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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 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
    Stranger Than Fiction: Richard Crafts and "Fargo"

    Stranger Than Fiction: Richard Crafts and "Fargo"

    In 1986, a beautiful young mother discovers her husband is cheating on her and files for divorce.  Soon afterward, she goes missing.  Discovering what happened to Helle Crafts would take an small army of detectives, forensic scientists, serologists, forensic anthropologists, a police diving team and other investigators to unravel this bizarre crime and would inspire an Academy-Award winning film. 

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

kelley 10 ,

Once Upon a Crome

I just found this podcast this summer! I love it so much I’ve stated right from season 1! Ester presents each topic with mastery and is a wonderful story/fact teller! I can’t stop listening! I would give 10 stars if I could!

23Kme ,

Long time listener-a few comments

I have enjoyed almost every episode of this well scripted and researched show. What has been bothering me are the esthetics of the show. There are about 4 sound effects/transition sounds that are used in every show. I would really like to see these improved sound quality wise AND more variety to the sounds. Personally I especially dislike the tinny old time piano effect used. As a classical musician I am especially sensitive to sound but I am close to be not being able to listen anymore...but I am drawn back by the presentation of the stories. Any hope for sound variety?

JTeam333 ,

This is one of the best!!!

This is one of the best True crime podcasts I’ve listened to. Easter really does her research and presents it in a very relatable manner. Her presentation is superb. I really enjoy the stories and learn the details the mainstream media doesn’t report on. I highly recommend it!

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