5 stars!

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!

Wonderful TC podcast

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 your (educated) analysis of the individuals involved with the cases. To all the true crime fans, I can’t recommend this podcast enough! ❤️

Good but....

I’m not a huge fan of her voice but I do think the research and work put into this podcast is top notch.

Favorite True Crime podcast

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.

One of my favorites!

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 show!

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 👍🏼


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 reviews that criticize her jokes but I think she’s funny. The podcast definitely has its own feel and doesn’t sound like everything else out there. You’re doing great, Esther!

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 without the extra “extra”- the research and editing is perfect without the “mall speak” and cursing.

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’s difficult for me (impossible, actually) to listen to a podcast with multiple hosts making small talk with each other. Five stars from me! Thank you Esther!

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 the sounds. Personally I especially dislike the tinny old time piano effect used. As a classical musician I am especially sensitive to sound but I am close to be not being able to listen anymore...but I am drawn back by the presentation of the stories. Any hope for sound variety?

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 for my quarantine anxiety. I usually listen with a hot cup of tea while I tend to my succulents. Great for background ambience when you’re working on projects like sketching or crocheting. Thank you for your dedication to podding and concise ability to do research and to tell and relay the story in a prolific way. -Prince

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 🥰