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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Recent Episodes

Episode 207: Buried Truth: Russell Tillis and "The House of Horrors"

June 15, 2021

In this month’s series “Buried Truth” I share cases where a person goes missing never to be seen ag…

Bonus Episodes

Bonus Episode - OUAC Celebrating 5 Years in True Crime

June 8, 2021

Once Upon a Crime celebrates 5 years in true crime by summarizing the show by the numbers, sharing …

Murder Serial Killers Missing Persons Multi-part Episodes

Episode 206: The Trailside Killer, Part 3

May 25, 2021

This is a double episode to conclude the month-long miniseries where I detail the case of serial ki…

Multi-part Episodes Murder Serial Killers

Episode 205: The Trailside Killer, Part 2

May 18, 2021

In Part 2 of this 3-part mini-series, I’ll continue the story about a random series of attacks that…

Serial Killers Murder Multi-part Episodes

Episode 204: The Trailside Killer, Part 1

May 11, 2021

This month I’ll be sharing a 3-part miniseries. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Northern Califo…

Historical Crimes

Episode 203 Artful Crimes, Volume 2: The Van Gogh Museum Heist

April 27, 2021

In 2002, two paintings were stolen from The Van Gogh Museum worth $30 million dollars. The investi…

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/