I love this podcast, but the flute playing background music in the Gordon Ramsey episode is so distracting and annoying. Please discontinue.
Really like everything about this podcast. No unnecessary chatter or personal interpretations. Great topics, good research, and knowledge of subject. Binge time for sure. Also I just finished the Diane Downs episode. I have read the book by Ann Rule as well as the book by Diane, and have seen th…
Infinitely better than crime junkie. Objective, thorough and interesting reporting (no political opinions), supplemented with empathic and reasonable commentary.
Original stories that you don’t hear on other true crime podcasts. I don’t mind the voice, I find it soothing and matter of fact. I appreciate there is no banter or third party audio. The only issue I have with the podcast are the stupid sound effects. They’re CONSTANT and so distracting. They don’…
No co-host banter to muster through. No political opinions inserted in. Just true crime stories. Esther enunciates well & is easy to understand. The clear delivery is appreciated as I can follow the story easily while multi-tasking on another project at home.
I love the different series with focuses on different kinds of crimes. So well written!
If you don’t like unnecessary chatter and getting off topic, this podcast is for you (and me). I love that this podcast is in series episodes! I do notice the reading instead of actually talking to us, but she’s a great speaker! Happy I found this one! -Kelli in IL
Late to this podcast, but just listened to both chapters of the Pacific Heights Dog Mauling case. I thought the host did a tremendous job explaining all the mis-steps that led to the tragedy. There were so SO many warnings & earlier occasions that authorities could’ve been involved & the dogs’ be…
Loving this podcast! She doesn’t do the same old stories repeated on all the other podcasts. Great story teller without all the extra unnecessary banter.
I wish there were less music interruptions. There are several per episode and they seem pointless.
I started listening because of your Bobby Kent episode and I was instantly hooked! Usually female podcasts aren't my thing but there's something soothing about your voice that I can't get enough. Thank you for all your hard work!💗
This is by far one of my favorite true crime podcasts and I’ve listened to every episode so far. Highly recommend :)
Love the organization of the show and the “series” Esther does. It’s a well-scripted true crime podcast without small talk, and without political snark.
I love narrative-style true crime podcasts. I enjoy this narrator’s storytelling style. No fluff -n- stuff. My only complaint is it seems some episodes weren’t listened to and edited before posted. For example, the Susan Smith episode...she cuts to audio of the parents talking at a press conference…
I’ve listened to Ester for over 2 years. I’ve even re-listened to my favorite episodes. She is very accurate and I’ve learned aspects I didn’t know on cases that I’ve had extended research on. Give her a try, she’s amazing!
I am a newbie to podcasts and true crime. My daughter got me hooked with the Golden State Killer case and I haven’t stop. This is by far one of the best I have heard. I started with the Kitty Genovese installment because I grew up hearing about it and I am a native NYer. Esther is amazing and held …
This is one of my favorite podcasts and has been for a while. Esther is well-researched, eloquent, pleasant, and unbiased in her presentation of cases. Give it a listen and recommend it to others this giving season.
This has quickly become my favorite podcast. Esther’s voice is like listening to an old friend. Love, love, love this podcast and am always looking for excuses to drive around and listen as I no longer have a long commute!! Can’t wait for the next series!!!!
I enjoy the serious and intelligent discussion of crimes and issues, with occasional humor to leaven the seriousness. I enjoy the different personalities of the hosts and their interaction. I look forward to the episodes each week.
The amount of research is amazing! I love when podcasts are mostly unbiased and altogether make sense
This is by far the best true crime podcast. Esther has exactly the right balance and presentation.
I love this podcast yet I can understand why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I like the storytelling, sticking to the facts and cutting out some of the gore. I don’t enjoy when she has a guest (even her sis, sorry ladies!), since I like straight storytelling. Honestly I don’t need all …
This is a great podcast for anyone interested in true crime stories. I listen nearly everyday!!!
This is my new favorite podcast. I always love the subject of true crime but the way Esther brings it to you is just so excellent. And she has an easy voice to listen to as well. But I especially love the way she portrays each story so thoroughly and objectively. This is one of the best podcast I’v…
I just recently discovered Once. I am addicted. I was trying to find something to listen to while I went for my morning walks. I just started trying to take better care of myself and be happier. I tried listening to music and it just was making it boring. I didn’t want to give up on walking. I down…
Just started listening after hearing about it on A Date With Dateline. Looking forward for this new podcast to fill up my hours in quarantine!
I ALWAYS come back to this podcast. I can never stay away too long. Ester is amazing 😻 ... and like everyone else I love when she collaborates with her sister. Thank you Esther for all these amazing and well put together episodes. I am a grad student in counseling psych right now and I love hearing…
I’m not a huge fan of her voice but I do think the research and work put into this podcast is top notch.
Esther is my favorite. I love the series style that she does. Every case seems well researched with lots of detail and back story. She tells the stories in a matter of fact and story like way. Always easy to follow the case being told.
I have listened to many true crime podcasts. Some are just so boring. This is such a great one and she keeps you wanting to listen. I started this one this year and I am almost done with the whole thing. Definitely a 5 star podcast!!
Great podcast. I have been listening for a few years now and I love how I’m formative Esther is! Also idk why everyone was mad about her guest on the Anastasia episode but I really enjoyed it! It was nice to hear Esther be more relaxed and joke some! Keep up the good work 👍🏼
I love the stories and how they are presented. Esther is a wonderful story teller and I like listening to her.
I really enjoy Esther’s show. I think she digs really deep into the cases and does great research. I love how she ties the ends together and talks about the sentencing. She makes it a point to not cover big cases and finds interesting cases most of the listeners haven’t heard. I’ve seen some review…
It’s great to find a podcast without cussing. I can relax and enjoy it on Saturday night and go to church guilt free on Sunday morning. I very much enjoy the way she tells all the facts in the stories.
This is usually a fantastic podcast, but this 2nd Romanov episode is so disappointing - it’s a semi-giggly conversational-type episode (with terrible sound quality, not normal for this show)...exactly what I come to this podcast to *not* hear. Bummer.
I have been following real life crimes the majority of my life and have heard these stories, but these podcasts give background and info I have never heard!!!! Thank you for a great Podcast!
I found this podcast a few weeks ago and have been binge listening. I love Ester’s voice and I love her snide quips interjected often. Most of the time these quips are exactly what I’m thinking.
Sorry it took me so long to write a review, I’ve been listening for years! I like allll kinds of true crime podcasts, but when I’m looking for one that presents good information in a clear and undistracted way, this is my go-to! Love Esther’s style ☺️
The earlier episodes have good research, but as the episodes creep into 2019, the host tries to be edgy by cussing and trying to sound cool with cliches. It doesn’t sound authentic and comes off a little desperate to sit with “the cool kids”. What the host may not realize is that they’re cool witho…
I’ve only recently started listening to podcasts. My library is full of true crime podcasts, and Once Upon A Crime is my favorite! Thanks to Esther for making my COVID-19 lockdown summer a little more enjoyable!
I love true crime and most particularly those that have a definitive ending. This is the perfect podcast for me! I really enjoy Esther’s presentation, she has a great voice and I especially appreciate that she does not partake in a lot of small talk. It’s down to business and I really like that. It…
Just started listening to Once Upon a Crime and I’m hooked! I heard about it from True Crime Guys.
I just found this podcast this summer! I love it so much I’ve stated right from season 1! Ester presents each topic with mastery and is a wonderful story/fact teller! I can’t stop listening! I would give 10 stars if I could!
I have enjoyed almost every episode of this well scripted and researched show. What has been bothering me are the esthetics of the show. There are about 4 sound effects/transition sounds that are used in every show. I would really like to see these improved sound quality wise AND more variety to th…
This is one of the best True crime podcasts I’ve listened to. Easter really does her research and presents it in a very relatable manner. Her presentation is superb. I really enjoy the stories and learn the details the mainstream media doesn’t report on. I highly recommend it!
I personally don’t love overly chatty true crime podcasters or ones that make jokes or comedy out of crime. Esther is enjoyable to listen to while weaving great research and storytelling. She gives enough pertinent detail to draw you in, but stays on topic.
I started listening to this pod cast to learn about the Cecil Hotel, was pleasantly surprised to learn there were 3 parts to it. Since then I have binged more episodes. I love true crime and mystery. Esther Ludlow is an awesome researcher and storyteller. Her voice is very calming which is great fo…
Clear and concise, pleasant voice to listen to and NO off-topic ramblings irrelevant to the subject at hand.
I have just finished listen to all your podcast!! You do great and in-depth podcast. I listen for about 5 hours a day at work. It helps make it through the day !!!! Keep up the great work. Now I on to “Taco about True Crime “ Thanks Anna Bates
I love Once Upon a Crime true crime podcasts! She provides all the facts & her own opinion on rare occasions. Great podcasts!!! Thank you for saving my sanity during a pandemic & the election cycle 🥰
I’m a true crime fanatic and am subscribed to nearly every major true crime podcast, never missing an episode and this is one of my favorites. Esther is a great storyteller who covers cases I haven’t heard before and includes a ton of interesting information.
I've been listening for over two years, and heard many other true crime podcasts. Esther's is probably the most consistent, most sincere, and best researched. I rely on it most for my true crime fix. She strikes a good balance between friendly/interesting and factual. Also representing as a WOC in …
I just discovered this Podcast! I’m starting from the first episodes and working my way through! Great job! Love it!
In Tilll Death Do Is Part, you mentioned the movie Urban Cowboy. John Travolta was in the movie, but Debra Winger played his girlfriend/wife, whose nickname was Sissy.
Hi. On today’s episode you mentioned Durban Cowboy. In error you stated Sissy Spacek costarred with John Travolta. Actually Debra Winger was the costar.
I appreciate this podcast for its sincerity and unbiased presentation of cases. Many of the cases discussed are ones that I have never heard of before listening. The host is on point, and articulate. If you want a no-nonsense true crime podcast that does not bombard you with f-bombs or off-topic pe…
Love that I haven’t heard of all of these cases and can’t wait to work my way through the back Eps!
Love the stories, but please modify the language to “has a disability” instead of using the “r word”
This is a fantastic narrative podcast! Esther is a wonderful, thoughtful storyteller. The top shelf she covers in the form of mini-series are broad-ranging and interesting. There is something for everyone. I love the way Esther presents the stories, especially when she adds interesting extra detail…
Finally had a chance to listen to the Aileen Wournos deep dive from January. That was amazing!! I’ve heard that story many times but never with that much detail. This was already one of my favorite pods but now I like it even more.
This podcast is a good podcast its more of a audio book type of podcast there one host and it’s just her talking about the topic there’s no banter or chemistry with a second host so it’s not what I look for in a podcast but very well researched and executed good topics it’s worth a listen
I don’t like podcasts that get “chit chatty”. I just want an amazing voice with well researched facts woven in to a story type monologue. Esther hits all those! Excellent podcast.
Once Upon A Crime is my favorite podcast, true crime-related or otherwise. Host Esther Ludlow is a great storyteller, she does her research, and the focus is on the narrative, not comedy (but when she does throw in a one-liner, it's gold). People have noted that it sounds like she's reading a scrip…
I really enjoy this podcast. The stories are engaging and thorough without being too dense to enjoy. The narrator has a pleasant voice and a warm and casual demeanor. This has quickly become a favorite!
This podcast provides a thorough assessment of both familiar and unfamiliar criminal acts. The host shares the information in a very calm manner but has a subtle way of adding in her assumptions via attitudes, style, and alternative theories. Without being in-your-face, the subtleties are well wort…
Talk about a perfect way to wind down after a long day. I have always loved true crime and learning about social deviance but her background in psychology and ability to not only talk about the crime, but breakdown the story of their life leading up to it, really paints the full picture for me. Lov…
I have been listening for ages and recommend it all the time to friends. Finally reviewing it here. Such an accessible, straightforward telling of the craziest stories. Esther never focuses on the gore of even the grisliest crimes, but instead reveals interesting facts and details in a way that nev…
This podcast is a bit dry and clinical but I like it much better than the podcasts where hosts chat it up, laugh & swear and laugh some more, droning on instead of getting down to it!...This is definitely a 4.5
Esther was probably one of the first true crime shows I listened to! I love her show because she gets straight to the point. I love her seasons because we always know what kind of case to expect (and she doesnt cover too many cases that are high profile). But she is always surprising us! Keep i…
Perfectly done! I just discovered this podcast and joined to support ! I’m on episode #36. It’s the only podcast I have dove full into and never want it to end 💕
One of the few true crime podcasts of this style that I enjoy. Usually I find the podcasts where multiple people discuss a case to be the most engaging, but I really enjoy Once Upon a Crime. Excellent research and she often covers cases that I’ve never heard of. (I have a long work commute and spen…
When I found this Podcast I couldn’t binge the episodes fast enough. I started listening at work and that escalated to me listening all the time in my car! I love how she makes the stories her own and actually does her homework! Thanks for an awesome listening experience!
I’m so overdue in providing a review, I truly appreciate the amount of research & thought that goes into all of the OUAC podcasts. Esthers background as a social worker adds to the podcast in its own way. My second favorite podcast is Let’s Taco Bout True Crime.
I only started listening last year but I’m already hooked. It’s one of my favorite podcasts! You can really tell that Esther puts a lot of time and effort into each episode. I look forward to new episodes!
This is a great podcast. Love the stories, but I think the host speaks so quickly that I have a hard time following. I tried slowing down the speed but it just sounded weird. I’ve never had this issue with another podcast.
A really nice mix of stories you haven’t heard about before. Clear and well researched.
I love how she tells the story, which is always well researched! It’s my go-to podcast when I want to hear what happened without a lot of side tracking chatter.
I’m recently getting into True Crime and I must say, I get it. I get the intriguing nature of being interested. Esthers voice is also beautiful and methodically clear and cuts straight to the point without missing key evidence in each case described. Without a doubt, I’m invested and bingeing HARD
Great job, Esther! Long time listener, just switching to this platform. I appreciate your original content!
I know it’s rough out there. So many keyboard warriors want to drag down content creators for no reason but the satisfaction of being a jerk. So I want to let all the podcasts I listen to know that I love and appreciate everything you create for me (for free!) and please keep up the good work! I do…
Finally a podcast that covers issues thoroughly, instead of just rehashing what every other short podcast spews out. Very well done!
I love your podcast. It’s one of my favorite. The new music is very cool. I enjoyed when it first started. I like your scripted show, but love it when you go off script and just talk about the case. Please keep up the good work!!