281 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.

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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime Studio71

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 4.6K 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.

For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com
We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 
Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy.

    Episode 265: Holidays in Hell: The Richmond New Year’s Murder Spree

    Episode 265: Holidays in Hell: The Richmond New Year’s Murder Spree

    For many people around the world, ringing in the new year brings with it the promise of new hope, a fresh start, and renewed possibilities. But each year of Ricky Javon Gray’s short life brought only violence, brutality, and death ending in a shocking murder spree over New Year’s weekend 2006. 

    Sources: 

    “The Visitors” by Melissa Scott Sinclair for Style Weekly, October 20, 2010. https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/the-visitors/Content?oid=1381013

    “Man convicted of grisly murders of Virginia couple, daughters” Associated Press, August 17, 2006. 

    “String of Slayings Shatters Richmond” by Carol Morello for The Washington Post, Jan 15, 2006.

    “Gray v. Commonwealth”, Supreme Court of Virginia, Decided June 8, 2007. Retrieved from FindLaw.com. 

    “Cold Blooded” on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck1M87CT1Tk

    “Lawyers describe childhood abuse as ‘sexual slavery’ as they argue Ricky Gray should be spared from death” by Gary A. Harki for PilotOnline.com, Dec 13, 2016. 

    “Ricky Gray’s execution took more than 30 minutes. His attorneys want to know why” by Rachel Weiner for The Washington Post, Jan 19, 2017. 

    “Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Abolish the Death Penalty” by Samantha O’Connell, AmericanBar.org, March 21, 2021. 

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    Links: 
    Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime to listen to all episodes ad-free and gain access to bonus episodes. 
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    • 42 min
    Episode 264: Holidays in Hell: Little Boy Blue

    Episode 264: Holidays in Hell: Little Boy Blue

    On Christmas Eve, 1985 a grim discovery was made on a frozen field outside of Chester, Nebraska. The body of a child had been abandoned. The mystery of who the anonymous child who locals dubbed “Little Boy Blue” would take two years to solve. When the responsible party was identified, investigators began to suspect that an Amish man, Eli Stutzman, just might be a serial killer. 

    Resources: 

    Mystery of 'Little Boy Blue' solved - UPI Archives

    Crimes of Eli Stutzman, aka The Amish Serial Killer, investigated on ID (monstersandcritics.com)

    Eli Stutzman | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

    Friday marks 25 years since Christmas Eve tragedy - Hebron Journal Register

    STUTZMAN, DANIEL, LITTLE BOY BLUE - Thayer County, Nebraska | LITTLE BOY BLUE STUTZMAN, DANIEL - Nebraska Gravestone Photos (nebraskagravestones.org) 

    Eli Stutzman Part 01 : Barn Fires & Bodies - YouTube

    Eli Stutzman Part 02 : Little Boy Blue - YouTube

    The Amish Serial Killer Eli Stutzman Was Anything But Provincial (ranker.com)

    Types of Amish (Who Are They, and How Do They Live?) (amishbaskets.com) 


    Sponsors: 

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    Links: 

    www.Patreon.com/onceuponacrime

    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/OnceUponACrimePodcast
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 263: Holidays in Hell: Missing Mom Kelsey Berreth

    Episode 263: Holidays in Hell: Missing Mom Kelsey Berreth

    A young mother goes missing after a Thankgiving Day shopping trip in 2018. After meticulous detective work on the part of several law enforcement agencies answers come to light. The perpetrator would be someone no one would suspect - least of all Kelsey Berreth the victim. This case has us pondering the question do we really know the dark thoughts of the people closest to us? 

    Resources: 

    https://www.insideedition.com/kelsey-berreth-case-what-to-know-about-the-missing-colorado-mom-last-seen-on-thanksgiving-day-49154

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/patrick-frazee-s-ex-girlfriend-reveals-kelsey-berreth-s-last-n1078236

    https://people.com/crime/people-magazine-investigates-kelsey-berreth-murder/

    Application and Affidavit for Arrest Warrant.pdf (state.co.us)

    Patrick Frazee's Mom Did Not Make 'Witch Is Dead' Facebook Post | Crime News (oxygen.com)

    Kelsey Berreth remains possibly found as tooth fragment found at killer fiance Patrick Frazee farm | Daily Mail Online

    Human tooth found near burned area on Patrick Frazee's ranch | 9news.com

    Patrick Frazee moved to Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility (denver7.com) 

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    Links:

    Facebook Group: Once Upon a Crime Podcast Fan Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/onceuponacrimepodcast
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    • 39 min
    Episode 262 - “What the Crime?” 3 Strange and unusual crime stories

    Episode 262 - “What the Crime?” 3 Strange and unusual crime stories

    In today’s episode, I’ll share three strange and intriguing true crime cases currently in the news - a suspected serial killer hunting for victims in a small California town, a gruesome discovery on a local walking trail, and a bizarre discovery unearthed in a San Francisco Bay Area mansion’s back garden.

    Resources: 

    “Suspect is Arrested in Series of Killings in Stockton, Calif., Police Say”, Eduardo Medina, The New York Times, Oct 15, 2022

    “Stockton serial killings: Everything we know now about suspect Wesley Brownlee”, Daniel Macht, Hilda Flores, KCRA 3, Oct 19, 2022

    “Timeline: Stockton police arrest suspect linked to six serial killings”, Gabriel Porras, ABCNews.go.com, Oct 16, 2022

    “What we’re learning about victims of the Stockton serial killings” Maricela DelaCruz, KCRA 3, Oct 19, 2022 

    “Coroner IDs Woman Found on Fire in Antioch, Suspects in Custody”, Bay City News, Oct 24, 2022

    “Antioch Police Say Two Arrested in Homicide Case of Woman Found Burned on Mokelumne Trail”, East County Today, Oct 24, 2022

    “2 Charged with Mutilation for Antioch Burned Woman’s Death”, Amy Larson, KRON News, Oct 27, 2022

    “Atherton mystery mansion once owned by man convicted of murder: court records”, Amy Larson, Dan Kerman, KRON News, Oct 22, 2022. 

    “Update: Buried car unearthed in Atherton Saturday and taken away by tow truck”, Angela Swartz,The Almanac, Oct 22, 2022 

    “Buried Car Removed from Atherton Backyard Taken to Crime Lab”, Thom Jensen and Stephanie Guzman, NBC News, Oct 24, 2022
    https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/buried-car-removed-atherton-backyard/3037992/

    “Former owner of Atherton estate with mysterious buried car has history of murder, sunken yacht”, Julia Prodis Sulek, Bay Area News Group, Oct 24, 2022 

    “Buried car in Atherton: Onsite investigation complete, still no human remains found”, Angela Swartz, The Almanac, Oct 24, 2022

    Links: 

    Episode #84 of Once Upon a Crime - “Last Stop: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping” 
    https://www.truecrimepodcast.com/episode-084-last-stop-the-chowchilla-school-bus-kidnapping/

    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730325570622505

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    • 35 min
    Episode 261: A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 2

    Episode 261: A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 2

    A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 2

    …1 campfire…
    …1 dark forest…
    …31 bone-chilling stories…
    …Will YOU survive the night?

    This Halloween season, enter the woods for a unique and truly epic podcast experience! Around the campfire Shane Waters will introduce 31 crime podcast hosts, including Once Upon a Crime. Each host brings a new, nerve-wracking true story to the circle. It’s an extra special, two part, five-hour, Halloween event, but before hitting play you might want to ask yourself…can you really handle this much murder and mayhem?

    So, pull up to the fire and brace yourself for ‘A Nightmare Before Halloween’
    …but be warned…
    …bad things happen in these woods….

    Podcasts are listed here in order of appearance:


    In this Part 2 Episode: 
    - True Crime Island [https://tinyurl.com/y6kk2npj]
    - Based on a True Story [https://tinyurl.com/37axzn5z]
    - The Asian Madness Podcast [https://tinyurl.com/yckkxbjn]
    - Sistas Who Kill [https://linktr.ee/Sistas.Who.Kill.Podcast]
    - Hometown History [https://link.chtbl.com/hometownhistory]
    - Coffee and Cases [https://linktr.ee/coffeeandcases]
    - Military Murder [https://tinyurl.com/yc5fxjyh]
    - Dystopian Simulation Radio [https://tinyurl.com/khpw786w]
    - Cults, Crimes & Cabernet [https://linktr.ee/cultscrimesandcabernet]
    - Morbidology [https://tinyurl.com/mshyvxyt]
    - Dark Pountine [https://tinyurl.com/ycydanm9] 
    - Hillbilly Horror Stories [https://tinyurl.com/567vxrkz] 
    - True Consequences [https://tinyurl.com/39fpfv3h] 
    - Gone Cold [https://tinyurl.com/ytzxudt8]
    - Crime Stories with Nancy Grace & Crime Online [https://tinyurl.com/3dxp47wf]
    - True Crime IRL & True Crime Sleep Stories [https://tinyurl.com/ykzwmnxr]

    Links:
    Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime
    Photos of altars or ofrendas and other images of Dia De Los Muertos:
    https://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-10-17/photos-dia-de-los-muertos-celebrations-from-around-the-world
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    • 2 hr 28 min
    Episode 260: A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 1

    Episode 260: A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 1

    …1 campfire…
    …1 dark forest…
    …31 bone-chilling stories…
    …Will YOU survive the night?

    This Halloween season, enter the woods for a unique and truly epic podcast experience! Around the campfire Shane Waters will introduce 31 crime podcast hosts, including Once Upon a Crime. Each host brings a new, nerve-wracking true story to the circle. It’s an extra special, two part, five-hour, Halloween event, but before hitting play you might want to ask yourself…can you really handle this much murder and mayhem?

    So, pull up to the fire and brace yourself for ‘A Nightmare Before Halloween’
    …but be warned…
    …bad things happen in these woods….

    Podcasts are listed here in order of appearance:

    In this Part 1 Episode: 
    - Foul Play: Crime Series [https://link.chtbl.com/foulplay]
    - Murder She Told [https://tinyurl.com/55473exk]
    - Crime Salad [https://tinyurl.com/4pbtdtpc] 
    - Crimelines [https://linktr.ee/crimelines]
    - Frightful [https://link.chtbl.com/frightful]
    - Reverie True Crime [https://linktr.ee/paigeelmore]
    - Rotten to the Core [https://link.chtbl.com/Rotten]
    - The Trail Went Cold [https://tinyurl.com/2zydj3y]
    - Once Upon A Crime [https://www.truecrimepodcast.com]
    - Criminology [https://tinyurl.com/yvuu9u8d]
    - The Peripheral & Generation Why [https://link.chtbl.com/ThePeripheral]
    - Live, Laugh, Larceny [https://linktr.ee/Live.Laugh.Larceny.Podcast]
    - The Hidden Staircase [https://link.chtbl.com/TheHiddenStaircase]
    - True Crime Cases with Lanie & It's Haunted...What Now? [https://linktr.ee/LanieHobbs]
    - Obscura: A True Crime Podcast & Disaster [https://link.chtbl.com/obscura]

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    Julie - Go go www.juliecare.co to learn more or find Julie at your nearest Walmart today.


    Links:
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    • 2 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4.6K Ratings

4.6K Ratings

kaypho real ,

Love her voice!!!

Her voice and tone really pull you in!!!

ericaoh1 ,

I can’t follow along because of all the ad breaks

I like how straightforward this show is. The host does speak too quickly during many episodes, but it is tolerable. The frequency of ads is out of control. I lost track of what was happening in the story I was listening to because of all the ad breaks.

queendomhuh ,

Not A Fan

The audio sounds muffled and the writing seems to have a lot of fluff. There are better true crime podcasts out there.

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