Once Upon A Crime

Once Upon A 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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Love Affairs Murder

Episode 201: Artful Crimes, Volume 2: The Murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer

April 13, 2021

A contemporary artist is murdered in broad daylight in Washington D.C. Conspiracy theories about w…

Killer Spouses Serial Killers Murder Child Victims Female Killers Family Annihilators

Episode 200: Chopped: Anjette Donovan Lyles

March 23, 2021

A young widow opens her own restaurant in Macon, Georgia in the 1950s. Suspicions arise when the pe…

Episode 199: Chopped: Anthony Kelly and Gordon Ramsay's "Bad Boys Bakery"

March 16, 2021

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay enters London's Brixton Prison in 2012 in an attempt to teach a group …

Bizarre Crimes Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Killer Spouses Missing Persons

Episode 198: Chopped: David Viens

March 9, 2021

In this series we'll take a look at the restaurant industry to ask "What happens when good cooks go…

Bizarre Crimes Serial Killers International Crimes

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

Feb. 23, 2021

A serial killer preys on vulnerable women in Tokyo, Japan.  He will meet his victims on Twitter.  (…


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

Feb. 16, 2021

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

About the Host

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.