Once Upon A Crime

Once Upon A Crime

United Kingdom

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 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.



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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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Episode 007: Killer Kids: Chapter 2 Mary Bell  

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. 




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". 

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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. 

Kidnappings, true crime, Stockholm Syndrome, Patty Hearst 


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. 

True crime stories told one chapter at a time.


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. 


Book: The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions by John Glatt 


True crime stories told one chapter at a time: kidnappings.


Episode 001: Lost and Found: Chapter 1 - Jaycee Dugard  

This is the first installment in our series "Lost and Found". When a loved one goes missing the families are left in a terrible limbo. How long do you hold out hope for your loved one to be found? Many never give up hope and, for a few, a miracle happens and their prayers are answered.

In this first episode, 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. 










True crime stories told one chapter at a time. In this series kidnappings are discussed.

Books about the Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping: 

A Stolen Life: A Memoir - Jaycee Dugard

Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Dugard and the Abduction that Shocked the World - John Glatt



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