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Once Upon a Crime is a weekly true crime podcast that tells “the story behind the story” of real life crime. Told in a storytelling style, listeners are presented facts and information about each case they won’t hear anywhere else.

Once Upon A Crime | True Crime Esther Ludlow

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    • 4.6 • 4.2K Ratings

Once Upon a Crime is a weekly true crime podcast that tells “the story behind the story” of real life crime. Told in a storytelling style, listeners are presented facts and information about each case they won’t hear anywhere else.

    Episode 204: The Trailside Killer, Part 1

    Episode 204: The Trailside Killer, Part 1

    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.

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

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

    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-saga

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    Links:
    CrimeCon UK - www.CrimeCon.co.uk - Use my promo code ONCEUPON21 to get 10% of your registration.

    • 29 min
    Bonus Episode - CrimeConVersations with Mens Rea

    Bonus Episode - CrimeConVersations with Mens Rea

    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.

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

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

    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.

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    Links:

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    • 44 min
    Bonus Episode - Listener Q&A

    Bonus Episode - Listener Q&A

    To celebrate reaching 200 episodes we created a bonus episode to answer listener questions. Thanks everyone for submitting them!

    Links:
    www.Patreon.com/onceuponacrime

    To 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!

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

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

    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.html

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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4.2K Ratings

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Awesome podcast

I love this podcast, but the flute playing background music in the Gordon Ramsey episode is so distracting and annoying. Please discontinue.

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Fantastic!!

Really like everything about this podcast. No unnecessary chatter or personal interpretations. Great topics, good research, and knowledge of subject. Binge time for sure.

Also I just finished the Diane Downs episode. I have read the book by Ann Rule as well as the book by Diane, and have seen the movie. You asked the one question that none of the others did. How did the “stranger” even know there were kids in the car! Thank you!

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I used to like it

In the beginning, I really enjoyed listening to Esther, and I liked that there was no extra banter. But now, I’m tired of all the guest episodes, because they are never done well. The “humor” is flavorless and is as scripted as the story itself. There are also ZERO TRIGGER WARNINGS! I almost went into a panic attack when I heard something in an episode! I was also horrified to hear Esther victim blame the people murdered in the Dating App Episode. Do better Esther.

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