Once Upon A Crime

Once Upon A Crime

Once Upon a Crime is a weekly true crime podcast that tells “the story behind the story” of real life crime. Told in a storytelling style, host Esther Ludlow digs into the details of each case to bring listeners the facts and information they won’t hear anywhere else.

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Abductions/Kidnapping Mass Murder/Spree Killers Sex Crimes/Rape

Episode 217: Spree Killers: Robert Garrow - Part 2

Sept. 21, 2021

In this conclusion to our 2-part episode on spree killer, Robert Garrow, I’ll detail Garrow’s killing spree in the summer of 1973, his time as a fugitive, and his arrest and convcition. Resources: The Garrow Manhunt: A…

Abductions/Kidnapping Mass Murder/Spree Killers

Episode 216: Spree Killers: Robert Garrow - Part 1

Sept. 14, 2021

In 1973, a violent sexual predator went on a killing spree in the Adirondack Mountains. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, I detail Garrow’s abusive childhood, history of violence, and the escalation of his crimes from theft,…

Celebrity Crime Historical Crimes Missing Persons

Episode 215: Getting Away With Murder: Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick

Sept. 7, 2021

In 1969, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy was the front runner to become the next Presidential candidate on the Democratic Party ticket. But, decisions he would make one fateful night on Chappaquiddick Island would result in the de…

Introducing: Suspect

Aug. 31, 2021

A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it…

Historical Crimes Investigations LGBTQ+ Crime Mysteries

Episode 214: Getting Away With Murder: Doris Duke

Aug. 24, 2021

A billionaire heiress kills her friend in a “freak accident”. Was Eduardo Tirella’s death actually an accident or did Doris Duke commit murder? / Resources: Doris Duke: Facts, Death and Mansion, Biography.com:...

Bizarre Crimes Missing Persons Murder

Episode 213: Getting Away With Murder: Robert Durst

Aug. 10, 2021

The wealthy son of a New York real estate family leaves town to avoid investigation in the decades-old disappearance of his wife. A year later, he will be the number one suspect in the murder of an elderly man in Texas. Thi…

About the Hosts

Esther Ludlow


Esther Ludlow has been interested in true crime since she was a teen and has been podcasting since 2012. She launched her true crime podcast, Once Upon a Crime in June of 2016. In only 8 months, the podcast had over 1 million listens and the audience continues to grow. Her love for storytelling combined with her interest in true crime and her background in psychology creates a unique and compelling podcast.

Esther writes, produces and edits the podcast as a solo venture. Once Upon a Crime presents true crime stories chapter by chapter. Each episode stands alone and cases are grouped by topic. Esther has covered the kidnapping cases of Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, celebrity stalkers Mark David Chapman and John Hinckley, and historical cases including Kitty Genovese, Mary Bell and Charles Starkweather.

Lorena Garcia

Administrative, Research and Production Assistant

Once Upon A Crime's right hand, Lorena Garcia can be found behind the scenes. From a young age, Lorena found interest in films and literature based on true crime events. As she matured so did her passion for true crime. Aside from assisting with OUAC, Lorena is a skincare enthusiast, world traveler, and cat mom.
She says being a part of the Once Upon A Crime team is the ultimate dream job.

Crystal Durnan

Copy Editor

As a lifelong bookworm and lover of true crime and science fiction, Crystal Durnan is grateful to have turned reading into her day job. In addition to copy editing scripts for Once Upon a Crime, she also professionally edits for self-publishing novelists and a few small publishers. She lives in Florida with her husband, two feral children and grumpy old dog.

More about Crystal and her services can be found here: AnimaEditing.com

Aaron Goldberg

Audio Engineer

Aaron Goldberg is a multi instrumentalist and audio engineer based in Los Angeles, CA. He began writing original music in 2012 and editing podcasts in 2019. Aaron says that composing music for podcasts he personally enjoys listening to is a dream come true. You can watch Aaron create improvised music live on Twitch.

Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/aarongoldberg
Bandcamp - https://aarongoldberg.bandcamp.com/