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True crime stories told chapter-by-chapter.








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. Join me for part one of this two-part episode as I detail the tragic death of a young, lacrosse coach and the strange and unusual backstory that lead to her demise. Resources: Book: Red Zone: The Behind the Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones Article: Mad Dogs and Lawyers by...


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? Today's sponsors: Poshmark - www.poshmark.com - To go to my closet:...


Announcing Season 3 and News

Season 3 will begin on July 2nd! Bonus episode will release this week! Get all the news, announcements and info here! www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime #Season3 #bonusepisode #patreon #thankyou


Episode 093: Infamous Locales: Chapter 5: The Cecil Hotel - Part 3

A young, Canadian college students goes missing from the Cecil 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 Photos: Elisa Lam (right), Elisa in the elevator (left), scene from the recovery of the body from the water tanks on the roof of The Cecil Hotel (below) Resources: Elevator video - last sighting of Elisa Lam: https://youtu.be/3TjVBpyTeZM TX...


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 (Photo: A publicity shot of ex-con and writer, Jack Unterweger) Sponsors: FabFitFun: www.fabfitfun.com - use offer code ONCE for $10 off your first subscription box. TalkSpace:...


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 # Photo: The Exterior of the Cecil Hotel / Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" in court. Sponsors: Canidae Pet Food - www.canidae.com/podcast for a free trial and special discounts. FabFitFun:...


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. I'll talk about the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias. Shout outs to many, many podcasts including Southern Fried True Crime, Trace Evidence, InSight, True Crime Fan Club, The Fall Line, Minds of...


Bonus: The Wonderland Murders

New from Wondery and Hollywood and Crime comes a new podcast, The Wonderland Murders which takes you on a journey back to the drug and sex-fueled world of 1970s Los Angeles all building to a brutal multiple murder just off the Sunset Strip. You can listen to the first two episodes now by searching for The Wonderland Murders where ever you get your podcasts. If you want to hear the first six episodes before anyone else, ad-free go to www.wondery.com/PLUS.


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. Warning: This episode details more graphic details than normal. I give you a trigger warning before it begins in the episode if you'd like to skip ahead. #whitechapel #London...


Episode 088: Infamous Locales: Chapter 1: The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

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? Photo: The intersection of Sunset Blvd, North Linden and North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, known as "The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle". #beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen Sponsor: Podern Love 2018 - Join over 40 independent podcasts for the first podcast convention for...


Bonus Episode - Patreon Sneak Peek Bonus Story

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. To become a Patreon supporter of Once Upon a Crime go to...


Episode 087: Last Stop: Chapter 4: Diana the Hunter of Bus Drivers and the Murdered Women of Juarez

A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers. Photo: Pink crosses spring up around Juarez with the words "Ni una mas" or "not one more" after hundreds of women are murdered beginning in 1993. Resources: For more information about women's organizations in...


The Next Chapter: True Crime Author Harold Schechter

On this second installment of "The Next Chapter" I speak with serial killer expert and true crime author Harold Schechter about his new book, Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men and about his work researching and writing about infamous serial killers. Links: www.haroldschechter.com Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter (2018) To try Audible free for 30 days and get a free audiobook go...


Episode 086: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack

On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway system and release deadly sarin gas. The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara. #massmurder #cults #Japan #terrorism #chemicalweapons Resources: Books: The Cult at the End of the World by David Kaplan and Andrew Marshall Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Mrakami Get a free audiobook and a 30-day free trial at...


Episode 085: Last Stop: Chapter 2: The Hijacking of Bus 174

A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000. #hijacking #hostagecrisis #Brazil Resources: Documentary: Bus 174 (2002) directed by Jose Padilha Podcast Recommendations: Trace Evidence https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trace-evidence/id1239217007?mt=2 Not Perfect or Functional https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/not-perfect-or-functional-podcast-true-crime-sports/id1273572626?mt=2


Bonus: Felonious Florida

A new podcast brought to you by Wondery and The Sun Sentinel shares "only in Florida" true crime cases. This new podcast launches April 3rd! Here's a sneak peek.


Episode 084: Last Stop: Chapter 1: The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping

In 1976, in the small farming community of Chowchilla, California, a school bus full of children is kidnapped for ransom. #kidnappings #Chowchilla #ransom #crimehistory #California www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime www.twitter.com/uponacrime www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod


Episode 083: Unusual Criminal Defenses: Chapter 3: The Affluenza Defense

A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide. His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged upbringing resulted in him not knowing how to discern right from wrong. The term "affluenza" was coined to describe defendants like Ethan Couch - wealthy, spoiled and held unaccountable for their bad behavior. I'll also describe how this same defense was used in 1924 to defend the wealthy teenaged murderers Leopold and Loeb. #LeopoldandLoeb...


The Next Chapter: PureLand Author Annette McGivney

PureLand is the story of the brutal murder of a young Japanese tourist named Tomomi Hanamure who was found stabbed to death while hiking to Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls. But, it is also the story of three cultures - Japanese, American and Native American, the cycle of family violence, nature, spirituality, healing and so much more. In this first episode of a new feature on Once Upon a Crime called "The Next Chapter" I recommend the book Pure Land and share an interview with it's author,...


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? From L to R: Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone, Dan White Sponsors: KIND Snacks - www.kindsnacks.com/once to try 10 KIND Bars for free - just pay shipping. Bissell BarkBath -...