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This has become my favorite true crime podcast. Well researched and in depth. Big fan!

Great crime show

I love the stories and how they are presented. Esther is a wonderful story teller and I like listening to her.

Thoroughly Enjoy

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…

Really Great!

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.

Please no more surprise guests

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!


Brilliant work, Esther. Hanging on every word!

I love her quips!

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 ☺️

Potential to be better

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…

So good!

She’s an amazing host! Love it

I love it

I love the podcasts it just helps idk

New to podcasts

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!

Love this podcast!

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…

New listener!

Just started listening to Once Upon a Crime and I’m hooked! I heard about it from True Crime Guys.

Once Upon a Crome

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!

Long time listener-a few comments

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!!!

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!

Very good

Love the information and commentary- Esther is great

Love the format

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.

Thank you for the pod!

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…

A quality podcast

Clear and concise, pleasant voice to listen to and NO off-topic ramblings irrelevant to the subject at hand.

Awesome Podcaster!!!!

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

True crime podcasts keep me sane during pandemic

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 🥰

Well-told, unique stories full of detail!

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.

One of the Best Out There

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 …

Great Podcast!

I just discovered this Podcast! I’m starting from the first episodes and working my way through! Great job! Love it!

Not Sissy Spacek!

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.

Great Podasts

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.

Been listening forever

Great podcasts. Well researched. Nice person too. One of my top three.

Well researched, unpretentious

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 the show

Great podcast. I’m donating on patreon so I can get more!

Great research and storytelling!

Love that I haven’t heard of all of these cases and can’t wait to work my way through the back Eps!


Love this podcast and the fan page is so much fun

Would love it every day!

I love this podcast!!


Love the stories, but please modify the language to “has a disability” instead of using the “r word”

A wonderful storyteller!

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…

Great pod!

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.

A good listen

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

Great podcast

Few episodes in and I’m addicted. Quickly becoming one of my favorites

Research and quality

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.

Tell Jack Luna

Idk why but I can’t access Crime Machine- the podcast you recommened 😩

So well researched...

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…

One of my favorites

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!

Thorough assessments

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…

Once upon a Crime, Takeout, and Wine

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…

What took me so long to review this excellent podcast??

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…

A bit dry but...

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

I Love OUAC!

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…

Love it!!!

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 💕

Great content

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…

I love Esther!

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 love Esther

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.

Love Once Upon a 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!

Love it!

Esther is great. Her voice is so clear and she always provides great details. 5 stars!

Host talks too fast!

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.

Lots of original material

A really nice mix of stories you haven’t heard about before. Clear and well researched.

Huge fan!

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.

Holy murders.

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!

Thank you!

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…

A thorough & well done storytelling job!

Finally a podcast that covers issues thoroughly, instead of just rehashing what every other short podcast spews out. Very well done!

Love, Love, Love

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!!

Best crime podcast

This is my #1 favorite true crime podcast. Esther is an amazing storyteller and really does her research. Keep up the great work!

Excellent Show!

This show is so good that Crime Junkie resorted to plagiarizing one of its episodes word for word - and you can’t get much better than that! Definitely check out the rock musician episodes, particularly the Cobain one. Excellent research and production from a host who cares about integrity.

Love this podcast and the host!

Enjoy listening to the this podcast

Great Storytelling Podcast

This is one of my go-to podcasts when I’m in the mood to be told a story. Esther has a pretty good style. Sometimes she gets a little silly, but she mostly keeps a pretty somber tone when talking about the crimes. I’ve heard of several interesting cases here that I’d never heard of before. My major…

Love this podcast

Absolutely love this podcast. Wish I found it sooner! You can tell how much research goes into the show and the production is outstanding. I rarely write reviews but had to for this podcast, it’s an underdog but can easily hold its own with some of the more popular true crime podcasts out there.

Among my favorites.

This is an enjoyable true crime podcast and the host is very good. It's moved up recently into my top five favorites. The episode with Jack Luna is great. I am a fan of Jack's old stuff and miss his old style. It was good to hear him again. Keep on doing what you're doing Esther!

Well Done!!

Excellent job in the Jon Benet interview. Hearing you participate in this style of podcast was very impressive. Hope you’ll consider doing more. Well done, Esther!!!!! An absolute 5 star job.

Best Crime Podcast

Love love this podcast. I love Esther’s way of telling the story and engaging you every moment of the story. The details that she finds and the way she explains them is both informative and entertaining. I just started listening to this podcast in Late November and have already caught up. Sitting a…

Can’t Stop Listening

I already listened to the other true crime podcasts I love (crime junkie, MFM) and I was looking for a new one. I am so glad I stumbled upon this one because it’s so good. Esther is an amazing narrator and she includes just the right amount of details. I am surprised this podcast isn’t more popular…

Love your voice!

Love your voice and your content. I still cannot believe that Crime Junkies stole your entire episode and others! And I still don’t understand how it has been acceptable and they are so high on the list. I get so bored by the “wait what?!” Every episode. Anyways. Thanks for still producing and cr…


I highly recommend this podcast. It’s very well researched and informative. The host is great. Love it!

My Addiction!

I am very picky about podcasts. I tend to steer away from a lot of them. But, I adore Once Upon A Crime. It has a format that appeals to me, and Esther doesn’t have to many episodes where she brings guests on. I’m not super fond of podcasts with more than one person talking. But! The way she talks…


This is the first podcast I ever listened to. I love this podcast. You are a great writer so hearing that someone stole your words made me so angry. I don’t feel that Crime Junkie podcast did anything to fix stealing from you and others. I don’t understand how they have so many positive reviews esp…

Love Esther!

I listen to so many true crime many of them but love only a few. Once Upon a Crime is definitely one of the best, and I’ve even stopped listening and unsubscribed to Once upon a Crime.


I just found this podcast and am starting from the beginning. I love the speakers voice asking with all of the detail she gives for each story. If you love true crime this is a must listen!


This podcast is an amazing true crime podcast, the reviews speak for themselves. Well researched, well edited and the host is wonderful!

Episode 155. Mention Jack Luna and I’m there!!

Great interview! The JRamsey case has been dissected so many times. But I can listen to Jack Luna discuss anything. Can’t wait to hear his episode. I’m glad it led me to Once Upon A Crime!

Love it.

Can’t get enough of this podcast

Great story telling

Straight story telling without the fluff and dramatizations. Interesting presentations of true crimes.

Very well done

I’m a new listener and I’m very impressed with this podcast. The narrator does a fantastic job and I look forward to listening to more in the future. The only negative is that the sound is way too low

A+ for Esther a OUAC

Esther is a fantastic researcher and peppers these tragic stories with drops of sarcasm and personal story bits. And her voice is purrfect! Obsessed with all things true crime and this pod is the best.

A great listen

I enjoy listening to every episode (#155 is great) of this podcast. It’s well researched & professionally produced. My interest in true crime started after l began listening to Esther’s podcast.

Episode 154

What an amazing collaboration! Two of my favorites in True Crime podcasts and you ladies did not disappoint!!

Great show but

Specifically about the bob marley podcast from October 14,2019 . We could have gone without the patrois reading . A lot of it you could just read without the exact quote . I hated hearing it and it almost offensive

Love love love!

Thanks for the stories! I love your little “your welcome”s and aside opinions. Always saying what I’m thinking. Keep it up please!!

You da best

I’m a true crime podcast binger. I love it love it love it. Your podcast is well put together and your voice is easy to listen to. Thanks for what you do and don’t ever stop!

Love it!

Her voice is great. She’s almost always straight to the point but when she’s not it’s only because she’s stating a silly one-liner that is usually exactly what I was thinking. I love this podcast. So glad I found it.


The true crime podcasts I listen to are all pretty funny (this one isn’t) and of writing this review I’ve only listened to one episode (Episode 6: The Day The Music Died Part 1: Marvin Gaye), and she just dove right in! Gave every detail and was straightforward with the presentation. I loved every …

Making true crime beautiful

Esther is tells stories from every angle and point of view without letting the content drag. Hearing the early lives of predators and killers, listeners learn of the very human beginnings before life takes a dark turn. Some background also gives listeners the opportunity to see what the outcome of …

True crime at it’s best!

I’ve been listening for months now and I am all caught up on back issues. This is my favorite go to podcast every day. Easy to hear, I drive a loud truck so I have issues hearing all podcasts but this one is clear and loud enough that I don’t miss out on the story. Looking forward to more episodes

Back to Basics

Basic, straightforward recounting of events and facts. No overselling or opining, just the facts. Well done!

Very enjoyable podcast

Definitely worth listening to all of them

Intriguing and professional

I tried listening to several crime podcasts but this has the best format and production value. The host’s voice is perfect for longer listening.

Loved the show about Bob Marley!!

So many things I never knew about Bob Marley! I have a deeper respect for him now, thank you...😊🙏


Awesome show and I love that series of episodes are themed! Such a great idea! Thank you for creating such awesome content!