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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.

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    • 4.6 • 4.5K 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.

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    Episode 251: Wild Women: Sally Six-Shooter

    Episode 251: Wild Women: Sally Six-Shooter

    In this series we’ll step back in history to learn about some of the history’s first female outlaws. In this episode I’ll tell you about Sally Skull, ranch owner, horse trader, fandango dancer, and gunslinger. Some say Sally’s quick temper - and even quicker hand with a gun - was responsible for the mysterious disappearances of two of her five husbands. 

    Resources: 
    “The legendary Sally Skull was a gun-slinging, foul-mouthed Texas horse trader”, Allison Ehrlich for the Corpus Christi Caller Times, March 17, 2022. 
    https://www.caller.com/story/news/special-reports/building-our-future/throwback/2022/03/17/tbt-sally-skull-gun-slinging-foul-mouthed-texas-horse-trader/7006359001/

    “Two Sixshooters and a Sunbonnet”, Dan Kilgore for Publications of the Texas Folklore Society, Legendary Ladies of Texas. 
    http://sonsofdewittcolony.org/texwomen.htm

    Scull, Sarah Jane Newman (Sally) (1817 - unknown), Texas State Historical Association. 
    https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/scull-sarah-jane-newman-sally

    “Sally Skull - The Scariest Siren in Texas”, Maggie Van Ostrand for Legends of America.
    https://www.legendsofamerica.com/tx-sallyskull/

    The Generation Why 10 Year Podversary Live Show - September 8, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. Get your tickets at www.GenWhyPod.com. 

    Music Attributions:
    The following music was used for this media project:
    Music: Slow Western Intro by Brian Holtz Music
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    • 33 min
    Episode 250: Final Curtain Call: Fatal Obsession - The Murder of Catherine Woods

    Episode 250: Final Curtain Call: Fatal Obsession - The Murder of Catherine Woods

    A young girl leaves her hometown of Ohio for the Big Apple with her heart set on a career as a Broadway dancer. Instead, she meets a young man who becomes obsessed with controlling her life. Unable to let her go, Paul Cortez commits a shocking crime. 

    Resources: 
    The People v. Paul Cortez, New York Court of Appeals filing, April 8, 2013. 
    https://casetext.com/brief/e970db1d-the-people-respondentvpaul-cortez-appellant-brief 

    “A dancer’s secret life and savage murder, Keith Morrison/NBCNews.com, Jan 15, 2006. 
    https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna10868185 

    “The Last Dance”, 48 Hours, May 4, 2006, retrieved from CBSNews.com
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-last-dance/ 

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    • 42 min
    Episode 249: Final Curtain Call: Theatre of Pain - The Murders of Daniel Wozniak

    Episode 249: Final Curtain Call: Theatre of Pain - The Murders of Daniel Wozniak

    This week’s episode details a murder that, at first glance, appears to be a cut-and-dried case of a lover’s quarrel turned deadly.  Upon investigation, it is discovered to be a much more thought-out and sinister plan. When authorities uncover the real killer he turns out to be an actor who attempted to parlay his skills as a performer to pull off “the perfect crime”.

    Sources:
    “Actor is held in double slaying.” Los Angeles Times, 29 05 2010, 
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104583077/actor-is-held-in-double-slaying/.
    “Actress convicted of lying to police about ex-fiance's double murder pleads innocence in interrogation tapes.” ABC News, 30 May 2019, 
    https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/actress-convicted-lying-police-fiances-double-murder- pleads/story?id=63234575 . Accessed 4 July 2022.
    “As coldblooded as a murderer gets.” Los Angeles Times, 09 01 2016, 
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104976453/as-coldblooded-as-a-murderer-gets/.
    Berg, Tom. “Justice delayed: Why it took more than 5 years for trial of Daniel Wozniak, accused of killing 2, beheading one victim.” Orange County Register, 7 December 2015, 
    https://www.ocregister.com/2015/12/07/justice-delayed-why-it-took-more-than-5-years- for-trial-of-daniel-wozniak-accused-of-killing-2-beheading-one-victim/. Accessed 4 July 2022.
    “Brother of double killer is arrested.” Los Angeles Times, 24 12 2016, 
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/105002079/brother-of-double-killer-is-arrested/.
    “Death Penalty for OC Killer.” Los Angeles Times, 12 01 2016, 
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104977538/death-penalty-for-oc-killer/.
    “Neighbor beheaded and his friend killed.” Modesto Bee, 29 05 2010, 
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/105001017/neighbor-beheaded-and-his-friend-killed/.
    Pelisek, Christine. “Daniel Wozniak Murders Re-examined in New Podcast | PEOPLE.com.” People, 28 August 2018, 
    https://people.com/crime/daniel-wozniak-rachel-buffett-murders-in-new-podcast/. Accessed 28 June 2022.
    “Prosecutors will seek death penalty.” Los Angeles Times, 26 05 2012, 
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104951198/prosecutors-will-seek-death-penalty/.
    Sclafani, Julia. “Double murderer's ex-fiancée is sentenced to jail as accessory after slayings.” Los Angeles Times, 8 November 2018, 
    https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-buffet-sentencing-20181108- story.html. Accessed 4 July 2022.
    “This community theater actor's final performance was a chilling confession to double murder.” ABC News, 29 May 2019, 
    https://abcnews.go.com/US/community-theater-actors-final-performance-chilling- confession-double/story?id=63181588. Accessed 4 July 2022.
    “Woman pleads not guilty in beheading.” The Californian, 05 12 2012,
     https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104945493/woman-pleads-not-guilty-in-beheading/.

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    Stay The Course by Kevin MacLeod
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    Edge Of Forever by Tim Kulig
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    What Lurks In The Dark by Dave Deville
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    • 36 min
    Episode 248: Final Curtain Call: Paul Bateson and The Exorcist

    Episode 248: Final Curtain Call: Paul Bateson and The Exorcist

    In this month’s series “Final Curtain Call” a film or theater actor is connected to a sensational crime. 

    In 1973, The Exorcist was released in theaters. Moviegoers were shocked by the film’s graphic depiction of a little girl possessed by a demon. But one movie extra, Paul Bateson, had demons of his own which lead him to commit an act of violence and become a prime suspect in a series of grisly murders. 

    Resources: 

    Paul Bateson: The ‘Mindhunter’ Murderer Who Appeared in ‘The Exorcist’ - 
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/paul-bateson  

    The Exorcist Serial Killer - 
    https://www.truecrimeedition.com/post/paul-bateson

    Bag Murders and The Last Call Killer Put in Focus the Dangers the NY LGBTQ+ Community Faces, Inside Edition Online - 
    https://www.insideedition.com/how-the-bag-murders-and-the-last-call-killer-put-in-focus-the-dangers-the-new-york-lgbtq-community

    Rites Held for Addison Verrill, Variety Reporter Killed in Robbery, The New York Times, Sept 20, 1977.

    Arthur Bell, 51, a Columnist, Homosexual Rights Activist, The New York Times, June 6, 1984. 

    Cruising, The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado, Feb 22, 1980. 

    Links: 
    Visit our website at www.truecrimepodcast.com 

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    • 26 min
    Episode 247: Picture Perfect Murder: Harry Uzoka

    Episode 247: Picture Perfect Murder: Harry Uzoka

    Harry Uzoka was a rising star who’d broken into the world of high-end modeling against all odds. But another model envious of his success began a rivalry which lead to a violent showdown that no one saw coming.

    SOURCES
    Adey, Linda. “Remembering Harry.” BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/remembering_harry_uzoka_the_murder_of_a_model. Accessed 8 June 2022.
    Balogun, Simi. “FAB Editorial: Ty Ogunkoya & Harry Uzoka Featured In Paper Magazine.” FAB, 21 February 2014, http://fabmagazineonline.com/fab-editorial-ty-ogunkoya-harry-uzoka-featured-paper-magazine/. Accessed 8 June 2022.
    Okeowo, Alexis. “The Tragedy of Harry Uzoka.” The New York Times, 23 April 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/magazine/harry-uzoka-murder-george-koh.html. Accessed 8 June 2022.
    “Two charged over stabbing of male model.” London Evening Standard, 16 01 2018, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/103618163/two-charged-over-stabbing-of-male-model/.

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    Missing (Loopable) by Dave Deville
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    The End by Tim Kulig
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    This episode was written by Troy Larson who also provided additional research. 
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    • 33 min
    Episode 246: Real Life Heroes: The Foiled DeAnza College Shooting

    Episode 246: Real Life Heroes: The Foiled DeAnza College Shooting

    In light of the ongoing tragedies of frequent mass shootings in America, I’ve decided to make this week’s episode one of hope and heroism.  In this story, a young girl becomes an unlikely hero when she acts upon a hunch derailing an evil plot before it could begin. 

    SOURCES: 
    “De Anza bomber receives 7-year prison sentence” | News | losaltosonline.com.” Los Altos Town Crier, 3 April 2022, https://www.losaltosonline.com/news/de-anza-bomber-receives-7-year-prison-sentence/article_53662dd7-5f2f-5b74-9719-7f6bb84b6cb0.html. Accessed 4 June 2022.

    Fernandez, Lisa. “Woman whose call to cops stopped De Anza College attack now has cancer.” The San Jose Mercury News, 17 August 2010, https://www.mercurynews.com/2010/08/17/woman-whose-call-to-cops-stopped-de-anza-college-attack-now-has-cancer/. Accessed 2 June 2022.

    Gathright, Alan. “De Anza massacre planned in diary / College student's bomb trial begins.” SFGATE, 11 April 2002, https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/De-Anza-massacre-planned-in-diary-College-2852635.php. Accessed 2 June 2022.

    Glionna, John M. “Man Accused of Bombing Plot 'Hated Everyone.'” Los Angeles Times, 1 February 2001, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-feb-01-mn-19794-story.html. Accessed 2 June 2022.

    Hammack, Maria Esther. “A Brief History of Mass Shootings – Behind the Tower.” Behind the Tower, http://behindthetower.org/a-brief-history-of-mass-shootings. Accessed 4 June 2022.

    Hasan, Najeeb. “Features | Biter.” Metro Silicon Valley, https://www.metrosiliconvalley.com/papers/metro/09.01.04/biter-0436.html. Accessed 2 June 2022.

    Ionides, Alex. “Metroactive News & Issues | Al DeGuzman.” Metro Silicon Valley, https://www.metrosiliconvalley.com/papers/metro/01.31.02/cover/deguzman-0205.html. Accessed 2 June 2022.
    “Man who planned massacre at De Anza College commits suicide.” SFGATE, 9 August 2004, https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Man-who-planned-massacre-at-De-Anza-College-2702611.php. Accessed 2 June 2022.

    “PEOPLE v. DEGUZMAN | FindLaw.” FindLaw's Cases and Codes, https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1009557.html. Accessed 2 June 2022.
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    • 34 min

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Good content

I like this show but the ad breaks are out of control. Can you set up an Apple Subscription thing with ad free? I hate Patreon's set up but I would be more than happy to pay for ad free if it was in Apple. Other podcasts have done it like Generation Why and I wish everyone would.

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Read Wikipedia yourself

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