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By Esther Ludlow

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 Aug 15, 2018
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THE podcast for the true crime addict. True crime stories are told chapter by chapter - kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more.

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Episode 099: Written in Blood: Chapter 2: J.J. Paulsen and Richard Klinkhamer
45:08

In this second chapter of "Written in Blood" I detail cases of two writers who became wife killers - and then hid their crime from the public.  

#domesticviolence #authors #writers 

Resources: 

For Domestic Violence resources and help:

In the U.S.: www.thehotline.org 1-800-799-7233

In the U.K.: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk 0808 2000 247

In Australia: www.1800respect.org.au 1800-737-732

 

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Aug 13, 2018
Episode 098: Written in Blood: Chapter 1: Jack Abbott and Issei Sagawa
47:06

In this series I detail crimes committed by authors or writers.  First up, two authors who became literary celebrities despite their criminal history....or even because of it. 

#JackHenryAbbott #IsseiSagawa #NormanMailer #GaryGilmore #TheExecutionersSong #Japan #cannibalism 

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Aug 06, 2018
The Next Chapter: Author and Podcast Host Jerri Williams
01:05:12

In this special bonus episode I bring another creator to "The Next Chapter". This time I had the privilege of speaking with Jerri Williams, retired FBI Special Agent, podcaster and author. Her new book Greedy Givers is now available on Amazon.  You can find links to her books and podcast episodes at www.jerriwilliams.com.  

FBI Retired Case File Review Podcast

Photo: Jerri Williams 

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Jul 26, 2018
Episode 097: Wild Things: Chapter 4: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case
46:24

Diane Whipple lost her life on January 26, 2001 after she was attacked by two dangerous dogs. You'll hear about the public outcry after this horrible incident and how the owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, made matters worse by insisting they had no responsibility for Whipple's death. This is part two of The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case. 

Photo: Diane Whipple

Photo: One of the two Presa Canarios involved in the attack is removed from the Pacific Heights apartment building.

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Jul 23, 2018
Episode 096: Wild Things: Chapter 3: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case
55:47

A fatal dog mauling case shocked the San Francisco Bay Area and the world in early 2001.  When the details were revealed about the dogs and their owners the story took a bizarre twist.

Join me for part one of this two-part episode as I detail the tragic death of a young, lacrosse coach and the strange and unusual backstory that lead to her demise. 

Resources:

Book: Red Zone: The Behind the Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones

Article: Mad Dogs and Lawyers by Evan Wright, Rolling Stone Magazine, February 28, 2002. 

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Jul 16, 2018
Episode 095: Wild Things: Chapter 2: The Murder of Dian Fossey
01:13:33

Dian Fossey became the foremost expert on the mountain gorillas of the Congo.  She conducted the first long-term field study of these animals and her story was immortalized in the book and movie Gorillas in the Mist. A few days after Christmas 1985 Dian Fossey was found brutally murdered in her cabin at the primate research center she founded.  People around the world wanted to know who killed Dian Fossey?

#Rwanda #poachers #gorillaconservation #Virunga #Karisoke 

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Jul 09, 2018
Episode 094: Wild Things: Chapter 1: The San Francisco Zoo Tiger Attacks
42:37

If true crime stories teach us anything it's that man is the most dangerous animal of all. In this new series I will detail cases where human's behavior results in wild animals becoming involved in crime stories.  

This series will NOT detail cases of animal cruelty.

First up, a tiger escapes its enclosure at a zoo and attacks three men? Was the tiger provoked? What would cause an animal to attack humans out of the blue? 

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Jul 02, 2018
Bonus Episode: "Dead North"
01:53:28

On this bonus episode I discuss the 4-part documentary series "Dead North" that premiered on A&E in late May. 

My special co-host is my brother, Tony.  

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Jun 28, 2018
Announcing Season 3 and News
14:22

Season 3 will begin on July 2nd! Bonus episode will release this week! Get all the news, announcements and info here! 

 

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#Season3 #bonusepisode #patreon #thankyou

Jun 25, 2018
Episode 093: Infamous Locales: Chapter 5: The Cecil Hotel - Part 3
31:00

A young, Canadian college students goes missing from the Cecil while visiting Los Angeles in 2013.  The hotel's surveillance camera captures bizarre behavior by the young woman adding to the mystery.  

#ElisaLam #mysteriousdeaths #elevatorvideo 

 

Photos: Elisa Lam (right), Elisa in the elevator (left), scene from the recovery of the body from the water tanks on the roof of The Cecil Hotel (below)

Resources:

Elevator video - last sighting of Elisa Lam: https://youtu.be/3TjVBpyTeZM

TX Files episode where I discuss the connection between the Elisa Lam case and the film Dark Water. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/27-the-sierra-diablo-murders-part-1/id1153817822?i=1000385825759&mt=2

 

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Jun 07, 2018
Episode 092: Infamous Locales: Chapter 4: The Cecil Hotel - Part 2
58:37

We continue the series "Infamous Locales" with another true crime story from the infamous Cecil Hotel. This time, I'll tell you about another serial killer who made the Cecil his base of operations -  Jack Unterweger, "The Vienna Woods Killer". 

#serialkillers #Austria #Vienna #ViennaWoodsKiller 

(Photo: A publicity shot of ex-con and writer, Jack Unterweger)

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Resources: 

Books: Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer by John Leake

The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us by Gregg O. McCrary

 

 

Jun 04, 2018
Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: The Cecil Hotel - Part 1
56:11

The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has been home to at least two serial killers, numerous tragic deaths, a sniper shooting and one mysterious death.  Join me for this first installment of a 2-part episode covering the Cecil Hotel's history. #serial killers #RichardRamirez #TheNightStalker #

Photo: The Exterior of the Cecil Hotel / Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" in court. 

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Resources: Book: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo 

 

May 28, 2018
Episode 090: Ted Bundy, Jon Benet and Jodi Arias or What I Learned at CrimeCon
01:12:12

In this special episode I give a wrap-up of CrimeCon - all the true crime celebrity sightings, the true crime podcast rockstars I got to hang out with, and all the inside gossip and info.  I also discuss a couple of cases related to what I learned in CrimeCon sessions this year. I'll talk about the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias. 

Shout outs to many, many podcasts including Southern Fried True Crime, Trace Evidence, InSight, True Crime Fan Club, The Fall Line, Minds of Madness, Misconduct, Crime and Precedents, Undisclosed, Red Wing Audio Drama, and many, many more. 

With The Manks (Josh Mankiewicz, Dateline)

Resources: 

The Netflix series I referenced is "Manhunt: Unabomber".  

The CBS special I referenced was "The Case of Jon Benet Ramsey".  You can find it at www.dailymotion.com.

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May 21, 2018
Episode 089: Infamous Locales: Chapter 2: Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper Murders
47:34

The district of Whitechapel in London, England was the location of one of the most infamous, unsolved serial murders in history - the Jack the Ripper Murders. But, there was possibly a second serial murderer operating at the same time. Journey with us to Whitechapel for some historical true crime cases.

Warning: This episode details more graphic details than normal. I give you a trigger warning before it begins in the episode if you'd like to skip ahead. 

#whitechapel #London #JacktheRipper #historicalcrime #crimehistory #TorsoMurders #ThamesTorsoMurders 

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May 14, 2018
Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle
01:01:08

One intersection in Beverly Hills has been the site of many events from airplane crashes, car accidents, and murders. Could it be a coincidence or is the area cursed? 

Photo: The intersection of Sunset Blvd, North Linden and North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, known as "The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle". 

#beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen 

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May 07, 2018
Bonus Episode - Patreon Sneak Peek Bonus Story
33:42

Surprise! Here's an extra episode for you since I'm off this week.  This is as bonus episode that I would normally make available only for Patreon members, but I'll give you a little sneak peek of Patreon bonus content by sharing it with everyone.

This is the story of another murder committed by the Aum Doomsday Cult that did I did not talk about on Episode #86: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack. 

To become a Patreon supporter of Once Upon a Crime go to www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime.

 

May 03, 2018
Episode 087: Last Stop: Chapter 4: Diana the Hunter of Bus Drivers and the Murdered Women of Juarez
01:02:12

A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers.

Photo: Pink crosses spring up around Juarez with the words "Ni una mas" or "not one more" after hundreds of women are murdered beginning in 1993.

Resources:

For more information about women's organizations in Juarez:

https://hiponline.org/how-casa-amiga-helps-free-the-women-of-juarez/

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/meet-the-mexican-activists-fighting-for-womens-rights/

https://web.archive.org/web/20040414134540/http://www.mujeresdejuarez.org/

Book: The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez

Paper: The Femicide Machine by Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, published by Semiotext (c) with support from Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts 2011-2013.

 

 

 

Apr 23, 2018
The Next Chapter: True Crime Author Harold Schechter
23:39

On this second installment of "The Next Chapter" I speak with serial killer expert and true crime author Harold Schechter about his new book, Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men and about his work researching and writing about infamous serial killers.  

Links: 

www.haroldschechter.com 

Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter (2018) 

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Apr 18, 2018
Episode 086: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack
55:15

On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway system and release deadly sarin gas.  The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara.

#massmurder #cults #Japan #terrorism #chemicalweapons

Resources:

Books: The Cult at the End of the World by David Kaplan and Andrew Marshall

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Mrakami

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Apr 16, 2018
Episode 085: Last Stop: Chapter 2: The Hijacking of Bus 174
54:02

A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000. 

#hijacking #hostagecrisis #Brazil 

Resources:

Documentary: Bus 174 (2002) directed by Jose Padilha

Podcast Recommendations:

Trace Evidence https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trace-evidence/id1239217007?mt=2

Not Perfect or Functional https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/not-perfect-or-functional-podcast-true-crime-sports/id1273572626?mt=2

 

Apr 09, 2018
Episode 084: Last Stop: Chapter 1: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping
39:28

In 1976, in the small farming community of Chowchilla, California, a school bus full of children is kidnapped for ransom. 

#kidnappings #Chowchilla #ransom #crimehistory #California

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Apr 02, 2018
Episode 083: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 3: The Affluenza Defense
45:39

A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide.  His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged upbringing resulted in him not knowing how to discern right from wrong. The term "affluenza" was coined to describe defendants like Ethan Couch - wealthy, spoiled and held unaccountable for their bad behavior. 

           

I'll also describe how this same defense was used in 1924 to defend the wealthy teenaged murderers Leopold and Loeb. 

#LeopoldandLoeb #CrimeoftheCentury #EthanCouch #Affluenza 

 

Mar 26, 2018
The Next Chapter: PureLand Author Annette McGivney
26:54

PureLand is the story of the brutal murder of a young Japanese tourist named Tomomi Hanamure who was found stabbed to death while hiking to Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls.  But, it is also the story of three cultures - Japanese, American and Native American, the cycle of family violence, nature, spirituality, healing and so much more.  

In this first episode of a new feature on Once Upon a Crime called "The Next Chapter" I recommend the book Pure Land and share an interview with it's author, Annette McGivney.  

To send suggestions for future true crime related recommendations send an email to esther@truecrimepodcast.com.  

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Mar 21, 2018
Episode 082: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 2: The Twinkie Defense
37:27

Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to keep him from being sentenced to death. The media dubbed this "The Twinkie Defense". But, what really caused Dan White to become a double murderer?

From L to R: Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone, Dan White

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Mar 12, 2018
Episode 081: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 1: The Sleepwalking Defense
42:43

Three cases are outlined where a person commits murder and then blames the crime on sleepwalking. 

First up, Albert Tirrell murders his mistress in 1846 claiming he was in a trance-like state at the time. Kenneth Parks travels 23 km to commit a murder - all while asleep, he claimed. Finally, another man tries to use the sleepwalking defense after killing his wife in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997.

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Mar 06, 2018
Episode 080: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 4: Stolen Oscars, Streakers and Deadly Deeds
49:42

The last chapter of this series continues with stories of the darker side of the Academy Awards.  You'll hear about missing and stolen Oscars, the tragic story of the Oscar Night Streaker and a murder committed by the son of an Oscar winning songwriter.

Note: Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served for almost a year before his murder. I apologize for the omission. 

#Oscars #AcademyAwards #CelebrityCrimes #HollywoodCrime

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Resources:

Documentary - Uncle Bob, written, produced and directed by Robert Oppel

Television Show: Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors - Season 1, Episode 1 - Power, Privilege and Passion, (Investigation Discovery Channel) - This episode details the case of the murder of Sylvie Cachay. 

 

Feb 27, 2018
Episode 079: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 3: The Killing Fields and Dr. Haing S. Ngor
36:06

A man escapes the genocide in Cambodia and becomes an Academy Award Winning Actor in the U.S. 

#genocide #Cambodia #VietnamWar #refugees #Hollywoodcrime

                Dr. Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran in The Killing Fields & with his Oscar

Resources:

Books: A Cambodian Odyssey by Haing. S. Ngor and Roger Warner, Survival in the Killing Fields by Haing S. Ngor

Movies: The Killing Fields (1984), directed by Roland Joffe, starring Haing S. Ngor, Sam Waterston, John Malkovich

Documentary: The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015), Produced, written, directed and edited by Arthur Dong (Deep Focus Productions)

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Feb 20, 2018
Episode 078: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 2: Roman Polanski
56:47

Roman Polanski lives a life of hardship and tragedy before becoming an award winning director - and a fugitive from justice after being charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl. 

We'll hear from my special guest AJ Benza, the host of the podcast Fame is a Bitch about the inner workings of Hollywood and his first-hand impressions of Roman Polanski. 

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate on their wedding day in 1968. 

#hollywoodcrimes #charlesmanson #celebritycrime 

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Feb 13, 2018
Episode 077: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 1: The Dog Day Afternoon Bank Heist
45:39

The Academy Awards is held annually to honor the best of Hollywood. But, there is a darker side of this star-studded ceremony. The first is the true story of the crime portrayed in the Academy Award winning film Dog Day Afternoon

#bankrobberies #johnwojtowicz #chasemanhattanbank #newyorkcrimes 

   Left: The real John Wojtowicz, Right: Al Pacino as "Sonny" in Dog Day Afternoon

Resources:

Movie: Dog Day Afternoon, Starring Al Pacino, John Cazale & Charles Durning (1975) 

Documentary: The Dog, Written, produced and directed by Alison Berg & Frank Keraudren (2014)  

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Feb 06, 2018
Episode 076: Survivor Stories: Chapter 4: Mary Vincent
45:01

A teenage hitchhiker is picked up by a violent rapist in Northern California in 1978. The attack upon her would horrify the public and Lawrence Singleton would serve as a terrifying warning about accepting rides from strangers. 

Mary Vincent soon after her attack by Larry Singleton.

Mary Vincent testifies at Singleton's murder trial in 1998.

 

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Jan 30, 2018
Episode 075: Survivor Stories: Chapter 3: Tracey Thurman
31:13

A woman leaves her abusive husband and spends months trying to get  law enforcement authorities to help her escape her abuser. In 1983, she survives one of the most brutal and vicious incidents of domestic violence I've ever encountered. She will file a civil lawsuit against the city an the police department for failing to protect her. 

Tracey Thurman Motuzick

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Jan 23, 2018
Episode 074: Survivor Stories: Chapter 2: I Survived Ted Bundy - Rhonda Stapley
01:16:06

A young woman is offered a ride by a nice looking man in Salt Lake City in 1974. By the end of the day she would be attacked and almost killed by the infamous serial killer, Ted Budy. 

My special guest, Rhonda Stapley, is the author of "I Survived Ted Bundy: The Attack, Escape and PTSD That Changed My Life".  You can find it here on Amazon.

Rhonda can be found on Facebook here.

If you are someone you know would like help and/or information about post-traumatic stress you can go to www.ptsd.va.gov.

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Jan 16, 2018
Episode 073: Survivor Stories: Chapter 1: The Abduction of Elizabeth Shoaf
42:13

A young girl is abducted on her way home from school in Lugoff, South Carolina in 2006. 

         

14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf masterminded her own rescue from this underground bunker hidden deep in the woods.

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Jan 09, 2018
Episode 072: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 4: Laci Peterson - Part 2
01:15:26

I continue my discussion of the Laci Peterson case with my co-host, Yolanda of the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast. In this episode we take a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson and what we believe contributed to his crime.

Holiday Greetings in this episode from:

The True Crime Guys

The Fall Line

Hillbilly Horror Stories

Not Perfect or Functional

Happy Holidays! 

Dec 19, 2017
Episode 071: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 3: Laci Peterson: Part 1
01:38:20

On Christmas Eve day, 2002, an 8-month pregnant woman went missing from her home. A large-scale search was started right away, but suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Scott Peterson. 

This episode will be a little different for OUAC. I have a special co-host, Yolanda Norris from the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast who will be discussing the case with me. Yolanda is my sister so this is a real holiday treat for me - and I hope it will be for you too!

Also, while you may think you know this story, we've come at it from a different angle. First, it will be in response to the A&E program "The Murder of Laci Peterson" in which they lay out a case for the reasons some believe Scott Peterson was tried in the media and should have been found not guilty.

Second, we will do a deep into the background and psyche of Scott Peterson to give our take on why we think not only is he guilty, but that there were signs pointing to how and why Scott may have been able to so casually murder his wife and unborn son. 

This episode is Part One of a two-part special episode. Part Two comes out tomorrow! Happy Holidays! 

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Dec 19, 2017
Episode 070: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 2: Holiday Hijinx
25:22

We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.  

Hear holiday greetings from some of my pod friends including Canadian True Crime, True Crime Garage, Southern Fried True Crime, Insight Podcast, True Crime Island, Murder Road Trip, The Cleaning of John Doe, Killifornia Dreaming and Done Disappeared.

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Dec 12, 2017
Episode 069: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 1: Very Bad Santas
28:15

We kick our true crime holiday season with stores of Santas who go bad.

#Christmascrime #badsantas #historicalcrime

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Dec 05, 2017
Episode 068: Murder in the Family: Chapter 4: Fritz Klenner and Susie Lynch
01:05:31

Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.

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Movies/Television: In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness (Also known as "Bitter Blood") starring Harry Hamlin and Kelly McGillis (1994)

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 28, 2017
Episode 067: Murder in the Family: Chapter 3: Sante and Kenny Kimes
01:16:12

A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes.

Sante & Kenny Kimes on 60 Minutes.

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Nov 21, 2017
Episode 066: Murder in the Family: Chapter 2: The Gonzalez Sisters
39:00

One of the most prolific serial killer families in history was discovered in Jalisco, Mexico in 1964.  This is the story of the Gonzalez Sisters. 

Serial killers, sex slavery 

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Nov 14, 2017
Episode 065: Murder in the Family: Chapter 1: The Briley Brothers
47:42

Our new series "Murder in the Family" details cases where family members commit murder together. First up, the story of The Briley Brothers who went on an 8-month crime spree in Richmond Virginia.

Left to right: Linwood, James (JB), and Anthony Briley, Douglas Meekins

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Nov 07, 2017
Episode 064: Halloween Tales: Volume 2
42:11

As a special treat I'll share a couple of creepy urban legends...with a twist. These tales are actually based on true crime stories.

Son of Sam, The Zodiac Killer, 3x Killer, The Watcher

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Oct 23, 2017
Episode 063: Fakes, Frauds & Liars: Chapter 2: The Warrior Eli Hoax
34:04

A pregnant mother dies as a result of a car accident. Thousands of Facebook friends mourn her loss. Could her whole life have been fabricated online? Chapter 2 tells the fascinating story of a case of Munchausen by Internet. 

Thanks to Taryn Harper Wright for her help with this episode. Find her at www.warriorelihoax.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warriorelihoax

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Oct 16, 2017
Episode 062: Fakes, Frauds and Liars: Chapter 1: Belle Gibson
41:40

In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet.

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Oct 09, 2017
Episode 061: With Friends Like These: Chapter 4: Christine Paolilla
01:12:51

In our last chapter of "With Friends Like These" four young people are gunned down in Clear Lake City, Texas. A bullied girl had been taken under their wing - did their kindness cost them their lives?

Marcus Precella, Tiffany Rowell, Adelbert Sanchez and Rachel Koloroutis

Christine Paolilla

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Oct 02, 2017
Episode 060: With Friends Like These: Chapter 3: Doe Roberts
01:11:15

A woman goes missing in a small town in Tennessee. Soon, a kidnapper calls demanding a ransom. The communication from him becomes more bizarre and townspeople begin to believe the culprit might be one of their own community members.

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Sep 25, 2017
Episode 059: With Friends Like These: Chapter 2: Bobby Kent
01:28:38

A group of teens conspire to kill a young man - the best friend of one of the conspirators - in Hollywood, Florida in 1993. 

Bobby Kent was proud of his muscles and sometimes used them to bully his friends.

The 7 conspirators (clockwise from top left):

Marty Puccio, Ali Willis, Donny Semenec, Heather Swallers,

Derek Dzvirko, Derek Kaufman, Lisa Connelly

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Sep 11, 2017
Episode 58: With Friends Like These: Chapter 1: Kirsten Costas
43:55

Our new series "With Friends Like These" I detail cases where friends turn upon friends - and become deadly. The first is a case of high school jealousy. Kirsten Costas is attacked by a classmate in Orinda, California.

Kirsten Costas (left) and Bernadette Protti (right) were classmates at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. Bernadette became obsessed with Kirsten and wanted to be included in her circle of popular girls.

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Sep 04, 2017
Episode 057: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 4: Marie Hilley - Part 2
01:20:15

Marie Hilley poisons her husband to death and attempts to kill her daughter in Alabama. When her crime is discovered she goes on the run. What she does next is one of the most bizarre tales of true crime in U.S. history.

 

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Television show: American Monster - Alabama Murder Mystery 

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Aug 28, 2017
Episode 056: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 3: Marie Hilley - Part 1
01:26:42

The story of Marie Hilley's life is one of the most strange and bizarre true crime cases I've encountered. There are so many twists and turns in this case that I've split it into two parts.

Frank and Marie Hilley early in their marriage.

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Aug 21, 2017
Episode 055: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 2: Beverley Allitt - Britain's "Angel of Death"
01:12:17

Our second chapter focuses on a case of Munchausen by Proxy - but this time the perpetrator is a health care worker preying on unsuspecting hospital patients.

Beverley Allitt was a British serial killer dubbed "The Angel of Death". Many believe she killed because she had Munchausen's Syndrome. Others simply believe she was an evil person who used her position to attack the most vulnerable - the young and helpless.

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Aug 14, 2017
Episode 054: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 1: Laurie Williamson - Munchausen by Proxy
54:18

A rare phenomenon causes a mother to make her children ill for her own selfish gain. Chapter 1 of "Sick and Murdered".

Laurie Williamson is wheeled into court to face charges (she claimed to be paralyzed).

Resources:

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Generation Why - Episode 234

Sword and Scale - Episode 49

Documentary: Mommy Dead and Dearest

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Aug 07, 2017
Episode 053: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 4: Ted Ammon - Murder in the Hamptons - Part 2
01:31:03

Part 2 of "Murder in the Hamptons" tells of the ugly and costly divorce of Ted and Generosa Ammon and how hate a resentment boiled over to murder.

Clockwise from top: Greg & Alexa Ammon, The East Hampton beach house, Danny Pelosi, Ted Ammon, Generosa Ammon

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Jul 31, 2017
Episode 052: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 3: Ted Ammon - Murder in the Hamptons - Part 1
01:00:49

A love story turn into a murder when a multi-millionaire finds himself in an ugly and vicious divorce.

The Ammon family in happier times.

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Malicious Life Podcast - Malicious Life explores the people and the stories behind the cyber security industry and its evolution.  Host Ran Levi interviews hackers and industry experts, discussing the hacking culture of the 1970s and 80s, the subsequent rise of viruses in the 1990s and today’s advanced cyber threats.

Murder Dictionary - Join Kelly & Brianna as they discover true crime cases from A-Z focusing on a new type of crime for each letter of the alphabet. You'll laugh, you'll scream, you'll come back for more!

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Jul 24, 2017
Episode 051: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 2: Edmond Safra - Murder in Monaco
48:37

Edmond Safra was a billionaire banker who lived in a highly secure penthouse in Monaco. So, how did attackers get in - or was the story all a fabrication by an insecure employee? This is the strange and tragic story with many questions yet to be answered.

La Leopolda, one of the most opulent villas on the French Riviera was just one of  the residences owned by the vastly wealthy couple, Edmond & Lily Safra.

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Jul 17, 2017
Episode 050: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 1: Spoiled Son - Dale Ewell
01:02:35

The new series details cases of the rich who were targeted for their wealth. In our first chapter a young man's greed prompts him to plot a heinous crime.

The Ewell family from L to R: Dana, Glee, Tiffany and Dale

 

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Jul 10, 2017
Episode 049: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 4: Murder on Palmyra
01:00:38

Two couples collide on a deserted island in the South Seas. Only one would leave the island alive. 

  

Mac & Muff Graham on the Sea Wind, Duane Buck Walker, Stephanie Stearns

Book: And the Sea Will Tell - Vincent Bugliosi

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Jun 26, 2017
Episode 048: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 3: Missing in Aruba
38:45

A woman goes missing on the beautiful island of Aruba in 2011 under mysterious circumstances.

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Jun 19, 2017
Episode 047: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 2: The Monster of Florence
33:07

This week I'll take you the beautiful Italian countryside - where a serial killer will stalk and kill young lovers. 

  The Monster of Florence strikes again the the area surrounding Florence, Italy.

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Jun 12, 2017
Episode 046: Murder in Paradise: Chapter 1: The Yosemite Murders
59:42

A serial killer is hunting and killing women in Yosemite National Park in 1999. His ties to another well-known true crime case would make this story even more bizarre. 

Cary Stayner after his arrest for the murders of four women in Yosemite National Park in 1999.

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Jun 05, 2017
Episode 045: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 4: Murder by Mercedes
01:00:52

A woman finds out her husband of 10 years is having an affair and takes matters into her own hands - in a particularly gruesome way.

David, Lindsay and Clara Harris in happier times.

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May 22, 2017
Episode 044: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 3: Jodi Arias Part 2
01:11:22

Part 2 tells about the investigation, interrogation, arrest and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander. This is Chapter 3 of "A Woman Scorned"

Jodi Arias was on the stand for 18 days during her trial.

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May 15, 2017
Episode 043: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 2: Jodi Arias
01:07:55

A young woman who felt spurned by her on-again-off again lover and realizaing she couldn’t have him for herself, decides to take deadly revenge. This case became one of the most sensationalized trials on record.  

Chapter 2 of "A Woman Scorned" is the murder of Travis Alexander by Jodi Arias.

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May 09, 2017
Episode 042: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 1: Betty Broderick
01:07:41

In 1989, Betty Broderick guns down her ex-husband and his new wife. Did her cheating husband cause her to snap or did she commit cold-blood, premeditated murder?

This is Chapter 1 of our new series "A Woman Scorned". 

            Betty and Dan Broderick on their wedding day in 1969. Their love would not last forever.

 

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May 02, 2017
Episode 041: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 4: Charles Rothenberg
38:26

A divorced dad takes revenge out on his ex-wife by attempting to murder his own son.

A 1988 television movie titled "David" detailed the terrible crime Charles Rothenberg committed on his 6-year-old son.

 

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Apr 25, 2017
Episode 040: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 3: Susan Smith
51:04

A woman reports her car stolen with her 2 young sons inside. After a 9 day search, the unthinkable would be discovered.

Michael and Alex Smith went missing on October 25, 1994.

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Apr 18, 2017
Episode 039: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 2: John List
01:19:21

An entire family is found murdered in their home in 1971. The patriarch, John List, murdered his wife, mother and children and then disappeared.

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Apr 11, 2017
Episode 038: Monstrous Moms and Dastardly Dads: Chapter 1: Diane Downs
01:07:59

Three children are shot on a lonely road one night in 1983. Was it the work of a violent stranger or was it even more horrifying? Could their own mother be to blame?

Diane Downs and her children - Danny, Christie and Cheryl.

#truecrimepodcast #truecrime #dianedowns

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Apr 03, 2017
Episode 037: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 4: Female Mass Murderers
25:45

In this episode I detail a rare phenomenon - female mass murderers. You'll hear three cases of women who killed several people in a single incident in the U.S., Germany and Kuwait. 

Jennifer San Marco killed 7 people in Goleta, California in 2006

Resources:

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Mar 27, 2017
Episode 036: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 3: The San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre
31:20

The worst case of mass murder in the U.S. at the time occurred on July 18, 1984. The shooter entered a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California and killed 21 men, women and children before the siege was over.

San Diego police escort McDonald employees out of the restaurant after a shooter killed 21 employees and customers in 77 minutes.

 

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Mar 20, 2017
Episode 035: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 2: Richard Speck and The Crime of the Century
52:16

Eight student nurses are found dead one morning in 1966. There was only one survivor. This is the case of mass murderer Richard Speck.

Book: The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders that Shocked a Nation - Dennis Breo and William J. Martin

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Mar 14, 2017
Episode 034: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 1: Howard Unruh and the Walk of Death
24:35

A WWII vet goes on a killing rampage in Camden, New Jersey in 1949.

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Mar 07, 2017
Episode 033: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 4: The Lonely Hearts Killers
34:41

A couple deceive, rob and, ultimately, kill women who place ads in "Lonely Hearts" columns in the 1940s.

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Feb 28, 2017
Episode 032: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 3: Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate
01:09:55

Two teens go on a killing spree in America's heartland in 1958.

Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate

Music: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

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Feb 21, 2017
Episode 031: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 2; Alton Coleman and Debra Brown
35:30

A couple begin a reign of terror across several states in the Midwest United States in the summer of 1984.  The FBI would be called in to find and apprehend the serial killers.

Alton Coleman and Debra Brown in court, 1984.

   

Feb 13, 2017
Episode 030: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 1: Amy Fisher - The Long Island Lolita
35:54

A young girl infatuated with an older, married man sets out to eliminate her rival - his wife of 15 years. But, the story is soon discovered to be more sordid than originally thought.

 

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Feb 07, 2017
Episode 029: Artful Crimes: Chapter 4: The Gardner Museum Heist
41:22

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts is robbed of over a half a billion dollars of rare art in 1990.

Image: Thieves smash and grab over a half billion dollars of art at the Isabella  Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

 

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Jan 31, 2017
Episode 028: Artful Crimes: Chapter 3: Andy Warhol and Valerie Solanas
44:28

A young aspiring writer shoots pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1968.

Valerie Solanas, just after shooting Andy Warhol, June 3, 1968.

 

Resources:

Book: Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol) by Breanne Fahs

Movie: I Shot Andy Warhol

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Jan 24, 2017
Episode 027: Artful Crimes: Chapter 2: Caravaggio: The Bad Boy of Rome
55:46

The great artist Caravaggio lives an unparalleled life as a painter of masterpieces and as a mercurial and violent young man who became a convicted murderer before the age of 35.

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Resrouces:

Book: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon For a free audio book and a 30-day free trial go to www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponaCrime

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Jan 17, 2017
Episode 026: Artful Crimes: Chapter 1: The Death of Vincent Van Gogh
56:49

The series "Artful Crimes" details cases of crimes committed by and against artists. In Chapter 1 we'll explore the death of Vincent Van Gogh - suicide or murder?  

Resources: Book: Van Gogh: A Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Music: Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean

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Jan 10, 2017
Episode 025: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 3: Murder in Madison
53:25

A man leads police to a body buried in a snowbank on Christmas Day, 1977. This murder in Madison, Wisconsin, would captivate the public with a tale of sex, murder, drugs and money.    

Resources:

Book: Winter of Frozen Dreams - by Karl Harter

Video: Winter of Frozen Dreams  

Dec 30, 2016
Episode 024: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 2: The Lawson Family Murders
58:59

On Christmas Day, 1929, one of the country's worst mass murders took place in North Carolina. This is Chapter 2 of Holiday Homicides: The Lawson Family Murders.

The Lawson family portrait - part of Charlie Lawson's "Christmas surprise".

The crime scene became a tourist attraction complete with blood splatter.

 

Resources:

Book: The Meaning of Our Tears: The True Story of the Lawson Family Murders by Trudy J. Smith

Ballad: The Lawson Family Murder by Doc Watson

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Dec 20, 2016
Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 1: The Ashland Tragedy
36:17

In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, 1881, a brutal attack was perpetrated on three sleeping teens in Ashland, Kentucky.

The three suspects in the Ashland murders

This week's Audible recommendation is The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo. You can get a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/OnceUponACrime.

Poem: The Ashland Tragedy, composed as a ballad by Peyton Buckner Byrne of Greenup County, Kentucky.

Music: The Cherry Tree Carol and Carol of the Bells from An Appalachian Christmas, Composer Mark O'Connor

Dec 12, 2016
Episode 022: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 4: Amber Hagerman and the AMBER Alert
26:07

A 9-year-old girl is abducted in Arlington, Texas. The community and, ultimately, the country would call for changes in the way law enforcement responds to missing and abducted children  

You can find the video about Amber and her family here: WFAA Amber Hagerman Documentary

Click here to find out more about the AMBER Alert System

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be contacted at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.missingkids.org .

You can see a list of active AMBER alerts here.

Tips to keep your children safe:

1) Have a code word phrase. This is a phrase that you would share with your children, especially as it relates to adults they should and can trust. They should know that if you send someone to pick them up from school or any activity, the code word will be used. Make it something funny or personal so it’s easy for the kids to remember. A child should only go with someone who tells them that phrase. 2) Teach your kids that adults don’t need help from kids. If an adult needs directions, help finding a pet or anything else, they should ask another adult, not a child.

3) Let your child know it’s OK to yell, scream, and say no to an adult if they feel uncomfortable or scared. We teach children to listen to adults and not to be disruptive, but there are times they should disobey and be loud. It’s a good idea to practice with your kids. Give them a scenario and have them practice say no firmly and loudly, screaming, and running away.

4) Be careful of sharing too much identifying information on the internet. Of course, we like to share pictures and information about the cute and fun things are children do on Facebook and other social media. But predators can get information about a child's location, routine, etc., if identifying information is shared such as school names, names of parks you frequent, even locations of meeting places like scout troop meetings, sports fields, etc. So, just keep that information to a minimum and without details. Family members and good friends already probably know it so it's not necessary to share.  

Dec 05, 2016
Episode 021: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 3: Polly Klaas
36:03

The murder of a young girls leads to sweeping changes in sentencing laws.

Polly Hannah Klaas was 12 years old when she was abducted by a stranger out of her own bedroom.

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Book recommendation: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin   

Nov 29, 2016
Episode 020: Bonus Episode: Holiday Schedule and Shout Outs
16:17

Happy Thanksgiving! Just sharing some info about the holiday schedule of podcast releases and some shout outs to listeners and podcasters!

Thanks to our new sponsor Audible who is offering our listeners a 30-day free trial and a free audiobook download! Go to www.audibletrial.com/onceuponacrime for your free offer.

 

Nov 21, 2016
Episode 019: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 2: Francine Hughes and The Burning Bed
01:13:16

An abused woman spends years being beaten and terrorized by her husband while police and others turn a blind eye. In desperation, she takes the law into her own hands.

Resources:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Victim Support (U.K.) www.victimsupport.org.uk

Domestic Violence Resource Centre (AU) www.dvrcv.org.au

U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women www.justice.gov/ovw

Book: The Burning Bed by Faith McNulty  

People show support for the defendant at the trial of Francine Hughes./Farrah Fawcett's portrayal of Francine in "The Burning Bed".    

Nov 17, 2016
Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 1: Kitty Genovese
58:13

A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported.

. Kitty Genovese

Resources:

Film: The Witness Book: Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America - Kevin Cook

Nov 08, 2016
Episode 017: Bonus Episode: Halloween Tales
30:31

On this special bonus Halloween episode I share something a little different. Instead of the usual true crime case I'm sharing two ghost stories with you. Feel free to listen in the dark! Happy Halloween!

 

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Oct 28, 2016
Episode 015: Fatal Fans: Chapter 3: John Lennon
01:05:39

Mark David Chapman stalks and murders John Lennon on a New York city street in 1980. This is Chapter 3 of Fatal Fans.

 

John Lennon autographs his album for Mark Chapman a few hours before Chapman shoots him dead on December 8, 1980.

Music:

Mother - John Lennon

Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Imagine - John Lennon  

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Oct 11, 2016
Episode 016: Fatal Fans: Chapter 4: John Hinckley
47:27

John Hinckley, Jr. tries to impress an actress by killing President Ronald Reagan. Was he legally insane? This is the final chapter in the series "Fatal Fans". 

 

John Hinckley's mug shot - dated 3/30/81 - the day he tried to kill President Reagan.

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Oct 11, 2016
Episode 014: Fatal Fans: Chapter 2: Rebecca Schaeffer
28:21

An unhinged fan has murderous plans towards young actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

 

 

Rebecca Schaeffer

Robert John Bardo in court.

Oct 04, 2016
Episode 013: Fatal Fans: Chapter 1 Theresa Saldana
40:56

A young actress is stalked by an unhinged drifter who is intent on killing her.

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Theresa Saldana arrives at the court house 2 weeks after her near fatal attack.

 

Arthur Jackson in court charged with first degree attempted murder.

   

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Sep 13, 2016
Episode 012: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 4: Selena
40:59

The Queen of Tejano Music is gunned down by a fan in 1995.

Resources: Music: Selena - Ones - (Greatest Hits Album)

DVD: Selena - the Movie 

Book: To Selena with Love - by Chris Perez

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Sep 09, 2016
Episode 011: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 3: Tupac and Biggie
01:00:13

Two of music's biggest rap stars are cut down in their prime. But, who killed them? This week's episode - Tupac and Biggie.

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Resources for this episode:

Music: 2Pac's Greatest Hits The Notorious B.I.G. Greatest Hits  

Books: Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon - Tayannah Lee McQuillar and Fred L. Johnson III, PhD Notorious C.O.P.: The Inside Story of Tupc, Biggie and Jam Master Jay Investigations - Derrick Parker The Rose that Grew from Concrete: Poems by Tupac Shakur

Movies and Documentaries: Tupac: Resurrection Notorious Biggie and Tupac: The Story Behind the Murders of Rap's Biggest Superstars  

Aug 28, 2016
Episode 010: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 2 Kurt Cobain
01:38:35

The second installment in the series about the tragic endings of musical icons this time I discuss the life and death of Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain. Justin Evans from the Generation Why and The Peripheral podcasts weighs in on "Soaked in Bleach" and the murder theory.

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Click on the links below for resources and to purchase the music.

Songs: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana All Apologies - Nirvana

Books: Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross

Videos: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Soaked in Bleach  

Aug 17, 2016
Episode 009: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 1: Marvin Gaye
54:17

This series tells the tragic stories of recording artists who were killed or died under mysterious circumstances. In the first chapter, Marvin Gaye, a top R&B recording artist is murdered by a family member in 1984.

You can purchase some of his songs here: What's Going On - Marvin Gaye Got to Give it Up - Marvin Gaye 

Books: Marvin Gaye: My Brother by Frankie Gaye Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz      

Aug 02, 2016
Episode 008: Killer Kids Chapter 3 Brenda Spencer
49:04

The first school mass shooting in the U.S. is committed by a 16-year-old year girl. Brenda Spencer mugshot wearing her

   Brenda Spencer's mugshot. January 29, 1979. Wearing her "lucky" hat.

Brenda Spencer goes to court.

Brenda Spencer goes to court.

"I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats

"Does Anyone Like Mondays? The Brenda Spencer Murder Case" by Eric Hart

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Jul 26, 2016
Episode 007: Killer Kids: Chapter 2: Mary Bell
42:37

An 11-year-old is accused of murdering two boys in the 1960s.

 

Also this week - a thank you to Mike from Sword and Scale and Justin from The Generation Why Podcast as well as a shout out to Aurelia305!

And, my thoughts on the Adnan Syed case - new trial granted this week.

Mary Bell, true crime, murders, young killers,

For more on Mary Bell check out "The Case of Mary Bell" by Gitta Sereny. 

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Jul 19, 2016
Episode 006 Bonus Episode Making a Murderer in Conversation
33:04

A bonus episode partially recorded at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. Making a Murderer's Dean Strang and Jerry Buting on their speaking tour "A Conversation on Justice".

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Jul 13, 2016