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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.

Episode 37: The Exorcist

Based on a True Crime
October 30, 2018
It's our Exorcist Halloween Special! In the Spring of 1949, a 14-year-old boy began exhibiting signs of demonic possession after the death of his aunt. Following a harrowing exorcism, the boy, known only as Roland Doe, was cured.Local news stories about the exorcism caught the eye of William Peter Blatty, inspiring his 1971 novel “The…

Episode 36: The Villisca Axe Murders

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October 23, 2018
Late one night in June of 1912, eight people were bludgeoned to death in a house in Villisca, Iowa. Although several suspects were named, and even put on trial, the case remains unsolved.The Villisca axe murder house remains as a tourist attraction, offering tours and overnight stays. Many supernatural events are said of have occurred…

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

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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…