Once Upon A Crime
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A true crime podcast that takes on a new topic each month and tells a new story each episode. Kidnappings, mass murders, celebrity crime, killer couples, killer kids and more are covered. The host, Esther Ludlow researches each case in depth to understand the crime, the perpetrators and the victim’s stories.

Recent Episodes

Rocktober: Altamont, The Rolling Stone and The Hells Angels

By Esther Ludlow

A free concert took place in northern California in December of 1969 featuring The Rolling Stones. It would descend into chaos due to poor planning, rampant drug use and the ill-advised use of the Hells Angels as concert security.

Taunting Terrors: Ruth Finley and The Poet

By Esther Ludlow

A woman begins receiving harassing phone calls and letters from a stalker. It would take years to discover who the anonymous man was, but when he was finally identified a shocking secret would be revealed.

Taunting Terrors: Susan Jaeger

By Esther Ludlow

A 7-year-old goes missing while on a family camping trip in 1973. Anonymous calls would be placed demanding a ransom, but, the trail would grow cold until exactly one year later when the kidnapper would call her mother to brag about taking her daughter.

Taunting Terrors: Little Gregory and The Crow

By Esther Ludlow

In a small French village, a little boy goes missing and the family receives anonymous letters from a person taking responsibility who is dubbed "The Crow". This strange case could be considered the Jon Benet Ramsey case of France.

Taunting Terrors: Shari Faye Smith

By Esther Ludlow

A young girl goes missing in South Carolina in 1985. Soon after, her kidnapper would begin calling her family - but not to make demands for her safe return, but only to cruelly taunt them. This is the first chapter in the series "Taunting Terrors".