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Once Upon a Crime is a weekly true crime podcast that tells “the story behind the story” of real life crime. Told in a storytelling style, listeners are presented facts and information about each case they won’t hear anywhere else. For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy.

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Once Upon a Crime is a weekly true crime podcast that tells “the story behind the story” of real life crime. Told in a storytelling style, listeners are presented facts and information about each case they won’t hear anywhere else. For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy.

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English

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408-909-8783


Episodes

Episode 271: The Girl Who Cried Orphan - Barbora Skrlova, Part 2

1/30/2023
We continue the story of Barbora Skrlova from where we left of last week. In part two, you’ll learn all the details of the bizarre unfolding of events in the Mauerova home. I’ll conclude by telling you the unbelievable tale of how Barbora Skrlova almost escaped all responsibility for her part in this horrendous abuse case. Resources: Book: “The Kurim Case: A Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse, Cults & Cannibalism” by Ryan Green, 2016. The Kurim Case: https://youtu.be/DN3nelsuDx0...

Duration:00:34:41

Episode 270: The Girl Who Cried Orphan - Barbora Skrlova, Part 1

1/23/2023
For our first series of 2023, we’ll do a deep dive into a case that has so many bizarre twists and turns a Hollywood horror movie was later based on it. In this first part of a 2-part series, a child who has been placed in a children’s home after allegations of abuse goes missing. When he’s found over a thousand miles away in the company of a strange man, the police discover a shocking secret. He is not who he said he was - nor is he a young boy - but an adult woman. The story of Barbora...

Duration:00:38:42

Episode 269: “Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias w/Special Guest Donavan Bering

1/16/2023
In 2008, Travis Alexander was brutally murdered in his home in Mesa, Arizona. His ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, was convicted of the slaying and was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A new Lifetime Television movie tells the behind-the-scene story of Jodi’s life behind bars. In this follow-up to one of Lifetime's most successful true crime dramas, JODI ARIAS: DIRTY LITTLE SECRET, we see a whole new side of Jodi and follow the story that has captivated the...

Duration:00:47:01

Episode 268: “I Am Vanessa Guillen" with Special Guest Margot from Military Murder Podcast

12/26/2022
In this last of our special holiday episodes, Esther and Lorena discuss the Netflix documentary “I Am Vanessa Guillen" with Margot, host of the podcast Military Murder. Vanessa Guillen was a United States Army soldier who went missing from a Texas military base in 2020. Her family would face an uphill battle trying to get answers when Vanessa’s superiors closed ranks and did little to investigate her disappearance. But the efforts of her family through protests and social media posts that...

Duration:01:30:40

Episode 267: “The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist" with Special Guest Bob Ruff from Truth and Justice Podcast

12/19/2022
In this special episode Esther and Lorena talk with Bob Ruff, host of the podcasts Truth and Justice and True Crime Binge. They discuss the Netflix documentary series "Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist" that details one of the most high-profile incidents of catfishing on record. Manti Te’o was a celebrated linebacker from Hawaii who played for Notre Dame and was on track to become a first round draft pick for the NFL when a scandal marred his future prospects. He’d been in a long-term...

Duration:01:08:08

Episode 266: "The Watcher" with Special Guest Tim and Lance from Crawlspace Podcast

12/12/2022
In this special holiday episode Esther and Lorena discuss the Netflix series "The Watcher" with Tim and Lance from Crawlspace Podcast. We compare and contrast this fictionalized version of the true mystery "The Watcher House". In 2014, Derek and Maria Broaddus purchased a home in New Jersey. Soon afterward they began receiving letters from an anonymous person who said they were watching the house and young family. When the letters became threatening they questioned whether they should give...

Duration:01:01:14

Episode 265: Holidays in Hell: The Richmond New Year’s Murder Spree

11/28/2022
For many people around the world, ringing in the new year brings with it the promise of new hope, a fresh start, and renewed possibilities. But each year of Ricky Javon Gray’s short life brought only violence, brutality, and death ending in a shocking murder spree over New Year’s weekend 2006. Sources: “The Visitors” by Melissa Scott Sinclair for Style Weekly, October 20, 2010. https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/the-visitors/Content?oid=1381013 “Man convicted of grisly murders of Virginia...

Duration:00:45:44

Episode 264: Holidays in Hell: Little Boy Blue

11/21/2022
On Christmas Eve, 1985 a grim discovery was made on a frozen field outside of Chester, Nebraska. The body of a child had been abandoned. The mystery of who the anonymous child who locals dubbed “Little Boy Blue” would take two years to solve. When the responsible party was identified, investigators began to suspect that an Amish man, Eli Stutzman, just might be a serial killer. Resources: Mystery of 'Little Boy Blue' solved - UPI Archives Crimes of Eli Stutzman, aka The Amish Serial Killer,...

Duration:01:20:08

Episode 263: Holidays in Hell: Missing Mom Kelsey Berreth

11/14/2022
A young mother goes missing after a Thankgiving Day shopping trip in 2018. After meticulous detective work on the part of several law enforcement agencies answers come to light. The perpetrator would be someone no one would suspect - least of all Kelsey Berreth the victim. This case has us pondering the question do we really know the dark thoughts of the people closest to us? Resources:...

Duration:00:34:06

Episode 262 - “What the Crime?” 3 Strange and unusual crime stories

11/7/2022
In today’s episode, I’ll share three strange and intriguing true crime cases currently in the news - a suspected serial killer hunting for victims in a small California town, a gruesome discovery on a local walking trail, and a bizarre discovery unearthed in a San Francisco Bay Area mansion’s back garden. Resources: “Suspect is Arrested in Series of Killings in Stockton, Calif., Police Say”, Eduardo Medina, The New York Times, Oct 15, 2022 “Stockton serial killings: Everything we know now...

Duration:00:35:51

Episode 261: A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 2

11/2/2022
A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 2 …1 campfire… …1 dark forest… …31 bone-chilling stories… …Will YOU survive the night? This Halloween season, enter the woods for a unique and truly epic podcast experience! Around the campfire Shane Waters will introduce 31 crime podcast hosts, including Once Upon a Crime. Each host brings a new, nerve-wracking true story to the circle. It’s an extra special, two part, five-hour, Halloween event, but before hitting play you might want to ask yourself…can...

Duration:02:28:09

Episode 260: A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 1

10/31/2022
…1 campfire… …1 dark forest… …31 bone-chilling stories… …Will YOU survive the night? This Halloween season, enter the woods for a unique and truly epic podcast experience! Around the campfire Shane Waters will introduce 31 crime podcast hosts, including Once Upon a Crime. Each host brings a new, nerve-wracking true story to the circle. It’s an extra special, two part, five-hour, Halloween event, but before hitting play you might want to ask yourself…can you really handle this much murder and...

Duration:02:32:06

Presenting Gone South Season 2: The Dixie Mafia

10/24/2022
Welcome to Season Two of Gone South, the Edward R. Murrow-Award winning documentary podcast from C13Originals. Starting in the early sixties, a rag-tag confederation of traveling criminals known as The Dixie Mafia terrorized every state from Georgia to Oklahoma. Its hundreds of members, unofficially headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, specialized in scams, heists and murder. Their ringleader — the estranged son of a prominent Oklahoma politician — was a skilled and charismatic outlaw named...

Duration:00:04:26

Episode 259: Bands Gone Wild: N.W.A. - Drama in Detroit

10/17/2022
N.W.A. became one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time and became one of the first rap groups to reach platinum status with their debut album Straight Outta Compton. In 1989, they took the stage in front of a crowd of over 20,000 fans in Detroit, Michigan. But the group had been forbidden from performing one of their most controversial songs. When they chose to do so anyway, all hell broke loose. Resources: “The real story behind N.W.A.’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Detroit riot”...

Duration:00:43:53

Episode 258: Bands Gone Wild: The Cure

10/10/2022
Robert Smith formed the band The Cure with his schoolmates when he was still in middle school. They found early success and soon began touring around the world. But their sobriety and mental health began to suffer from the strain while on tour. It all came to a dramatic end on stage in Brussels in 1982. Resources: “The Crack Up” by Tonino Cagnucci, October 11, 2014. https://thecuretc.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/the-crack-up-2/ “The ‘one time’ Robert Smith was really frightened with ‘The Cure’”...

Duration:00:56:44

Episode 257: Bands Gone Wild: Guns N’ Roses and The Riverport Riot

10/3/2022
In our first “Rocktober” episode of the month I’ll tell you the story of the Bad Boy of Rock and Roll - Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses. In July of 1991, Guns N’ Roses was on its 28-month “Use Your Illusion” tour when the lead singer got into a fight with a fan kicking off a 3-hour riot in St. Louis, Missouri. Guns N’ Roses would be banned from performing in St. Louis for years and face criminal and civil charges as a result. Resources: “Guns N’ Roses: The St. Louis Incident”...

Duration:00:50:11

Episode 256: Crimes on Campus: Brock Turner

9/26/2022
In this episode, I’ll cover a case that sparked a national debate and shone a spotlight on discrepancies in the justice system regarding the treatment and rights of survivors of sexual assault. Brock Turner was a first-year student at Stanford University when he was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman. The media portrayal of the perpetrator and the leniency he received at sentencing would fuel public outrage regarding this highly publicized case. Resources: Know My Name: A Memoir,...

Duration:00:39:17

Bonus Episode: Death of an Artist: A Conversation with Helen Molesworth

9/23/2022
In this bonus episode I talk to Helen Molesworth, writer and art curator, about the story of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-born artist who was just gaining recognition for her genre-bending performance art when she fell 34 stories to her death from an apartment building in New York City. Her husband, Carl Andre, was a famous sculptor who expressed jealousy at the attention his much younger wife was receiving. Did his anger spill over into homicide on that September day in 1985 or was Ana’s death a...

Duration:00:30:58

Episode 255: Crimes on Campus: Melissa Drexler “Prom Mom”

9/19/2022
In this episode I’ll tell you about a case that got worldwide media attention due to the bizarre circumstances, the heinous nature of the crime, and the venue at which it occurred - a high school prom. Resources: Melissa Drexler, murderpedia.com https://murderpedia.org/female.D/d/drexler-melissa.htm “Before Prom Night, a Suspect was the Girl Next Door” by Abby Goodnough and Bruce Weber for The New York Times, July 2, 1997....

Duration:00:31:28

Episode 254: Crimes on Campus: The Murder of Lola Martinez

9/12/2022
A student residing with three roommates on an Indiana college campus finds herself mired in a tense living situation. An unusual set of circumstances soon turns deadly. Resources: Murder Loves Company: Dorm Living Nightmare, Season 1, Episode 1, The Investigation Discovery Channel, (2019). Liette Martinez Obituary, Las Cruces-Sun News, April 22, 2008. A series of articles regarding this case can be found in the Albuquerque Journal, April 18, 2008 - Sept. 19, 2008. Sponsors: Best Fiends -...

Duration:00:33:03