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Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

Join me as I dive into some of the most fascinating and thought provoking true crime stories told one chapter at a time. Kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more will be covered.


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Episode 197: Hookups from Hell: Takahiro Shiraishi - "The Twitter Killer"

A serial killer preys on vulnerable women in Tokyo, Japan.  He will meet his victims on Twitter.  (Caution: This episode contains the subject of suicide.) 


"Inside the mind of the Japanese serial killer who killed 9 people" by Walter Sim for The Straits Times, Nov 5, 2017. 

"Japan's 'Twitter Killer' Given Death Sentence for 9 Murders" by Ben Dooley for The New York Times, Dec 15, 2020. 

"Killer who kept heads in cool boxes advertised himself as a professional hangman to lure suicidal victims" by Claire Carter for The Mirror, Nov 3, 2017. 


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Episode 196: Hookups from Hell: Wade Ridley - "The Murderer"

Two women meet a man on After they end the relationship, Wade Ridley vows deadly revenge. 


20/20: In an Instant - "Match Made in Hell", ABC Television, aired July 1, 2017

Dating App Horrors: The Untold Story, A&E Network, aired May 2, 2019. 

"Mary Kay Beckman Sues", The Huffington Post, Jan 24, 2013


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Episode 195: Hookups from Hell: Mark Twitchell - "The Dexter Killer"

A Canadian man, inspired by the television show Dexter, lures his murder victims through online dating sites. 


Dateline: Deadly House of Cards, NBC Television, September 16, 2011.

"Alleged First Victim Recalls His Escape" by Nahreman Issa for CTV News, April 1, 2011. 

"'Dexter Killer' Mark Twitchell among members of dating site for inmates" by Scott Stevenson for CBC News, Jan 9, 2017

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Alleged Diary from Mark Twitchell's Computer (GRAPHIC WARNING), retrieved on 


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Episode 194: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 3

In Part 3 of this miniseries, Curtis Dean Anderson confesses to a high-profile missing child case.  He would be investigated for a series of abductions and murders of children in Northern California.  Was he a serial killer as he claimed or was it just another manipulation by this serial predator? 


?Portrait of ?an absolute monster?? by Kevin Fagan for The San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2009

?List of Bay Area child kidnapping cases?, San Jose Mercury News, August 27, 2009. 

?Murderer?s Confession to 1988 Slaying is Valid?., July 7, 2009. 

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Episode 193: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 2

In part two of this miniseries the bravery of an 8-year-old girl unmasks a serial predator named Curtis Dean Anderson. He would be linked to the disappearance of Xiana Fairchild. 


"Portrait of 'an absolute monster'", by Kevin Fagan for The San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2009. 

"Midsi Sanchez finds purpose, peace 20 years after being kidnapped in Vallejo", by Amy Maginnis-Honey for The Daily Republic - Solano County, July 2020. 

Letters from a Serial Killer, Kristi Belcamino and Stephanie Kahalekulu, Publisher - Kristi Belcamino, 2018. 


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Episode 192: Serial Predator: Curtis Dean Anderson - Part 1

A 7-year-old goes missing from Vallejo, California in 1999.  It would be some time before Xiana Fairchild would be linked to a serial predator who would ultimately be connected to several missing and murdered women and children in Northern California and beyond. This is the first part of a month-long series about serial predator Curtis Dean Anderson. 


Letters from a Serial Killer: The true story of a mother and a journalist's fight to save a little girl's life by Kristi Belcamino and Stephanie Kahalekulu, Publisher: Kristi Belcamino, 2018. 

"A Sad End to Xiana's Story" by Stacy Finz, Patrick Hoge, Tyche, Hendricks, Matthew B. Standard for The San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 4, 2001. 


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Episode 191: The Craziest Crime Stories of 2020 w/Leroy Luna

Episode 190: Cases You Probably Haven't Heard About, But Should Have

In this episode I'll share three true crime cases you may not have heard of, but should have.  My special guest host is Laurah from The Fall Line and One Strange Thing Podcasts. 


"Murder in a Silent Place" by David Van Biema for Time, Jun 17, 2001. 

People Magazine Investigates: The Sounds of Silence, Season 3, Episode 13, Investigation Discover Channel. 

"Gwen Araujo murder 14 years later: Trangender teen's killers face parole" by Malaika Fraley for The Bay Area News Group, Oct 14, 2016. 


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A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006), Lifetime TV.

Trained in the Ways of Men (2007), directed by Michelle Prevost. 

Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation, Malinda Maynor Lowery, (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, Malinda Maynor Lowery, (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).

If you have any information regarding the Brittany Locklear case you can contact the State Bureau of Investigation in North Carolina at (919) 662-4500 or the Hoke County Sheriff's Office at (910) 875-5111. There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to a resolution of Brittany's case. 

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Episode 189: Body of Evidence: Stacy Peterson

Two women thought they'd met the man of their dreams. But one of them would be found dead of mysterious circumstances and one would go missing never to be seen again. Would justice prevail to convict Drew Peterson for these crimes? 


Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48: Drew Peterson, Investigation Discovery Channel, April 5, 2018

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Episode 188: Body of Evidence: Sierra LaMar

A teenager goes missing in Morgan Hill, California never to be seen again. It would take meticulous detective work to prove she'd been the victim of a murder and bring her killer to justice.

"Disappearance tests 'no-body' murder cases" by Jenna Lyons for The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 16, 2017

Statement of Facts: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Case #12-076-0868G, May 24, 2012

"Dissecting Torres' Past", Staff Writers, The Gilroy Dispatch, May 25, 2012. 

"No body, no weapon, no crime scene: How disappearance led to guilty conviction" by Elizabeth Cho for The Davis Vanguard

The State of California vs. Antolin Garcia-Torres, Indictment dated Feb 11, 2014. 

Investigation Discovery Channel: See No Evil - Season 6, Episode 17, "Come Home Sierra". 


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Episode 187: Body of Evidence: Anne Marie Fahey

This month's series features crimes that were solved...without a body. Tom Capano thought he'd pulled off the perfect murder when his ex-girlfriend disappeared. Meticulous detective work and dogged determination would be needed to solve the crime. 


And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule, 1996, Simon & Schuster.

The FBI Files: Deadly Obsession, Jan 18, 2020, retrieved on 


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Episode 186: Ghosts in the Attic: Daniel LaPlante

A story about a teenage stalker who hides in his victim's homes to prey upon them becomes an urban legend.  But, the true life and crimes of Daniel J. LaPlante would be a real-life horror story. 


"Witness describes abduction by LaPlante", Paul Langner for The Boston Globe, Oct 21, 1988.

Commonwealth v. Daniel J. LaPlante, Sept 14 - Nov 16, 1993, Middlesex County Superior Court filing. 

"A Teen Terrorized a Family by Living in Their Walls", Laura Allan for, June 14, 2019. 

"Daniel LaPlante appeals sentence in 1987 murders", The Associated Press, retrieved from, Massachusetts, Mar 5, 2019. 


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Episode 185: Ghosts in the Attic: Otto Sanhuber

The mysterious murder of Fred William Oesterreich in Los Angeles in 1922 would be revealed years later as one of the strangest and most bizarre true crime cases in California history 


A Crime to Remember: Guess Who?, Season 4, Episode 6, The Investigation Discovery Channel 

"The Story of Dolly Oesterreich" by Erin Kelly for All That's Interesting, Dec 19, 2017. 


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Episode 184: Ghosts in the Attic: Natasha Ryan

In 1998, a 14-year-old disappeared from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.  It would be feared she had become a victim of serial killer, Leonard Fraser, but this story would end with a shocking revelation. 


60 Minutes Australia - ?The Girl in the Cupboard??(2003) - 

"She had everyone fooled" in, Apr 11, 2003

"The girl who returned from death" by Greg Ansley for, Apr 18, 2003

"The 'dead' schoolgirl who fooled a nation" by Shannon Molloy for, Dec 22, 2018.

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Episode 183: Bad Teacher: John J. Donovan, Sr.

A multimillionaire in a feud with his family over money and property perpetrates a bizarre hoax in order to get revenge on his children and hold on to his assets.  


"Professor Donovan's Magnificent Entanglements" by John Wolfson for Boston Magazine, July 1, 2006

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Episode 182: Bad Teacher: Vincent Brothers

A well-respected educator in Bakersfield, California is accused of a brutal crime - the murders of five of his family members.  


"The Mystery of the Lost Weekend", by Keith Morrison for Dateline NBC, July 24, 2009. 

"Vincent Brothers and murdered wife had rocky relationship say witnesses" by Jessica Logan for, March 7, 2007. 

"Vice Principal is still a suspect in fatal shootings of wife, kids, mother-in-law" by Kerri Ginis for The Fresno Bee, July 10, 2003. 

"Woman Says Officials Covered Up Abuse by Murder Suspect" by John Johnson for The Los Angeles Times, Aug 11, 2004. 


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Episode 181: Bad Teacher: Mary Kay Letourneau

In this month's series "Bad Teacher" I'll share cases of educators who committed newsworthy crimes. 

First up, a 34-year-old teacher scandalizes the nation when she is convicted of child rape with one of her 6th grade students. 


"Strange Love: Mary Kay Letourneau", 7 News Spotlight, July 8, 2020, retrived on YouTube. 

"Mary Kay Letourneau: 15 Shocking Facts" by John Whitefoot for, May 29, 2018. 

"How the Media Turned Child Rape into a 'Tryst' for Mary Kay Letourneau" by EJ Dickson for Rolling Stone, July 8, 2020. 

"Lawsuit over Letourneau affair blames police, school", HeraldNet, March 21, 2002

"Letourneau is a predator and don't forget it", Susan Paynter for Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 8, 2004. 

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Episode 180: Familiar Strangers: Anastasia Romanov, Part 2

We conclude this two-part episode with a young woman who comes forward claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. The investigation into her claim would take decades to solve the mystery. 

Time Stamps: 

05:03 - "Miss Unknown"

22:47 - Investigating the Claim

28:06 - "Fraulein Annie" 

30:20 - Anastasia Tchaikovsky - Rescue Story

53:30 - Anna Anderson - United States

57:41 - Anna the Hoarder

01:01:00 - Mrs. Manahan

01:07:00 - What Really Happened to The Romanovs?

01:16:00 - The DNA

01:19:00 - Who Was Anna Anderson? Franziska Schanzkowska

01:34:00 - Why Was She Believed? 


Resurrection of The Romanovs, Greg King and Penny Wilson, Turning Publishing, 2010. 

The Woman Who Convinced the World She was Grand Duchess Anastasia, Crime Vault, Nov 8, 2018, retrieved on YouTube.

Romanovs: The Missing Bodies, National Geographic, Nov 5, 2019, retrieved on YouTube. 




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Episode 179: Familiar Strangers: Anastasia Romanov, Part1

On this first part of a 2-part episode, I share the fascinating story of the disappearance of the last imperial family of Russia, the Romanovs.  After their disappearance, most believed they had been executed by the Bolsheviks, but sightings of one or more of the Romanovs would continue for years.  Did some of Tsar Nicholas II's family members escape? 


The Resurrection of the Romanovs by Greg King and Penny Wilson, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2011. 

Romanovs: The Missing Bodies, produced by National Geographic,, Nov 5, 2019. 

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Episode 178: Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins, Part 2

On this second part of a two-part episode we continue the story of 9-year-old Walter Collins who went missing from Los Angeles in 1928.  In part two, we discover that a serial killer, Gordon Stewart Northcott, has been preying on boys and young men in the LA area.  Was Walter Collins a victim of Northcott's? 


The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, retrieved online at crime

The Disappearance of Walter Collins, by Gabriela Serrato for 

Movie: Changeling (2008), Written, directed, and produced by Clint Eastwood for Imagine Entertainment. Starring Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan and Amy Ryan. 


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Episode 177: Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins - Part 1

In this month's series I'll tell you stories about people who missing and then, months or years later, miraculously reappeared.  But, these stories all have a twist - were they who they claimed to be or were they imposters? 

In this first episode, you'll hear about a young boy who goes missing in 1928.  When he returns home, his mother will say he's an imposter, but her claims are dismissed.  Who was the boy claiming to be her missing son and what happened to the real Walter Collins? 


The 1920s boy who impersonated a kidnapping victim, Suzanne Raga for, Jan 20, 2016

Collins Hoax Comes to an End, The Los Angeles Times, Oct 3, 1928

The Disappearance of Walter Collins, Gabriela Serrato, STMU History Media, March 26, 2017 


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Episode 176: Stranger Than Fiction: Starr Faithfull and "BUtterfield 8"

The life and tragic death of a young socialite in the 1930s inspires an Academy Award winning movie. But, Starr Faithfull's life was far from the glamorous treatment it would receive on the big screen. 


Ripped from the Headlines: The Shocking True Stories Behind the Movie's Most Memorable Crimes by Harold Schechter (Little A, 2020)  

The Passing of Starr Faithfull by Jonathan Goodman (Piatkus, 1990). 

Open Files: A Narrative Encyclopedia of the World's Greatest Unsolved Crimes by Jay Robert Nash (Rowman & Littlefield, 1983). 

BUtterfield 8, (1960), directed by Daniel Mann for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, Laurence Harvey



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Bonus Episode: "Ripped from the Headlines" with author Harold Schechter

As a bonus for this month's theme "Stranger Than Fiction" I interview author Harold Schechter about his new book, Ripped from the Headlines: The Shocking True Stories Behind the Movies' Most Memorable Crimes, an anthology of forty true crime cases that inspired films.


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Episode 175: Stranger Than Fiction: Belva Gaertner & Beulah Annan and Chicago

Two women accused of murder in the Roaring 20s would become the inspiration for one of the best known and longest running shows in American musical theater history. This is the story of the real life Roxie and Velma from "Chicago". 


"1924 - Beulah Annan & Belva Gaertner". Newspaper articles compiled and posted on  

Ripped from the Headlines by Harold Schechter, Published by Little A, New York, 2020. 

"Musical Theater and Law: Chicago, The Musical" by Geraldine Davila Gonzalez, April 30, 2019. 


"Hula Lou" - 1923 recording by Isabelle Patricola,

"Prohibition Blues", 1920 recording by The Missourians 

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Episode 174: Stranger Than Fiction: Richard Crafts and "Fargo"

In 1986, a beautiful young mother discovers her husband is cheating on her and files for divorce.  Soon afterward, she goes missing.  Discovering what happened to Helle Crafts would take an small army of detectives, forensic scientists, serologists, forensic anthropologists, a police diving team and other investigators to unravel this bizarre crime and would inspire an Academy-Award winning film. 


Forensic Files: Season 1, Episode 1 - "The Disappearance of Helle Crafts", FilmRise TV. 

"The Wood Chipper Murder Case" by Mark Gado for 

"Richard Crafts, notorious wood chipper murderer, released from prison" by Christine Dempsey for The Hartford Courant, Jan 31, 2020.

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Episode 173: Till Death Do Us Part: Nancy Andrade and Mark Crew

In the last chapter of "Till Death Do Us Part" a woman meets and quickly marries a man. He promises her a new life, but soon after the wedding she goes missing.  It will take years of investigative and legal work to bring her killer to justice. 


"Till Death Do Us Part: True Stories of Newlywed Murder Cases" by JJ Slate, RJ Parker Publishing, 2015. 

"Father's Quest for Justice Ends" by Tom Long for The Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 13, 1989. 

People v. Crew, Supreme Court of California, August 25, 2003. 


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Episode 172: Till Death Do Us Part: Kelly Ecker and Scott Samson

A bride sees many red flags in her relationship before walking down the aisle, but her fear of angering her fiancee would compel her to go through with the ceremony.  Within hours, that decision would become fatal.  

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"Murder-Suicide claims Indiana doctor, nurse on wedding night, police say", by Janet DiGiamcomo for CNN, Oct.. 9, 2014. 

"Indiana Doctor Kills His Wife and Himself on Wedding Night" by Steve Helling for, Oct. 8 2014. 

Court Records, US District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Trustgard Insurance vs. Old National Wealth Management, Filed 2/24/17. 


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Control or limit your access to money, telephone access or a vehicle?

Follow of constantly check up on where you are, who you are with or what you are doing?

Destroy your belongings?

Force you to be intimate?
Threaten to harm you or him/herself if you leave?

Prevent you from working or having a career or your own? 

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Episode 171: Till Death Do Us Part: Jordan Graham and Cody Johnson

A new bride decides she's made a mistake in tying the knot.  The decision she makes in order to end the marriage will be a shocking act of cruelty. 


"A Murder in Glacier Park" by Justin Franz for The Flathead Beacon, Dec 17, 2013

"Newlywed Cliff Death" by Ryan Owens for ABC News, Sept 11, 2013

"Glacier Park Murder: Friends warned Kalispell man not to marry" by Alice Miller for The Missoulian, Sept 11, 2013

"Montana's Jordan Graham Case" by Crime Watch Daily. Uploaded by True Crime Daily on, March 16, 2020. 

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Episode 170: Till Death Do Us Part: Wendy Trapaga and Michel Escoto

In this series, I'll share cases of newlyweds whose lives were cut short by the person who vowed to love them forever.  

In this first case, a young bride is unaware that her new spouse married her to collect on a $1 million dollar life insurance policy.  


'The Other Woman' Testifies in Newlywed Murder, CBS Miami 4, March 25, 2014. 

Several articles on Wendy Trapaga murder case from CBS Miami 4 online. 

Till Death Do Us Part: A Collection of Newlywed Murder Cases by JJ Slate, RJ Parker Publishing, 2015. 


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Episode 169: Last Dance: The Pelley Murders - Part 2

This is Part 2 of "The Pelley Murders".  In this episode I'll tell you about Jeff Pelley's trial, theories of the murders, and give you a strange and compelling story about who else may have been responsible for the murders of Bob Pelley and his family. 


The Prom Night Murders: The True Story of a Twenty Year Mystery by Carlton Smith, St. Martin?s Press, 2009

?A trail of broken promises, debt and death? by Peter Franceschina for The News-Press, Oct 6, 1991. 

?Cold case unsolved: Fort Myers developer Clarence Eric Dawson shot, found buried on Estero property 30 years ago? by Michael Braun, The News-Press, Nov 23, 2018 

"Case Study: 17-year-old murderer, 20-minute timeframe, circumstantial evidence, normal behaviour, maintains innocence...Jeff Pelley Convicted for 160 Years", on - r/serialpodcast.  



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Episode 168: Last Dance: The Pelley Murders - Part 1

A 17-year-old is suspected in the murder of four of his family members because he was forbidden from attending his prom.  Was this a case of a homicidal teen or a rush to judgement? 


The Prom Night Murders: The True Story of a Twenty-Year Mystery by Carlton Smith, St. Martin's Press, 2009

"Inconsistent with the Laws of Nature" by Mark Gribben for The Malefactor's Register





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Episode 167: Last Dance: Adam Sapikowski

In this series, "Last Dance", I share stories of crimes that happened on prom night.  In the first episode, a teenager commits an act of parricide then attends his prom and holds a party at the crime scene. 


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"Adam Sapikowski Sentenced" - ABC 11 News, Feb 8, 2008.



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Episode 166: StepMonsters - Joshua and Jerome Ellis

An abusive stepfather gets his comeuppance when his stepsons turn on him resulting in a grisly murder. 


"Joshua and Jerome Ellis guilty of stepfather killing", BBC News, Feb 26, 2014. 

"Kids Who Kill: Responsible Child inspired by the true story of two young brothers who stabbed their stepfather", Graeme Culliford for The Sun, Dec 17, 2019. 


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Episode 165: StepMonsters: Tracey Wright

A child, unwanted from birth and neglected by her birth parents, is hopeful that her new stepmother will love her like a daughter. It is not to be and her story will become a cautionary tale in the U.K. of how the child protective system spectacularly failed Lauren Wright. 


"Tragic tale of a child unwanted from the day of her birth" by Terri Judd for The Independent, Oct 2, 2001. 

"A Life of Abuse and Neglect" by Paul Kelso for The Guardian, Oct 1, 2001. 

A series of articles in BBC News - "Doctor examine girl before death", Sept 5, 2001; "Stepmother 'loved Lauren'", Sept 20, 'Mum punched Lauren' says son", Sept 25; "Lauren inquiry demanded", "A lifetime of abuse" - all Oct 1, 2001.  


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Episode 164: StepMonsters: The Disappearance of Charlie Bothuell

In our new series, ?StepMonsters,? I?ll share stories of bad stepparents whose actions became true crime news.  In this first episode I'll share the story of a young boy who went missing and was found in a very unlikely place.  Was he the victim of abuse as he would claim and, if so, who was the person most responsible - his stepmother, his own father or both?  


"Charlie Bothuell V, Boy Found in Basement, Says His Home was a 'Terrible Place'", by Tara Fowler for People Magazine, April 29, 2015.

"Dad of Boy Found in Basement Wants Trial" by Holly Fournier for The Detroit News, January 5, 2016. 

Audio Clip: "Nancy Grace tells dad missing son found alive", retrieved from HLN on YouTube,


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Episode 163: Swan Songs: Evelyn Dick

A gruesome crime would become a media sensation in Canada in 1946 when a beautiful young woman was accused of the grisly murder.  This is the case of the infamous Evelyn Dick and the Torso Murder of 1946.

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The Torso Murder by Brian Vallee published by Key Porter Books, Canada, 2001. 

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Episode 162: Swan Songs - Gerald Friend - "Polly"

In 1991, Kurt Cobain released a song on the album Nevermind. Titled "Polly" the song was inspired by a kidnapping and rape of a young girl in Tacoma, Washington.  This is the story of that crime.

Listen to "Polly" by Nirvana here:


"Story Behind the Song - Polly" by Hayley Selfridge on YouTube

"Nirvana's Darkest Song" by The Nerdwriter on YouTube

"Police suspect rapist in serial killings", Tri-City Herald, June 19, 1987.

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Episode 161: Swan Songs: Jennifer Levin

A young girl is brutally murdered in New York's Central Park in 1986. Her killer, Robert Chambers, would be dubbed "The Preppy Killer" in the press and his victim's name would be dragged through the mud. This is the real story of "The Preppy Murder" you haven't heard before.  

Listen to "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" by The Killers here:

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

"East Side Story" by Michael Stone for New York Magazine, June 27, 2008.

"Looking Back at the Preppy Killer Case, More Than 30 Years Later" by Elizabeth Angell for Town and Country Magazine, November 12, 2019.  

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Episode 160: Swan Songs: Katherine Korzilius

The mysterious death of a young girl inspires Jon Bon Jovi to record a song dedicated to her.  This is the case of Katherine Korzilius. 

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

Unsolved Mysteries, Season 10: Episode 7 -

"Family Searches for Answers, Peace" by Hank Stuever for Austin American-Statesman, Aug 7, 1997. 

"Jon Bon Jovi Busy with Singing, Newfound Acting Career" by Winnie Bonelli for The Herald-New, Passaic, New Jersey, June 20, 1997. 



Song: "August 7th, 4:15" by Jon Bon Jovi - 

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Music Credits:

Original theme music by

Other music from - Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License. 


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Episode 159: Bad Seeds: Leslie Arnold

In Nebraska, in 1958, a high school junior holds animosity towards his mother and takes deadly revenge.  He is caught and imprisoned and, years later, disappears for decades.  Where is Leslie Arnold today? 

Resources used in the research for this episode: 

"Whatever Happened to Leslie Arnold, the Boy who Murdered his Parents?" by John William Tuohy, 

"The Mystery of Leslie Arnold" by Henry Cordes for The Omaha World-Herald, Sept 13, 2017. 

Music Credits:

Original theme music by

Other music:  Licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.



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Episode 158: Bad Seeds: Lowell Lee Andrews

In Kansas in 1958, an 18-year-old kills both of his parents and his only sibling. Was it a case of greed, mental illness, or was Andrews just a "bad seed"?  

#parricide #InColdBlood #TheBrothersKaramazov #deathrow #familyannihilators 


"Lowell Lee Andrews Was 'The Nicest Boy' in Wolcott by Beth Elias for 

"Nicest boy in Wolcott" by David J. Krajicek for, Feb. 21, 2010

"State vs. Andrews", Appeal Record, State of Kansas, Dec. 10, 1960. Retrieved on 

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Modern Library, Reprint Edition, 2013. 

Music Credits:

Original theme music by

Music from - "March of the Mind" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (

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Episode 157: Bad Seeds: Marlene Olive

In 1975, a rebellious teen enlists her boyfriend to kill her parents in a small, Northern California town. The gruesome crime would be dubbed "The Barbecue Murders" in the press. 


"Kill My Parents: The story of Marlene Olive" by Denise Noe for Crime Library, June 23, 2014

"A Local Murder: Terra Linda was the setting for a real-life 1975 crime" by Jim Wood for Marin Magazine, October 21, 2008

Music Credits:

Original theme music by

Other music:,,, - all licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License


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Episode 156: Behind the Crime: Aileen Wuornos

In this special episode I'll do an in-depth look at the infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos.  

Time stamps:

Early Life: 02:41

Teen Years: 13:25

Young Adult Life: 32:17

On the Road: 35:30

Criminal Activity: 36:12

Tyra: 47:30

The Victims: 55:57

Closing In/The Arrest: 1:36:40

The Confession: 1:44:46

Arlene Pralle/Adoption: 1:51:50

The Trial: 1:56:42

Death Sentence: 2:04:26

Execution 2:12:44

Final Thoughts: 2:14:35


"Lethal Intent", written by Sue Russell, Published 2002 for Pinnacle Books

"A Mother's Love" by Mike Clary for the LA Times, Dec 17 1991,

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Music Credits: 

Aaron Michael Goldberg:

Music from "March of the Mind" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (


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Bonus Episode: Happy New Year from Once Upon a Crime

On this bonus episode I share the highs and lows for 2019, list the top episodes of last year, talk about upcoming events and share the last word on the 2019 plagiarism scandal.  


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Episode 155: Analyzing the JonBenet Ramsey Case with Jack Luna

On this special episode my guest is Jack Luna from Crime Machine Podcast.  We discuss the evidence and theories behind the JonBenet Ramsey Case.


Foreign Faction: Who Really Killed JonBenet? by A. James Kolar, Ventus Publishing, 2012. 

JonBenet Ramsey Case Encyclopedia, 

"The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey". 

Crime Machine Podcast: 

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Episode 154: The Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis w/Erica Kelly

On this special episode, I discuss the death of Shawn Stephens Lewis. Shawn was the fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, the rock and country music star.  When Shawn Lewis was found dead in Lewis's mansion on August 24, 1983, many questions would remain unanswered as to how she died. 

My very special guest this week is Erica Kelly from the Southern Fried True Crime podcast! - use offer code ONCE20 for 10% off your standard badge. 


"The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis" by Richard Ben Cramer for Rolling Stone, March 1, 1984

"The Sudden Death of Wife No. 5 Confronts Jerry Lee Lewis with Tragedy - and Troubling Questions" by People Staff for People Magazine, Sept 12, 1983. 

"Jerry Lee Lewis: 'The Killer' Says the Wild Times are Behind Him" by Jim Sullivan for The Chicago Tribune. 

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Episode 153: AMA and Case Updates for 2019

On this year-end wrap up episode, I answer listener questions and share updates on cases I've covered in past episodes. 

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Episode 152: Fugitives from Justice: Ruth Eisemann-Schier

In this last episode about fugitives on the run from the law I tell you the story of the very first woman ever to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.  Ruth Eisemann-Schier, along with her boyfriend, Gary Krist, carried out a bizarre kidnapping plot in 1968.  


"Femmes Fatals: The Ten Women on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List" by Anna Hopkins for, Sep 11, 2017. 

"A kidnapping with Deltona ties gripped the nation 50 years ago" by Tony Holt for The Daytona Beach News Journal, Dec 20, 2017. 

Krist v. The State of Georgia, Appeal Record, Dec 3, 1970. Retrieved online at www.Cite.Case.Law

"Gary Krist: The Einstein of Crime" by David Krajicek for 


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Music Credits: 

"On My Way" by Kevin MacLeod ( CC BY (

Outro Music by Chesare Gray Music


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Episode 151: Fugitives from Justice: Alex Kelly

A young man from a wealthy family is accused of committing two rapes while still in high school. Before he could be tried on these charges he'd flee the jurisdiction and disappear for eight years before finally being brought to justice.


"Accused Rapist and His Flight Trouble Darien" by Elizabeth Neuffer for The New York Times, Aug 27, 1987

"From Ski Slopes of Europe to a Rape Trial" by George Judson for The New York Times, Jan 31, 1995. 

"Judgment Days" by Bill Hewitt for, Nov 4, 1996.

"Son of Darien" by Susan Cheever for The New York Times, April 27, 1997. 

Vanity Fair Confidential: Fugitive Son, based on reporting by Jennet Conant for Vanity Fair Magazine, first aired on Jan 24, 2017. 


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Episode 150: Fugitives from Justice: Nazira Ugalde and Brenda Delgado

In this episode I?ll share two separate cases of women who became part of a very small and exclusive club - women who made the FBI?s Ten Most Wanted List.  

Nazira Ugalde killed for financial gain and flees to South America.  A young woman in Texas, Brenda Delgado, plans the murder of her romantic rival and disappears soon after being questioned by police.  


"New details emerge about Reno 'Black Widow', Behind the Crime Tape Blog, Nov. 27, 2012

"Fugitive Black Widow wanted in ex-husband's 2008 murder arrested i Peru", by Nina Golgowski for New York Daily News, Jun 5, 2014. 

"Mother of Hygenist at center of deadly love triangle sas her daughter is 'not the jealous type'", by Shekhar Bhatia for, Sep 12, 2015. 

"Duo Behind Killing of Dentist in Murder-for-Hire Plot May be Linked to Drug Cartel", Chicago 5 News, Oct 23, 2015. 

"Brenda Delgado: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know",, Jun 7, 2019. 

"The State of Texas vs Brenda Delgado", Criminal Indictment, October 2, 2018. 

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