Join me as I dive into some of the most fascinating and thought provoking true crime stories told one chapter at a time. Kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more will be covered.
From Wondery Plus comes a new podcast, Deadly Misadventures, that asks the question do our choices control our destiny? Or is each day just a roll of the dice - a series of random events that have the potential to lead us to dark and unforgiving places?
In Kansas in 1958, an 18-year-old kills both of his parents and his only sibling. Was it a case of greed, mental illness, or was Andrews just a "bad seed"?
#parricide #InColdBlood #TheBrothersKaramazov #deathrow #familyannihilators
In this special episode I'll do an in-depth look at the infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
Early Life: 02:41
Teen Years: 13:25
Young Adult Life: 32:17
On the Road: 35:30
Criminal Activity: 36:12
The Victims: 55:57
Closing In/The Arrest: 1:36:40
The Confession: 1:44:46
Arlene Pralle/Adoption: 1:51:50
The Trial: 1:56:42
Death Sentence: 2:04:26
Final Thoughts: 2:14:35
Hosted by Nicki Egan, the lead investigative journalist on this case, the series features jurors, lawyers, and over a dozen survivors telling their story together for the first time. “Chasing Cosby” is the definitive take on the rise and fall of America’s Dad, Bill Cosby.
Listen now: https://link.chtbl.com/ays8r_bN
BLOOD TIES: A scripted audio series starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, and Amy Landecker. When legendary pediatric cardiologist and businessman, Dr. Peter Richland, is killed in a plane crash two days before Christmas, secrets begin to emerge about his dealings with female colleagues throughout his career. These disturbing revelations thrust his children, Eleonore and Michael, into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. Listen now at wondery.fm/BTOnceUponACrime
On this special episode, I discuss the death of Shawn Stephens Lewis. Shawn was the fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, the rock and country music star. When Shawn Lewis was found dead in Lewis's mansion on August 24, 1983, many questions would remain unanswered as to how she died.
My very special guest this week is Erica Kelly from the Southern Fried True Crime podcast!
In this last episode about fugitives on the run from the law I tell you the story of the very first woman ever to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Ruth Eisemann-Schier, along with her boyfriend, Gary Krist, carried out a bizarre kidnapping plot in 1968.
A young man from a wealthy family is accused of committing two rapes while still in high school. Before he could be tried on these charges he'd flee the jurisdiction and disappear for eight years before finally being brought to justice.
In this episode I’ll share two separate cases of women who became part of a very small and exclusive club - women who made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.
Nazira Ugalde killed for financial gain and flees to South America. A young woman in Texas, Brenda Delgado, plans the murder of her romantic rival and disappears soon after being questioned by police.
A small time drug dealer kidnaps a rival's younger brother in order to settle a debt. The unfolding series of events would become one of California's most bizarre and tragic kidnapping cases on record and would even inspire an award-winning Hollywood movie.
In this episode I dig into my file of spooky stories to share some haunted happenings in the world of rock and roll.
#themansionatlaurelcanyon #redhotchilipeppers #slipknot #hauntedhouses #bonscott #joshuatreeinn #halloween #ghoststories
Bob Marley went from singing R&B harmonies in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica to becoming a pioneer of reggae music, bringing his own blend of reggae, rock and ska music to a global audience. But as a popular figure in Jamaica, he was unwillingly thrust into the country’s political strife. The situation became so dangerous for Marley that on December 3, 1976, he became a target of assassins.
A free concert took place in northern California in December of 1969 featuring The Rolling Stones. It would descend into chaos due to poor planning, rampant drug use and the ill-advised use of the Hells Angels as concert security.
For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery-- who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility, to buy power, and ultimately to buy himself freedom from justice. From the network that brought you Dirty John. Listen now at Wondery.fm/truecrimepod.
A woman begins receiving harassing phone calls and letters from a stalker. It would take years to discover who the anonymous man was, but when he was finally identified a shocking secret would be revealed.
A 7-year-old goes missing while on a family camping trip in 1973. Anonymous calls would be placed demanding a ransom, but, the trail would grow cold until exactly one year later when the kidnapper would call her mother to brag about taking her daughter.
In a small French village, a little boy goes missing and the family receives anonymous letters from a person taking responsibility who is dubbed "The Crow". This strange case could be considered the Jon Benet Ramsey case of France.
A young girl goes missing in South Carolina in 1985. Soon after, her kidnapper would begin calling her family - but not to make demands for her safe return, but only to cruelly taunt them. This is the first chapter in the series "Taunting Terrors".
From 1922 to the 1940s over 40 child actors would be cast in a popular series of short films and many of them would later fall victim to strange accidents, illnesses, drug addiction, financial hardship, murder and suicide. This is The Curse of The Little Rascals.
Three child actors become stars after being cast in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. But, all three would go on to live troubled adult lives including drug addiction, legal troubles and untimely death.
These are the stories of Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman.
If you’re looking for another true crime podcast that goes behind the crime to bring you all the details that others don’t, you’ll want to check out Killer Instinct.
Host Savannah Brymer doesn’t just recite the facts of the cases she covers, she reveals the stories behind real crimes. From serial killers to missing persons and more, Killer Instinct brings you a new true crime case each week.
You can subscribe to Killer Instinct at http://bit.ly/KillerInstinctOUAC
Susan Polk enters into a relationship with her therapist when she is a young girl. Years later, after 20 years of marriage, she will claim she has been abused by her husband for decades. After he is found dead in their guest house the question would be, was this a case of self-defense or a cold-blooded murder?
From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Listen now at wondery.fm/acrime.
In the second chapter of the series "Deadly Therapy" a young girl who grows up in an unstable home is placed up for adoption. Her adoptive mother finds her behavior problematic and has her undergo a new and controversial therapy - with tragic results.
This month's series, "Deadly Therapy", details cases of people seeking help from experts, but rather than receiving healing, their journeys came to an abrupt and deadly end. In Chapter One, James, Arthur Ray, success coach and guru, requires his followers to perform extreme mental and physical challenges in the pursuit of “enlightenment” with deadly results.
I continue the story of the Gibbons Sisters - twins who were locked in a battle their entire lives. Neither believed they could survive without the other, but controlled each other so completely they only spoke to or associated with one another. When they reached adolescence, they knew they had to find some way to break out of this destructive twin bond or both would perish. Their desperation lead them to commit increasingly antisocial and criminal acts. This is part two of "The Silent Twins".
June and Jennifer Gibbons were identical twins who, from a very young age, were so bonded to one another that they created their own “twin language” to communicate speaking only to one another. They rejected any other relationships including their own parents and siblings. Later, they would construct a fantasy world that only they inhabited. This lead to more serious anti-social behavior that resulted in a shocking crime spree.
"Lost and Found" was the very first series of Once Upon a Crime in June, 2016. In that series I covered the story of three young women who were held captive and abused by Ariel Castro for over a decade. In this bonus episode we give you an update about these survivors - Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina De Jesus.
A mother takes justice into her own hands in Jamestown, California in 1993 when she discovers her son has been abused by a child molester. Some called her a hero, others denounced her actions as vigilantism. This is Chapter 2 of "Disorder in the Court".
Ray and Sally McNeil were a married couple who were both accomplished athletes in the sport of professional bodybuilding. But, a combination of infidelity, abuse and anabolic steroid use would lead to a final, bloody confrontation on Valentine’s Day, 1995.
I conclude the story about Eileen Franklin who claimed to have witnessed her friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason's murder in 1969. She would say her memory of the event was only recovered after 20 years. Her story would begin a debate about the validity of "recovered memories" used in criminal trials.
I'm pleased to announce my new podcast "Let's Taco 'Bout True Crime"! Each episode will feature me and a special guest host talking about what's new, hot and trending in true crime - in a fun and casual format.
First episode drops on February 19th!
In this episode. I share a story about a particularly lethal woman who''s long criminal career saw her acquitted of a murder, sentenced to life for another and still released to continue her murderous ways. This is Part One of the case of Louise Peete.
A rare form of serial killer are Black Widows - women who kill their spouses and other family members - usually for financial gain. Even more rare are Black Widow Sisters. This week I'll share two stories of sisters who set up murder syndicates for profit.
On Christmas week 1992, a series of murders took place in Dayton, Ohio. Some would call it a case of “thrill killing” others would point to juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family issues or just plain bad kids. The identified “ringleader” would fit none of these stereotypes and yet, made the decision to go on a murder spree that would shock his community.
A young couple conspire to kill a romantic rival in Texas in 1995. Thanks to listener Casey Graham for the suggestion of this case. This is the case of Diane Zamora and David Graham - The Texas Cadet Murder case.
When a series of brutal crimes takes place in one neighborhood in Rhode Island in 1989, investigators zero in on an unlikely suspect - a teenage boy who would be considered one of the country's youngest serial killers.
The last chapter of "Haunted Homicide" is the story of the LaLaurie Mansion known as "the most haunted house in America". In this episode you'll hear the TRUE story of Madame Delphine LaLaurie who is called "the socialite serial killer".
The Tower of London has a long history of torture, murder and royal intrigue. It has also been the scene of many ghostly sightings over its 950-year history. Travel with me to through the Tower to uncover some of its dark history.
#ThomasBecket #WilliamWallace #HenryVIII #AnneBoleyn #ThePrincesintheTower #RichardIII #TudorEngland #ElizabethI
A house with a dark history is purchased by a young couple in 1975. They soon begin experiencing unexplained and terrifying events inside the home. Was it a result of their imaginations run wild? A hoax? Or the after effects of a horrific multiple homicide committed there?
#Amityville #AmityvilleHorror #DeFeoMurders #RonaldDeFeo
A serial killer uses his own home as his killing grounds. After his crimes are discovered his property, Fox Hollow Farm, will be considered one of the most haunted places in the midwestern United States. This is chapter one of the series, "Haunted Homicide".
A series of women are found raped and strangled in their homes in Charlotte, North Carolina between 1992 and 1994. Later it would be discovered that they could all be linked to one man - a manager at a Taco Bell restaurant in Charlotte.
#CharlotteStrangler #serialkiller #HenryLouisWallace #FBIprofilers
Part 2 of The Parker-Hulme Murder Case. In the conclusion, we'll discover that one of the convicted murderers would go on to an illustrious career as one of the world's most well known crime-fiction writers. Her past would stay concealed for almost 40 years before her true identity was discovered.
A brutal murder takes place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954. Two teenage girls are quickly identified as the murderers. The crime would become infamous in New Zealand and the girl exposed as a well-known writer decades later. This is Part 1.
#Parker-HulmeMurder #NewZealand #PaulineParker #JulietHulme #matricide
In this series I detail crimes committed by authors or writers. First up, two authors who became literary celebrities despite their criminal history....or even because of it.
#JackHenryAbbott #IsseiSagawa #NormanMailer #GaryGilmore #TheExecutionersSong #Japan #cannibalism
This week we wrap up the Pacific Heights dog mauling case. The attack on Diane Whipple was horrific and lead to a public outcry against the dog owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, who continued to deflect responsibility and blame the victim.
A fatal dog mauling case shocked the San Francisco Bay Area and the world in early 2001. When the details were revealed about the dogs and their owners the story took a bizarre twist.
#dianewhipple #marjorieknoller #robertnoel #sfdogmauling #paulcornfedschneider
Dian Fossey became the foremost expert on the mountain gorillas of the Congo. She conducted the first long-term field study of these animals and her story was immortalized in the book and movie Gorillas in the Mist. A few days after Christmas 1985 Dian Fossey was found brutally murdered in her cabin at the primate research center she founded. People around the world wanted to know who killed Dian Fossey?
#Rwanda #poachers #gorillaconservation #Virunga #Karisoke
If true crime stories teach us anything it's that man is the most dangerous animal of all. In this new series I will detail cases where human's behavior results in wild animals becoming involved in crime stories.
This series will NOT detail cases of animal cruelty.
First up, a tiger escapes its enclosure at a zoo and attacks three men? Was the tiger provoked? What would cause an animal to attack humans out of the blue?
A young, Canadian college student goes missing from the Cecil Hotel while visiting Los Angeles in 2013. The hotel's surveillance camera captures bizarre behavior by the young woman adding to the mystery.
#ElisaLam #mysteriousdeaths #elevatorvideo
We continue the series "Infamous Locales" with another true crime story from the infamous Cecil Hotel. This time, I'll tell you about another serial killer who made the Cecil his base of operations - Jack Unterweger, "The Vienna Woods Killer".
#serialkillers #Austria #Vienna #ViennaWoodsKiller
The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has been home to at least two serial killers, numerous tragic deaths, a sniper shooting and one mysterious death. Join me for this first installment of a 2-part episode covering the Cecil Hotel's history. #serial killers #RichardRamirez #TheNightStalker
In this special episode I give a wrap-up of CrimeCon - all the true crime celebrity sightings, the true crime podcast rockstars I got to hang out with, and all the inside gossip and info. I also discuss a couple of cases related to what I learned in CrimeCon sessions this year - the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias.
The district of Whitechapel in London, England was the location of one of the most infamous, unsolved serial murders in history - the Jack the Ripper Murders. But, there was possibly a second serial murderer operating at the same time. Journey with us to Whitechapel for some historical true crime cases.
One intersection in Beverly Hills has been the site of many events from airplane crashes, car accidents, and murders. Could it be a coincidence or is the area cursed?
#beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen
Surprise! Here's an extra episode for you since I'm off this week. This is as bonus episode that I would normally make available only for Patreon members, but I'll give you a little sneak peek of Patreon bonus content by sharing it with everyone.
This is the story of another murder committed by the Aum Doomsday Cult that did I did not talk about on Episode #86: Last Stop: Chapter 3: The Tokyo Subway Attack.
On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway and release deadly sarin gas. The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara.
#massmurder #cults #Japan #terrorism #chemicalweapons
Wealthy and overprivileged youth commit crimes and then their defense attorneys use their indulgent upbringing to claim "diminished responsibility". I'll discuss the cases of Ethan Couch and Leopold and Loeb.
Supervisor Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. His defense would claim "diminished capacity" to keep him from being sentenced to death. The media dubbed this "The Twinkie Defense". But, what really caused Dan White to become a double murderer?
The last chapter of this series continues with stories of the darker side of the Academy Awards. You'll hear about missing and stolen Oscars, the tragic story of the Oscar Night Streaker and a murder committed by the son of an Oscar winning songwriter.
Roman Polanski lives a life of hardship and tragedy before becoming an award winning director - and a fugitive from justice after being charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
#hollywoodcrimes #charlesmanson #sharontate
The Academy Awards is held annually to honor the best of Hollywood. But, there is a darker side of this star-studded ceremony. The first is the true story of the crime portrayed in the Academy Award winning film Dog Day Afternoon.
#bankrobberies #johnwojtowicz #chasemanhattanbank #newyorkcrimes
The last chapter of "Survivor Stories" is the terrifying story of the attack on Mary Vincent by Larry Singleton in Northern California in 1978. Singleton would become one of the most despised and feared criminals in California history.
#Californiacrime #rapists #hitchhikers #murderers
Tracey Thurman survives a vicious attack by her estranged husband, Buck Thurman, in broad daylight and in front of police officers. She will file a federal lawsuit against the Torrington Police Department for failure to protect.
#domesticviolence #traceythurman #buckthurman
A young woman is offered a ride by a nice looking man in Salt Lake City in 1974. By the end of the day she would be attacked and almost killed by the infamous serial killer, Ted Budy.
#serial killers #tedbundy #rhondastapley #survivors