Once Upon A Crime

Once Upon A Crime

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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.


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


Book: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon

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Episode 026: Artful Crimes: Chapter 1: The Death of Vincent Van Gogh  

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? 



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

Music: Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean


Vincent Van Gogh Art History Artists Impressionism Suicide True Crime Murder 

Episode 025: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 3: Muder in Madison  

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.




Book: Winter of Frozen Dreams - by Karl Harter

Video: Winter of Frozen Dreams


Episode 024: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 2: The Lawson Family Murders  

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.



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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Episode 023: Holiday Homicides: Chapter 1: The Ashland Tragedy  

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

Episode 022: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 4: Amber Hagerman and the AMBER Alert  

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.


Episode 021: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 3: Polly Klaas  

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 


Episode 020: Bonus Episode: Holiday Schedule and Shout Outs  

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. 


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.


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". 



Episode 018: True Crime Game Changers: Chapter 1: Kitty Genovese  

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


Film: The Witness

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

Episode 017: Bonus Episode: Halloween Tales  

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 #ghoststories #spooky 

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Episode 016: Fatal Fans: Chapter 4: John Hinckley  

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 Fan".

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

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Episode 015: Fatal Fans: Chapter 3: John Lennon  

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.


Mother - John Lennon

Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Imagine - John Lennon



Episode 014: Fatal Fans: Chapter 2: Rebecca Schaeffer  

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

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Rebecca Schaeffer

Robert John Bardo in court. 

Episode 013: Fatal Fans: Chapter 1 Theresa Saldana  

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

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Celebrity crime, stalking victims, true crime.

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


Arthur Jackson in court charged with first degree attempted murder.



Episode 012: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 4 Selena  

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



Selena - Ones - (Greatest Hits Album)


Selena - the Movie 


To Selena with Love - by Chris Perez

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Episode 011: The Day the Music Died: Chapter 3 Tupac and Biggie  

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:


2Pac's Greatest Hits

The Notorious B.I.G. Greatest Hits


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


Biggie and Tupac: The Story Behind the Murders of Rap's Biggest Superstars


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.



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


Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

All Apologies - Nirvana


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


Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Soaked in Bleach


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. 

You can purchase some of his songs here:

What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

Got to Give it Up - Marvin Gaye 


Marvin Gaye: My Brother by Frankie Gaye

Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz




Episode 008: Killer Kids Chapter 3 Brenda Spencer  

The first school mass shooting in the U.S. is committed by a 16-year-old year girl. 

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

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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