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A young, Canadian college students goes missing from the Cecil 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
Photos: Elisa Lam (right), Elisa in the elevator (left), scene from the recovery of the body from the water tanks on the roof of The Cecil Hotel (below)
Elevator video - last sighting of Elisa Lam: https://youtu.be/3TjVBpyTeZM
TX Files episode where I discuss the connection between the Elisa Lam case and the film Dark Water. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/27-the-sierra-diablo-murders-part-1/id1153817822?i=1000385825759mt=2
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
(Photo: A publicity shot of ex-con and writer, Jack Unterweger)
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Books: Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer by John Leake
The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us by Gregg O. McCrary
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 #
Photo: The Exterior of the Cecil Hotel / Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" in court.
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Resources: Book: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo
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. I'll talk about the Patsy Ramsey 911 call, Ted Bundy and Jodi Arias.
Shout outs to many, many podcasts including Southern Fried True Crime, Trace Evidence, InSight, True Crime Fan Club, The Fall Line, Minds of Madness, Misconduct, Crime and Precedents, Undisclosed, Red Wing Audio Drama, and many, many more.
With The Manks (Josh Mankiewicz, Dateline)
The Netflix series I referenced is "Manhunt: Unabomber".
The CBS special I referenced was "The Case of Jon Benet Ramsey". You can find it at www.dailymotion.com.
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New from Wondery and Hollywood and Crime comes a new podcast, The Wonderland Murders which takes you on a journey back to the drug and sex-fueled world of 1970s Los Angeles all building to a brutal multiple murder just off the Sunset Strip.
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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.
Warning: This episode details more graphic details than normal. I give you a trigger warning before it begins in the episode if you'd like to skip ahead.
#whitechapel #London #JacktheRipper #historicalcrime #crimehistory #TorsoMurders #ThamesTorsoMurders
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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?
Photo: The intersection of Sunset Blvd, North Linden and North Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, known as "The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle".
#beverlyhills #bermudatriangle #howardhughes #hollywood #bugsysiegel #ronnichasen
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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.
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A woman takes revenge for hundreds of raped and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico by targeting city bus drivers.
Photo: Pink crosses spring up around Juarez with the words "Ni una mas" or "not one more" after hundreds of women are murdered beginning in 1993.
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Book: The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez
Paper: The Femicide Machine by Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, published by Semiotext (c) with support from Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts 2011-2013.
On this second installment of "The Next Chapter" I speak with serial killer expert and true crime author Harold Schechter about his new book, Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men and about his work researching and writing about infamous serial killers.
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On March 20, 1995 a group of men board the Tokyo Metro subway system and release deadly sarin gas. The mass murder was ordered by Aum Supreme Truth cult leader Shoko Asahara.
#massmurder #cults #Japan #terrorism #chemicalweapons
Books: The Cult at the End of the World by David Kaplan and Andrew Marshall
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Mrakami
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A hijacking on a bus unfolds live on television in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2000.
#hijacking #hostagecrisis #Brazil
Documentary: Bus 174 (2002) directed by Jose Padilha
A new podcast brought to you by Wondery and The Sun Sentinel shares "only in Florida" true crime cases. This new podcast launches April 3rd! Here's a sneak peek.
In 1976, in the small farming community of Chowchilla, California, a school bus full of children is kidnapped for ransom.
#kidnappings #Chowchilla #ransom #crimehistory #California
A 16-year-old boy from a well-to-do Fort Worth family commits a quadruple vehicular homicide. His attorneys will argue that his overprivileged upbringing resulted in him not knowing how to discern right from wrong. The term "affluenza" was coined to describe defendants like Ethan Couch - wealthy, spoiled and held unaccountable for their bad behavior.
I'll also describe how this same defense was used in 1924 to defend the wealthy teenaged murderers Leopold and Loeb.
#LeopoldandLoeb #CrimeoftheCentury #EthanCouch #Affluenza
PureLand is the story of the brutal murder of a young Japanese tourist named Tomomi Hanamure who was found stabbed to death while hiking to Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls. But, it is also the story of three cultures - Japanese, American and Native American, the cycle of family violence, nature, spirituality, healing and so much more.
In this first episode of a new feature on Once Upon a Crime called "The Next Chapter" I recommend the book Pure Land and share an interview with it's author, Annette McGivney.
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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?
From L to R: Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone, Dan White
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Three cases are outlined where a person commits murder and then blames the crime on sleepwalking.
First up, Albert Tirrell murders his mistress in 1846 claiming he was in a trance-like state at the time. Kenneth Parks travels 23 km to commit a murder - all while asleep, he claimed. Finally, another man tries to use the sleepwalking defense after killing his wife in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997.
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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.
Note: Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served for almost a year before his murder. I apologize for the omission.
#Oscars #AcademyAwards #CelebrityCrimes #HollywoodCrime
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A man escapes the genocide in Cambodia and becomes an Academy Award Winning Actor in the U.S.
#genocide #Cambodia #VietnamWar #refugees #Hollywoodcrime
Dr. Haing S. Ngor as Dith Pran in The Killing Fields with his Oscar
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Audible’s first serial crime drama, West Cork, explores Ireland’s longest standing murder investigation: the chilling Christmastime killing of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier on Dec. 23, 1996.
For twenty years the cold case has fascinated the Irish public, heightened by local authorities’ failure to pin charges on chief suspect Ian Bailey. The series offers an intimate look at Ian’s life and the inner workings of his mind through first-hand interviews with Ian and his friends, family and colleagues, leaving the listener questioning, “Who is Ian Bailey, and what brought him to West Cork?”
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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.
We'll hear from my special guest AJ Benza, the host of the podcast Fame is a Bitch about the inner workings of Hollywood and his first-hand impressions of Roman Polanski.
Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate on their wedding day in 1968.
#hollywoodcrimes #charlesmanson #celebritycrime
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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
Left: The real John Wojtowicz, Right: Al Pacino as "Sonny" in Dog Day Afternoon
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A teenage hitchhiker is picked up by a violent rapist in Northern California in 1978. The attack upon her would horrify the public and Lawrence Singleton would serve as a terrifying warning about accepting rides from strangers.
Mary Vincent soon after her attack by Larry Singleton.
Mary Vincent testifies at Singleton's murder trial in 1998.
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A woman leaves her abusive husband and spends months trying to get law enforcement authorities to help her escape her abuser. In 1983, she survives one of the most brutal and vicious incidents of domestic violence I've ever encountered. She will file a civil lawsuit against the city an the police department for failing to protect her.
Tracey Thurman Motuzick
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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.
My special guest, Rhonda Stapley, is the author of "I Survived Ted Bundy: The Attack, Escape and PTSD That Changed My Life". You can find it here on Amazon.
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A young girl is abducted on her way home from school in Lugoff, South Carolina in 2006.
14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf masterminded her own rescue from this underground bunker hidden deep in the woods.
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I continue my discussion of the Laci Peterson case with my co-host, Yolanda of the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast. In this episode we take a deep dive into the background and psychology of Scott Peterson and what we believe contributed to his crime.
Holiday Greetings in this episode from:
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On Christmas Eve day, 2002, an 8-month pregnant woman went missing from her home. A large-scale search was started right away, but suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Scott Peterson.
This episode will be a little different for OUAC. I have a special co-host, Yolanda Norris from the Not Perfect or Functional Podcast who will be discussing the case with me. Yolanda is my sister so this is a real holiday treat for me - and I hope it will be for you too!
Also, while you may think you know this story, we've come at it from a different angle. First, it will be in response to the AE program "The Murder of Laci Peterson" in which they lay out a case for the reasons some believe Scott Peterson was tried in the media and should have been found not guilty.
Second, we will do a deep into the background and psyche of Scott Peterson to give our take on why we think not only is he guilty, but that there were signs pointing to how and why Scott may have been able to so casually murder his wife and unborn son.
This episode is Part One of a two-part special episode. Part Two comes out tomorrow! Happy Holidays!
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We're talking Black Friday Madness, Grinchy burglars, and more true crime holiday craziness on this special holiday edition episode.
Hear holiday greetings from some of my pod friends including Canadian True Crime, True Crime Garage, Southern Fried True Crime, Insight Podcast, True Crime Island, Murder Road Trip, The Cleaning of John Doe, Killifornia Dreaming and Done Disappeared.
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Two cousins from a prominent and wealthy family seek revenge on their own relatives and turn to murder.
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A mother-son team of grifters turns to murder to get away with their financial schemes.
Sante Kenny Kimes on 60 Minutes.
#serialkillers #SanteKimes #KennyKimes #conartists
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One of the most prolific serial killer families in history was discovered in Jalisco, Mexico in 1964. This is the story of the Gonzalez Sisters.
Serial killers, sex slavery
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Our new series "Murder in the Family" details cases where family members commit murder together. First up, the story of The Briley Brothers who went on an 8-month crime spree in Richmond Virginia.
Left to right: Linwood, James (JB), and Anthony Briley, Douglas Meekins
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Son of Sam, The Zodiac Killer, 3x Killer, The Watcher
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A pregnant mother dies as a result of a car accident. Thousands of Facebook friends mourn her loss. Could her whole life have been fabricated online? Chapter 2 tells the fascinating story of a case of Munchausen by Internet.
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In this series I'll details cases of those who deceived others in elaborate and bizarre ways. First up, a case out of Australia and and a case of Munchausen by Internet.
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In our last chapter of "With Friends Like These" four young people are gunned down in Clear Lake City, Texas. A bullied girl had been taken under their wing - did their kindness cost them their lives?
Marcus Precella, Tiffany Rowell, Adelbert Sanchez and Rachel Koloroutis
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A woman goes missing in a small town in Tennessee. Soon, a kidnapper calls demanding a ransom. The communication from him becomes more bizarre and townspeople begin to believe the culprit might be one of their own community members.
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A group of teens conspire to kill a young man - the best friend of one of the conspirators - in Hollywood, Florida in 1993.
Bobby Kent was proud of his muscles and sometimes used them to bully his friends.
The 7 conspirators (clockwise from top left):
Marty Puccio, Ali Willis, Donny Semenec, Heather Swallers,
Derek Dzvirko, Derek Kaufman, Lisa Connelly
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Book: Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze
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Our new series "With Friends Like These" I detail cases where friends turn upon friends - and become deadly. The first is a case of high school jealousy. Kirsten Costas is attacked by a classmate in Orinda, California.
Kirsten Costas (left) and Bernadette Protti (right) were classmates at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California. Bernadette became obsessed with Kirsten and wanted to be included in her circle of popular girls.
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Marie Hilley poisons her husband to death and attempts to kill her daughter in Alabama. When her crime is discovered she goes on the run. What she does next is one of the most bizarre tales of true crime in U.S. history.
Television show: American Monster - Alabama Murder Mystery
The story of Marie Hilley's life is one of the most strange and bizarre true crime cases I've encountered. There are so many twists and turns in this case that I've split it into two parts.
Frank and Marie Hilley early in their marriage.
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Our second chapter focuses on a case of Munchausen by Proxy - but this time the perpetrator is a health care worker preying on unsuspecting hospital patients.
Beverley Allitt was a British serial killer dubbed "The Angel of Death". Many believe she killed because she had Munchausen's Syndrome. Others simply believe she was an evil person who used her position to attack the most vulnerable - the young and helpless.
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A rare phenomenon causes a mother to make her children ill for her own selfish gain. Chapter 1 of "Sick and Murdered".
Laurie Williamson is wheeled into court to face charges (she claimed to be paralyzed).
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Part 2 of "Murder in the Hamptons" tells of the ugly and costly divorce of Ted and Generosa Ammon and how hate a resentment boiled over to murder.
Clockwise from top: Greg Alexa Ammon, The East Hampton beach house, Danny Pelosi, Ted Ammon, Generosa Ammon
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A love story turn into a murder when a multi-millionaire finds himself in an ugly and vicious divorce.
The Ammon family in happier times.
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Malicious Life Podcast - Malicious Life explores the people and the stories behind the cyber security industry and its evolution. Host Ran Levi interviews hackers and industry experts, discussing the hacking culture of the 1970s and 80s, the subsequent rise of viruses in the 1990s and today’s advanced cyber threats.
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Edmond Safra was a billionaire banker who lived in a highly secure penthouse in Monaco. So, how did attackers get in - or was the story all a fabrication by an insecure employee? This is the strange and tragic story with many questions yet to be answered.
La Leopolda, one of the most opulent villas on the French Riviera was just one of the residences owned by the vastly wealthy couple, Edmond Lily Safra.
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Two couples collide on a deserted island in the South Seas. Only one would leave the island alive.
Mac Muff Graham on the Sea Wind, Duane Buck Walker, Stephanie Stearns
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A woman goes missing on the beautiful island of Aruba in 2011 under mysterious circumstances.
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This week I'll take you the beautiful Italian countryside - where a serial killer will stalk and kill young lovers.
The Monster of Florence strikes again the the area surrounding Florence, Italy.
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A serial killer is hunting and killing women in Yosemite National Park in 1999. His ties to another well-known true crime case would make this story even more bizarre.
Cary Stayner after his arrest for the murders of four women in Yosemite National Park in 1999.
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A woman finds out her husband of 10 years is having an affair and takes matters into her own hands - in a particularly gruesome way.
David, Lindsay and Clara Harris in happier times.
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Part 2 tells about the investigation, interrogation, arrest and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander. This is Chapter 3 of "A Woman Scorned"
Jodi Arias was on the stand for 18 days during her trial.
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A young woman who felt spurned by her on-again-off again lover and realizaing she couldn’t have him for herself, decides to take deadly revenge. This case became one of the most sensationalized trials on record.
Chapter 2 of "A Woman Scorned" is the murder of Travis Alexander by Jodi Arias.
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In 1989, Betty Broderick guns down her ex-husband and his new wife. Did her cheating husband cause her to snap or did she commit cold-blood, premeditated murder?
This is Chapter 1 of our new series "A Woman Scorned".
Betty and Dan Broderick on their wedding day in 1969. Their love would not last forever.
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A divorced dad takes revenge out on his ex-wife by attempting to murder his own son.
A 1988 television movie titled "David" detailed the terrible crime Charles Rothenberg committed on his 6-year-old son.
An entire family is found murdered in their home in 1971. The patriarch, John List, murdered his wife, mother and children and then disappeared.
Three children are shot on a lonely road one night in 1983. Was it the work of a violent stranger or was it even more horrifying? Could their own mother be to blame?
Diane Downs and her children - Danny, Christie and Cheryl.
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In this episode I detail a rare phenomenon - female mass murderers. You'll hear three cases of women who killed several people in a single incident in the U.S., Germany and Kuwait.
Jennifer San Marco killed 7 people in Goleta, California in 2006
The worst case of mass murder in the U.S. at the time occurred on July 18, 1984. The shooter entered a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California and killed 21 men, women and children before the siege was over.
San Diego police escort McDonald employees out of the restaurant after a shooter killed 21 employees and customers in 77 minutes.
Eight student nurses are found dead one morning in 1966. There was only one survivor. This is the case of mass murderer Richard Speck.
A couple deceive, rob and, ultimately, kill women who place ads in "Lonely Hearts" columns in the 1940s.
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A couple begin a reign of terror across several states in the Midwest United States in the summer of 1984. The FBI would be called in to find and apprehend the serial killers.
Alton Coleman and Debra Brown in court, 1984.
A young girl infatuated with an older, married man sets out to eliminate her rival - his wife of 15 years. But, the story is soon discovered to be more sordid than originally thought.
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts is robbed of over a half a billion dollars of rare art in 1990.
Image: Thieves smash and grab over a half billion dollars of art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
A young aspiring writer shoots pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1968.
Valerie Solanas, just after shooting Andy Warhol, June 3, 1968.
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The great artist Caravaggio lives an unparalleled life as a painter of masterpieces and as a mercurial and violent young man who became a convicted murderer before the age of 35.
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The series "Artful Crimes" details cases of crimes committed by and against artists. In Chapter 1 we'll explore the death of Vincent Van Gogh - suicide or murder?
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On Christmas Day, 1929, one of the country's worst mass murders took place in North Carolina. This is Chapter 2 of Holiday Homicides: The Lawson Family Murders.
The Lawson family portrait - part of Charlie Lawson's "Christmas surprise".
The crime scene became a tourist attraction complete with blood splatter.
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Ballad: The Lawson Family Murder by Doc Watson
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In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, 1881, a brutal attack was perpetrated on three sleeping teens in Ashland, Kentucky.
The three suspects in the Ashland murders
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Poem: The Ashland Tragedy, composed as a ballad by Peyton Buckner Byrne of Greenup County, Kentucky.
Music: The Cherry Tree Carol and Carol of the Bells from An Appalachian Christmas, Composer Mark O'Connor
A 9-year-old girl is abducted in Arlington, Texas. The community and, ultimately, the country would call for changes in the way law enforcement responds to missing and abducted children
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Tips to keep your children safe:
1) Have a code word phrase. This is a phrase that you would share with your children, especially as it relates to adults they should and can trust. They should know that if you send someone to pick them up from school or any activity, the code word will be used. Make it something funny or personal so it’s easy for the kids to remember. A child should only go with someone who tells them that phrase. 2) Teach your kids that adults don’t need help from kids. If an adult needs directions, help finding a pet or anything else, they should ask another adult, not a child.
3) Let your child know it’s OK to yell, scream, and say no to an adult if they feel uncomfortable or scared. We teach children to listen to adults and not to be disruptive, but there are times they should disobey and be loud. It’s a good idea to practice with your kids. Give them a scenario and have them practice say no firmly and loudly, screaming, and running away.
4) Be careful of sharing too much identifying information on the internet. Of course, we like to share pictures and information about the cute and fun things are children do on Facebook and other social media. But predators can get information about a child's location, routine, etc., if identifying information is shared such as school names, names of parks you frequent, even locations of meeting places like scout troop meetings, sports fields, etc. So, just keep that information to a minimum and without details. Family members and good friends already probably know it so it's not necessary to share.
The murder of a young girls leads to sweeping changes in sentencing laws.
Polly Hannah Klaas was 12 years old when she was abducted by a stranger out of her own bedroom.
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Happy Thanksgiving! Just sharing some info about the holiday schedule of podcast releases and some shout outs to listeners and podcasters!
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An abused woman spends years being beaten and terrorized by her husband while police and others turn a blind eye. In desperation, she takes the law into her own hands.
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People show support for the defendant at the trial of Francine Hughes./Farrah Fawcett's portrayal of Francine in "The Burning Bed".
A young woman's murder becomes and indictment on American apathy and changes the way crime is reported.
On this special bonus Halloween episode I share something a little different. Instead of the usual true crime case I'm sharing two ghost stories with you. Feel free to listen in the dark! Happy Halloween!
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Mark David Chapman stalks and murders John Lennon on a New York city street in 1980. This is Chapter 3 of Fatal Fans.
John Lennon autographs his album for Mark Chapman a few hours before Chapman shoots him dead on December 8, 1980.
John Hinckley, Jr. tries to impress an actress by killing President Ronald Reagan. Was he legally insane? This is the final chapter in the series "Fatal Fans".
John Hinckley's mug shot - dated 3/30/81 - the day he tried to kill President Reagan.
An unhinged fan has murderous plans towards young actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
Robert John Bardo in court.
A young actress is stalked by an unhinged drifter who is intent on killing her.
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Theresa Saldana arrives at the court house 2 weeks after her near fatal attack.
Arthur Jackson in court charged with first degree attempted murder.
The second installment in the series about the tragic endings of musical icons this time I discuss the life and death of Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain. Justin Evans from the Generation Why and The Peripheral podcasts weighs in on "Soaked in Bleach" and the murder theory.
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The first school mass shooting in the U.S. is committed by a 16-year-old year girl.
Brenda Spencer's mugshot. January 29, 1979. Wearing her "lucky" hat.
Brenda Spencer goes to court.
"Does Anyone Like Mondays? The Brenda Spencer Murder Case" by Eric Hart
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A bonus episode partially recorded at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. Making a Murderer's Dean Strang and Jerry Buting on their speaking tour "A Conversation on Justice".
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When kidnap victims are held for a period of time the public often wants to know "why didn't they try to escape?" This episode explains a psychological phenomenon known as "Stockholm Syndrome", how it might apply to the victims I discussed in the series "Lost and Found", and share probably the most well-known case of Stockholm Syndrome, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Kidnappings, true crime, Stockholm Syndrome, Patty Hearst
Just wanted to say "thanks" for all the downloads in just the first few days of the show! I launched Once Upon a Crime on June 9th and I'm so incredibly amazed at how quickly people have found it!
I want you all to know that this show is the culmination of over a year of planning, study, investing and setting up of the podcast studio and a dream to create a true crime podcast that I hope you'll love.
I've been fascinated by true crime and the psychology behind it for most of my life. I've read many, many, many books and watched documentaries until my eyes were bloodshot and still, I want to know more. So, this was a way to do it and share it with others. I even have a degree in psychology with an emphasis in correctional psych (psychology of the criminal - specifically understanding the criminal mind and using this knowledge to counsel towards rehabilitatation).
I also hope to share information to keep my listeners aware and informed and help them and their loved ones stay safe.
This is the first installment in our series "Lost and Found". When a loved one goes missing the families are left in a terrible limbo. How long do you hold out hope for your loved one to be found? Many never give up hope and, for a few, a miracle happens and their prayers are answered. In this first episode, an 11-year-old girl is abducted by strangers in broad daylight. The abductors have carefully planned for their captive. The story of this well-publicized kidnapping is even more bizarre and unbelievable than you might have heard.
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