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 227: Murder in My Hometown: Jeanine Sanchez Harms

Jan. 18, 2022

July 27, 2001 Jeanine Sanchez Harms went missing after a night out with friends in Campbell, California. A man she'd only become acquainted with that night, Maurice Xavier Nasmeh, would be suspected of involvement in her dis…

Bonus Episode: Introducing: Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders

Jan. 13, 2022

FAMILIES WHO KILL: THE DONUT SHOP MURDERS is a story about the McCrarys, a family who terrorized small-town America, committing murders, robberies, abductions and general mayhem everywhere they went. Led by the criminal duo …

Bonus Episode: Introducing Lost Hills: Dead in the Water

Dec. 23, 2021

In this bonus episode, I speak with Dana Goodyear, host of the true crime podcast series Lost Hills: Dead in the Water. In January 1981, Verna Johnson-Roehler and her young son, Doug, drowned while boating thirty miles o…

Family Annihilators Interviews Kid

Episode 226: Breaking Down Chris Watts with Lorena.

Dec. 21, 2021

Show Notes: On the last episode of the year, Lorena and I break down the case of family annihilator, Chris Watts. Resources: “Chris Watts: A Complete Timeline of the Murder of His Wife and Daughters” by Rachel Chan…

Guest: Lorena Garcia

Episode 225: Breaking Down the OJ Simpson Case with Yolanda

Dec. 14, 2021

This week I’ll discuss the Nicole Brown/Ron Goldman murders with my sister, Yolanda. We’ll go over the evidence, timeline, and motivation for the crimes that all point to OJ Simpson as the killer. We’ll also discuss why th…

Interviews Serial Killers

Episode 224: Breaking Down Kemper with Emerson Murray

Dec. 7, 2021

In this episode I break down the myths and realities of infamous serial killer, Edmund Emil Kemper, “The Co-Ed Killer”. My special guest is Emerson Murray, author of The Murder Capital of the World. You can find out more a…

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/