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Author: Esther Ludlow

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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.
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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.  Opening music credits: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Before The Storm" by Alexander Nakarada (https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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.   Several resources were used to research this episode including:  Her Name was Candace by Carla Crowder and Peggy Lowe for Denver Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 29, 2000    https://culteducation.com/group/1115-rebirthing/17893-her-name-was-candace.html Seeking Child’s Love, A Child’s Life is Lost by Barry Siegel for the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 4, 2001  https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-feb-04-mn-21072-story.html Links from this episode:  www.singleparentadvocate.org www.doorofhope.us www.adoptuskids.org www.togetherwerise.org https://store.23skidoovintage.com https://www.facebook.com/events/493288214744272/ Today's Sponsor:  Warby Parker - www.warbyparker.com/ONCE for a free Home Try-On kit.   
In this month's series, "Deadly Therapy", I’ll detail cases of people who sought help from experts, but rather than receiving healing and transformation, their journeys came to an abrupt and deadly end.  In this first chapter, you’ll hear how James, Arthur Ray, a self-described success coach and guru required his followers to perform increasingly more extreme mental and physical challenges all in the pursuit of “enlightenment” with deadly results.  Several resources were used in the research for this episode including:  Articles:  The Death Dealer by Matt Stroud in The Verge.  Arizona Sweat Lodge: The Inside Story of James Ray's Fatal Retreat by Miguel Sancho and Kimberley Brown for ABC News.  Blogs:  https://spiritualityisnoexcuse.wordpress.com/james-rays-first-victim-colleen-conaway/ Films: Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray (2016)  Sponsor:  Care/of - www.TakeCareOf.com - Enter promo code ONCE at checkout for 25% off your first order.   
Identical twin sisters, Sunny and Gina Han were lifelong rivals.  One sister's jealousy would lead her to plot her twin's murder.  www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime www.truecrimepodcast.com  
On this bonus episode I take you along with me to CrimeCon 2019 in New Orleans and my travels to New York City and Toronto for the Toronto True Crime Film Festival.   #CrimeCon #NewOrleans #TorontoTrueCrimeFilmFestival #truecrimedocumentaries #NewYorkCity  www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod 
In this bonus episode, I interview Jan Broberg and Skye Borgman about their documentary film "Abducted in Plain Sight" LIVE at CrimeCon 2019 in New Orleans. #AbductedinPlainSight #truecrimedocumentary #CrimeCon2019  
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".  Links: Website: www.truecrimepodcast.com Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod Podcast Meetup Details: Tuesday, June 11th, 7 - 11 pm, Algonquin Hotel Lobby Lounge, 59 W. 44th Street, New York City   
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.   Sponsors: Harper Wilde: www.harperwilde.com/ONCE - Use promo code ONCE to get 15% off your first purchase.  Sagely Naturals: www.sagelynaturals.com/ONCE for 20% off your first order.  Away Travel: www.awaytravel.com/ONCE20 and use promo code ONCE20 at checkout for $20 off a suitcase.    Music credits:  Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Reflections" by Alexander Nakarada (https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  
"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.   Links: Our website:  www.truecrimepodcast.com CrimeCon:  www.CrimeCon.com - Use offer code ONCE19 for 10% off your registration.  Toronto True Crime Film Festival: www.torontotruecrimefilmfestival.com Our Social Media:  Facebook: www.facebook.com/onceuponacrimepod Click here to join our Facebook group.   Twitter: www.twitter.com/uponacrime  www.twitter.com/tacoboutcrime Instagram: www.instagram.com/onceuponacrimepod 
May News and Announcements

May News and Announcements

2019-05-1700:03:451

This bonus episode gives news and announcements for the month of May including information on Season 4.  Website: www.truecrimepodcast.com  Social Media: Twitter - @uponacrime and @tacoboutcrime Facebook and Instagram - @onceuponacrimepod Patreon - www.patreon.com/onceuponacrime  CrimeCon: www.crimecon.com - use discount code ONCE19 for 10% off your registration Toronto True Crime Film Festival - www.torontotruecrimefilmfestival        
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Minnich

This one made me wanna find and torture that guy.

Jul 21st
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Colbert Williams

Minnich Yes, really annoying...

Jul 22nd
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Jennifer S

Thank you for covering this particular crime. It's important to know about so it never happens to a anyone, ever again. I thought you provided a very heartfelt and sympathetic episode.

Jul 18th
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Alex Jack Catran

as soon as you mentioned the tightening therapy my heart dropped and I realised who this was, and couldn't finish. no offence, but I wish you never covered this case.

Jul 9th
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Jessy Cavegn

I listen to many, many true crime pods and this is absolutely one of the worst cases I've ever heard. JFC. How could anyone let this happen.

Jul 9th
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Jenna Vaughn

great episode. Like most people, I've heard the story but the depth shared here really allows a view of the person she was and the real story of the events of that night.

Jul 3rd
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Aiden Charlie

personality disorders are mental illnesses, that's psych 101?

Jun 11th
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Tonya Free

#

Jun 7th
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Daisy Kambandu

There is a really good documentary about the girls. I don't think it's fair to call them terrors because they were dealing with racism, bullying and a speech impediment during 1970s England. I think the girls were struggling and the only people they felt could understand was each other. They developed a dibilitating mental disorder because of the issues that they had to go through. I think they tried to survive the only way they knew how

Jun 6th
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Kathy Costelloe

Daisy Kambandu it is tragic Daisy. This type of 'selective mutism has, at its core, anxiety. Imagine inhabiting a world in which you were too afraid to speak. I agree, they were doing the best they could with what they had.

Jun 6th
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Donnie Watters

crazy delusional bitches... Yikes...

Jun 3rd
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Tara Lacey

This is one of my favorite podcasts!

May 23rd
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jersey2777

hope all works out for the positive Esther! love your show!

May 18th
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Misti Roberts

This story is gonna make me cry. My cousin was Raped and molested By my grandma's husband And it ruined her life too. She was murdered 2 years ago. She also ended up a drug addict and was killed by her scumbag drug dealer boyfriend

May 17th
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Vivian Evans

Misti Roberts I am so sorry. (hugs)

May 18th
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Ares

Misti Roberts Sure, and feel better.

May 17th
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Lestyloo

Calling the two men 'sad sacks' is callous and cruel. shame on you Esther. . .

May 8th
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Tara Lacey

O..m...g This is certainly not a new story to me, but it breaks my heart a little more every time I hear it. what a horrific and awful thing she went through, having her life taken away for so many years! I'm not sure imprisonment is the correct punishment for such a man, even though it makes sense that he be locked away. No doubt her family had the same thoughts

Apr 26th
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darla mcclure

just started listening. live it so far, but the 1st story, 25 year old woman abducted and got away.... you called her "the girl" throughout. 1st, she was a woman, 2nd, her name should be used. in others, you show more respect for the victims using their names. I think you said her name twice, I didn't even remember her name when it was done just the abductors name.

Apr 9th
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alli lent

absolutely everyone who commits a murder or other violent crime such as rape should be locked up forever. they proved they could not follow even the most basic respect of human life and do not deserve to be free in society.

Mar 20th
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alli lent

ATM machine = automated teller machine machine

Mar 18th
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alli lent

THE M IN ATM STANDS FOR MACHINE!!!! STOP SAYING ATM MACHINE!!!!!!!!

Mar 14th
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alli lent

not victim blaming but people please take this as a lesson! don't tell someone you're gonna call the cops on them if they do anything to you and there's no one else around.. obviously they'll kill you if you have a reason to call the cops on them especially if it's for something violent like rape

Mar 14th
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alli lent

maybe look up the definition of ironic? usually the word you should use is coincidentally.. which is definitely not the same thing

Mar 14th
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