18 episodes

Esther, host of Once Upon a Crime, brings a fresh and spicy take on true crime podcasts. On each episode, Esther and a guest host will dish on what's new, hot & trending in true crime!

Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime Esther Armendariz Ludlow

    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 22 Ratings

Esther, host of Once Upon a Crime, brings a fresh and spicy take on true crime podcasts. On each episode, Esther and a guest host will dish on what's new, hot & trending in true crime!

    Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime Breaking News

    Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime Breaking News

    My special guest this week is Aurora from Murder Murder News.  We discuss the Joseph DeAngelo/Golden State Killer guilty plea, the Lori Vallow-Chad Daybell Case updates, the Danny Masterson rape charges and more.  
    "JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan Found in Chad Daybell's Yard" by Nate Eaton for EastIdahoNews.com, June 20, 2020. 
    "Scott Peterson asks court to overturn murder conviction" by Maura Dolan for The Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2020. 

    "Prosecutors, family members confront Golden State Killer in plea agreement hearing" by Josh Cain for the Orange County Register, June 30, 2020. 
    Sponsor: Better Help - www.BetterHelp.com/taco for 10% off your first month of professional, online counseling. 

    Murder Murder News  https://murdermurder.news/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Let's Taco 'Bout Women and True Crime

    Let's Taco 'Bout Women and True Crime

    In this episode I and my guest, Erica from Southern Fried True Crime, discuss what draws women to true crime stories, what it's like being a woman true crime podcaster and share breaking news about another plagiarism case directed at true crime podcasters. 
    #truecrime #podcasters #plagiarism #womenpodcasters 
    Sponsor: BetterHelp - www.betterhelp.com/taco for 10% off your first month of online professional counseling. 
    "Why do Women Love True Crime" by Kate Tuttle for The New York Times 
    "Why do we - women in particular - love true crime books?" by Megan Abbott for The Los Angeles Times. 
    "This is Your Brain on True Crime Stories" by Paige Smith for The Huffington Post 
    "CrimeCon - Where mostly women go to relish tales of rape and murder" by Maureen Callahan for The New York Post
    Southern Fried True Crime podcast - www.southernfriedtruecrime.com
    "Let's Taco 'Bout the Crime Junkie Plagiarism Scandal" - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-episode-lets-taco-bout-crime-junkie-plagiarism/id1452118167?i=1000447888185 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Let's Taco 'Bout "McMillions"

    Let's Taco 'Bout "McMillions"

    On this episode we'll be discussing "McMillions" the six-part HBO documentary series that details the FBI investigation into the McDonald's Monopoly fraud case.
    Between 1989 and 2001 there were no legitimate winners of the grand prizes in the McDonald's Monopoly game promotion. One man set out to steal the instant winner game pieces that paid out up to $1 million dollars each that paid out a total of $24 million dollars.  "McMillions" traces the FBIs investigation to find out who the elusive "Uncle Jerry" was and how he was able to pull off this scam for over a decade. 
    My special guest is Jerri Williams, retired FBI agent, author and podcaster.  Jerri spent 26 years with the FBI working major economic fraud investigations.  She is the host of the podcast Retired FBI Casefile Review.  You can find her podcast, books and other projects and sign up for her reader team at www.jerriwilliams.com.  
    Watch McMillions here: https://www.hbo.com/mcmillions 
    Play the McDonald's Trivia Game here: https://www.usefultrivia.com/miscellaneous_trivia/mcdonalds_trivia.html 
    BetterHelp - Get 10% off your first month of professional counseling at www.BetterHelp.com/taco 

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime Quarantine and Chill

    Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime Quarantine and Chill

    On this episode you'll hear from some of your favorite true crime podcasters to get recommendations on best ways to pass the time while under stay-at-home orders - true crime style, of course! 
    My guests include:
    Mike Morford host of Criminology, Murder in My Family and co-host of Three Men and a Mystery
    Lindsay from Mugshot Podcast
    Robin Warder from The Trail Went Cold
    Rachel from Yours in Murder
    Nina from Already Gone and Don't Talk to Strangers Podcasts
    Alvin from Affirmative Murder Podcast
    The Captain from True Crime Garage 
    Link for the VokL Channel: https://getvokl.com/channel/robin-1
    Link for True Crime Game Time livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUTo0xtK4CQ
    BetterHelp - www.betterhelp.com/taco for 10% off your first month of professional counseling 
    My Recommendations:
    Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession by Rachel Monroe
    American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan
    The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
    The Forgotten West Memphis Three
    The House of Suh
    The Family I Had
    Lost Compassion: What Happened to Mitrice Richardson? 
    Truth Be Told (Apple+)
    Barry (HBO)
    Derry Girls (Netflix)
    Better Things (FX)
    Dark Topic (True Crime)
    Art Holes (Comedy/Art History) 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Let's Taco 'Bout "The Tiger King"

    Let's Taco 'Bout "The Tiger King"

    On this episode, my guest host is Brianna from Murder Dictionary Podcast.  We talk about the true crime documentary series that has taken the world by storm "The Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness".  
    #JoeExotic #CaroleBaskins #truecrimedocumentaries #Netflix
    Murder Dictionary Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/murder-dictionary/id1169967004 
    Sponsor: Better Help - To get 10% off your first month of professional counseling go to www.BetterHelp.com/TACO. 
    To watch the Tiger King: https://www.netflix.com/title/81115994
    Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TacoBoutCrime 

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Let's Taco 'Bout "Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story"

    Let's Taco 'Bout "Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story"

    My guest host on this episode is Alvin Williams from the Affirmative Murder Podcast.  We discuss the Lifetime television movie "Stolen by My Mother" that details the true crime case of Kamiyah Mobley. Kamiyah was kidnapped from a Florida hospital when she was a newborn.  It wasn't until she was sixteen-years-old that she discovered the woman she knew as her mother was her kidnapper.  
    You can watch "Stolen by My Mother" on Lifetime Movies, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. 
    Affirmative Murder Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/affirmative-murder/id1296864488 
    Twitter: @affirmativemur1 
    Music from https://filmmusic.io: "No Frills Comparsa" and "No Frills Cumbia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Clara999 ,

Spot On

So glad I listened. The guys were completely right to highlight this. Not bitter at all like other user said just stick to the facts!

Sara_Teece ,


Thanks for the plagiarism episode I had NO IDEA, I have now unsubscribed and given them a one star honest review! I have now subscribed to yours and am loving what I’m hearing! Thank you xx

Royston 24 ,

Why not speak to them directly

The plagiarism episode sounds like bitter people ganging up and moaning about crime junkie pod why not speak to them directly instead of a gang moan about them

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