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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.

Once Upon A Crime | True Crime Esther Ludlow

    • True Crime
    • 4.7, 3.7K Ratings

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.

    Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins, Part 2

    Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins, Part 2

    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? 

    • 30 min
    Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins, Part 1

    Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins, Part 1

    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? 

    • 30 min
    Stranger Than Fiction: Starr Faithfull and "BUtterfield 8"

    Stranger Than Fiction: Starr Faithfull and "BUtterfield 8"

    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. 

    • 40 min
    "Ripped from the Headlines" with author Harold Schechter

    "Ripped from the Headlines" with author Harold Schechter

    As a bonus for this month's theme "Stranger Than Fiction" I interviewed 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.

    • 38 min
    Wondery Presents: Blood Ties: Season Two

    Wondery Presents: Blood Ties: Season Two

    BLOOD TIES SEASON TWO IS AVAILABLE NOW!

    After the sudden death of Michael and Elenore Richland’s billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust them into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it.
    Listen today at: Wondery.fm/onceuponacrime_BT

    • 12 min
    Stranger Than Fiction: Belva Gaertner & Beulah Annan and "Chicago"

    Stranger Than Fiction: Belva Gaertner & Beulah Annan and "Chicago"

    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". 

    • 36 min

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I love true crime and most particularly those that have a definitive ending. This is the perfect podcast for me! I really enjoy Esther’s presentation, she has a great voice and I especially appreciate that she does not partake in a lot of small talk. It’s down to business and I really like that. It’s difficult for me (impossible, actually) to listen to a podcast with multiple hosts making small talk with each other. Five stars from me! Thank you Esther!

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