In more recent years, true crime has become an obsession for individuals across the globe. Many streaming services have premiered documentaries based on true crimes and movies about well-known crimes. At the same time, other outlets have done the same thing.
That is how true crime podcasts came to life. People found a way to share their passion with an audience who tunes in because they want to learn more about different crimes and hear details they may not have previously known. Once Upon a Crime is the podcast that will satisfy your true crime obsession with a weekly dose of storytelling.
In 2016, Esther Ludlow started researching, writing, hosting, and editing the Once Upon a Crime podcast because she wanted to understand the forces driving people to kill. With this goal in mind, she began telling the story behind the story of real-life crime, whether they were famous crimes or minor crimes that had previously been overlooked. Her podcast is told in a storytelling style because, she explains, “I dig into the details of each case I cover to bring listeners the facts and information they won’t hear anywhere else.”
With over 200 episodes published, she continues to surprise her audience week after week, presenting different segments in which all kinds of crimes are narrated. Her last series, “Chopped,” shared crimes involving the restaurant industry and names like David Viens, Anthony Kelly, Gordon Ramsay, and Anjette Donovan Lyles. Before that, Ludlow has talked about historical crimes, killer spouses, female killers, family annihilators, and LGBTQ+ crimes, among a long list of crime genres.
Ludlow and Once Upon a Crime are part of the 12% female-hosted podcasts audiences can find across various platforms available to them. When she first started, there were only a handful of women in the industry.
However, the numbers have changed, and she believes it is because “podcasting is a great medium for women because storytelling, building connections through conversation, and sharing what we are passionate about with others are things at which women excel.”
Contrary to popular belief, being a woman did not prevent her from hosting a very successful podcast. In 2020, Once Upon a Crime won the Best of Society and Culture Award thanks to its loyal listeners. Based on the Instagram reactions, followers are looking to turn this into a tradition and help Ludlow win the award this year.
As Once Upon a Crime’s audience continues to grow, Ludlow continues to manage every aspect of this solo adventure. To this day, she still does her own research, episode writing, hosting, editing, and publishing. She is a one-woman show that has not disappointed her audience. On the contrary, she surprises them time after time with new crimes, new stories, new predators, and new victims.
If you are as obsessed with true crime as most people, you do not want to miss an episode of Once Upon a Crime. Tune into Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or your platform of choice to keep up with Esther Ludlow’s fantastic storytelling and passion for true crime.