Awesome podcast

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 the movie. You asked the one question that none of the others did. How did the “stranger” even know there were kids in the car! Thank you!

Infinitely better than crime junkie

Infinitely better than crime junkie. Objective, thorough and interesting reporting (no political opinions), supplemented with empathic and reasonable commentary.

Please get a new sound guy

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’t even match with the storylines, they’re weird and chime like. Please get a new sound guy and limit the amount of random sounds while you’re talking !!!!

Nicely done

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 this!!!

I love the different series with focuses on different kinds of crimes. So well written!

Good podcast!

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

Very well researched

Awesome story telling. Love this no frills true crime.

Very fair explanation!

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’ behavior should’ve been reported. The host also didn’t villainize the entire breed, but spoke to the importance of socializing & exercising & owner responsibility. I’m massively protective of dogs being set up to fail, and the loss of this woman’s life should be a massive lesson.

A new favorite!

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.

Pretty Good

I wish there were less music interruptions. There are several per episode and they seem pointless.

Great show.

I am glad I found this show. Every episode gets better and better.

I love you Ester!

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!💗

Highly recommended

This is by far one of my favorite true crime podcasts and I’ve listened to every episode so far. Highly recommend :)

Just what I was looking for

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.

Good but...

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, but the audio is almost silent and it sounds scrambled. There’s no way to hear what’s going on or what anyone is saying. Also, there’s other episodes where she makes a mistake, and redoes the sentence, but doesn’t edit out the mistake. If the editing gets better, and the sound gets uploaded correctly, this will be an amazing podcast!

I love this podcast!

I love this podcast! Esther’s been killing it since day one.

The Best Podcast

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!


Esther is the best.

Took a chance

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 my interest. I can’t wait for the next walk to work so I can get another episode under my belt!

Well-researched, interesting, and reliable podcast

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.

Addicted to this show!!

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!!!!

A first-rate podcast!

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.

Love it!

Great and interesting series! Author has a lovely voice as well lol.


The amount of research is amazing! I love when podcasts are mostly unbiased and altogether make sense

Best podcast

This is by far the best true crime podcast. Esther has exactly the right balance and presentation.

Nice work, Esther

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 the opinions and side jokes. One criticism I have is please stop saying “unquote”. You’re not undoing the quote... It’s “end quote” as it’s obvi the end of the quote. However, I understand that’s not an Esther thing, that’s pretty common in America. Keep up the great work, Esther!!!


This is a great podcast for anyone interested in true crime stories. I listen nearly everyday!!!

Once Upon a Crime review

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’ve ever listen to. I am now caught up and I am kind of bummed out because I wanna just keep listening nonstop. Great job Esther


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 downloaded an episode of Once and my walks are the thing I wake up for in the morning. It’s only been a few weeks but I have made my walks even longer so I can fit a full episode in. She tells the story beautifully and I am constantly intrigued. There isn’t banter back and forth with another person so it doesn’t loose sight of the actual story being told. I don’t even mind the occasional advertisement. I really enjoy this podcast and will be a faithful listener.