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.
From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Listen now at wondery.fm/acrime.
In the second chapter of the series "Deadly Therapy" a young girl who grows up in an unstable home is placed up for adoption. Her adoptive mother finds her behavior problematic and has her undergo a new and controversial therapy - with tragic results.
This month's series, "Deadly Therapy", details cases of people seeking help from experts, but rather than receiving healing, their journeys came to an abrupt and deadly end. In Chapter One, James, Arthur Ray, success coach and guru, requires his followers to perform extreme mental and physical challenges in the pursuit of “enlightenment” with deadly results.
Episode 132: Twin Terrors: The Gibbons Sisters - Part 2
I continue the story of the Gibbons Sisters - twins who were locked in a battle their entire lives. Neither believed they could survive without the other, but controlled each other so completely they only spoke to or associated with one another. When they reached adolescence, they knew they had to find some way to break out of this destructive twin bond or both would perish. Their desperation lead them to commit increasingly antisocial and criminal acts. This is part two of "The Silent Twins".
Episode 131: Twin Terrors: The Gibbons Sisters - Part 1
June and Jennifer Gibbons were identical twins who, from a very young age, were so bonded to one another that they created their own “twin language” to communicate speaking only to one another. They rejected any other relationships including their own parents and siblings. Later, they would construct a fantasy world that only they inhabited. This lead to more serious anti-social behavior that resulted in a shocking crime spree.
Bonus Episode: Where Are They Now? - The Cleveland Kidnappings
"Lost and Found" was the very first series of Once Upon a Crime in June, 2016. In that series I covered the story of three young women who were held captive and abused by Ariel Castro for over a decade. In this bonus episode we give you an update about these survivors - Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina De Jesus.
A mother takes justice into her own hands in Jamestown, California in 1993 when she discovers her son has been abused by a child molester. Some called her a hero, others denounced her actions as vigilantism. This is Chapter 2 of "Disorder in the Court".
Ray and Sally McNeil were a married couple who were both accomplished athletes in the sport of professional bodybuilding. But, a combination of infidelity, abuse and anabolic steroid use would lead to a final, bloody confrontation on Valentine’s Day, 1995.
Episode 123: Murder Memories: Chapter 2: Eileen Franklin - Part 2
I conclude the story about Eileen Franklin who claimed to have witnessed her friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason's murder in 1969. She would say her memory of the event was only recovered after 20 years. Her story would begin a debate about the validity of "recovered memories" used in criminal trials.
I'm pleased to announce my new podcast "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime"! Each episode will feature me and a special guest host talking about what's new, hot and trending in true crime - in a fun and casual format.
First episode drops on February 19th!
Episode 119: Three Strikes and You're Dead: Chapter 2: Louise Peete - Part 1
In this episode. I share a story about a particularly lethal woman who''s long criminal career saw her acquitted of a murder, sentenced to life for another and still released to continue her murderous ways. This is Part One of the case of Louise Peete.
Episode 117: Black Widows: Chapter 2: Black Widow Sisters
A rare form of serial killer are Black Widows - women who kill their spouses and other family members - usually for financial gain. Even more rare are Black Widow Sisters. This week I'll share two stories of sisters who set up murder syndicates for profit.
Episode 114: Mistletoe and Murder: Chapter 2: Marvallous Keene - The Christmas Murder Spree
On Christmas week 1992, a series of murders took place in Dayton, Ohio. Some would call it a case of “thrill killing” others would point to juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family issues or just plain bad kids. The identified “ringleader” would fit none of these stereotypes and yet, made the decision to go on a murder spree that would shock his community.
Episode 110: Listener Suggestions: The Texas Cadet Murder
A young couple conspire to kill a romantic rival in Texas in 1995. Thanks to listener Casey Graham for the suggestion of this case. This is the case of Diane Zamora and David Graham - The Texas Cadet Murder case.
Episode 109: Listener Suggestions: Craig Price - The Warwick Slasher
When a series of brutal crimes takes place in one neighborhood in Rhode Island in 1989, investigators zero in on an unlikely suspect - a teenage boy who would be considered one of the country's youngest serial killers.
Episode 108: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 4: The LaLaurie Mansion
The last chapter of "Haunted Homicide" is the story of the LaLaurie Mansion known as "the most haunted house in America". In this episode you'll hear the TRUE story of Madame Delphine LaLaurie who is called "the socialite serial killer".
Episode 107: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 3: The Tower of London
The Tower of London has a long history of torture, murder and royal intrigue. It has also been the scene of many ghostly sightings over its 950-year history. Travel with me to through the Tower to uncover some of its dark history.
#ThomasBecket #WilliamWallace #HenryVIII #AnneBoleyn #ThePrincesintheTower #RichardIII #TudorEngland #ElizabethI
Episode 106: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 2: The Amityville Horror House and Ron DeFeo
A house with a dark history is purchased by a young couple in 1975. They soon begin experiencing unexplained and terrifying events inside the home. Was it a result of their imaginations run wild? A hoax? Or the after effects of a horrific multiple homicide committed there?
#Amityville #AmityvilleHorror #DeFeoMurders #RonaldDeFeo
Episode 105: Haunted Homicide: Chapter 1: Herb Baumeister and Fox Hollow Farm
A serial killer uses his own home as his killing grounds. After his crimes are discovered his property, Fox Hollow Farm, will be considered one of the most haunted places in the midwestern United States. This is chapter one of the series, "Haunted Homicide".
Episode 102: Fast Food Felonies: Chapter 1: The Taco Bell Strangler
A series of women are found raped and strangled in their homes in Charlotte, North Carolina between 1992 and 1994. Later it would be discovered that they could all be linked to one man - a manager at a Taco Bell restaurant in Charlotte.
#CharlotteStrangler #serialkiller #HenryLouisWallace #FBIprofilers
Episode 101: Written in Blood: Chapter 4: Anne Perry - Part 2
Part 2 of The Parker-Hulme Murder Case. In the conclusion, we'll discover that one of the convicted murderers would go on to an illustrious career as one of the world's most well known crime-fiction writers. Her past would stay concealed for almost 40 years before her true identity was discovered.
Episode 100: Written in Blood Chapter 3: Anne Perry - Part 1
A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954. Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers. The crime would become infamous in New Zealand and the girl exposed as a well-known writer decades later. This is Part 1.
#Parker-HulmeMurder #NewZealand #PaulineParker #JulietHulme #matricide
Episode 098: Written in Blood: Chapter 1: Jack Abbott and Issei Sagawa
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
Episode 097: Wild Things: Chapter 4: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case
This week we wrap up the Pacific Heights dog mauling case. The attack on Diane Whipple was horrific and lead to a public outcry against the dog owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, who continued to deflect responsibility and blame the victim.
Episode 096: Wild Things: Chapter 3: The Pacific Heights Dog Mauling Case
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.
#dianewhipple #marjorieknoller #robertnoel #sfdogmauling #paulcornfedschneider
Episode 095: Wild Things: Chapter 2: The Murder of Dian Fossey
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
Episode 094: Wild Things: Chapter 1: The San Francisco Zoo Tiger Attacks
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?
Episode 093: Infamous Locales: Chapter 5: The Cecil Hotel - Part 3
A young, Canadian college student goes missing from the Cecil Hotel 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
Episode 092: Infamous Locales: Chapter 4: The Cecil Hotel - Part 2
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
Episode 091: Infamous Locales: Chapter 3: The Cecil Hotel - Part 1
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
Episode 090: Ted Bundy, Jon Benet and Jodi Arias or What I Learned at CrimeCon
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 - the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias.
Episode 089: Infamous Locales: Chapter 2: Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper Murders
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.
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?
#beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen
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.
Episode 086: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack
On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway and release deadly sarin gas. The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara.
#massmurder #cults #Japan #terrorism #chemicalweapons
Episode 083: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 3: The Affluenza Defense
Wealthy and overprivileged youth commit crimes and then their defense attorneys use their indulgent upbringing to claim "diminished responsibility". I'll discuss the cases of Ethan Couch and Leopold and Loeb.
Episode 082: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 2: The Twinkie Defense
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?
Episode 080: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 4: Stolen Oscars, Streakers and Deadly Deeds
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.
Episode 078: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 2: Roman Polanski
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.
#hollywoodcrimes #charlesmanson #sharontate
Episode 077: Academy Award Winning Crimes: Chapter 1: The Dog Day Afternoon Bank Heist
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
Episode 076: Survivor Stories: Chapter 4: Mary Vincent
The last chapter of "Survivor Stories" is the terrifying story of the attack on Mary Vincent by Larry Singleton in Northern California in 1978. Singleton would become one of the most despised and feared criminals in California history.
#Californiacrime #rapists #hitchhikers #murderers
Tracey Thurman survives a vicious attack by her estranged husband, Buck Thurman, in broad daylight and in front of police officers. She will file a federal lawsuit against the Torrington Police Department for failure to protect.
#domesticviolence #traceythurman #buckthurman
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.
#serial killers #tedbundy #rhondastapley #survivors
Episode 072: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 4: Laci Peterson - Part 2
Part 2 of my discussion of the Laci Peterson case will finish up the timeline of the investigation and do a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson. I'll give my analysis of what factors contributed to Scott Peterson's crime.
Episode 071: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 3: Laci Peterson: Part 1
This very special episode details the disappearance of Laci Peterson on Christmas Eve, 2002. Laci, 8-months pregnant at the time was found murdered months later. Her husband, Scott was charged with her murder and the murder of their unborn child. Me and my co-host, Yolanda Norris of the Not Perfect of Function Podcast provide analysis of this case and details you may not have heard before.
Episode 070: The 12 Crimes of Christmas: Chapter 2: Holiday Hijinx
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.
Episode 063: Fakes, Frauds & Liars: Chapter 2: The Warrior Eli Hoax
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.
Episode 060: With Friends Like These: Chapter 3: Doe Roberts
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. Today's Sponsors: KIND Snacks - www.KINDSnacks.com/ONCE for your free trial pack. Podcasts: Not Perfect of Functional, Twisted Philly, Murder Road Trip, The Minds of Madness, True Crime Fan Club, Generation Why, The Peripheral, Pleasing Terrors, Killafornia Dreaming, The Fall Line
Episode 056: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 3: Marie Hilley - Part 1
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. Our sponsors: Malicious Life Podcast Send Pro by Pitney Bowes : www.pb.com/once for a free 90-day trial ZipRecruiter: www.ZipRecruiter.com/crimecase to post your job for free! Once Upon a Crime Podcast Fan Page on Facebook
Episode 055: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 2: Beverley Allitt - Britain's "Angel of Death"
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. This week's sponsors: Bonwi Travel - www.BONWI.com Malicious Life Podcast Save
Episode 054: Sick and Murdered: Chapter 1: Laurie Williamson - Munchausen by Proxy
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: Podcasts featuring the Dee Dee & Gypsy Blanchard Case - Generation Why - Episode 234 Sword and Scale - Episode 49 Documentary: Mommy Dead and Dearest This week's sponsors and offer codes: KIND Snacks - www.KINDsnacks.com/ONCE for a free 10-bar trial pack and to try KIND'S Snack Club. SendPro by Pitney Bowes - www.pb.com/once to get SendPro free for 90 days and a free 10-lb scale.
Episode 053: Millionaire Murders: Chapter 4: Ted Ammon - Murder in the Hamptons - Part 2
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 Today's Sponsor Bonwi Travel - www.BONWI.com Check out this independent podcast! The Noir Factory Podcast Book: Almost Paradise: The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon by Kieren Crowley
Episode 043: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 2: Jodi Arias
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.
Episode 042: A Woman Scorned: Chapter 1: Betty Broderick
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".
Episode 037: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 4: Female Mass Murderers
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, workplace shootings, Sabine Radmacher, Nasra Yousef Al-Enezi
Episode 036: Murder Methods - Mass Murder: Chapter 3: The San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre
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.
James Huberty, mass murderers
Episode 031: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 2; Alton Coleman and Debra Brown
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, Debra Brown, killer couples, serial killers, spree killers
Episode 030: Sweetheart Killers: Chapter 1: Amy Fisher - The Long Island Lolita
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.
Amy Fisher, Joey Buttafuoco, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, New Jersey, Long Island
Episode 027: Artful Crimes: Chapter 2: Caravaggio: The Bad Boy of Rome
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.
true crime artists murderers historical crime
Episode 019: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 2: Francine Hughes and The Burning Bed
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.
Francine Hughes, domestic violence, burning bed, Mickey Hughes
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!
Halloween, ghost stories, spooky tales, La Llorona, Bloody Mary
Episode 010: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 2 Kurt Cobain
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.
Episode 009: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 1: Marvin Gaye
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.
Episode 006 Bonus Episode Making a Murderer in Conversation
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".
Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Theresa Halbach
Episode 004: Bonus Episode: Stockholm Syndrome and Patty Hearst
When kidnap victims are held for a period of time the public often wants to know "why didn't they try to escape?" This episode explains a psychological phenomenon known as "Stockholm Syndrome", how it might apply to the victims I discussed in the series "Lost and Found", and share probably the most well-known case of Stockholm Syndrome, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst.
Episode 003: Lost and Found: Chapter 3: The Cleveland Kidnappings
Three girls go missing over as many years in a Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood. Years go by before they are ever seen again. When it was revealed who had taken them and what they were subjected to the city was stunned to find that the perpetrator had been right under their nose all along.
Ariel Castro, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, abductions,
Episode 002: Lost and Found: Chapter 2: Elizabeth Smart
This is our second installment in the series "Lost and Found". Elizabeth Smart was a 14-year-old girl from a loving, Mormon family living in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family's kindness towards a local transient would make her a target for kidnapping. Her ordeal would encompass months of captivity and hundreds of miles before the final outcome in her story.
Brian David Mitchell, Wanda Barzee, child abductions, kidnapping
Episode 001: Lost and Found: Chapter 1 - Jaycee Dugard
This is the first installment in our series "Lost and Found". An 11-year-old girl is abducted by strangers in broad daylight. The abductors have carefully planned for their captive. The story of this well-publicized kidnapping is even more bizarre and unbelievable than you might have heard.
Jaycee Lee Dugard, Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Phillip Garrido