Based on a True Crime

BASED ON A TRUE CRIME is a podcast where Chelsea’s love of true crime and David’s love of horror movies intersect. We discuss murders and mysteries and how they have inspired film adaptations, television, books and more.

True Crime
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BEHIND THE SCREAMS: Winchester (House)
Following the death of her husband, the heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune suddenly moved west and began constructing on a sprawling, seven-story mansion, filled with doors and stairs that led nowhere.
36 min
Join us as we discuss the grains of truth behind urban legends.
53 min
BEHIND THE SCREAMS: Poisoned Candy Myths, Facts...
Join us as we celebrate Halfway to Halloween month with a discussion of poison candy myths, facts, the film 'Candyman' and more!
43 min
BEHIND THE SCREAMS: The Entity & Doris Bither
The story of Doris Bither's house haunting and the film adaptation of these events in 1982's 'THE ENTITY'.
48 min
BEHIND THE SCREAMS: The Silence of the Lambs
Join us as we discuss Clarice Starling, Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter and more.
84 min
Episode 40: Ted Bundy and Extremely Wicked, Sho...
Ted Bundy has inspired multiple movie adaptations, the most recent of which stars none other than Zac Efron in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
69 min
Episode 39: Party Monster
In the early 90s, Michael Alig rose to prominence as a club promoter and founding member of the Club Kids, before being arrested for the vicious murder of Angel Melendez while high on ketamine. His story was brought to the big screen twice by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, first in 1998’s “Party Monster: The Shockumentary” and again in 2003’s “Party Monster,” starring Macaulay Culkin. This is Based on a True Crime.
59 min
Episode 38: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ...
In 1983, Henry Lee Lucas was arrested in Texas for unlawful possession of a firearm. While in custody, he confessed to hundreds of murders committed in dozens of states with a partner, Ottis Toole, earning him the nickname “The Confession Killer.” Despite many of these confessions proving to be false, his story captured the public consciousness, inspiring the 1986 film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
54 min
Episode 37: The Exorcist
In a very special episode, we discuss the actual events that inspired the novel and horror film masterpiece, 'The Exorcist'.
58 min
Episode 36: The Villisca Axe Murders
The Villisca axe murder house remains as a tourist attraction and many supernatural events are said of have occurred there, inspiring the 2017 indie horror film “The Axe Murders of Villisca.”
50 min
Episode 35: Jack Black's Bernie & the Real Bern...
In this episode, we chat about Jack Black's BERNIE, which is based on a murder committed by Bernie Tiede.
65 min
Episode 34: The Mystery of Marie Roget & Mary C...
Edgar Allan Poe sought to solve the mysterious demise of Mary Cecilia Rogers in the first detective story inspired by a true crime.
50 min
Zombies, Deadites & More: An Interview with Aut...
We chat with author Dana Fredsti, a writer/producer/director/theatrical sword fighter and animal lover!
39 min
Episode 33: Wolf Creek & Ivan Milat
We discuss serial killer Ivan Milat and the Australian horror film Wolf Creek, which was inspired by his crimes.
74 min
Episode 32: Memories of Murder & the Hwaseong S...
48 min
Episode 31: Heavenly Creatures
16-year-old Pauline Parker and her best friend Juliet Hulme murdered Pauline’s mother to try to avoid being separated. We talk about this and Heavenly Creatures, the film adaptation of this story.
59 min
Tales from the Network
We have joined the True Crime Podcast Network!
197 min
Episode 30: First Year Podcast Anniversary Q&A
You asked us questions about true crime, horror movies and personal stuff and we have answers!
60 min
Episode 29: Bobby & Ila Fae Dent and The Sugarl...
On April 2, 1969, Bobby and Ila Fae Dent fled a routine traffic stop, took a trooper hostage, and led police on one of the largest chases in history. Their story inspired Steven Spielberg's feature-length film debut, 1974's The Sugarland Express.
50 min
Episode 28: Murder in the First & Henri Young
In 1941, Henri Young went on trial for the murder of a fellow Alcatraz inmate. His case brought to light atrocities committed against Alcatraz prisoners, but just how true is his portrayal in the 1995 film, Murder in the First?
79 min
Episode 27: True Crimes Based on Movies
The common thread in the movies we’ve covered has been their inspiration by real-life crimes, whether they are factual retellings, or original stories grown from ...
48 min
Episode 26: Eaten Alive and Joe Ball
Two years after the success of 1974’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, director Tobe Hooper and screenwriter Kim Henkel joined forces for a follow-up movie 'EATEN ...
78 min
Episode 25: The Executioner’s Song & Gary Gilmore
On July 2, 1976, the US Supreme court reserved its ruling that the death penalty was unconstitutional, allowing it to be reinstated as punishment for ...
109 min
Episode 24: Bonnie and Clyde
In 1932, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow embarked on a two-year crime spree, gaining a reputation as fun-loving outlaws which has been cemented by their many portrayals ...
103 min
Episode 23: Starkweather & Fugate & Natural Bor...
Between January 21 and January 29 of 1958, 19-year-old Charlie Starkweather and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Fugate, went on a killing spree across America’s Heartland that left 10 ...
96 min
Episode 22: The Night of the Hunter & Harry Powers
In August of 1931, police searching a farm in Quiet Dell, West Virginia made a gruesome discovery: five bodies, three of them children, buried in ...
100 min
Episode 21: Janett Christman and When a Strange...
On March 18, 1950, 13-year-old Janett Christman was babysitting for the Romacks in their small, isolated home on the outskirts of Columbia, Missouri. That night, ...
83 min
Episode 20: Have Yourself a Scary Little Black ...
Before he directed the holiday classic A Christmas Story, Bob Clark helmed a film that was quite a bit darker: Black Christmas, an early entry to ...
81 min
Minisode: Christmas Murders
In this special crossover episode with The Little Podcast of Horrors, we chat with Julie about a couple of Christmas murders, including the Los Feliz Murder Mansion and ...
36 min
Episode 19: Bob Crane & Auto Focus
By the late 1960s, Bob Crane was a household name, famous for his portrayal of the wisecracking Colonel Robert Hogan on Hogan’s Heroes. Less than 10 years ...
93 min
Minisode: Winter Holiday Horror
In this minisode, we celebrate winter holiday horror movies (mostly Christmas horror movies). We begin the discussing with an overview of the controversy surrounding 1984's Silent Night, ...
24 min
Episode 18: Maria Marten & Murder in the Red Barn
Note: In this episode we use an outdated term for the Romani people. We are very sorry and appreciate our listeners taking the time to ...
70 min
Minisode: My Friend Dahmer
My Friend Dahmer is the film adaptation of Derf Backderf's true story graphic novel about his time hanging out with Jeffrey Dahmer in high school, before Dahmer started killing ...
21 min
Episode 17: Richard Ramirez & Nightstalker
Between June of 1984 and August of 1985, a spree of home invasion robberies, rapes, and murders terrified residents of Los Angeles and San Francisco. ...
87 min
Minisode: Crime-Solving Ghosts & Lady in White
In this minisode we discuss ghosts who solved their own murders and the 1988 film "Lady in White."Based on a True Crime is a podcast where ...
33 min
Episode 16: Deadly Dreams and A Nightmare on El...
Join us as we detail a string of mysterious sleep-related deaths that inspired the late, great horror master Wes Craven and his 1984 slasher film, A ...
73 min
Minisode: The Poughkeepsie Tapes
It's a minisode! The Poughkeepsie Tapes may be too scary to contain in one episode, so we teamed up with the Victims and Villains podcast for ...
42 min
Episode 15: Jack the Ripper and From Hell
Join us for another spooky October discussion! This time it's all about the 1888 London murders committed by Jack the Ripper and as told in the film ...
94 min
Minisode: Robert the Doll & Child’s Play
In this special Halloween minisode, we tell the story of Robert the Doll, the creepy real-life inspiration for the murderous Chucky in "Child's Play" (1988).Based on ...
56 min
Episode 14: The Conjuring Universe
Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated over 10,000 cases of paranormal activity and founded the New England Society for Psychic Research. Join us for a spooky chat ...
77 min
Minisode: The History of Halloween & Our Top Ha...
It's Halloween season, so we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about the history of Halloween and list our favorite Halloween movies! If you're looking ...
45 min
Episode 13: The Town That Dreaded Sundown
In the spring of 1946, a string of killings committed by a so-called "Phantom" terrified the Texarkana region, and inspired the 1976 film "The Town ...
82 min
Minisode: Delphine LaLaurie & The Axeman of New...
We're heading on a trip to New Orleans to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, so in this very special minisode, we figured that it's the ...
36 min
Episode 12: Murder by Numbers
On May 21, 1924, 14-year-old Bobby Franks was killed for the thrill of it by two wealthy Chicago-area teens looking to commit the perfect murder. ...
99 min
Minisode: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
In this minisode, we talk about the deadly exorcism which inspired the 2005 horror movie “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” Based on a True Crime is a podcast ...
32 min
Episode 11: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
The late, great director Tobe Hooper was a true Master of Horror. In this episode, Chelsea and David discuss real life cannibal families.
89 min
Episode 10: In Cold Blood
In this deluxe episode, Chelsea and David discuss details surrounding the Clutter family murders by ex-convicts Richard Hickock and Perry Smith as detailed in the film adaptation ...
101 min
Episode 9: Real Life Home Invasions & The Stran...
Do stories of home invasion freak you out? They terrify us! In this episode, we chat about a handful of real-life home invasions, including the ...
70 min
Episode 8: River’s Edge
On November 3, 1981, 14-year-old Marcy Renee Conrad was murdered by her friend, Anthony Jacques Broussard. For two days afterward, he bragged about the killing ...
66 min
Minisode: Sharks vs Humans & JAWS
We love #SharkWeek, we figured that this minisode would be a perfect time to chat about shark versus human attacks and JAWS.Based on a True ...
36 min
Episode 7: Clairvius Narcisse, Zombies & The Se...
On May 2, 1962, Clairvius Narcisse was pronounced dead after suffering a brief illness  at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti, and was buried in a cemetery ...
65 min
Minisode: Bodiless Murders & Phenomena (aka Cre...
Phenomena, directed by Dario Argento stars Jennifer Connelly who, while attending boarding school discovers she has a psychic connection to insects and teams up with ...
31 min
Episode 6: Cyril and Stewart Marcus & Dead Ringers
On July 17, 1975, twin gynecologists Cyril and Stewart Marcus were found dead in their upscale Manhattan apartment, surrounded by decaying chicken parts, rotten fruit, and empty ...
63 min
Summer Announcement
Hey everyone! Life got in the way this past week or so, which means that our episode won't come out until a little later this ...
1 min
Minisode: Awakening the Zodiac
In this special minisode (a mini-deluxe), we discuss the 2017 film 'Awakening the Zodiac'. We also chat about other serial killers who have sent taunting ...
42 min
Episode 5: 10 Rillington Place
On March 9, 1950, Timothy John Evans was executed by hanging, following the murder of his wife, Beryl, and 13 month old daughter, Geraldine.Three years later, it ...
70 min
Episode 4: Lake Bodom
On June 5, 1960, some time between the hours of 4 and 6AM, four teenagers were savagely attacked while camping at the edge of Lake ...
58 min
Episode 3: Cropsey
The legend of Cropsey has been told around many campfires in the New England area as a warning tale for misbehaving children, and inspired a number ...
39 min
Minisode: Favorite True Crime
In a special minisode, Chelsea and David discuss their favorite films based on a true crime, their favorite true crime stories and more.Based on a ...
20 min
Episode 2: The Amityville Horror
In November of 1974, 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York was the scene of the gruesome mass killing of the DeFeo family by their ...
59 min