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 don’t know what my life would be like without having interesting facts, reports, and stories to listen to on my commute and at my boring desk job. Thank you!

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 complaint would be that I really can’t stand the interview format episodes, or when there is a guest. I skip those episodes completely.

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 at a desk all day this podcast helps me pass the days at work. I have listened to other crime podcasts but I think this one is the best.

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. Give it a listen!

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 creating your content. I appreciate it!


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 and presents the stories are amazing. And I love when she breaks for a moment to say something like “are you serious?” Or something else. I originally Started to listen because of the Candace Newmaker story. I’ve heard a lot about it and I believe the Wikipedia entry directed me here. I listened to that episode and just had to listen to more.


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 especially after doing that. They have over 100,000 reviews and most of them are positive. I unsubscribed a long time ago. They shouldn’t continue to be rewarded for their lies. Also, They should have apologized to you. It was never resolved, as you said In your latest episode. Thank you for your honest content. 🤍🖤

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