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Episode 140: Cursed Hollywood: The Little Rascals

From 1922 to the 1940s over 40 child actors would be cast in a popular series of short films and many of them would later fall victim to strange accidents, illnesses, drug addiction, financial hardship, murder and suicide. This is The Curse of The Little Rascals. Today's Sponsor: NutraThrive: www.HealthyDog4.com Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Television Episode: E! True Hollywood Story: Curse of the Little Rascals Alfalfa's Mysterious Death -...


Episode 139: Cursed Hollywood: The Curse of Superman

Every manifestation of the Man of Steel - comic books, television shows and films - has been marked by bad blood, shattered careers, tragic accidents and even murder. This is the Curse of Superman. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: George Reeves Revealed: An Inside Look at the Life and Tragic Death of Television's First Superman by Ed Gross for CloserWeekly.com, Feb. 27, 2019 Who Killed Superman? TheGuardian.com, Nov. 17, 2006 Link to Listener...


Episode 138: Cursed Hollywood: Diff'rent Strokes

Three child actors become stars after being cast in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. But, all three would go on to live troubled adult lives including drug addiction, legal troubles and untimely death. These are the stories of Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: The Tragic Stars of Different Strokes, People Magazine, March 25, 1991 Gary Coleman dies at 42; child star of hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes by...


Introducing: Killer Instinct w/Savannah Brymer

If you’re looking for another true crime podcast that goes behind the crime to bring you all the details that others don’t, you’ll want to check out Killer Instinct. Host Savannah Brymer doesn’t just recite the facts of the cases she covers, she reveals the stories behind real crimes. From serial killers to missing persons and more, Killer Instinct brings you a new true crime case each week. Here's a clip from Killer Instinct that details the bizarre case of the Richardson Family...


Episode 137: Deadly Therapy - Susan Polk

Susan Polk enters into a relationship with her therapist when she is a young girl. Years later, after 20 years of marriage, she will claim she has been abused by her husband for decades. After he is found dead in their guest house the question would be, was this a case of self-defense or a cold-blooded murder? Several resources were used in the research of this case including: Court record: The People, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Susan Mae Polk, Defendant and Applellant, Contra Costa...


Episode 136: Deadly Therapy: Terrance Cottrell

A mother seeks help for her special needs child, but a church prayer service ends tragically. Several resources were used in the research for this episode including: Book: True Stories of Law and Order by Kevin Dwyer and Jure Fiorillo Articles: Death by Exorcism by David Krajicek for the New York Daily News, October 8, 2006 Sponsor: Native Deodorants - www.nativedeodorant.com - Use promo code ONCE for 20% off your first purchase. Subscribe to "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime" On iTunes:...


Episode 135: Deadly Therapy - Candace Newmaker

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. Several resources were used to research this episode including: Her Name was Candace by Carla Crowder and Peggy Lowe for Denver Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 29, 2000 ...


Episode 134: Deadly Therapy: James Arthur Ray

In this month's series, "Deadly Therapy", I’ll detail cases of people who sought help from experts, but rather than receiving healing and transformation, their journeys came to an abrupt and deadly end. In this first chapter, you’ll hear how James, Arthur Ray, a self-described success coach and guru required his followers to perform increasingly more extreme mental and physical challenges all in the pursuit of “enlightenment” with deadly results. Several resources were used in the research...


Episode 133: Twin Terrors: Sunny and Gina Han

Identical twin sisters, Sunny and Gina Han were lifelong rivals. One sister's jealousy would lead her to plot her twin's murder. www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime www.truecrimepodcast.com


Once Upon a Crime LIVE at CrimeCon 2019

In this bonus episode, I interview Jan Broberg and Skye Borgman about their documentary film "Abducted in Plain Sight" LIVE at CrimeCon 2019 in New Orleans. #AbductedinPlainSight #truecrimedocumentary #CrimeCon2019


Bonus Episode - CrimeCon 2019 and Travel Tales

On this bonus episode I take you along with me to CrimeCon 2019 in New Orleans and my travels to New York City and Toronto for the Toronto True Crime Film Festival. #CrimeCon #NewOrleans #TorontoTrueCrimeFilmFestival #truecrimedocumentaries #NewYorkCity www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod


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...


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. Sponsors: Harper Wilde: www.harperwilde.com/ONCE - Use promo...


Announcement and Updates for Week of May 28

Some announcement and details on CrimeCon and meetups upcoming in June! New York City Meetup: Tuesday, June 11, Algonquin Hotel Lobby Lounge, 59 W. 44th Street, NYC - 7 to 11 p.m. Our website: www.truecrimepodcast.com CrimeCon: www.CrimeCon.com - Use offer code ONCE19 for 10% off your registration. Toronto True Crime Film Festival: www.torontotruecrimefilmfestival.com Our Social Media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod Click here to join our Facebook group. Twitter:...


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. Links: Our website: www.truecrimepodcast.com CrimeCon: www.CrimeCon.com - Use offer code ONCE19 for 10% off your registration. Toronto True Crime Film Festival:...


May News and Announcements

This bonus episode gives news and announcements for the month of May including information on Season 4. Website: www.truecrimepodcast.com Social Media: Twitter - @uponacrime and @tacoboutcrime Facebook and Instagram - @onceuponacrimepod Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime CrimeCon: www.crimecon.com - use discount code ONCE19 for 10% off your registration Toronto True Crime Film Festival - www.torontotruecrimefilmfestival


Episode 130: Disorder in the Court: Ellie Nesler

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". Sponsors: Hask Beauty: www.haskbeauty.com or purchase in store at CVS or online at www.cvs.com. Backblaze: www.Backblaze.com/ONCE for a fully-featured 15-day no risk free trial. Several resource materials were used for this episode...


Episode 129: Disorder in the Court: The Atlanta Courthouse Killer

In 2005, a man on trial for rape escapes custody in Atlanta's Fulton County Courthouse and goes on a violent rampage. This is Chapter 1 of "Disorder in the Court". Today's Sponsor: Harper Wilde - www.harperwilde.com/ONCE for a free home try-on and a free wash bag. Resources: Several articles were used in the creation of this episode. Some of them are listed here: 3 Slain in Atlanta Courthouse Rampage, The Washington Post, March 12, 2005, Staff writers Manuel Roig-Franzia and Melanie...


Episode 128: Bad Sports: Ten Cent Beer Night

A summer ball game descends into chaos when a promotional event goes seriously awry. This is the last chapter in the series "Bad Sports" recounting the Cleveland Indians' "Ten Cent Beer Night" riot. Today's sponsor: Hask Beauty - www.haskbeauty.com . You can also find Hask products at www.walmart.com. Thanks to guest voice actors Lorne and Michael from The True Crime Guys podcast. www.truecrimeguys.com Some of the resources used in this episode include: Articles: The Night Beer and...


Episode 127: Bad Sports: Soccer Brawl in Brazil

A friendly soccer game on a dusty field in Brazil turns into a horrific act of violence. Resources: Article: A Yellow Card, Then Unfathomable Violence in Brazil by Jere Longman and Taylor Barnes for The New York Times, October 31, 2013 "Football Hooliganism" - a Wikipedia listing of instances of violence at soccer matches. Sponsors: Away Travel - www.awaytravel.com/ONCE20 and use discount code ONCE20 for $20 off a suitcase. Espionage - A new podcast by the Parcast network....