitcher Premium FREE on the Stitcher app.

Episode 200: Chopped: Anjette Donovan Lyles

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 50:57

A young widow opens her own restaurant in Macon, Georgia in the 1950s. Suspicions arise when the people closest to her begin falling ill and dying. Was Anjette Lyles a serial killer?  Resources:  Lyles v. The State, Supreme Court of Georgia, (1959) "Anjette Lyles, Restauranteur of Death" by Ciaran Conlittle for Headstuff.org, Sept 28, 2017.  "Criminal History: Anjette Lyles poisoned 4 family members for money" by Chelsea Beimfohr, 13wmaz.com.  Sponsors:  Acorn TV: www.acorn.tv - use promo code ONCE to get your first 30 days FREE. Best Fiends: Download Best Fiends FREE today on the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Apostrophe: www.apostrophe.com/once and use code ONCE for $15 off your first dermatology visit.  Links:  CrimeCon UK: https://www.crimecon.co.uk - Use my promo code ONCEUPON21 for 10% off your registration.  Podcasts We Listen To: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcasts-we-listen-to/id1211560322 Webpage: www.truecrimepodcast.com Email: esther@truecrimepodcast.com Music Credits: Intro and Outro Music by Aaron Michael Goldberg Other music credits: Cool Vibes by Kevin MacLeod, Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3553-cool-vibes   License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles   Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient  License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Music Credit: Successful Connections In A Technological World by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6998-successful-connections-in-a-technological-world License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 

Episode 199: Chopped: Anthony Kelly and Gordon Ramsay's "Bad Boys Bakery"

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 45:28

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay enters London's Brixton Prison in 2012 in an attempt to teach a group of inmates to run a successful bakery. Would he succeed or would the men return to a life of crime once the cameras stopped rolling?  Resources:  "Mad for It" by Lynn Barber for The Guardian, May 13, 2001. "From criminal to trainee cook: 'I owe Gordon Ramsay a lot'" by Erwin James for The Guardian, Aug 14, 2013.  "Gordon Ramsay's Embarrassing Arrest Inspired Him to Set Up a Prison Bakery for London Inmates" by Sabrina Smith for Showbiz CheatSheet, Feb 19, 2021.  Gordon Behind Bars: Season 1 (2012), Helen Simpson, Director, FilmRise Network.   Sponsors:  AcornTV - www.Acorn.TV - use promo code ONCE to get your first 30 days free. Prose - www.Prose.com/once for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order.  Ana Luisa - www.analuisa.com/once and use promo code ONCE for 10% off your entire jewelry purchase.  Plum Deluxe Teas - www.plumdeluxe.com/once and enter code ONCE at checkout for 10% off your purchase. Or join the tea club to get a 20% off code on additional teas and accessories.  Links:  Once Upon a Crime webpage: www.truecrimepodcast.com - click on the red microphone in the corner of the homepage to record your question.  Podcasts We Listen to Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PodcastsWeListenTo/ Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime 

Episode 198: Chopped: David Viens

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 46:45

In this series we'll take a look at the restaurant industry to ask "What happens when good cooks go bad?".  In this episode, a restaurateur in Southern California is suspected of murder when his wife disappears. What detectives discover would shock and horrify the community. Resources:  "Witness: Cliff Jumper Threatened to Kill Wife", Nicole Mooradian for The Patch, Sept 14, 2012.  "Did California Chef David Viens Kill, Then Cook Wife?", 48 Hours, May 13, 2013.  "Los Angeles jury finds chef guilty of killing wife", The Associated Press, printed in The Florida Times-Union, September 28, 2012.  Sponsors:  Plum Deluxe Teas - www.plumdeluxe.com/once enter code ONCE at checkout for 10% off your purchase. Or join the tea club for 20% off on additional teas and accessories. Ana Luisa Jewelry - www.analuisa.com/once to get 10% off your purchase. Skout's Honor - www.skoutshonor.com/once for 20% off your order of preventative grooming solutions for pets.  Apostrophe - www.apostrophe.com/once and use code ONCE for $15 dollars off your dermatology visit.  Links:  Once Upon a Crime Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505 Patreon - www.patreoncom/onceuponacrime Stitcher Premium - https://www.stitcher.com/premium - use discount code ONCEUPONACRIME for one month of Stitcher Premium for free.  

Episode 197: Hookups from Hell: Takahiro Shiraishi - "The Twitter Killer"

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 33:37

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 victims" by Claire Carter for The Mirror, Nov 3, 2017.  Sponsors: Ana Luisa - www.analuisa.com/once and use offer code ONCE to get 10% off your order.  Best Fiends - Download free on the Apple App Store or Google Play Modern Fertility - www.modernfertility.com/ONCE to get $20 off your test.  Munk Pack - www.munkpack.com and use code ONCE at checkout to get 20% off your order.  Links: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime   

Episode 196: Hookups from Hell: Wade Ridley - "The Match.com Murderer"

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 46:34

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 get $15 off your dermatology visit. The New Yorker - www.newyorker.com/once - Get 12 weeks for just $6 plus a free tote bag.  

Episode 195: Hookups from Hell: Mark Twitchell - "The Dexter Killer"

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 51:18

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/document/52942084/Mark-Twitchell-s-Profile-of-a-Psychopath  Alleged Diary from Mark Twitchell's Computer (GRAPHIC WARNING), retrieved on Scribed.com. https://www.scribd.com/doc/202712564/51755869-WARNING-GRAPHIC-Alleged-Diary-From-Twitchell-s-Computer  Sponsors:  Munk Pack: www.munkpack.com and use discount code ONCE for 20% off any product.  Skout's Honor: www.SkoutsHonor.com/once for 20% off your order.  Links: The Troubles Podcast: https://shows.acast.com/the-troubles-podcast   

Episode 194: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 3

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 43:22

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.  “Murderer’s Confession to 1988 Slaying is Valid”. LawOfficer.com, July 7, 2009.  Most Wanted: Curtis Dean Anderson.  Retrieved from FBI.gov  Link: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/curtis-dean-anderson  The Charley Project:  Amber Swartz-Garcia. Link: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/curtis-dean-anderson Ilene Misheloff.  Link: https://charleyproject.org/case/ilene-beth-misheloff Sponsors:  Care/of: takecareof.com/ONCE50 for 50% off your first Care/of order  Best Fiends: Download on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Modern Fertility: www.modernfertility.com/ONCE for $20 off your test. 

Wondery Presents: The Apology Line

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 6:49

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know...what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as "Mr. Apology." As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series. Listen today at:  http://wondery.fm/AL_OnceUponaCrime  

Episode 193: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 2

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 44:27

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 Stephanie Kahalekulu, Publisher - Kristi Belcamino, 2018.  Sponsors:  Munk Pack - www.munkpack.com - enter discount code ONCE at checkout to save 20% off your purchase.  The New Yorker - www.newyorker.com/once and use promo code ONCE to get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6 plus a free tote bag.  Links: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime   

Episode 192: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 1

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 27:39

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 Stephanie Kahalekulu, Publisher: Kristi Belcamino, 2018.  "A Sad End to Xiana's Story" by Stacy Finz, Patrick Hoge, Tyche, Hendricks, Matthew B. Standard for The San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 4, 2001.  Sponsors:  Skout's Honor: www.SkoutsHonor.com/once for 20% off your order. Acorn TV:  www.acorn.tv - use offer code ONCE to get your first 30 days free.  Links: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime

Episode 191: The Craziest Crimes Stories of 2020 w/Leroy Luna

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 66:14

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-done-robs-artist-and-leaves-painting-of-himself-behind https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/dine-and-dash-restaurant-ceiling/ https://nypost.com/2020/02/14/man-wearing-dumbass-sweatshirt-arrested-after-stolen-car-chase/ Sponsors: Acorn TV: www.ACORN.tv and use code ONCE to get your first 30 days free.  SimpliSafe: www.SimpliSafe.com/once to get a free home security camera and a 60-day risk-free trial.  Links:  Excuse Me, That's Illegal Podcast: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/excuse-me-thats-illegal-1380261 Women and Crime Podcast: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-and-crime-986553 Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC17PL60EqRV7DcDdgLC3YTQ     

Wondery Presents: Death of a Starlet

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 6:17

Nineteen eighty was going to be Dorothy Stratten’s year. Playboy’s Hugh Hefner thought it might even be her decade. She was just 20 years old, the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. But who was Dorothy really? And how did her rise to fame ultimately lead to her death? This is a six-part series about love, sex and murder in 1970s Hollywood when glitter pants and roller skates were all the rage, and the Playboy mansion hosted the biggest party in town. Listen today at http://wondery.fm/Starlet_OnceUponACri  

Episode 190: Cases You Probably Haven't Heard About, But Should Have

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 93:50

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, 2016.  Sponsors:  Native Deodorant - www.nativeDEO.com/once or use promo code ONCE for 20% off your first order. EverlyWell At-Home Lab Testing Kits - www.EverlyWell.com/once and enter promo code ONCE for 20% off your test.  PlushCare - www.PlushCare.com/once to start your free 30-day trial.  Resources mentioned in this episode:  A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006), Lifetime TV. Trained in the Ways of Men (2007), directed by Michelle Prevost.  Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation, Malinda Maynor Lowery, (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, Malinda Maynor Lowery, (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). If you have any information regarding the Brittany Locklear case you can contact the State Bureau of Investigation in North Carolina at (919) 662-4500 or the Hoke County Sheriff's Office at (910) 875-5111. There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to a resolution of Brittany's case.  Other links: Once Upon a Crime Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime The Fall Line Podcast - www.thefalllinepodcast.com  One Strange Thing Podcast - www.onestrangethingpodcast.com   

Episode 189: Body of Evidence: Stacy Peterson

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2020 53:00

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.simplisafe.com/once For 30% off your SimpliSafe system plus a free security camera.  Links: CrimeCon House Arrest: www.crimecon.com/housearrest Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime    

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