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.

Recent Episodes

Episode 246: Real Life Heroes: The Foiled DeAnza College Shooting

June 21, 2022

In light of the ongoing tragedies of frequent mass shootings in America, I’ve decided to make this week’s episode one of hope and heroism. In this story, a young girl becomes an unlikely hero when she acts upon a hunch dera…

Episode 245: Madman in the Woods: Life Next Door to the Unabomber with Author Jamie Gehring

June 14, 2022

In 1996, the longest and most expensive investigation in the FBI’s history was successfully solved when Theodore Kaczynski was identified as “The Unabomber” 18 years after he began building and planting bombs at various loca…

Episode 244: Picture Perfect Murder: The Beauty Queen Killer

June 7, 2022

Christopher Wilder posed as a photographer to lure beautiful young women with the promise of modeling work. Those who take him up on his offer - and even those that didn’t - found themselves victims of a serial rapist who so…

Mass Shooting YouTube Mayhem

Episode 243: YouTube Mayhem: The YouTube Headquarters Shooting

May 24, 2022

A young woman who creates a YouTube channel to advocate for animal rights and veganism becomes disgruntled with the social media platform when she feels she is being targeted for discrimination. But, no one imagined that her…

Family Annihilators

Episode 242: YouTube Mayhem: Mr. Anime

May 17, 2022

In this episode, a young man who dubs himself “Mr. Anime” gains a large following as a critic and reviewer on YouTube.. But, he’ll later admit to harboring dark fantasies most of his life after he commits a shocking act of v…

Interviews Mass Murder/Spree Killers

Episode 241: The Minds of Mass Killers with Author Shavaun Scott

May 10, 2022

This week I have a special episode diving into the topic of the psychology of mass killers. What prompts someone to commit mass murder against random strangers? How did Columbine become a cultural touchstone that inspired ot…

About the Hosts

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Esther Ludlow

Producer and Host

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.

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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.

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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