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BASED ON A TRUE CRIME is a podcast where Chelsea’s love of true crime and David’s love of horror movies intersect.

Zombies, Deadites & More: An Interview with Author Dana Fredsti

Based on a True Crime
August 3, 2018
In this interview special, we chat with author Dana Fredsti, a writer/producer/director/theatrical sword fighter (she's in Army of Darkness) and animal lover! We had a great time talking about how she writes about zombies, science fiction and murder, details on her career doing stunt work (including being in Army of Darkness), favorite true crime and…

Episode 33: Wolf Creek & Ivan Milat

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July 20, 2018
In the Fall of 1992, seven bodies were found in the Belanglo State Forest, all belonging to young people who had disappeared while hitchhiking in New South Wales, Australia. The account of a man who survived a terrifying attack years prior lead police to Ivan Milat, one inspiration for the deranged killer in the 2005…

Episode 31: Heavenly Creatures

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June 11, 2018
16-year-old Pauline Parker and her best friend, 15-year-old Juliet Hulme murdered Pauline’s mother to try to avoid being separated. The story of their friendship and rich fantasy life was brought to the screen in 1994’s Heavenly Creatures, directed and co-written by Peter Jackson. This is based on a true crime. We're super-excited to re-record this…

Tales from the Network

Based on a True Crime
June 11, 2018
We are excited to announce that we are members of the just-launched True Crime Podcast Network! In this very special episode, we hear true crime stories from our friends on the network. Be sure to check them out at!Based on a True Crime is a podcast where Chelsea’s love of true crime and…

Episode 28: Murder in the First & Henri Young

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April 15, 2018
In 1939, convicted bank robber Henri Young tried and failed to escape from Alcatraz. Three years later, after spending time in solitary confinement, he stabbed Rufus McCain, a fellow escapee, to death. His subsequent trial hinged on his brutal treatment within the Alcatraz system and particularly while in solitary. In 1995, his story was adapted…

Episode 27: True Crimes Based on Movies

Based on a True Crime
April 5, 2018
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 a single headline or memory.But movies themselves can also serve as an inspiration, not only for fellow filmmakers, but for the impressionable minds of viewers, inspiring them to commit their…

Episode 26: Eaten Alive and Joe Ball

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March 19, 2018
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 ALIVE'. Once again, they searched for inspiration in annals of true crime history, and they found it in Joe Ball. Following the repeal of prohibition, Joe Ball opened up a…