209 episodes

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

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 4.1K 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 200: Chopped: Anjette Donovan Lyles

    Episode 200: Chopped: Anjette Donovan Lyles

    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? 

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

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

    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? 

    • 45 min
    Episode 198: Chopped: David Viens

    Episode 198: Chopped: David Viens

    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.

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

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

    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.) 

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

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

    Two women meet a man on Match.com. After they end the relationship, he vows deadly revenge. 

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

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

    A Canadian man, inspired by the television show Dexter, lures his murder victims through online dating sites. 

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4.1K Ratings

4.1K Ratings

4*5$7 ,

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!

drdrdncr ,

Infinitely better than crime junkie

Infinitely better than crime junkie. Objective, thorough and interesting reporting (no political opinions), supplemented with empathic and reasonable commentary.

MeMyselfAndI03 ,

Nicely done

No co-host banter to muster through. No political opinions inserted in. Just true crime stories. Esther enunciates well & is easy to understand. The clear delivery is appreciated as I can follow the story easily while multi-tasking on another project at home.

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