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Once Upon A Crime

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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Welcome to Once Upon a Crime!

THE podcast for the true crime addict.

Join me for each episode as I dive in to some of the most fascinating true crime cases told one chapter at a time.

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Mar 20, 2017

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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Feb 28, 2017

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

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Feb 21, 2017

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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Spree killers, American murderers, teenage killers, couples who kill

 

Feb 13, 2017

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 7, 2017

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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Jan 31, 2017

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 24, 2017

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 17, 2017

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

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 10, 2017

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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Dec 30, 2016

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 20, 2016

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 12, 2016

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 5, 2016

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.  

Nov 29, 2016

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 21, 2016

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 17, 2016

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 8, 2016

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

Oct 28, 2016

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 Please rate and review the show on iTunes! And tell a friend. Thanks!

Oct 11, 2016

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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Oct 11, 2016

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 4, 2016

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

 

 

Rebecca Schaeffer

Robert John Bardo in court.

Sep 13, 2016

A young actress is stalked by an unhinged drifter who is intent on killing her. Facebook: OnceUponACrimePod Twitter: @UponACrime 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.

   

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Sep 9, 2016

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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